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Iraq blocks international flights to Kur...

Iraq blocks international flights to Kurdistan in retaliation for independe...

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – International flights to and from Iraq’s Kurdistan region were set to end from 6:00 p.m. (11.00 a.m. ET) on Friday, after the central government imposed a ban in retaliation for the region’s vote for independence. Almost all foreign airlines suspended flights to... read more »

North Korea ‘rogue nation and embarrassm...

North Korea ‘rogue nation and embarrassment to China’ Trump

US President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed North Korea for carrying out its biggest nuclear test, saying that the actions of the east Asian nation are a threat to the United States. In a sharp critique, Trump called North Korea a “rogue” nation and “embarrassment” to China. “North Korea... read more »

17-year-old Russian girl, alleged master...

17-year-old Russian girl, alleged mastermind of Blue Whale challenge arrest...

A 17-year-old Russian girl has been arrested for allegedly being the mastermind behind the deadly Blue Whale Challenge, that encouraged players to commit suicide. The teenager, who was not identified by authorities, allegedly threatened her victims that she would murder them or their families if... read more »

After Sharif, who could be Pakistan’s ne...

After Sharif, who could be Pakistan’s next PM? Brother, ally among probable...

Nawaz Sharif was ousted from the prime minister’s office by the Supreme Court, but as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party he will be able to nominate his successor. Sharif’s chosen candidate will be put to a vote in the National Assembly: a rubber stamp affair... read more »

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40 killed in fresh Nigeria attacks

40 killed in fresh Nigeria attacks

Abuja – At least 40 people were killed in fresh attacks by gunmen in Nigeria’s state of Plateau, where ethno-religious crises have claimed hundreds of residents in the past, Xinhua... read more »

9 killed, 51 wounded in Benghazi clashes

9 killed, 51 wounded in Benghazi clashes

TRIPOLI – At least nine people were killed and 51 others wounded in the heavy clashes that erupted on Monday in the Libyan eastern city of... read more »

Britain, US to continue supporting Libya

Britain, US to continue supporting Libya

London – British Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that their countries would continue efforts to support... read more »

Egypt orders Turkish ambassador to leave

Egypt orders Turkish ambassador to leave

Turkish ambassador to Cairo has been considered persona non grata and will be ordered to leave the country because of Turkey’s continued “interference”... read more »

26 killed in South Africa road accidents

26 killed in South Africa road accidents

Cape Town – At least 26 people were killed in two separate road accidents in South Africa Friday, authorities said. At least 15 people were killed and... read more »

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Six nurses killed in latest attack on Chinese medical workers

BEIJING: Seven people, including six nurses, were stabbed to death at a hospital dormitory in northern China on Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, the latest in a string of attacks... read more »

Egypt making slow progress on genital mutilation

MANSHIET EL-IKHWA, Egypt: Raslan Fadl, the first doctor in Egypt to be put on trial for committing female genital mutilation, is still practicing... read more »

With 14.3 mn enslaved people, India is the slavery capi...

Nearly 14.3 million people, including children, are “trapped” in modern-day slavery in India, which tops a global index of people under bondage across the... read more »

Grenade attack kills 2 policemen in Charsadda

PESHAWAR – A grenade attack killed two policemen and wounded another one in Charsadda on Tuesday. The incident happened in the Shabqadar area of... read more »

IS claims beheading of US aid worker, 18 Syrians

BEIRUT: The Islamic State jihadist group on Sunday claimed to have executed Peter Kassig, a US aid worker kidnapped in Syria, as a warning to the United... read more »

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China conducts test flight of stealth drone

China conducts test flight of stealth drone

Beijing – China has successfully conducted the first test fl! ight of the domestically built and designed stealth unmanned aerial veh! icle (UAV), media reports said Friday. The drone... read more »

China Mobile's ex-vice president gets life sentence

China Mobile’s ex-vice president gets life s...

Beijing – The former vice president of China Mobile, the country’s largest telecom operator, was sentenced to life imprisonment for... read more »

22 killed in China oil pipeline blast

Death toll from China oil pipeline blast rises to 52, 11 missing

Beijing – At least 22 people were killed Friday morning when a leaking petroleum pipeline caught fire and exploded in the coastal city of Qingdao in... read more »

Chinese SC bans police from torturing suspects to extra...

China allegedly withholds residence visas for NYT, Bloomberg reporters

London – Chinese Supreme Court has ruled officials in the country to stop torturing suspects for them to make confessions. On its official microblog,... read more »

China’s military modernization is challenging US ...

China's military modernization is challenging US military power

A US congressional panel, which advises lawmakers on the national security implications of the relationship between Washington and Beijing, has warned that... read more »

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Middle East

ISIS leader urges Muslims to help build Islamic state

BAGHDAD: The leader of the extremist group that has swept over much of northern Syria and Iraq on Tuesday called on Muslims to immigrate to the territory his group has seized to help build an... read more »

Syria-Iraq ‘caliph’ incites Muslims to...

