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Somali forces kill 20 al-Shabab militants in central region

Somali forces on Friday night killed 20 al-Shabab extremists in an operation in Jalalaqsi town in the country’s central region of Hiran, an official confirmed on Saturday. Mohamed Nur Aga Jof, governor of Jalalaqsi town, said the militants were on a public vehicle and the forces got intelligence that al-Shabab fighters were on the road to attack their military base. ...

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9 Bangladeshis were in KSA bus that crashed Thursday

Dhaka, Oct 19 : Nine Bangladesh nationals were among the passengers in the bus that collided with a heavy vehicle near Madina recently but their fate is not yet confirmed, said the Bangladesh envoy on Saturday. Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi told UNB that nine Bangladesh nationals boarded the bus as per its record. “But it only could ...

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Mexican president says he backed release of drug kingpin’s son to save lives

Mexico City, Oct. 19 : Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday said that he supported the decision to back off from an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, to prevent the loss of lives. The decision was jointly made by the Security Cabinet, which is made up by the ministers of defense, ...

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Blast at Afghan mosque kills 62 during prayers

Photo: A wounded man is brought by stretcher into a hospital after a mortar was fired by insurgents in Haskamena district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Kabul, Oct 18 : An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday prayers, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, ...

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Fighting in Kurdish-held Syrian town despite cease-fire

Ceylanpinar, OCT 18 : Associated Press journalists witnessed continued fighting Friday morning in a northeast Syrian town at the center of the fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect hours earlier. Shelling and billowing smoke could be seen around Ras al-Ayn accompanied by the sound of gunfire. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ...

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US-China trade mini-deal being ‘papered’: Trump

The partial trade bargain struck last week with China is now being formally put down in writing, US President Donald Trump said Wednesday. “It hasn’t been papered yet but it is being papered,” Trump told reporters at the White House, reports AFP.He insisted that China had already bought $40 to $50 million worth of American agriculture products last week. He ...

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Former Nazi SS guard, 93, going on trial in Hamburg

Hamburg, Oct 17 : A 93-year-old former SS private is going on trial in Germany on 5,230 counts of being an accessory to murder, accused of helping the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp function. Though he is not accused of any specific killing, Bruno Dey is charged as an accessory to those committed at Stutthof from August 1944 to April 1945 ...

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80 injured in third night of Catalonia protests; 33 arrested

Madrid, Oct 17 : Spanish authorities say that 80 people, including 46 police officers were injured overnight during the most violent of three nights of rioting over the imprisonment of Catalan separatist leaders. A statement from the office of Spain’s caretaker prime minister says that 33 people have been arrested. Four protesters have been jailed so far on provisional public ...

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Trump says US troops ‘largely out’ of Syria region

Photo: President Donald Trump welcomes Italian President Sergio Mattarella to the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Washington. Washington, Oct 16 : President Donald Trump says U.S. troops are “largely out” of a region of Syria where Turkish forces are attacking Kurdish fighters. Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters allied with the U.S. after Trump pulled troops ...

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Abu Dhabi crown prince meets Russian president over expansion of bilateral ties

Dubai, Oct. 16 : Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held an official meeting with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday over expansion of bilateral relations. During the meeting at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the crown prince expressed his hopes that Putin’s visit would achieve ...

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