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At least 19 killed in Islamist militant attack on Nigerian village

At least 19 people have been killed in an Islamist militant attack on a village in north-east Nigeria, a survivor of the attack said. The strike is the latest blow to Nigeria’s efforts to defeat insurgencies by the Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram group and Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA).   In recent months, the military has suffered its heaviest ...

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Muslims flock to Makkah as hajj begins

Over 2 million Muslims from across the world have gathered at Saudi Arab’s Makkah for the official start of the Hajj pilgrimage on Sunday. The Standing (wuqoof), the climax of the pilgrimage, is to be held at the Arafat Maidan on Monday. Hajj will officially end on Tuesday, when Saudi Arabia celebrates Eid-ul-Azha, with the Korbani sacrifices. According to Saudi ...

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Thailand’s Queen Sirikit, 86, admitted to hospital with flu

The Royal Household Bureau, Thailand’s Queen Sirikit, center, is visited by her children King Maha Vjiralongkorn and Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the Chitralada Palace on the Queen’s 86th birthday in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Bangkok, Aug 20 : Thailand’s Queen Sirikit is being treated in a hospital for the flu, the royal palace announced Monday. The ...

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Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for hajj’s pinnacle

Muslim pilgrims have gathered in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj.   Some 2 million pilgrims packed shoulder to shoulder early Monday for an emotional day of repentance and supplication.  It was on this day some 1,400 years ago that Islam’s Prophet Muhammad is said ...

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Trump administration less concerned about conserving oil

In this April 23, 2018, file photo a car is filled with gasoline at a station in Windham, N.H. Washington, Aug 20 : Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for gas-thrifty cars and other conservation programs. The ...

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Brennan gets offers for legal action on clearance revocation

In this May 23, 2017, file photo former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force. Washington, Aug 20 :  Former CIA Director John Brennan said Sunday that he is considering taking legal action to try to prevent President Donald Trump from stripping other current and former officials’ security ...

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Italy bridge designer warned in 1979 of risk of corrosion

A view of the partially collapsed Morandi highway bridge, in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. The unofficial death toll in Tuesday’s collapse rose to 43 Saturday. Rome, Aug 20 : The Italian engineer who designed the Genoa bridge that collapsed and killed dozens warned four decades ago that it would require constant maintenance to remove rust given the effects ...

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Taliban take at least 100 people hostage

In this June 16, 2018 file photo, Taliban fighters gather with residents to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, in Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Kabul, Aug 20 : Afghan officials say the Taliban have taken more than 100 people, including women and children, hostage in an ambush in the country’s north. This ...

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Quake swarm jolts Indonesian islands, killing at least 12

In this July 30, 2018, file photo, Indonesian soldiers and rescue team gather to prepare for evacuating tourists from Mount Rinjani, seen in the background, at Sembalun in East Lombok, Indonesia. Sembalun, Aug 20 : Multiple strong earthquakes killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from ...

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Kerala floods: Death toll climbs to 370; rescue operations continue

The death toll due to the devastating rains and floods in Kerala has mounted to 370, as two more deaths were reported on Sunday with rescue operations continuing in the worst affected districts of Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur. Authorities also withdrew the red alert which was issued in these three districts and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday predicted ...

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