DUBAI: The leader of the al-Qaida offshoot now calling itself the Islamic State has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the... read more »

Iraq’s new parliament convenes to choose PM

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s new parliament has convened amid pressure on lawmakers to quickly choose a new prime minister who can confront a militant blitz that... read more »

Iraq gets Russian Sukhois to fight with ISIS

BAGHDAD: Iraqi government officials said on Sunday that Russian experts had arrived in Iraq to help the army get 12 new Russian warplanes into the fight... read more »

As Iraq burns, world feels the heat

This is largely a battle between the three major groups of people in Iraq — Shias, Sunnis and Kurds. Shias and Sunnis are Islam’s major sects. Kurds... read more »

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US defense secretary to hold talks in Pakistan

US defense secretary to hold talks in Pakistan

Islamabad – US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is scheduled to hold talks with the Pakistani civil and military leaders on security issues Monday, officials here said. Hagel earlier visited... read more »

I am opposed to India, US policies, says Imran Khan

I am opposed to India, US policies, says Imran Kha...

Islamabad – Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said he opposes the policies adopted by India and the US on Kashmir and drone... read more »

Bangladesh court orders Abdul Kader Mullah to be hanged

Don't hang Mollah, says rights group

London – A Bangladeshi war crimes court has ordered prison authorities to hang Abdul Kader Mullah of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, months after he was... read more »

Caretaker issue not on UN emissary’s agenda: Hasi...

Caretaker issue not on UN emissary's agenda: Hasina's aide

Dhaka – Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s advisor Gowher Rizvi said Saturday that the visiting UN emissary will no! t discuss the... read more »

Pakistan’s new army chief stresses on professiona...

Pakistan's new army chief stresses on professionalism

Islamabad – Pakistan’s new army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, has stressed on the importance of professionalism in dealing with challenges, a media... read more »

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Iran, world powers continue N-talks in Geneva

EU warns against autocratic drift in Maldives

The European Union has warned that the Maldives may drift back to autocratic rule, saying it will consider “appropriate measures” if the country can’t elect a resident in a rescheduled runoff... read more »

Hackers steal card details of 376,000 people from Loyaltybuild

Hackers steal card details of 376,000 people from ...

Washington – In a cyberattack on an Irish marketing company, Loyaltybuild, the hackers have reportedly stolen full card details of at least... read more »

Vladimir Putin cautious about being listed as “mo...

Vladimir Putin cautious about being listed as "most powerful person"

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he was more cautious after being named the most powerful person by Forbes... read more »

Greek government survives no confidence motion

Greek government survives no confidence motion

Greece’s Conservative-Socialist coalition government survived a no-confidence motion tabled by the main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) party... read more »

Ecuador president says UK violating Assange’s human rig...

Ecuador president says UK violating Assange’s human rights by holding him in country

Sydney – Ecaudor’s President Rafael Correa has reportedly claimed that Britain is violating the human rights of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by... read more »

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Obama calls Netanyahu amidst report of Iranian deal

Obama calls Netanyahu amidst report of Iranian deal

Washington – US President Barack Obama reached out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and updated him about the ongoing negotiations between world powers and Iran over its nuclear... read more »

US can access Britons' personal data under secret deal

Snowden leaks have helped Britain’s enemies:...

London – The intelligence leaks from US analyst Edward Snowden have left Britain’s enemies “rubbing their hands with glee”,... read more »

Obama says sorry to Americans dropped by insurers

Obama says sorry to Americans dropped by insurers

Washington – President Barack Obama has for the first time offered an apology to Americans who are losing health insurance plans he repeatedly said they... read more »

Modest relief for Iran if it halts activity: Obama

Modest relief for Iran if it halts activity: Obama

Washington – President Barack Obama has said that if Iran halts advances and reverses parts of its nuclear program, the United States would offer... read more »

Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wins re-e...

Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wins re-election

Washington – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie won re-election by a crushing margin on Tuesday, a victory seen boosting his widely expected... read more »

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At least 141 Haftar Loyalist Killed in South Libya Airbase Attack

Tripoli: An attack on an airbase in south Libya has killed 141 people, mostly soldiers loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar, a spokesman for his forces said on Saturday. Members of... read more »

In Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump to use softer language about Islam

President Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a “battle between good... read more »

North Korea confirms ballistic missile launch, says aimed at testing ability to carry nucl...

Pyongang on Monday confirmed that it had indeed carried out a test missile launch on Sunday. The missile test, North Korea said, was aimed at testing the capacity to carry a large scale... read more »

Donald Trump Is CEO Of The Country, Can Fire Anyone He Wants: Nikki Haley

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may meet US President Donald Trump in person for the very first time next week at the US, Arab and Islamist Summit in Saudi Arabia, a Dawn News report... read more »

10 gunned down near China ‘Belt and Road’ projects in...

HIGHLIGHTS The attack on the Pakistani labourers took place some 20 kilometres from the emerging port city of Gwadar Gwadar’s deep-water port is the exit point for a planned route from... read more »