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Pakistani firing kills five family members in Kashmir: India

Five members of a single family were killed Sunday when a mortar bomb fired by Pakistani soldiers landed on their home in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said. The incident happened in the southern Poonch sector in the disputed Himalayan region. Police said a 35-year-old man, two children aged seven and 12, a teenage boy and a woman were killed. “The five ...

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Airstrikes kill 29 insurgents in S. Afghanistan

At least 29 armed militants were killed during air attacks by Afghan air force in Helmand province, south of Afghanistan, on Saturday, Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement released here on Sunday. “The air force’s warplanes targeted hideouts of Taliban militants in Gereshk, Nadali, Nahr-e-Saraj, Sangin and Marjah districts of southern Helmand province, on Saturday, killing at least 29 ...

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Presidential election kicks off in Russia

Russia’s presidential election has begun in the Far East. Residents of the country’s easternmost regions – Kamchatka and Chukotka – are the first to cast their votes. Eighty-five Russian regions cover eleven time zones. While it is still Saturday night in most Russian regions, it is 08.00 a.m. Sunday in Kamchatka and Chukotka, when polling stations open the doors for ...

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Iraqi enthusiasts search for relics of royal past

At the heart of a Baghdad flea market, nostalgia for Iraq’s royal past is on full display as collectors and investors gather to buy relics from a bygone era. Inside the Moudallal cafe, Arabic for “pampered”, a hundred men from across the country carefully follow the auction of momentos from the nearly four decades of monarchic rule that ended with ...

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China’s parliament gives Premier Li second term

China’s rubber-stamp parliament gave Premier Li Keqiang a second five-year term on Sunday, but he faces a tenure deeper in the shadow of the country’s powerful leader Xi Jinping. Li was re-appointed with 2,964 votes in favour and two against during the annual session of the National People’s Congress at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, one day after Xi ...

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US-Saudi partnership: a long affair

The longstanding relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, its main Middle East ally, is founded largely on the exchange of American security for Saudi oil. As Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman heads to Washington for talks with President Donald Trump, here is a look over the partnership. – Partners since 1945 – The discovery of vast oil ...

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9 dead as small plane slams into house in Philippines

A small passenger plane carrying five people crashed into a house shortly after takeoff north of Manila on Saturday and killed all those onboard and four people on the ground, officials said. The Piper-23 Apache plane took off from the airport in Plaridel town in Bulacan province then crash-landed Saturday for a still-unknown reason and smashed into a house, Civil ...

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China’s parliament gives Xi second term, top ally named VP

China’s rubber-stamp parliament unanimously re-appointed President Xi Jinping to a second five-year term on Saturday and elevated his former anti-corruption chief to the vice presidency. Xi’s reappointment by the Communist Party-controlled legislature was a foregone conclusion, but all eyes had been on whether his former anti- corruption enforcer, Wang Qishan, would become his deputy. Xi received a standing ovation after ...

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Florida foot bridge collapse leaves 4 people dead

A newly erected pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University on Thursday, killing four people, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Downey said. Emergency personnel with sniffer dogs searched for signs of life amid the wreckage of concrete slabs and twisted metal after the 950-ton bridge crushed vehicles on one of the busiest roads in South ...

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Thousands flee violence in mass exodus from Syrian towns

Tens of thousands of terrified men, women and children streamed out on foot and in pick-up trucks Thursday from besieged enclaves on two fronts, fleeing bombings from the Syrian military near the capital, Damascus, and Turkish troops in the country’s north. It was the largest single-day exodus of civilians from fighting in Syria’s civil war and a reminder of how ...

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