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Syria forces near breaking IS siege

BEIRUT, Sept 4, (AFP): Syria’s army battled the Islamic State group on the edges of Deir Ezzor Monday, seeking to break the siege of a government enclave and oust the jihadists from a key stronghold. The jihadist group has already lost more than half of its nearby bastion of Raqa …

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Nearly 90K Rohingya flee violence – ‘Explosions’ amid exodus

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh/ YANGON, Sept 4, (Agencies): Two blasts rocked a Myanmar area near the Bangladeshi border on Monday, accompanied by the sound of gunfire and thick black smoke, as violence that has sent nearly 90,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh showed no sign of easing. Bangladeshi border guards said …

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N. Korea conducts hydrogen bomb test

Seoul simulates attack on North’s nuke site SEOUL/WASHINGTON, Sept 4, (Agencies): North Korea on Sunday conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile, prompting the threat of a “massive” military response from the United States if it …

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Two million on Arafat for ‘Standing’

Sermon denounces terrorism, violence against civilians ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia, Aug 31, (Agencies): Two million Muslims gathered at Mount Arafat on Thursday for a vigil to atone for their sins and ask God’s forgiveness as the annual Hajj pilgrimage reaches its climax. Pilgrims clad in white robes spent the night in …

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Several wounded after blast hits bus – Ankara slams ‘biased’ US indictment

ANKARA, Aug 31. (Agencies): Seven people were wounded when an explosion hit a shuttle bus carrying prison guards in the Turkish coastal province of Izmir on Thursday, and authorities were investigating a possible terrorist attack, the local mayor said. The bus was hit as it passed a garbage container at …

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US warplanes in show of force

Japan seeks funds to boost missile ranges SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 31, (Agencies): The United States fl ew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear bombs over …

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2 get 17 years in Bhutto’s murder trial – Musharraf ‘fugitive’: Court

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Aug 31, (Agencies): A Pakistani court Thursday branded former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a fugitive in ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder trial, but acquitted five men accused of being involved in the 2007 assassination. The verdicts are the first to be issued since Bhutto, the first female prime …

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‘Battle against IS is in final stages’

MANILA, Aug 30, (AFP): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday a three-month battle against Islamic State group supporters occupying parts of a southern city was in its “final stages”. Duterte gave his assessment shortly after government troops secured a vital bridge in Marawi city, allowing them easier access into areas …

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Amir extends Eid Al-Adha greetings to all

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 30: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah congratulated Wednesday citizens and residents of Kuwait on the advent of Eid Al-Adha, expressing his best wishes for health, security, and prosperity to all. A statement by the Amiri Diwan noted that His Highness the Amir …

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Pilgrims to Mina on first day of Hajj – Arafat ‘Standing’ today

MINA, Aug 30, (Agencies): Pilgrims headed to Mina on Wednesday to perform the rituals of the first day of Hajj called “Yawm Al-Tarwiyah”, meaning the day of quenching thirst before heading to Mount Arafat on Thursday. Pilgrims would stay in Mina until Thursday’s sunrise, where they start heading to Mount …

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