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International

N. Korea conducts hydrogen bomb test

Seoul simulates attack on North’s nuke site SEOUL/WASHINGTON, Sept 4, (Agencies): North Korea on Sunday conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile, prompting the threat of a “massive” military response from the United States if it …

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Two million on Arafat for ‘Standing’

Sermon denounces terrorism, violence against civilians ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia, Aug 31, (Agencies): Two million Muslims gathered at Mount Arafat on Thursday for a vigil to atone for their sins and ask God’s forgiveness as the annual Hajj pilgrimage reaches its climax. Pilgrims clad in white robes spent the night in …

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Several wounded after blast hits bus – Ankara slams ‘biased’ US indictment

ANKARA, Aug 31. (Agencies): Seven people were wounded when an explosion hit a shuttle bus carrying prison guards in the Turkish coastal province of Izmir on Thursday, and authorities were investigating a possible terrorist attack, the local mayor said. The bus was hit as it passed a garbage container at …

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US warplanes in show of force

Japan seeks funds to boost missile ranges SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 31, (Agencies): The United States fl ew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear bombs over …

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2 get 17 years in Bhutto’s murder trial – Musharraf ‘fugitive’: Court

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Aug 31, (Agencies): A Pakistani court Thursday branded former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a fugitive in ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder trial, but acquitted five men accused of being involved in the 2007 assassination. The verdicts are the first to be issued since Bhutto, the first female prime …

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‘Battle against IS is in final stages’

MANILA, Aug 30, (AFP): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday a three-month battle against Islamic State group supporters occupying parts of a southern city was in its “final stages”. Duterte gave his assessment shortly after government troops secured a vital bridge in Marawi city, allowing them easier access into areas …

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Pilgrims to Mina on first day of Hajj – Arafat ‘Standing’ today

MINA, Aug 30, (Agencies): Pilgrims headed to Mina on Wednesday to perform the rituals of the first day of Hajj called “Yawm Al-Tarwiyah”, meaning the day of quenching thirst before heading to Mount Arafat on Thursday. Pilgrims would stay in Mina until Thursday’s sunrise, where they start heading to Mount …

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UN chief calls for lifting Gaza blockade

Midnight rush for power in electricity-starved strip JABALIA, Palestinian Territories, Aug 30, (AFP): UN chief Antonio Guterres called for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted Wednesday as he visited the Palestinian enclave enduring “one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises” he had seen. The secretary general’s comments came as …

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Six die in rains lashing India’s business hub

Two toddlers were among at least six people who died after floods caused by heavy seasonal monsoon rains destroyed homes and disrupted traffic in India’s financial capital, police said on Wednesday. Train services resumed slowly and dozens of commuters began walking to work in Mumbai, a city of 20 million …

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Harvey horror

BEAUMONT, Texas, Aug 30, (AP): Authorities found a shivering toddler clinging to the body of her drowned mother in a rain-swollen canal in Southeast Texas after the woman tried to carry her child to safety from Harvey’s floods. Capt Brad Penisson of the fire-rescue department in Beaumont said the woman’s …

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