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  • NEW DELHI -  India has stepped up security along its largely porous eastern border with Bangladesh and is using “chilli and stun grenades” to block the entry of Rohingya Muslims fleeing from violence in their homeland of Myanmar, officials said on Friday. Border forces in ...

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  • ARBIL - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers Friday approved holding a referendum on the independence of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on September 25 as opposition members boycotted the parliament’s first session in two years. The region’s vice-president Jaafar Aimenky, who chaired the ...

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  • JALALABAD - Several civilians have been killed in an US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said Friday, the latest setback in efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country. Saaz Wali Shinwari, the district governor of Haska Mina in Nangarhar province, said the raid was carried out ...

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  • Washington/Beijing - The time for talk on North Korea is “over”, the United States said, spurning a UN response to Pyongyang’s latest ICBM launch in favour of bomber flights and missile defence system tests. Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the United Nations, said there was “no ...

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  • JERUSALEM -  Clashes erupted between Israeli police and Palestinians at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site Thursday as thousands of Muslim worshippers entered to end a boycott of the compound over new Israeli security measures. An AFP correspondent witnessed the clashes break out shortly after ...

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  • BRUSSELS - The EU warned Wednesday of swift retaliation after the US House of Representatives voted to impose tougher sanctions on Russia in a move Brussels says could punish energy firms and divide the West. The Kremlin responded coolly to the sanctions vote, saying that President Vladimir Putin ...

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  • RIYADH - Saudi Arabia and its allies unveiled a "terrorist" blacklist on Tuesday of 18 organisations and individuals suspected of links with extremism that they said had ties with regional rival Qatar. The move by the four Arab governments came despite mounting international pressure to compromise ...

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  • TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Tehran would “respond appropriately” to new US sanctions but that Iran remained committed to its nuclear deal with world powers. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will always stick to its international commitments,” ...

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  • MOSCOW - Moscow on Monday said it was struggling to confirm if the leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead or alive, a month after reporting his possible demise. The Russian army said in June that it was trying to verify information that its jets killed Baghdadi during a ...

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  • Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump marked France's national day together on Friday at a military parade which clearly delighted the US president and showcased the warming relations between the two leaders.  Macron invited Trump to be his guest of honour at the Bastille ...

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  • Ankara - Turkey marks one year on July 15 since a coup attempt aiming to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that failed within hours but etched far-reaching consequences into its society and politics. The country is in the throes of the biggest purge in its history against alleged coup ...

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  • WASHINGTON/Mosul - A review of past air and artillery strikes has found that another 119 civilians were killed by the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, pushing the total number of such deaths to 603. In a statement Friday, the coalition said that in May it completed an analysis of 141 reports of ...

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  • Andy Murray survived a scare at Wimbledon on Friday but eventually overcame volatile Italian Fabio Fognini in four sets with a dramatic surge to dig himself out of trouble. The British defending champion triumphed 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 on Centre Court, winning five consecutive games in the fourth set ...

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  • Doha - Qatar on Monday responded to a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies after they agreed to give a defiant Doha another 48 hours to address their grievances. Details of the response were not immediately available, but a Gulf official told AFP that Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh ...

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  • Two blasts in Parachinar on Friday killed at least 25 people, a government official told media, the second deadly bomb attack in the country of the day. The first blast came during rush hour in the market in Parachinar, capital of Kurram tribal district, local official Nasrullah Khan told ...

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  • One woman lost two of her six children when trying to escape a burning London apartment block early on Wednesday morning while others tried to throw their children to safety, witnesses said. At least 17 people have died and police expect the death toll to rise further after a blaze swept through ...

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  • washington - They came to praise President Donald Trump, not focus on the controversies engulfing him. One by one, Trump’s Cabinet members assembled around the table spoke effusively about the president as he sat beaming, soaking it all in at the first formal gathering of his most senior ...

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  • ANKARA - Turkey’s military killed 20 militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes targeting southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq, the army said in a statement on Tuesday. In three separate air strikes, Turkish warplanes hit the southeastern province of Van ...

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  • Dhaka - Heavy monsoon rains and landslides have killed at least 134 people in southeast Bangladesh, burying many in their homes as they slept, authorities said Tuesday. Three young children from the same family were among those killed in the disaster, which comes just weeks after a cyclone battered ...

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  • Moscow - Russia Saturday called for dialogue to resolve a dispute between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, as Riyadh and its allies welcomed US President Donald Trump's demand that Doha stop funding extremist groups. Rights group Amnesty International warned of "heartbreak and fear" suffered by ...

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  • Doha - The diplomatic crisis surrounding the Gulf escalated further Friday after Saudi Arabia and its allies placed a number of Qataris and Doha-based organisations on a "terror list". As many as 18 individuals were named, including members of Qatar's royal family and a former minister. Also named ...

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  • A suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt in a market east of the Shi'ite holy city of Karbala on Friday, killing at least 20 and wounding 25, Iraqi security sources said. “A suicide bomber blew himself up in Musayyib market, causing 20 civilian martyrs,” an Iraqi interior ministry ...

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  • Dubai -  A senior Emirati official insisted on Wednesday that Gulf Arab states were not seeking regime change in Doha, as tensions built in a bitter feud between Qatar and its neighbours. Speaking to AFP in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates’ state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash ...

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  • London - One of the three attackers who killed seven people near London Bridge on Saturday night was previously investigated by British security services but had not been viewed as a serious threat, British police said on Monday. Khuram Shazad Butt, aged 27, was a British citizen born in Pakistan, ...

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  • A van ploughed into pedestrians and several people were stabbed in central London on Saturday, leaving at least 20 casualties in what police called a ‘terrorist’ attack days before a general election. Armed police opened fire during two “terrorist incidents” at London Bridge ...

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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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