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Iraqi police find 2 mass graves in Islamic State-free Ramadi

BAGHDAD, April 20, (Agencies): Iraqi police on Tuesday unearthed two mass graves in the western city of Ramadi, with bodies of about 40 people killed by Islamic State militants during the militant Sunni group’s reign of terror in the city, officials said. The officials said IS militants who were captured …

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Earthquake’s death toll rises to over 400- Rescuers race to find survivors

MANTA, Ecuador, April 19, (Agencies): Rescuers are in a race against time to find survivors from a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake as the death toll from Ecuador’s strongest earthquake in decades has risen above 400. On Monday, teams from Ecuador and neighboring countries fanned out across the country’s Pacific coastline to …

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Searchers find body in twin quakes – Japan opens prison to shelter evacuees

MINAMIASO, Japan, April 19, (Agencies): Searchers digging in a mountainous area of southern Japan where twin earthquakes triggered landslides found another body Tuesday, raising the likely death toll to 45. Some 100,000 evacuees, some sleeping outdoors or in their cars, endured chilly weather and another large aftershock overnight that hit …

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Thirty dead & hundreds wounded as Afghan Taleban attack central Kabul – 1st hit in capital since militants’ spring offensive began

KABUL, April 19, (AFP): At least 30 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a Taleban truck bomb tore through central Kabul and a fierce firefight broke out Tuesday, a week after the insurgents launched their annual spring offensive. The Taleban claimed responsibility for the attack in a densely crowded …

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Turkey kills 32 IS fighters in Iraq after ‘attack’: report

ISTANBUL, April 19, (AFP): The Turkish army killed 32 suspected fighters from the Islamic State group in northern Iraq on Tuesday following an attack on one of its tanks, Turkish media reported. Turkish troops destroyed a building used by IS, killing 10 jihadists, and then killed another 22 who tried …

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GCC ministers discuss countering anti-Islam campaigns – Joint action urged to boost Awqaf, Islamic Affairs cooperation

RIYADH, April 18, (KUNA): A ministerial meeting held in Riyadh on Sunday stressed the role of ministries of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in the GCC for defending Islam against media campaigns that distort the religion, its values and teachings. The third meeting of the GCC ministers of Awqaf and Islamic …

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Koh-i-Noor diamond gift to Britain

India NEW DELHI, April 18, (AFP): A priceless diamond that is part of the Queen Mother’s Crown was given to Britain and not stolen, India’s government on Monday told the Supreme Court, which is hearing a suit seeking its return. The 108-carat Koh-i-Noor gem, which came into British hands during …

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Raids kill, capture IS fighters

ERBIL, Iraq, April 18, (Agencies): A member of Islamic State’s war council and two aides were killed in northern Iraq on Monday by US and Kurdish commandos in the second helicopter raid in two days in the area by a US-led coalition, Kurdish security sources said. A statement by the …

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Experts tone down relationship between US admin, GCC states

WASHINGTON, April 18, (KUNA): US experts have expressed concern over the level of strategic relationship the current US Administration and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members are having ahead of President Barack Obamas visit to Riyadh this week. Three GCC political experts from multiple think tank institutes in Washington D.C told …

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‘Fearless mobs’ help militants escape – Pakistan sends troops to rescue 24 police

KAKAPORA, India, April 17, (AFP): In a graveyard at his school in Indian Kashmir, principal Ghulam Ahmed Bhat stares sadly at a mound of freshly dug earth after another former pupil was killed in the region’s conflict. University student Shaista Hameed was caught in crossfire during a gunbattle between soldiers …

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