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  • Joshua Boyle, the Canadian man who was rescued with his family last week by Pakistani troops, said on Tuesday that his wife had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there. Boyle told The Associated Press in an email that his wife, Caitlan Coleman, was admitted on Monday. His email did ...

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  • BEIRUT: US-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, a senior commander for the force said, adding that clearing operations were underway to remove landmines left behind and search for the extremist group’s sleeper cells. Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo ...

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  • More than 200 people were killed in near simultaneous bombings in the Somali capital and more than 250 people were injured, officials said on Sunday, marking the most deadly such attack by Somalia’s al Shabaab insurgency Somalia's government has yet to release the exact death toll from an ...

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  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was in emergency session on Saturday to discuss kicking out Harvey Weinstein amid mounting sexual harassment, assault and rape accusations. An avalanche of claims has surfaced since the publication last week of an explosive New York Times ...

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  • The Pakistani Taliban says it has killed a local journalist in the country’s volatile northwest. The extremist group said in a statement that its gunmen killed Haroon Khan on Thursday. Without providing any evidence, the Taliban accused him of secretly working for Pakistani ...

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  • Pakistan says the successful rescue of a US-Canadian family held for five years by Taliban-linked extremists proves the country is an ally against terrorism. Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria says the Pakistani raid that led to the family’s rescue, which was based on a tip-off from US ...

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  • Foreign hostages kidnapped five years ago by a terrorist group in Afghanistan and recovered by the Pakistan Army in Kohat left the country by plane from Islamabad on Friday, two security officials said. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not specify where the family was ...

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  • The indictment of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges was delayed Friday following clashes between his supporters and police outside the court in Islamabad. The clashes erupted shortly before Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law, ...

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  • The parents of an American woman freed with her family after five years of captivity say they are elated, but also angry at their son-in law for taking their daughter to Afghanistan. “Taking your pregnant wife to a very dangerous place, to me, and the kind of person I am, is ...

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  • Danish police say 18 men, including five foreign nationals, have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and other financial crimes worth 440 million kroner ($70 million). Police say 11 million kroner was seized from bank accounts, as well as 1.5 million kroner in cash, eight vehicles — described ...

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  • A top Emirati security official said that the Qatar diplomatic crisis can end if Doha gives up hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup — the first time someone from the four Arab nations boycotting the country directly linked the tournament to resolving the months-long dispute. While Dubai security ...

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  • An Austrian law that forbids any kind of full-face covering including Islamic veils has claimed an unusual victim — a man wearing a shark suit. Police say they issued a citation Monday after the man — part of a street advertising campaign for the McShark computer chain stores — ...

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  • A top Emirati security official says the Qatar diplomatic crisis can end if Doha gives up hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first time someone from the four Arab nations boycotting the country directly linked the tournament to resolving the monthslong dispute. While Dubai security Lt. Gen. Dhahi ...

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  • The Indonesian military should stay out of politics and remain loyal to the government, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Thursday in an apparent rebuke over contentious statements by the country's top general. Military chief Gen Gatot Nurmantyo has stirred controversy in the past ...

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  • LONDON: The European Court of Justice has been asked to consider whether Facebook’s Dublin-based subsidiary can legally transfer users’ personal data to its US parent after Ireland’s top court said Tuesday that there are “well-founded concerns” the practice violates ...

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  • A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino unleashed a shower of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 50 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern ...

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  • A law that forbids any kind of full-face covering, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, has come into force in Austria. Starting Sunday, wearing a ski mask off the slopes, a surgical mask outside hospitals and party masks in public is prohibited. The law, popularly known as the ...

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  • A man with a knife stabbed two women to death Sunday at the main train station in the southern French city of Marseille as he reportedly shouted “Allahu akbar!” — an attack the Islamic State group claimed was the work of one its “soldiers.” French soldiers shot the man ...

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  • Two women accused of fatally poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea's ruler pleaded not guilty as their trial began today in Malaysia's High Court, nearly eight months after the brazen airport assassination that sparked a diplomatic standoff. Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong ...

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  • Google on Monday announced new steps to help struggling news organisations, including an end to a longstanding “first click free” policy to generate fresh revenues for publishers hurt by the shift from print to digital. The moves come amid mounting criticism that online platforms are ...

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  • Thousands of Shiite Muslims have rallied across various parts of Pakistan ahead of tomorrow’s religious event of Ashura, or “Day of Remembrance”. The holiest day on the Shiite Muslim calendar is observed each year on the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic ...

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  • A US citizen who joined al-Qaida was convicted on Friday of participating in a failed suicide bombing in 2009 at an American military base in Afghanistan. A federal jury in New York reached the verdict in the case against Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, who’s originally from ...

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  • Sri Lanka recovered throughout the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan, reaching 227-4 at stumps on Thursday. Dinesh Chandimal (60) and Niroshan Dickwella (42) were not out at stumps, playing out nearly 21 overs together. Sri Lanka’s decision to bat first appeared to backfire after ...

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  • CAIRO: The Islamic State group on Thursday released what it said was a new audio recording of its top leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in which he vows to continue fighting and lavishes praise on his jihadis despite their loss of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Mosul was liberated from IS extremist ...

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  • Thousands of Iranians are mourning the death of a young Revolutionary Guard soldier beheaded by the Islamic State group in Syria at a state funeral in Tehran. The death of 25-year-old Mohsen Hojaji has struck a nerve in Iran, which has suffered casualties while its troops are deployed in Iraq to ...

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  • A Thai court today sentenced ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in absentia to five years in prison for alleged negligence in a money-losing rice subsidy program. Yingluck, who says the charges are politically motivated, is believed to have fled the country last month before the court ...

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  • Myanmar's United Nations ambassador insisted on Monday that there is no “ethnic cleansing” or genocide taking place against Muslims and objected “in the strongest terms” to countries that used those words to describe the situation in Rakhine State. Hau Do Suan used his ...

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  • Attacks in two neighbouring provinces in Afghanistan killed at least five policemen, Afghan officials said on Tuesday, while a sixth policeman died in a gunbattle with the Taliban in another province. In western Herat province, two police officers died in a roadside bombing while in neighbouring ...

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  • Swedish police on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of an arson attack that damaged a mosque overnight in the city of Orebro, the latest in a string of such incidents in recent years. “We currently see no political or religious motives to this crime and we refrain from all kinds of ...

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  • GENEVA: The UN human rights office said in a report on Monday that Russia is violating international law in Crimea, including by imposing Russian citizenship on its people and deliberately transferring hundreds of prisoners and detainees to prisons in Russia. The report, drawn up under an existing ...

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