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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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US newspapers hit back at Trump, defend free press

WASHINGTON: US newspapers big and small hit back Thursday at Donald Trump´s relentless attacks on the news media with a coordinated campaign of editorials, triggering a fresh tirade from the president on Twitter. Leading the charge was The Boston Globe, which had called for the drive highlighting the importance of a free press, accompanied by the hashtag #EnemyOfNone. More than...

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Ex-Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at age of 93

NEW-Delhi: Former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpaye breathed his last breath on Thursday, dying at the age of 93. Indian incumbent prime minister Narendra Modi expressed sadness over the death of Atal Bihari Vajpaye India grieves the demise of our beloved Atal Ji. His passing away marks the end of an era. He lived for the nation and served...

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Flood toll rises to 77 in India’s Kerala state

KOCHI: The death toll from floods in India´s tourist hotspot of Kerala increased to 77 on Thursday, as torrential rainfall threatened new areas, officials told AFP. Over 60,000 people have now entered relief camps and the army and navy have stepped up rescue operations in the southern state, using a helicopter to airlift people, a Kerala disaster management official said....

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Gunmen attack intelligence service center in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL  Gunmen attacked an area around a security base and training center for Afghanistan’s intelligence service on Thursday in the capital Kabul, officials said. Staff and officials at the center took shelter in a protected area of the compound as gunfire came from a half-finished building near the site. Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said the attackers were firing rocket-propelled...

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Italy hunts for blame in bridge collapse that killed 39

GENOA, Italy  — As more bodies were pulled Wednesday from a mountain of jagged concrete and twisted steel left by a highway bridge collapse that killed 39, prosecutors focused on possible design flaws and past maintenance of the heavily used span, and politicians squabbled over blame. Motorists, meanwhile, recounted miraculous escapes and the horror of seeing others plunge over the...

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Turkey says ready to discuss issues with US without threats

ANKARA: Turkey is ready to discuss its ongoing issues with the United States as long as there are no threats, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday, amid a widening dispute between the NATO allies that has sent the Turkish currency plunging. Speaking to ambassadors in Ankara, Cavusoglu also said Turkey’s relations with the European Union were on a firmer...

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Man who smashed Trump Hollywood star justifies attack

A US man accused of taking a pickaxe to President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame justified his actions on Wednesday as he pleaded not guilty to a felony vandalism charge. "I don't personally think there should be any charges brought against me because what I did, I believe, was a rightful and just act, and I...

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Malaysian court to rule on women accused of killing brother of North Korean leader

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court will decide on Thursday whether to continue hearing a case against two women charged with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, or acquit them. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese, could face the death penalty on charges of murdering Kim Jong Nam by smearing his...

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Scores killed in Kabul blast as Afghanistan reels from attacks

KABUL: A suicide blast in Kabul killed at least 48 people on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians, soldiers, and policemen over recent days. The explosion, targeting an educational centre in the west of the Afghan capital, tore through a large tent set up as a classroom in the courtyard, killing dozens...

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White House cannot shield information on transgender military ban: judge

A federal judge in Baltimore rejected the Trump administration’s request to shield information it employed when deciding to ban transgender people from the US military. The decision on Tuesday by US Magistrate Judge A. David Copperthite came in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf more than one dozen transgender people serving or who want to serve...

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At least 32 killed in Kabul suicide attack: officials

KABUL: At least 32 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck an education centre in Kabul Wednesday, officials said, the latest assault in Afghanistan´s war-weary capital. "We can confirm the attack was caused by a suicide bomber on foot. The bomber detonated himself inside the education centre," police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said. The spokesmen for the interior ministry and...

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Australian politicians condemn call for a ‘final solution’ to ban Muslim migration

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and all major political parties on Wednesday condemned a speech by a minor senator who used the term “final solution” in calling for a revival of a “White Australia” restrictive immigration policy. In one of the most divisive speeches seen in parliament since 1996 when far-right politician Pauline Hanson declared incorrectly that Australia was being...

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Kashmir observes Black Day on Indian Independence, 70 plus years of oppression

Web Desk: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing India’s Independence Day, today, as Black Day to convey message to the international community that India continues to illegally occupy their homeland. The Black Day is being marked by a complete strike in the occupied territory, Kashmir Media Service reported. The strike was called by...

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Donald Trump lashes out at Omarosa Manigault Newman, calls her ‘that dog’

President Donald Trump escalated his messy clash with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Tuesday, referring to the longtime colleague, who had been the top African-American in his White House, as “that dog!” Trump tweeted a barrage of insults on Tuesday morning as Manigault Newman continued promoting her White House tell-all and releasing secret audio recordings. Her book paints a...

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Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey to boycott US electronic goods

Istanbul -President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods like the iPhone in retaliation for punitive sanctions from Washington, as the Turkish lira finally clawed back some ground after going into a tailspin over the tensions. The dispute between the NATO allies -- brought to a new intensity by Turkey´s holding of an American pastor...

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Italy motorway bridge collapses over Genoa in heavy rains, ‘dozens’ feared dead

ROME: A motorway bridge collapsed on Tuesday over the northern Italian port city of Genoa, killing dozens of people according to the local ambulance service, in what the transport minister said was likely to be “an immense tragedy”. The local fire brigade said the bridge collapsed at around 11:30 a.m. (0930 GMT) during torrential rainfall. Television showed images of the...

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