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Car bomb kills 11 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Aug 28, (AFP): A car bomb exploded in a market in the Iraqi capital’s Shiite-majority district of Sadr City on Monday, killing 11 people and wounding 26, security officials and medical sources said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by its propaganda …

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UN chief holds talks with Netanyahu – ‘Iran building missile sites in Syria’

JERUSALEM, Aug 28 (Agencies): UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres held talks with Israeli leaders Monday on his first visit since taking office, making a forceful argument for a two-state solution with the Palestinians and speaking of his “dream” for peace. Guterres also spoke of what he called obstacles to peace …

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Nurse ‘murdered’ at least 90: police – Man sold gun to shooter

BERLIN, Aug 28, (Agencies): A male nurse jailed for life two years ago for killing two hospital patients with lethal drug overdoses murdered at least 90 patients in total, and possibly twice as many, police said Monday, calling it post-war Germany’s worst killing spree. Niels Hoegel, 40, was jailed in …

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Saudi factory stitches kiswa

MAKKAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug 27, (RTRS): Dozens of Saudi craftsmen, mostly in their 40s and 50s, are hard at work in a factory in Makkah preparing an embroidered black and gold cloth to cover the Ka’aba, the holiest site in Islam. Known as the kiswa, the cloth is woven from …

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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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