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Magnitude 5.5 quake strikes southern Iran; felt in Bahrain

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An earthquake of at least magnitude 5.5 struck in southern Iran near the country’s sole nuclear power plant on Thursday morning, shaking Bahrain and other areas around the Persian Gulf. There was no immediate report of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake …

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Jihadists given 48 hours to surrender enclave near Damascus

BEIRUT, April 19 (Reuters) – Islamic State militants have been given 48 hours to agree to withdraw from an enclave they control south of Damascus, the pro-Syrian government newspaper al-Watan reported on Thursday. “If they refuse, the army and supporting forces are ready to launch a military operation to end …

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Attackers hurl acid at 3 female students in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say a group of men on motorcycles hurled acid at three female university students in the city of Gujrat. Officer Umair Hayat says one of the three men was arrested after Thursday’s attack, which occurred near a bus stop in the Dinga neighborhood as the …

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German jihadist tied to 9/11 attacks caught in Syria: Kurdish commander

Qamishli, Syria, April 18, 2018 (AFP) -A Syrian-born German national accused of helping to plan the September 11, 2001 attacks has been detained by Kurdish forces in Syria, a senior Kurdish commander told AFP Wednesday. “Mohammed Haydar Zammar has been arrested by Kurdish security forces in northern Syria and is …

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Indian Prime Minister Modi confronted by angry protests in London

 LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) – Hundreds of noisy protesters greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he arrived in London on Wednesday, demonstrating over a rising tide of sexual violence at home including two particularly brutal rapes. Holding placards reading “Modi go home” and “we stand against Modi’s agenda …

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AMIR OFFERS DEEPEST CONDOLENCES ON LOSS OF BARBARA BUSH

Hearts at half-mast for matriarch – Funeral set for Saturday KUWAIT CITY/HOUSTON, April 18, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent Wednesday a cable of condolences to former US president George Bush over the passing away of former first lady Barbara Bush. In the cable, His …

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Muslims fleeing village at centre of rape crisis in India

RASANA, India, April 18, (Agencies): There are no Muslims left in the village of Rasana, which has become a symbol of India’s rape crisis after the brutal murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl blamed on Hindu men. Police say the girl was raped and killed as part of an attempt …

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Syria regime forces shell Damascus jihadist bastion

Beirut, April 18, 2018 (AFP) -Syrian regime forces shelled the last pockets in Damascus controlled by the Islamic State group, preparing the ground for a possible assault on the jihadist stronghold, a monitor said Wednesday. After fully retaking the Eastern Ghouta region on the edge of the capital, the Syrian …

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21 dead as truck en route to Indian wedding crashes: police

New Delhi, April 18, 2018 (AFP) -At least 21 revellers were killed en route to a wedding when their truck flew off a bridge, police said Wednesday, the latest horrific crash on India’s accident-prone roads. The truck, carrying more than 40 passengers, smashed through a protective railing in central Madhya …

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Former US first lady Barbara Bush dead at 92

Washington, April 18, 2018 (AFP) -Former US first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, triggering an outpouring of praise for the matriarch of a Republican family once at the apex of American politics. Barbara and George H.W. Bush were married for 73 years, and the widower …

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