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Islamic State fighters surrender to Afghan forces after Taliban assault

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say more than 150 Islamic State fighters have surrendered to government forces in the face of an onslaught by the Taliban in the northern Jawzjan province. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, the provincial police chief, said 152 fighters surrendered Wednesday, including Habib-ul Rahman, their commander. …

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UAE offers amnesty for foreign workers stuck in Catch-22

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has begun a three-month visa amnesty program, hoping to resolve a Catch-22 for foreign workers who are fined daily for overstaying their permits but prevented from leaving until they pay the penalties. The government isn’t releasing specific numbers, but says …

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Bomb in van kills 11 at checkpoint in Philippines

MANILA: A bomb exploded in a van and killed 11 people at a military checkpoint in the restive southern Philippines on Tuesday in an attack that officials blamed on militants with ties to the Islamic State group. A suspected bomber, a soldier, five paramilitaries and four civilians, including a mother …

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‘Houthi’ missiles fly like Iran

UNITED NATIONS, July 31, (Agencies): Yemen’s Houthi rebels are still arming themselves with ballistic missiles and drones that “show characteristics similar” to Iranian-made weapons, a report by a UN panel of experts has found. In a confidential report to the Security Council, a copy of which was seen by AFP …

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Iran wary of US talks offer

Up to Europe to save N-deal: Rouhani TEHRAN, Iran, July 31, (Agencies): Iran reacted skeptically Tuesday to President Donald Trump saying that he’s willing to negotiate with his Iranian counterpart “anytime,” but top officials did not reject a sit-down out of hand. Ali Akbar Nategh Nouri, a senior cleric and …

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India police hunt eight men after sex attack on goat

New Delhi, July 31, 2018 (AFP) -Police in northern India on Tuesday said that a major manhunt was underway for eight men accused of having sex with a pregnant goat that later died. The suspects face prosecution under the colonial era Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that outlaws …

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Roadside bomb hits Afghan bus, killing eight, wounding 40

Herat, Afghanistan, July 31, 2018 (AFP) -A roadside bomb which hit a bus in restive western Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least eight people and wounded around 40, mostly women and children, officials said. “It was a bomb planted by the Taliban to hit security forces but… it got a …

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Pakistan election sees rise of anti-blasphemy party

Islamabad, July 31, 2018 (AFP) -A relatively new anti-blasphemy party whose leader has reportedly vowed to nuke the Netherlands should he ever come to power did surprisingly well in Pakistan’s elections last week, which were tainted by the rise of extremist groups. Islamic fundamentalist parties fielded more than 1,500 candidates …

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Malaysia Airlines plane may have been hijacked – Controls manipulated

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, July 30, (Agencies): A Malaysian-led independent investigation report released Monday, more than four years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, highlighted shortcomings in the government’s response and raised the possibility of “intervention by a third party.” The report, prepared by a 19-member international team, reiterated Malaysia’s assertion the …

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Philippine police vow ‘surgical and chilling’ war on drugs, crime

MANILA, July 30 (Reuters) – Philippine police vowed on Monday to revamp and intensify a fight against crime and drugs, a week after President Rodrigo Duterte promised no letup in a bloody crackdown that has alarmed the international community. “Surgical and chilling will be the trademark of the reinvigorated anti-illegal …

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