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Pakistan shelling kills 5 family members in Kashmir

JAMMU, India (AP) — Five members of a family were killed and two others wounded on Sunday in cross border shelling between Indian and Pakistani soldiers in disputed Kashmir, officials said. The five were killed after a shell fired by Pakistani soldiers hit their home in Poonch region along the …

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Thousands of Syrians flee raging assaults on 2 fronts

ARBIN, Syria, March 17, (Agencies): Thousands of terrified Syrian civilians fled for their lives on Saturday, as they sought to escape two raging offensives in a rebel bastion outside Damascus and a northwestern Kurdish enclave. Syria’s civil war this week entered its eighth year with world powers unable to stem …

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Greece: 6 dead from suspected migrant boat sinking in Aegean

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s coast guard says the bodies of six people have been recovered from the sea off a Greek island in the eastern Aegean following the sinking of a suspected migrant smuggling boat. The bodies of four children, one man and one woman were recovered off the …

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Russia summons British ambassador over spy poisoning dispute

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the British ambassador to Russia for talks in a heightening dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Russia is expected to announce the expulsion of some British diplomats in a retaliatory measure. British Prime Minister Theresa May …

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German minister questions Islam’s place in the country

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s new interior minister said Friday he doesn’t consider Islam to be a part of Germany, a position that puts him at odds with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the central question of migration. Horst Seehofer, the country’s top security official, told the Bild newspaper that “Islam doesn’t …

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Philippines informs U.N. of ICC withdrawal, says committed to fight impunity

MANILA, March 16 (Reuters) – The Philippines has notified the U.N. secretary-general of its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), but has assured the United Nations of its commitment to the rule of law. President Rodrigo Duterte is pulling the Philippines out of the ICC after a …

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India troops kill 2 Kashmir militants in gunfight, soldier hurt

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Officials say two militants have been killed and a soldier wounded in a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir. Police say at least two insurgents were trapped overnight in a home on the outskirts of the region’s main city of Srinagar after they unsuccessfully attempted to snatch a …

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3 arrested for banned sex determination test in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian doctor and two of his associates were arrested as they were about to carry out a banned sex determination test for a pregnant woman in a car in a secluded forest on the outskirts of the capital, a government official said Friday. State health …

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Turkish forces shell Syria’s Afrin, try to storm town from north – YPG

BEIRUT, March 16 (Reuters) – Turkish forces shelled the Syrian town of Afrin heavily overnight and killed at least 18 people, and the Kurdish YPG fighters were waging battles with Turkish and allied forces trying to storm the town, a YPG spokesman said. Brusk Hasakeh, the YPG spokesman in Afrin, …

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Saudis vow to go nuclear if Iran does – Khamenei termed ‘new Hitler’

WASHINGTON, March 15, (Agencies): Likening Iran’s leader to Adolf Hitler, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince warned in a US television interview that if Tehran gets a nuclear weapon, his country will follow suit. “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a …

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