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IS attacks Iraq Embassy in Kabul – Staffers reported safe

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 31, (Agencies): The Islamic State group targeted the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul on Monday, with a suicide bomber blowing himself up outside the gates, followed by three gunmen who stormed into the building. The assault set off a four-hour firefight that ended only after Afghan security forces …

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Thousands rally in Istanbul against Israel – Ankara detains over 1,000 in anti-terror raids

ISTANBUL, July 31, (Agencies): Thousands of supporters of a conservative Turkish party rallied in Istanbul on Sunday to protest measures taken by Israel in Jerusalem and show solidarity with the Palestinians. Israel had angered Turkey by installing metal detectors and security cameras at the Haram al-Sharif holy site in Jerusalem, …

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No room at the inn for India’s ‘sacred’ cows – Centre of political battles

BAWANA, India, July 30, (AFP): Revered by most Indians, cows are at the centre of political battles and ‘lynch mob’ attacks, but they are being abandoned in growing numbers and turned away by shelters that cannot cope. The Sri Krishna Gaushala on the outskirts of New Delhi is typical of …

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Need ‘world-class’ army: Xi – ‘Military parade’ in show of might

BEIJING, July 30, (Agencies): Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need to build a world-class military, capable of “defeating all invading enemies” and loyal to the ruling Communist Party, at a major parade Sunday. The event — featuring 12,000 service personnel and about 700 aircraft and pieces of ground equipment …

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Putin shows off Russia’s naval might with major parade

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday oversaw a pomp-filled display of Russia’s naval might as the Kremlin paraded its sea power from the Baltic Sea to the shores of Syria. Some 50 warships and submarines were on show along the Neva River and in the Gulf of Finland off the …

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Hezbollah, Nusra swap corpses – 8,000 to leave Syria-Lebanon border zone as ceasefire deal advances

BEIRUT, July 30, (Agencies): Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and jihadist militants on Sunday started exchanging the bodies of fighters as part of a ceasefire deal for the restive Syria-Lebanon border. The truce, announced by the movement and confirmed by Lebanon’s General Security agency on Thursday, ended six days of a Hezbollah-led …

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No Iran servers, claims Telegram

TEHRAN, Iran, July 30, (AP): Iran’s communications and information technology minister was quoted Sunday as saying the widely used Telegram messenger service has transferred some of its servers into the country, but the encrypted application’s founder swiftly denied the claim. The report from Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Mahmoud …

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Yemeni rebel missile shot down near Makkah: Coalition – ‘Houthis target key port with boat bomb’

RIYADH, July 29, (Agencies): A ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels was shot down late Thursday close to Makkah in Saudi Arabia, a month before the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest site, the Arab military coalition fighting in Yemen said. The missile was intercepted 69 kilometres (43 miles) south …

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U.S. SANCTIONS IRAN SAT-ROCKET LAUNCH – ‘Tehran rules out halt to tests’

TEHRAN, July 29, (Agencies): A defiant Iran vowed on Saturday to press ahead with its missile programme and condemned new US sanctions, as tensions rise after the West hardened its tone against the Islamic republic. In the latest incident on the ground, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said the US Navy had …

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‘All US within range after M-test’ – China, Russia responsible for N. Korea threat: Tillerson

SEOUL, July 29, (AFP): Kim Jong-Un boasted of North Korea’s ability to strike any target in the US after a second ICBM test that weapons experts said Saturday could even bring New York into range – in a potent challenge to President Donald Trump. China condemned the test but US …

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