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US says terrorist attacks decreased in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US State Department on Thursday has issued its annual Country Reports on Terrorism for the year 2017. According to the report, due to effective operation by Pakistan Army, the militant outfits such as Al-Qaeda and Taliban were weakened in the past few years. The United States Department of State has stated that they acknowledge the efforts made by Pakistan...

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More bodies found in flooded Kerala as toll hits 357

Rescuers waded into submerged villages in southern India on Sunday in a desperate search for survivors cut off for days by floods that have already killed more than 350 people. Entire villages in Kerala have been swept away in the state's worst floods in a century, and emergency responders fear the death toll will rise as they reach areas almost...

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More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

More than two million Muslims from around the globe started the hajj pilgrimage on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings in a country undergoing unprecedented change. The ultra-conservative kingdom -- where religion remains a guiding force amid dramatic social and economic reforms -- has mobilised vast resources for the six-day journey, one of the five...

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Qatar accuses Saudis of barring haj pilgrims, Riyadh says untrue

RIYADH: Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year’s Haj, something Riyadh denies, saying a diplomatic dispute is not stopping Qataris from making the pilgrimage to Makkah. Although 1,200 Qataris are eligible to perform the Haj under a quota system, Qatar says it has become impossible to get permits, blaming the campaign by Saudi Arabia, the...

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US supplied bomb that killed Yemeni children: CNN

WASHINGTON: The bomb that killed 40 children and 11 others in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in northern Yemen was sold by the United States under a State Department deal with Riyadh, CNN has reported. The numbers on shrapnel, of which images were taken shortly after the attack this month, indicate that it was a laser-guided Mk 82 bomb manufactured...

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More heavy rains likely in India’s Kerala as flood death toll jumps

KOCHI, India  - India deployed thousands of soldiers and dozens of helicopters to rescue people marooned by the worst floods in a century in the southern state of Kerala, where the death toll of 186 people as of Saturday could rise fast as rains continue. The weather office warned of more heavy “red” category rains on Saturday as tens of...

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Tributes pour in for former UN chief and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

From his native Africa to the United States, tributes poured in from top leaders around the world Sunday after UN chief, Nobel peace laureate, and "diplomatic rock star" Kofi Annan died at the age of 80. The Ghanaian national was a career diplomat who projected quiet charisma and was widely credited for raising the world body's profile in global politics...

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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday, sending people fleeing into the streets just two weeks after a quake which killed more than 460 people. The quake was centred west-southwest of Belanting town in East Lombok, the US Geological Survey said, at a relatively shallow depth of seven kilometres (four miles). Residents said the earthquake was...

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Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies at 80

Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died Saturday after a short illness at the age of 80, his foundation announced. "It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday...

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Turkish lira resumes fall after Trump sanctions threat

ISTANBUL — The Turkish currency fell again on Friday, breaking a three-day quiet spell in the country currency crisis, after the United States threatened to impose new sanctions on the NATO country. The lira dropped about 5 percent, to about 6.11 per dollar, after U.S. President Donald Trump posted a tweet warning the country of more punitive measures over the...

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Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

MECCA, Saudi Arabia  — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 1.6 million Muslim faithful from abroad have arrived in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. In recent weeks, the faithful have arrived in Mecca...

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Chinese President Xi to visit North Korea next month: Straits Times

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit Pyongyang next month at the invitation of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s founding, Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper reported. It will be the Chinese leader’s first visit to the North Korean capital since he took power in 2012,...

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U.S. judge approves plan to reunite separated immigrant families

A federal judge on Friday approved a plan to reunite hundreds more families who were separated by border officials after they entered the United States from Mexico. The plan negotiated by the U.S. government and immigrant rights advocates marked the second stage of federal efforts to reunite 2,551 children ages 5 to 17 with their parents. These families had been...

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U.N. chief suggests options for improved Palestinian protection

UNITED NATIONS - The protection of Palestinian civilians could be improved by the deployment of U.N.-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers, a beefed-up U.N. civilian presence or expanded U.N. assistance, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a report on Friday. The United Nations General Assembly requested the report in a resolution adopted in June that condemned Israel for excessive force against...

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Anger engulfs families as Italy buries its bridge victims

GENOA, Italy   — With anger and grief, Italians began burying some of their dead Friday from the Genoa highway bridge collapse, holding funerals in the victims’ hometowns. Several angry families rebuffed the offer of a state funeral and the cardinal of Naples was merciless in his condemnation of negligence by Italian officials. Saturday has been declared a national day of...

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More than 320 dead in India flood crisis

KOCHI: Pressure intensified Saturday to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region’s worst inundation in a century. Authorities warned of more torrential rain and strong winds over the weekend, as hundreds of troops and local fishermen carried...

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Flood death toll in India’s Kerala jumps to 164

The death toll from major floods in India's tourist hotspot Kerala has jumped to 164, state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Friday, issuing a fresh heavy rainfall warning for the battered region. Kerala's government has described the crisis — one of the worst in decades — as "extremely grave" and rescue operations are underway to help thousands who remain trapped...

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