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Blast outside Kabul govt ministry, casualties feared: officials

KABUL (AFP) – Casualites are feared after a blast outside a government ministry in Kabul on Monday as employees were leaving their offices early for Ramadan. An explosion happened at the exit gate of the ministry, Daud Naimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, told AFP. At least five people were wounded,

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Taliban agrees to unprecedented ceasefire with Afghan forces for Eid

KABUL (Web Desk) – The Taliban announced its first ceasefire in Afghanistan since the 2001 US invasion on Saturday, with a three-day halt in hostilities against the country s security forces that was greeted with relief by war-weary Afghans. But the group warned the suspension of fighting for the first three days of Eid, the holiday that

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Jordan PM Mulki resigns after protests against IMF-driven reforms

AMMAN (Sarzameen News)– Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki has resigned after protests against increasing austerity measures gained momentum across the country. Mulki submitted his resignation to King Abdullah II on Monday following the massive protests in the country, a strong ally of western, against International Monetary Fund (IMF)-driven reforms, which suggested an increase in rates

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Toll rises in Guatemala volcano as more bodies recovered

ALOTENANGO (AFP) – Rescue workers pulled more bodies Monday from under the dust and rubble left by an explosive eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano, bringing the death toll to at least 69. Of them, 17 have been identified so far, said Fanuel Garcia, head of the National Institute of Forensic Sciences. In addition, there are

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UN express outrage over killing of Palestinian nurse in Gaza

UNITED NATIONS (APP) – United Nations officials have expressed their outrage over Friday’s killing by Israeli security forces of a 21-year-old Palestinian medic who was helping the injured along the Gaza border. Healthcare workers must be allowed to perform their duties without fear of death or injury, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick, said in

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At least seven dead in Kabul suicide blast near clerics’ gathering

KABUL (AFP) – At least seven people were killed Monday when a suicide bomber detonated near a gathering of top clerics in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, shortly after the group called such attacks a sin, police said. Our initial information shows that the suicide attack took place when guests were exiting the tent where the meeting was

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Al-Qaeda warns Saudi crown prince over ‘sin’

DUBAI (AFP) – Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has warned Saudi Arabia’s reformist Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over his sinful projects, in a bulletin released Friday. Prince Mohammed has spearheaded a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women to drive. The new era of Bin Salman replaced

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Zero bidders for debt-stricken Air India as deadline closes

MUMBAI (AFP) – India’s government announced Thursday that its auction for a majority stake in its debt-stricken airline Air India had received no bids. The cut-off date has already been put back by three weeks because of a lack of interest from buyers for the beleaguered airline. No response has been received for the Expression

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Saudi Crown Prince shot, injured in last month attack on palace: activist

(Web Desk) – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is said to be shot and injured in heavy gunfire that erupted from outside the royal palace, The revelation has been made by a Saudi opposition activist Mohammed al-Mas’ari, the secretary-general of the Islamic Revival Party. In a recent interview with Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV, he cited

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Israel, Hamas trade fire on Gaza border; Palestinian killed

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military says a tank fired at a Hamas position in the Gaza Strip after Israeli troops came under fire on the frontier while apprehending two armed Palestinians. The Palestinian Health Ministry said the Israeli shelling on Monday killed a man and seriously wounded another in the northern Gaza Strip. Hamas said

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