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Monday , November 19 2018


Twin Taleban ‘suicide bomb’ blasts in Kabul kill at least 24

KABUL, Sept 5, (AFP): At least 24 people were killed Monday when two Taleban suicide bombers on foot struck close to the defence ministry in Kabul during late afternoon rush hour, the latest assault on the Afghan capital. Around 91 others were wounded in the assault, which comes as the …

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Delhi settles for chilli shells

SRINAGAR, India, Sept 5, (Agencies): Police and troops in Indian Kashmir will use chilli-based shells instead of pellet guns to quell protests, a minister said Monday, after hundreds of civilians sustained serious eye injuries in weeks of unrest. The government has been coming under growing pressure over the level of …

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Saudi Arabia strives to prevent fatal Hajj crush – Pilgrims get electronic monitoring wristbands

RIYADH, Sept 4, (RTRS): A year after the worst Hajj disaster in a generation, Saudi Arabia is issuing pilgrims with electronic bracelets and using more surveillance cameras to avoid a repeat of a crush that killed hundreds and damaged already strained ties with Iran. The world’s largest annual Muslim gathering, …

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‘Now a saint … always a mother’ – Songs, celebrations in Kolkata for Mother Teresa’s sainthood

VATICAN CITY, Sept 4, (AFP): Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed Mother Teresa of Kolkata a saint, hailing her as the personification of maternal love and a powerful advocate for the poor. “We may have some difficulty in calling her ‘Saint’ Teresa,” the pontiff said. “Her holiness is so near to …

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Security tight as Islamist hanged

DHAKA, Sept 4, (Agencies): Bangladesh has executed a tycoon and top financier for the largest Islamist party for war crimes, dealing a major blow to its ambitions in the troubled Muslim-majority country. Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, was hanged late Saturday after being convicted by a controversial …

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Duterte declares ‘state of lawlessness’ – Militants blamed

DAVAO, Philippines, Sept 3, (AP): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a nationwide “state of lawlessness” Saturday after suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists detonated a bomb that killed 14 people and wounded about 70 in his southern hometown. Duterte, who inspected the scene of Friday night’s attack at a night market in …

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India gives Vietnam $500 mn

India said Saturday it is giving Vietnam half a billion dollars in credit to boost defence ties, the latest security deal between the two nations seeking to counter Beijing’s muscle-flexing in the South China Sea. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement during a visit to Hanoi, which has …

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IS military retreat ups attacks risk in France

PARIS, Sept 3, (RTRS): Islamic State’s military pullback in Iraq and Syria increases the risk of Islamist attacks in France like the ones the country suffered this year and last, France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins was quoted saying on Friday. “We see clearly in the history of terrorism that when …

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14 killed, 58 wounded in Pakistan court blast

MARDAN, Pakistan, Sept 2, (AFP): At least 14 people were killed and 58 wounded after a suicide bomber attacked a court in the Pakistani city of Mardan Friday, police said, the latest assault targeting Pakistan’s legal community. The bomber shot his way through the main gate leading to the district …

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Mother Teresa set for sainthood – ‘Miracle’ patient speaks

HARIRAMPUR, India, Sept 2, (Agencies): Sitting in her mud house in eastern India, Monica Besra vividly recalls the “blinding light” emanating from Mother Teresa’s photo that she believes helped cure her cancer — one of the two recognised miracles that propelled the nun towards sainthood. Besra, a tribal woman from …

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