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Afghan suicide attack in wedding hall kills 63

Photo: Damaged Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. A suicide-bomb blast ripped through a wedding party on a busy Saturday night. Afghanistan, Aug 18 : The death toll from a suicide bombing at a wedding in Afghanistan’s capital is at least 63, including women and children, officials said Sunday, as ...

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Hong Kong protesters rally to show ‘peaceful’ credentials after chaos

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong democracy activists gathered Sunday for a major rally to show the city’s leaders their protest movement still attracts wide public support despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing. Ten weeks of demonstrations have plunged the financial hub into crisis with images of masked black-clad protesters engulfed by tear gas during street battles ...

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Tlaib declines to visit West Bank, citing Israeli conditions

Photo: U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to a question from a constituent in Wixom, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Jerusalem, Aug 17 : Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Friday she would not visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank, despite being granted an Israeli permit on humanitarian grounds, saying Israel’s “oppressive” conditions aimed to humiliate her. Israel barred ...

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Pakistan says Indian firing has killed 6 in disputed Kashmir

Photo: Pakistan’s Mohammad Aslam shows a picture of his son Taimoor Aslam, who he said lost his life at the Kashmir border area called the Line of Control between Indian and Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Lahore, Pakistan. Islamabad, Aug 16 : Pakistan’s military says Indian troops have fired across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region, ...

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Russia bird strike: 23 injured after plane hits gulls and crash-lands

A Russian passenger plane has made an emergency landing in a cornfield near Moscow after striking a flock of birds. Twenty-three people were injured in the incident, which saw the plane land with its engines off and landing gear retracted, health officials said. The Ural Airlines Airbus 321 was travelling to Simferopol in Crimea when it hit the flock of ...

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India’s PM uses Independence Day to defend Kashmir changes

Photo: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses to the nation on the country’s Independence Day from the ramparts of the historical Red Fort in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. New Delhi, Aug 15 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended his government’s controversial measure to strip the disputed Kashmir region of its statehood and special constitutional provisions in ...

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Iran supreme leader urges support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels

Tehran, Aug 14 : Iran’s state TV reports that the country’s supreme leader is urging support for Yemen’s Houthis against a Saudi-led coalition that he says is trying to “disintegrate” the country. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with Mohammad Abdul Salam, the spokesman for Yemen’s Ansarallah Movement, in Tehran on Tuesday. The group is commonly referred to as the Houthis. Khamenei ...

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Trump claims credit for Shell plant announced under Obama

Monaca, Aug 14 : President Donald Trump sought to take credit Tuesday for a major manufacturing complex in western Pennsylvania in his latest effort to reinvigorate the Rust Belt support that sent him to the White House. He was cheered on by fluorescent-vest-clad workers who were paid to attend by Shell, their employer, which is building the facility. Despite Trump’s ...

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10 ISIS militants killed in air strike, gunfire in Iraq

At least 10 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition aircraft and clashes with Iraqi security forces in western Iraq, according to the Iraqi military. The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) carried out a raid in coordination with the international coalition aircraft on Monday, which conducted an airstrike on IS hideouts in the desert of ...

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Myanmar landslide: Tens of thousands flee homes, death toll hits 59

Vast swathes of southeastern Myanmar lie under floodwaters that have already forced tens of thousands to flee their homes as the death toll from a massive landslide hit 59, firefighters said Monday. Seasonal monsoon rains batter the country every year, but the recent deluge has submerged entire communities, with AFP drone footage showing only the tops of houses visible. There ...

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