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US ambassador in Israel tricked over Jerusalem picture with Al-Aqsa mosque erased

Jerusalem: The newly-opened US embassy in Jerusalem has said ambassador David Friedman was duped into being pictured receiving a photo of east Jerusalem with the revered Al-Aqsa mosque erased. In a picture published Tuesday night by ultra-Orthodox Jewish news site Kikar Hashabbat, the Islamic shrine on a flashpoint site holy to both Muslims and Jews is replaced by a simulation...

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CIA mulled to break out Shakil Afridi from Peshawar jail: Russian news agency

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA had) failed to conduct an operation to enable a prison break for Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi who had helped US authorities in tracing down al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, a Russian News Agency claimed citing a source familiar with the situation. The report, however claimed,  that US had earlier requestedPakistan to extradite Afridi to the US. The...

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Missile strikes on Syria kill 26, mostly Iranian, forces

Missile strikes on central Syria killed 26 pro-regime fighters, most of them Iranians, a monitor said Monday, in a raid that bore the hallmarks of Tehran's archfoe Israel. The Syrian regime, which denounced a "fresh aggression" after the strikes, meanwhile continued to flush out armed groups from the capital with more deals to transfer fighters to the country's north. According...

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Sajid Javid, Pakistani bus driver’s son becomes British Home Secretary

Sajid Javid has been appointed as home secretary, replacing Amber Rudd who resigned after repeatedly struggling to account for her role in the unjust treatment of Windrush-generation migrants. Theresa May announced Javid’s appointment on Monday morning, installing the communities secretary to the Home Office where his first job will be to deal with the ongoing immigration debacle.   Sajid Javid...

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At least 21 killed in successive explosions in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - Two blasts hit the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing at least 21 people, including a photographer for French news agency AFP, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility, officials said. The attacks came just a week after a blast at a voter registration center killed 60 people, in the wake of warnings by security officials...

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Mike Pompeo begins Mideast tour with call for new Iran sanctions

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on a hastily-arranged visit to the Middle East as the United States aims to muster support for new sanctions against Iran. The visit to Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Amman — just two days after Pompeo was sworn-in — comes as President Donald Trump is set to decide whether...

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Russia, Turkey, Iran hold Syria talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday hosted his Iranian and Turkey counterparts for talks on Syria in the wake of an alleged chemical attack that has exposed differences between the three powers. The three nations have been attempting to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict at talks that started last year in Astana, Kazakhstan, in competition with...

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Knife attacker fatal stabs kills nine children in China

BEIJING: A knife-wielding man with a grudge killed nine middle school children and injured at least 10 others as they returned home in northern China on Friday, authorities said, in one of the deadliest such rampages in the country in recent years. The 28-year-old suspect was detained and the injured children were receiving hospital treatment, the Mizhi County public security...

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Maharashtra grants land ownership rights to refugees who fled Pakistan 70 years ago

Refugees in India’s western state of Maharashtra have been granted land ownership rights 70 years after fleeing what is now Pakistan, when the countries were violently partitioned at independence, officials said. The move is part of a wider push to give more rights to certain refugee groups in different parts of India. About 3 million refugees from the Sindh and...

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‘Complete denuclearisation’ of Korean peninsula: North, South Korea agree to end conflict

SEOUL : The leaders of North and South Korea signed a declaration on Friday agreeing to work for the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”. At their first summit in more than a decade, the two sides announced they would seek an agreement to establish “permanent” and “solid” peace on the peninsula. The declaration included promises to pursue military arms...

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China, India leaders to hold summit after border row

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek to repair strained ties at a summit on Friday after an intense border dispute last year marred relations. Xi will host Modi for what has been described as an "informal summit" in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Friday and Saturday. While last year´s high-altitude standoff in...

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Historic as leaders of two Koreas begin summit

SEOUL: Smiling and holding hands, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met at the heavily fortified demilitarized zone between the countries on Friday in the first summit for the two Koreas in over a decade. Scenes of Moon and Kim joking and walking together marked a striking contrast to last year’s barrage of North...

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Pompeo becomes US secretary of state

WASHINGTON: The US Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump’s secretary of state on Thursday, and the former CIA director set off immediately on a trip to meet key allies in Europe and the Middle East. Pompeo, a former Army officer who was a Republican congressman, is regarded as a Trump loyalist with hawkish world views. Pompeo is already...

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US Court appears ready to maintain Trump’s travel ban

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared poised to hand US President Donald Trump a huge legal victory, signalling on Wednesday it was likely to uphold his contentious travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries. Conservative justices including Chief Justice John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote on the nine-member court, indicated during arguments in the high-profile case...

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Tehran rejects any new deal as France vows it will never get atomic weapons

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani rejected any hopes of rewriting a nuclear deal with world powers Wednesday, while his French counterpart vowed to US lawmakers that everything would be done to stop Iran ever acquiring atomic weapons. In their different ways, Europe, Iran and Russia are all seeking to convince US President Donald Trump not to abandon the landmark 2015...

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Danish inventor handed life term for journalist submarine murder

A Copenhagen court on Wednesday found Danish inventor Peter Madsen guilty of the premeditated murder and sexual assault of Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his homemade submarine last year, handing him a life sentence. Madsen, 47, had admitted chopping up the 30-year-old's body and throwing her remains overboard in waters off Copenhagen on the night of August 10, 2017, but...

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Asaram Bapu convicted by Indian Court of raping teenager

An Indian guru with millions of followers was found guilty Wednesday of raping a teenage devotee on the pretext of ridding her of evil spirits, a lawyer for the victim said. Asaram Bapu, 77, who leads hundreds of ashrams in India and overseas, was convicted at a closed jailhouse court hearing in Jodhpur, in western Rajasthan state where hundreds of...

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