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Harvey unleashes catastrophic floods in Texas – ‘Recovery from disaster going to take years’

ROCKPORT, United States, Aug 27, (Agencies): Tropical Storm Harvey lashed central Texas with torrential rains on Sunday, unleashing “catastrophic” floods after the megastorm — the most powerful to hit the United States since 2005 — left a deadly trail of devastation along the Gulf Coast. The storm has caused at …

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Iraqis poised for Tal Afar ‘victory’

TAL AFAR, Iraq, Aug 27, (Agencies): Iraqi forces backed by local militia and a US-led coalition were poised Sunday to drive the Islamic State group from the city of Tal Afar, dealing another blow to the jihadists. Just a week after authorities announced an offensive to push the jihadists from …

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2nd man arrested in sword attack – ‘Likely involved in commission, instigation of terrorism’

LONDON, Aug 27, (AFP): British police investigating Friday’s sword attack outside Buckingham Palace in London arrested a second man on Sunday, as authorities in Belgium, Finland and Spain probed their own terror attacks. “The man was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism …

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B’desh sends back 90 Rohingya migrants – Pope laments ‘persecutions’ in Myanmar

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Aug 27, (Agencies): Bangladesh has detained and forcibly returned 90 Rohingya migrants to Myanmar, police said Sunday, just hours after Myanmarese troops on the other side of the border had opened fire on people fleeing the country. Police intercepted a group of 70 Rohingya late Saturday after …

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Clashes over ‘guru’ kill 32 – 3 Indian police killed in Kashmir

PANCHKULA, India, Aug 26, (Agencies): Hundreds of troops Saturday patrolled a northern Indian city hit by deadly clashes that killed at least 32 people after thousands protested a court’s decision to convict a controversial spiritual leader of rape. The army was deployed in Haryana state’s Panchkula city after tens of …

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US-backed fighters seek to oust DAESH from Deir Ezzor – Syria Kurds preparing 1st vote in ‘federal region’

SHADADI, Syria, Aug 26, (Agencies): US-backed Arab and Kurdish fighters said on Friday they would launch an offensive “very soon” to oust the Islamic State group from Syria’s oil-rich Deir Ezzor province. The strategic territory is also seen as a prize by advancing Syrian troops, but an agreement between regime …

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Belgium knife attacker shot dead – Defiant Barcelona stages march against ‘terror’

BRUSSELS, Aug 26, (Agencies): Belgian soldiers shot dead a man in the centre of Brussels on Friday evening after he came at them with a knife shouting Allahu Akbar (God is great), in a case authorities are treating as a terrorist attack. The man, a 30-year-old Belgian of Somali origin, …

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N. Korea fires short-range missiles – China bans new business with North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 26, (Agencies): North Korea fired several rockets into the sea Saturday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving US troops that have angered Pyongyang. The US Pacific Command revised its initial assessment that …

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Over 40 killed in Kabul Shiite mosque attack – ‘Govt failed to protect us’

KABUL, Aug 26, (RTRS): Victims of the latest attack on Shi’ite Muslims in Afghanistan directed their anger squarely at the Afghan government, accusing it of failing to protect them despite repeated attacks. Suicide bombers and gunmen, some dressed in police uniforms, attacked a mosque in Kabul during prayers on Friday, …

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DAESH surrounded in Tal Afar – ‘Kurdish referendum potential reason for war’

BAGHDAD, Aug 24, (Agencies): The spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq says the militants are “completely surrounded” in the town of Tal Afar and “are being killed.” US Army Col Ryan Dillon says the IS militants in the town are being deprived of their …

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