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US weighs Pak blowback – $2bn at risk in aid suspension

WASHINGTON, Jan 6, (Agencies): The United States is examining ways to mitigate any Pakistani retaliation as it piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants, a senior US official said on Friday, cautioning that US action could extend beyond a new freeze in aid. Pakistan is a crucial gateway …

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Mysterious, ancient Nine Domes Mosque – Mosque in Afghanistan highly valuable, highly vulnerable

BALKH, Afghanistan, Jan 6, (AFP): In the white dusty plains of northern Afghanistan, archaeologists are seeking to unravel the secrets of one of the oldest mosques in the world, whose structure is still standing after a thousand years of solitude. The Nine Domes Mosque, named for the cupolas that once …

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Army offers help to quell unrest – Iranians rally

DUBAI, Jan 4, (RTRS): Iran’s army chief declared on Thursday that police had already quelled anti-government unrest that has killed 21 people but that his troops were ready to intervene if needed, as Tehran staged more pro-government rallies. The protests, which seem spontaneous and without a unifying leader, erupted a …

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Qatari-owned jewels stolen in Venice

ROME, Jan 4, (Agencies): Thieves made off with several items of Indian maharajahs’ treasures owned by a member of the Qatari royal family after an audacious heist Wednesday at the Doge’s Palace in Venice, police said. Italian authorities investigating the theft put at around a million euros ($1.2 million) the …

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India probes report on breach of national identity database

NEW DELHI, Jan 4, (RTRS): India on Thursday began investigating a report that access to its database of the identity details of more than 1 billion citizens was being sold for just $8 on social media, in what could be one of the giant programme’s biggest security breaches. The Tribune …

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IS recruiter caught

RENNES, France, Jan 3, (Agencies): Emilie Koenig, a Frenchwoman suspected of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State group who figured on US and UN blacklists, has been arrested by Kurdish forces in Syria, her mother said Tuesday. The 33-year-old daughter of a gendarme is “being held in a Kurdish camp …

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Trump threatens Palestine aid cut – Jordan condemns Unified Jerusalem Law

WASHINGTON, Jan 3, (Agencies): Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Donald Trump appeared to threaten to cut off US aid money to the Palestinian Authority, asking why the US should make “any of these massive future payments” when the Palestinians are “no longer …

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India limits visitors to save Taj Mahal

India is to restrict the number of daily visitors to the Taj Mahal in an attempt to preserve the iconic 17th-century monument to love, its biggest tourist attraction. Millions of mostly Indian tourists visit the Taj Mahal every year and their numbers are increasing steadily as domestic travel becomes easier. …

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Peru bus accident kills 48

LIMA, Jan 3, (Agencies): A bus plunged over a seaside cliff in Peru on Tuesday, killing at least 48 people after a collision with a truck on a precarious stretch known as the “devil’s curve,” officials said. The bus was travelling from Huacho, 130 kms (81 miles) north of the …

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Amir receives Bahrain’s PM

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 2, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah met with visiting Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and his accompanying delegation at Bayan Palace on Tuesday. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the …

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