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Attack on Afghan intelligence service team kills four

KABUL: An attack targeting members of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency just outside the capital Kabul on Tuesday killed at least four people and wounded six others, a senior security official said. The official said it was a suicide attack on an operational team from the National Directorate for Security, but he gave no further details. Reuters.

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Bangladesh court hands former PM Khaleda Zia new jail term

A Bangladesh court on Monday sentenced former prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia to another seven years in prison on corruption charges that her supporters say are politically motivated. Zia, long a rival to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is already behind bars after being handed a five-year term in February on separate embezzlement charges. That verdict triggered clashes between...

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Sacked Sri Lanka PM stays put as crisis deepens

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka´s sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe resisted moves to evict him from his official residence, officials said Sunday, as his controversial successor sought blessings at a prominent temple ahead of naming a new cabinet. The new ruling party had given Wickremesinghe till Sunday morning to leave the Temple Trees official residence following his shock dismissal on Friday that...

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Synagogue gunman kills 11 in America’s worst anti-Semitic attack

PITTSBURGH: A gunman faces 29 federal charges of violent crimes after he opened fire during a baby-naming ceremony at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh on Saturday, killing 11 people and injuring six in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in recent US history. The shooter — identified as a 46-year-old local resident named Robert Bowers — reportedly yelled "All...

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Afghans risk their lives to vote in Kandahar poll

Kandahar, Afghanistan: Afghans risked their lives to vote in legislative elections in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, after the Taliban-claimed killing of a powerful police chief delayed the ballot by a week. Turbaned men and burqa-clad women stood in long, segregated queues outside polling centres in the deeply conservative Kandahar provincial capital, which was blanketed with heavy security in anticipation of...

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Sri Lankan president sacks PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena sacked the country's prime minister and his cabinet and replaced him with a former strongman, creating what some observers said could be a constitutional crisis in the South Asian island nation. The prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, told reporters on Friday that he had no intention of leaving his post. “I have the majority. I will...

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Who is US mail bombing suspect Cesar Altieri Sayoc?

WASHINGTON: Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man suspected of sending pipe bombs to critics of Donald Trump, appears to be a fervent supporter of the Republican president with a hatred for Democrats. Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Florida, was arrested on Friday in connection with the explosive devices mailed to leading Democratic figures and former high-ranking officials, FBI Director Christopher Wray said....

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Kashmiris observing black day today against illegal Indian occupation for 71 years

SRINAGAR: On Saturday, Kashmiris living on both sides of Line of Control and the world over are observing Black Day today to condemn the illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir State by Indian forces. Today marks the 71 anniversary of Indian occupation in Kashmir valley. It was on 27th October 1947 when Indian troops landed in Srinager in sheer violation...

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Indian troops martyr two more youth in IoK

ISLAMABAD: Indian troops in another act of state terrorism martyred two more youth in the Baramulla district in occupied Kashmir on Friday, taking the number of martyred youth to 10 since Wednesday. The troops killed the youth during a search operation at Pazalpora in the Sopore area of the district. Earlier, an Indian soldier, Brijesh Kumar, was critically injured in...

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Dozens of civilians killed in Yemen’s Hodeida: UN

SANAA: Dozens of civilians were killed in strikes on Yemen´s embattled Hodeida province, the United Nations said Thursday, as Huthi rebels blamed air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition. The UN´s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said at least 21 civilians were killed and 10 injured in strikes Wednesday that hit a vegetable packaging facility in Al-Masudi in...

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De Niro, Biden bring bomb alerts to 10, manhunt intensifies

Hollywood megastar Robert De Niro and former US vice president Joe Biden were the latest targets in a spree of 10 devices and pipe bombs sent to opponents of Donald Trump, but a nationwide manhunt revealed no major public leads Thursday. Hundreds of officers from the FBI, US Secret Service and dozens of other agencies are searching round the clock...

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Austria calls for EU-wide halt in arms sales to Saudi Arabia

The European Union should halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told a German newspaper, saying such action could also help end “the terrible war in Yemen”. The comments from Austria, current president of the EU, came after Germany said it would stop approving weapons exports to Saudi Arabia...

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Knife-wielding woman injures 14 children in China kindergarten attack

BEIJING: A woman armed with a kitchen knife attacked children at the gate of a kindergarten in China´s southwestern city of Chongqing on Friday, injuring 14 of them, police said. The 39-year-old, identified only by her surname Liu, launched the attack as children returned from morning exercises about 9:30 am (0130 GMT), police said on their official account on China´s...

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Murder of Khashoggi ‘premeditated’: Saudi prosecutor

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said Thursday the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul was "premeditated" based on information supplied by Turkey, state media reported. "Information from the Turkish authorities indicates that the act of the suspects in the Khashoggi case was premeditated," the public prosecutor said in a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. "The public prosecution continues...

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Turkey shares ‘evidence’ with CIA chief Gina Haspel over Jamal Khashoggi murder

ISTANBUL: Turkish intelligence has shared "all the evidence" over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the CIA chief during a visit, pro-government media reported on Wednesday. CIA Director Gina Haspel visited the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday for talks with officials about the killing of Washington Post contributor Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate. Video images and audio...

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Explosive devices sent to Obama, Clintons as CNN evacuated over suspicious package

WASHINGTON: Police intercepted suspected explosive devices sent to former U.S. President Barack Obama, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the CNN bureau in New York that apparently targeted figures disparaged by right-wing critics two weeks before U.S. congressional elections. With the country deeply polarized under President Donald Trump, the packages brought a new level of tension to political contests...

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Trump says Saudi prince ‘running things,’ could be behind Khashoggi death: WSJ

U.S. President Donald Trump, in his strongest remarks so far, said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bears ultimate responsibility as de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia for the operation that led to the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, indicating that the prince is “running things over there” in Riyadh. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Trump said...

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