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Israel warns Iran of Red Sea response, Tehran readies major Hormuz exercise

JERUSALEM, Aug 2, (RTRS): Israel would deploy its military if Iran were to try to block the Bab al-Mandeb strait that links the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday. Last week, Saudi Arabia said it was suspending oil shipments through the strait, …

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Video shows Detroit cop beating naked woman in hospital

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police corporal has been suspended after cellphone video emerged showing him beating a naked, unarmed and possibly mentally ill woman inside an emergency room triage unit as another officer and hospital security restrained her. The video posted on WJBK-TV’s website shows the male officer punching …

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Three foreign nationals abducted and killed in Kabul

Kabul, Aug 2, 2018 (AFP) -Afghan police in Kabul Thursday recovered the bodies of three foreign nationals who they said had been abducted and killed, in the latest incident targeting foreigners in the war-torn capital. “At this stage we think it is a terrorist incident,” a police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai …

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Top Pakistan court bars former minister from holding office

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s top court has barred the former deputy interior minister from holding office for the next five years for insulting judges in a speech earlier this year. Thursday’s ruling by the Supreme Court says Talal Chaudhry, who was deputy interior minister under former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, …

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Nationwide student protests enter fifth day in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Aug 2, 2018 (AFP) -Bangladesh shut down high schools across the country Thursday as tens of thousands of students protested for a fifth straight day after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. Bangladesh’s transport sector is widely seen as corrupt, unregulated, and dangerous, and as news of …

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New Delhi robbers escape with valuable commodity: Hair

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police say three men posing as customers robbed a small New Delhi workshop and fled with a valuable commodity: Hair. Lots of hair. Police say the men went to Jahangir Hussain’s wig workshop last Friday, claiming they were in the market for hair. As Hussain …

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Philippines nabs cleric over bomb claimed by Islamic State

MANILA, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The Philippine military said on Thursday it has arrested a Muslim cleric who knew in advance about a bomb that killed 11 people on Basilan island in an attack earlier this week that raised fears of Islamic State involvement. Acting on a tip off, scout …

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US freezes assets of Pakistanis

The United States on Tuesday froze the assets of three Pakistanis it has linked to Lashkare- Taiba, the militant group blamed for the deadly 2008 attacks in India’s financial capital, Mumbai. The State Department added Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil to its list of “specially designated global terrorists,” saying he was a …

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Fear as Iran currency dives

LONDON, Aug 1, (Agencies): Iranian lawmakers have given President Hassan Rouhani one month to appear before parliament to answer questions on his government’s handling of Iran’s economic struggles, state media reported on Wednesday. It is the first time parliament has summoned Rouhani, who is under pressure from hardline rivals to …

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Police probe use of growth hormones on children in Indian brothels

CHENNAI, India, Aug 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indian police are investigating the use of growth hormones in a sex trafficking case, following the arrest of eight people charged with exploitation of children in brothels in Telangana state. Eleven girls, including four below age 7, were rescued from brothels in …

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