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  • ISTANBUL - Clashes with riot police were reported Monday as labourers and their representatives took out protest rallies across the world on May Day. Turkish police fired tear gas and plastic bullets at protesters seeking to march to Istanbul’s Taksim Square to celebrate May Day, in defiance ...

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  • MEHTARLAM -  In his first public speech since signing a peace deal with the Afghan government, one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords on Saturday called for the Taliban to stop fighting and begin negotiations. "I invite you to join the peace caravan and stop the pointless, meaningless ...

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  • WASHINGTON - Russian operatives tried to infiltrate Donald Trump's presidential campaign through his advisers, including foreign policy aide Carter Page, CNN reported Saturday. CNN said this emerged through FBI intelligence gathering, which triggered an investigation into any possible coordination ...

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  • UNITED NATIONS - The United States on Thursday urged the UN Security Council to make Iran’s “incredibly destructive” activities its Middle East priority and devote less attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. US Ambassador Nikki Haley branded Iran the “chief ...

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  • Riyadh - The United States wants to see a strong Saudi Arabia, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said during talks Wednesday aimed at reinvigorating the Riyadh-Washington alliance. Jim Mattis said that Iran’s destabilising influence in the Middle East would have to be overcome to end the conflict ...

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  • SRINAGAR - Hundreds of students clashed with government forces in Indian Held Kashmir during protests Monday against a police raid on a college, as tensions ran high in the restive region. Around 100 students were injured as police used batons and tear gas to try to quell the protests, which broke ...

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  • The US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb killed at least 36 militants as it decimated a deep tunnel complex of the ISIS group, Afghan officials said today, ruling out any civilian casualties. “As a result of the bombing, key ISIS hideouts and deep tunnel complex were ...

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  • MOSCOW/UNITED NATIONS - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after complaining of worsening ties with Donald Trump’s administration as the two sides spar over Syria. Putin received Tillerson at the Kremlin along with Russia’s Foreign ...

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  • LUCCA, Italy -  G7 foreign ministers were on Monday to send a “clear and coordinated message” to Russia over its stance on Syria as Washington ratcheted up the pressure following a suspected chemical attack in the war-torn country. Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson ...

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  • United States (US) Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley said in an interview that she sees regime change in Syria as one of the Trump administration's priorities in the country wracked by civil war. Defeating the militant Islamic State (IS) group, pushing Iranian influence out of ...

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  • AHMEDABAD -  India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Friday increased the punishment for cow slaughter from seven years to life imprisonment as Hindu hardliners push for tougher protections for the holy animal. Under the stiffened penalties passed by Gujarat’s ...

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  • WASHINGTON - The White House said on Friday that the United States must accept the political reality that the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is up to the Syrian people and the US focus in the region must be on defeating Islamic State militants. “With respect to Assad, there is a ...

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  • WASHINGTON - US senators warned Thursday of Russia’s “unprecedented” threat to American and European democratic institutions Thursday as they opened their first public hearing into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. With the main House probe in ...

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  • BEIJING  -  China has announced bans on beards and burkas in its remote violence-wracked Xinjiang region as part of tighter ‘anti-extremism’ regulations that also prohibit refusing to watch government propaganda.  Xinjiang is the homeland of the Uighurs - a traditionally ...

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  • WASHINGTON -  President Donald Trump sought on Saturday to put a good face on his most stinging political setback yet -- the failure of Republicans' attempt to repeal Obamacare -- declaring that the health care programme would collapse under its own weight and vowing to develop a "great" ...

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  • BEIRUT - A US-led coalition strike is reported to have killed 33 civilians in northern Syria on Wednesday. The Pentagon said the US military is providing air and artillery support to allied forces near a key town west of Raqa, IS's main Syrian stronghold, ahead of a major offensive against the ...

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  • GENEVA /MOSCOW/ANKARA - The UN on Friday accused Turkish security forces of committing serious abuses during operations against Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey after a regional ceasefire collapsed in July 2015. A report from the United Nations' rights office details evidence of "massive ...

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  • WASHINGTON/BEIRUT - The United States has sent a Marine Corps artillery battery into Syria to help defeat the Islamic State group in Raqa, the capital of their supposed caliphate, a US official has said. The official said troops from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit had deployed a battery of ...

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  • KABUL -  The Taliban's leader called on Afghans to plant trees as Spring approaches in a rare public statement Sunday that comes amid fears of another bloody fighting season. Haibatullah Akhundzada, who became head of the Taliban after his predecessor was killed in a US drone strike in ...

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  • MIAMI/CAPE CANAVERAL -  The US space agency said Friday it is considering putting astronauts on an upcoming test flight of the deep space capsule Orion as it aims to orbit the Moon. Orion is being built with an eye to one day ferrying astronauts to Earth's neighboring planet, Mars, perhaps by ...

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  • SAN FRANCISCO -  The US Justice Department said on Thursday President Donald Trump would replace his executive order suspending travel from seven Muslim-majority countries "in the near future," according to a court filing. The Justice Department said that given the upcoming replacement, the ...

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  • PARIS/GENEVA/astana -  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad defended President Donald Trump’s ban on Syrians entering the US, saying it targeted “terrorists” and not the Syrian people, in an interview broadcast Thursday. Trump last month summarily denied entry to all refugees for ...

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  • WASHINGTON -  President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed talk of a Russian connection as “non-sense,” two days after the resignation of his national security adviser Michael Flynn renewed questions about Moscow interference in US politics. “This Russian connection ...

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  • BANGALORE - Russia is close to finalising a deal to build helicopters in India, an executive said Tuesday, a move that would boost Narendra Modi's ambitions to manufacture defence hardware locally. India is the world's top defence importer and is seeking to revamp its Soviet-era military equipment ...

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  • ISTANBUL -  Three Turkish soldiers were “accidentally” killed and 11 wounded on Thursday when a Russian air strike targeting militants in Syria hit a building where the troops were deployed, the Turkish army said. With Moscow and Ankara cooperating ever more closely on Syria, ...

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  • KABUL -  Six Red Cross workers have been killed and two others are missing in northern Afghanistan, the international charity said Wednesday, underscoring the growing dangers faced by aid workers in the war-battered country. They were killed in the volatile province of Jowzjan, the charity ...

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  • BEIRUT - Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Syria's government of hanging up to 13,000 people at a notorious prison over five years in a "policy of extermination", two weeks before planned peace talks. The damning report, titled "Human Slaughterhouse: Mass hanging and extermination at ...

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  • KABUL - A bullet struck four-year-old Ezadullah in the stomach. Maysam, 12, was wounded in the leg. Both are collateral damage in a war that last year killed or wounded nearly 11,500 Afghan civilians, according to the United Nations. Fighting between Afghan security forces and militants, especially ...

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  • BEIRUT - The Islamic State group is “completely besieged” in its last major stronghold in Syria’s Aleppo province, a monitor said Monday, as pro-regime forces piled pressure on the militants on several fronts. IS fighters were cut off in Al-Bab after forces loyal to the government ...

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  • KABUL - The Afghan government controls less than 60 percent of the country, a US watchdog agency reported on Wednesday, after security forces retreated from many strongholds last year. Afghan soldiers and police, with the aid of thousands of foreign military advisers, are struggling to hold off a ...

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