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Glass walkway over China canyon cracks with tourists on it

A glass walkway that hugs a cliff above a scenic canyon in central China was closed after cracks developed while dozens of tourists were walking …

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Boko Haram says Shekau is ‘alive’

LAGOS, Oct 8, (AFP): Boko Haram said in a new video on Wednesday that its elusive leader Abubakar Shekau was alive and still in charge …

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Italian priest kidnapping raises militant alarm; Philippine police kill man who took fellow bus passenger hostage

MANILA, Oct 8, (AFP): Gunmen seized a retired Italian priest in the strife-torn southern Philippines, authorities said Thursday, the latest abduction blamed on an infamous …

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Kurds say Islamic State used mustard gas in Iraq attack; IS executed 70 Sunni tribesmen in Anbar: elder, UN

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq, Oct 8, (Agencies): Blood tests show the Islamic State used mustard agent in an attack on Kurdish peshmerga forces in August, the autonomous …

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Syrian army in major offensive

BEIRUT, Oct 7, (Agencies): Heavy Russian aerial bombing and cruise missile strikes launched from warships in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday provided cover for a …

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Iraq leans towards Moscow in IS fight

BAGHDAD, Oct 7, (Agencies): Iraq may request Russian air strikes against Islamic State on its soil soon and wants Moscow to have a bigger role …

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Arab coalition faces new IS foe in Yemen – ‘Fertile ground for radicalisation’

DUBAI, Oct 7, (AFP): An unprecedented attack on Yemen’s government claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group has raised a fresh challenge for the Saudi-led …

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Four held over terror shooting; Court tests legality of offshore detention of asylum seekers

SYDNEY, Oct 7, (Agencies): Four people were arrested in Australia on Wednesday over the terror-linked murder of a police employee after coordinated raids by more …

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Women suicide bombers kill 18 in Nigeria; Boko Haram attack on military camp repulsed: Army

DAMATURU, Nigeria, Oct 7, (Agencies): Two women suicide bombers killed 18 people, including themselves, early Wednesday in northeast Nigeria at a mosque in the compound …

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Russia plans no infantry ops in Syria; Moscow would consider Iraq strikes if asked

MOSCOW, Oct 6, (Agencies): Russia is not conducting operations in Syria involving its own ground troops and will not do so, Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, the …

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