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Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

Muslim pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque, before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, early Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. Mecca, Aug 19 :  More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. From first light Sunday, throngs of the faithful have circled the ...

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Migrant spouse of pregnant woman detained on way to hospital

Los Angeles, Aug 19 : A California woman said Saturday that she had to drive herself to the hospital and give birth without her husband after he was detained by immigration agents. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the man was detained because he was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant in a homicide case in Mexico. Maria del ...

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Photo : Collected Geneva, Aug 18 : Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in a tweet on Saturday, saying that he died ...

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Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods

New Delhi, Aug 18 : Thousands of stranded people are waiting for rescue as relentless monsoon floods batter the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 170 have died in a little over a week and much of the state is at least partially submerged. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Saturday with the state’s top officials, promising tens of ...

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Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Mecca, Aug 18 : Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 1.6 million Muslim faithful from abroad have arrived in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. In recent weeks, the faithful have arrived in Mecca ...

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Pakistan’s Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

Islamabad, Aug 18 : Pakistan’s cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan has been sworn in as prime minister after his party won the most votes in last month’s election despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf. Khan took the oath of office on Saturday, a day after being elected by a majority of lawmakers ...

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Short sentence recommended for former Trump campaign adviser

Washington, Aug 18 : A former Trump campaign adviser should spend at least some time in prison for lying to the FBI during the Russia probe, prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing Friday that also revealed several new details about the early days of the investigation. The prosecutors disclosed that George Papadopoulos, who served ...

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Imran Khan elected Pakistan prime minister

Photo: In this photo released by the National Assembly, the leader of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf party Imran Khan, left, greets speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Islamabad, Aug 17 : Pakistani lawmakers on Friday elected former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan as the country’s next prime minister, in a step toward ...

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Alaska man faces life in prison for Florida airport shooting

Miami, Aug 17 : An Alaska man faces a life prison sentence in the January 2017 Florida airport shooting that left five people dead and six wounded. Sentencing is set Friday for 28-year-old Esteban Santiago, who pleaded guilty in May to 11 charges in a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. Santiago, of Anchorage, ...

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Pope Francis condemns US ‘predator’ priests

        Pope Francis is on the side of victims of more than 300 “predator” priests in the United States who are accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades, the Vatican said Thursday. “Victims should know that the pope is on their side,” the Vatican said in a statement after a devastating US grand jury report ...

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