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Pakistanis attend funerals for 9 killed in suicide bombing

Hundreds of Pakistani mourners attended funerals Thursday for five police officers and four civilians killed when a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a police checkpoint on the outskirts of the eastern city of Lahore the day before. The checkpoint is near a religious group’s main congregation place in the neighborhood of Raiwind in Lahore, the Punjab provincial capital. Punjab chief minister, ...

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US military helicopter crashes in western Iraq

A U.S. military helicopter has crashed in western Iraq with seven service members on board, U.S. officials said Thursday. The officials said that so far there is no indication that the Pave Hawk helicopter was shot down. The helicopter is used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue, and was in transit from one location to another when ...

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Navy jet crashes off Key West, killing 2 crew members

The Pentagon acknowledged Thursday that budget shortfalls have eroded military capabilities, including training and flight hours, but stopped short of blaming those cutbacks for the crash of a U.S. Navy fighter jet that killed both crew members. Dana White, Pentagon spokeswoman, said the cause of the F/A-18 Super Hornet crash Wednesday off the coast of Key West, Florida, is still ...

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Saudi crown prince says will develop nuclear bomb if Iran does: CBS TV

Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if its arch-rival Iran does so, the kingdom’s crown prince said in remarks released on Thursday, raising the prospect of a nuclear arms race in a region already riven with conflict. “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow ...

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Syria atrocities are a stain on the human conscious today – MEP Karim

Sajjad Karim MEP, last night condemned the situation in Syria as a stain on the conscious of humanity. Dr Karim was speaking during a debate on the war-torn country in the European Parliament, where he described the actions of Russia and its allies in Syria as deplorable, also citing the international community’s inaction on the situation as inexcusable. Speaking in ...

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Al-Qaida in Syria losing ground in battles with insurgents

For the first time since its meteoric rise in 2012 amid the chaos of war, al-Qaida’s branch in Syria is in retreat, battling rival militant groups in the north and fighting for survival in a key foothold near the capital, Damascus. Over the past three weeks, the extremist group has been driven from nearly all of the northern province of ...

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German parliament meets to elect Merkel for 4th term

Germany’s parliament is meeting to elect Angela Merkel for a fourth term as chancellor, ending nearly six months of political drift in Europe’s biggest economy. Merkel needs the support of a majority of all lawmakers to be re-elected on Wednesday, meaning that she has to win at least 355 votes. The coalition of her conservative Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only ...

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Trump fires Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had replaced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, ousting the embattled top diplomat after a series of public rifts. Trump announced the Cabinet shakeup on Twitter and said he had tapped the CIA’s deputy director, Gina Haspel, to replace Pompeo at the intelligence agency. Tillerson’s departure ...

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11 killed as Turkish jet carrying hen party crashes in Iran

Eleven women were killed when a private plane crashed in Iran while flying the daughter of a prominent Turkish businessman and her friends back from a hen party, officials and media reports said on Monday. The Bombardier Challenger 604, carrying Mina Basaran and seven of her friends back from the United Arab Emirates, went down in southwestern Iran on Sunday ...

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50 Dead As Bangladesh Passenger Plane With 71 On Board Crash-Lands Near

Fifty people were killed after a Bangladeshi plane with 67 passengers on board crashed near Kathmandu airport on Monday as it was coming in to land, officials said, as firefighters battled to extinguish the burning wreckage and rescue passengers. An army spokesperson in Kathmandu said 50 people have been killed, news agency Reuters reported. Live footage posted on Facebook showed ...

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