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Young Pakistani woman set on fire

MULTAN, Pakistan, Oct 23, (AFP): A young Pakistani woman was recovering in hospital Friday after she was burned over nearly half her body by a man she had refused to marry, police said. Sonia Bibi, 20, told police from her hospital bed that her former lover Latif Ahmed sprinkled her …

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Operation rescues 70 IS hostages – Five Islamic State members held, 10 killed

WASHINGTON/ERBIL, Iraq, Oct 22, (Agencies): One member of a US special operations team was killed during an operation to rescue hostages held by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the first American killed in ground combat with the militant group, US officials said on Thursday. Around 70 hostages were successfully …

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Stabbing attack kills teacher, student – Black day for Sweden: PM

TROLLHDTTAN, Sweden, Oct 22, (Agencies): A knife-wielding masked man stabbed four people Thursday at a school in southern Sweden, killing a teacher and a student before being shot dead by police, authorities said. One student thought the man had something to do with Halloween. Students fled from the Kronan school …

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Pakistan to tell US won’t accept limits

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON, Oct 22, (Agencies): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will tell US President Barack Obama this week that Islamabad will not accept limits on its use of small tactical nuclear weapons, Pakistani officials said on Wednesday. Pakistan insists smaller weapons would deter a sudden attack by its bigger neighbour India, …

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Russia flew 53 sorties, hit 72 militant targets in Syria – Drone video shows staggering destruction near Damascus

MOSCOW, Oct 22, (Agencies): The Russian defence ministry said on Thursday its planes had flown 53 sorties and struck 72 militant targets in Syria in the last 24 hours, Russian news agencies reported. The Russian air force hit a range of targets in the Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Aleppo, Damascus, and …

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FBI undercover in hunt for IS recruits – Agents set traps

WASHINGTON, Oct 22, (AFP): In April, John Booker was arrested for allegedly planning to carry out a suicide bombing at a military base in Kansas on behalf of the Islamic State group. It turns out that undercover FBI operatives had been manipulating the 20-year-old for six months — helping him …

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Clinton defends actions on Benghazi

WASHINGTON, Oct 22, (AP): Hillary Rodham Clinton firmly defended her actions on Benghazi as she came faceto- face Thursday with the Republican-led special investigation of the 2012 attacks on a US diplomatic mission in the Libyan city, hoping to put to rest the worst episode of her tenure as secretary …

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Flying on fake ID: refugees’ path less travelled to Europe

PARIS, Oct 21, (AFP): Ali, a Palestinian-Syrian banker desperate to reach the Netherlands, had to hide his surprise when he finally met a shadowy forger known as “The Whale” at an Arab-style shisha cafe near Athens. “It turns out the guy I’d been speaking to, who sounded so big and …

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2 kids burned alive, 4 held – Clashes erupt over beef killing

BALLABHGARH, India, Oct 21, (RTRS): Police in northern India have arrested four men over allegations that they burnt alive two low-caste children, an official said on Wednesday, a case that triggered a street protest and drew condemnation from an opposition leader. Authorities ruled out caste violence as a motive for …

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Qatar could intervene militarily in Syria but prefers dialogue – Assad makes surprise visit to Moscow

DUBAI, Oct 21, (Agencies): Qatar, a major supporter of rebels in Syria’s civil war, suggested it could intervene militarily following Russia’s intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad but said it still preferred a political solution to the crisis. The comments by Qatar’s foreign minister, made in a CNN interview …

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