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Pakistan’s ‘father of Taliban’ cleric killed in knife attack

Pakistani religious cleric Samiul Haq, left, talks with Syed Munawar Hasan, the head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, during a press conference in Lahore, Pakistan. File photo Islamabad, Nov 2 : Prominent Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, also known as the “father of the Taliban,” was killed in a knife attack at his home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on ...

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Australian jailed for encouraging suicide

An Australian man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for encouraging his wife’s suicide, in a case believed to have set a global precedent.   Graham Morant, 68, was convicted last month of counselling and aiding his wife, Jennifer Morant, to take her own life in 2014.  He had been motivated by a desire to access Mrs Morant’s ...

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5 Bengalis shot dead in Assam

At least five people were killed by suspected United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) terrorists in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district in India on Thursday (Nov 1) evening. Reports suggest the terrorists belonged to the ULFA’s Paresh Baruah faction, the ULFA-Independent. But the outfit has denied any role in the attack.   The terrorists were in battle fatigues and randomly picked ...

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Divers recover jet’s data recorder on Indonesia seafloor

Divers on Thursday recovered a flight data recorder from the crashed Lion Air jet on the seafloor, a crucial development in the investigation into what caused the 2-month-old plane to plunge into Indonesian seas earlier this week, killing all 189 people on board. One TV station showed footage of two divers after they surfaced, swimming to an inflatable vessel and ...

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US woman found alive 6 days after car lands on tree

An American woman has been found alive six days after her car flew off a highway and landed on a mesquite tree in the state of Arizona, police said on Wednesday. The 53-year-old woman was traveling on national route 60 near Wickenburg, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Phoenix, when she lost control on October 12, the Arizona Department ...

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Black box retrieved from Lion Air plane

 A “black box” flight recorder from Lion Air flight JT 610 has been found by divers off the coast of Indonesia. The plane, carrying 189 people, crashed soon after taking off from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, on Monday.   It plummeted into the Java Sea – no survivors have been found, nor has the body of the Boeing 737.   ...

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Trump: Third of Americans see media as ‘enemy of the people’

US President Donald Trump has launched a fresh assault on the US media, saying he has “forcefully condemned hatred and bigotry” but this goes unreported. Speaking at a rally in Florida ahead of next week’s mid-term elections, he said a third of Americans believed that the media was “the enemy of the people”.   He did not provide evidence for ...

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37 bags of body parts from crashed plane brought to hospital for identification

A total of 37 bags of body parts from the crashed Indonesian plane have been brought to a Jakarta hospital for identification, according to a rescuer on Wednesday. The Lion Air plane with 189 people onboard crashed into the waters off karawang of Indonesia’s West Java province shortly after taking off from Jakarta on Monday.   Rescuers put the body ...

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Helicopter crash kills 25 in Afghanistan

An Afghan official says an army helicopter carrying senior officials has crashed in bad weather in the western Farah province, killing all 25 on board. Naser Mehdi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, says the helicopter crashed around 9:10 a.m. (0440 GMT), shortly after taking off from the mountainous Anar Dara district heading toward nearby Herat province.   He says ...

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British woman charged with murder of her husband in Malaysia

A British woman was charged Tuesday with murdering her husband, who was found stabbed to death at their home on the Malaysian resort island of Langkawi. Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo said Samantha Jones, 51, was asked by a court official if she understood the charge and that her client said yes.   Police found a blood-stained kitchen knife in the ...

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