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Iraq truck bomb kills 80, mostly Iranian pilgrims

HILLA (AFP) – A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 80 people, mainly Shiite pilgrims, south of Baghdad Thursday, as Iraqi forces battle to retake Mosul from the jihadists. The huge truck bomb blast ripped through a petrol station where buses packed with faithful returning from the Arbaeen commemoration in

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Kashmir Council EU condemns Indian firings on LoC

BRUSSELS (Sarzameen News) – Kashmir Council Europe (EU)’s Chairman, Ali Raza Syed has strongly condemns unprovoked firing by Indian Security Forces on front areas of Azad Kashmir along with of line of control (LoC) including an attack on a passenger bus in Near Neelum valley. In a statement from Brussels on Thursday, Ali Raza Syed

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Trump picks women, including a critic, for cabinet

PALM BEACH, United States (AFP) – Donald Trump began to broaden the base of his future cabinet Wednesday, nominating two conservative women including a critic, after his earlier picks rewarded campaign loyalists. Trump’s nomination of South Carolina’s 44-year-old governor, Nikki Haley, as US ambassador to the United Nations will be seen as a sign he is

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China power plant collapse kills at least 40

BEIJING (AFP) – As many as 40 people have died after a platform under construction at a power plant’s cooling tower in eastern China’s Jiangxi province collapsed on Thursday, state media reported. The accident happened in Fengcheng at around 7 a.m. (2300GMT), and rescuers are on the scene according to media reports. The death toll was

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Israel bid to limit Azan revived

JERUSALEM (AFP) – A controversial Israeli bill to quiet the Muslim call to prayer is to go forward after it was amended so as not to affect the Jewish Shabbat siren, the speaker’s office said Wednesday. Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, had blocked the draft law in its original form for fear it

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Egypt court overturns life sentence against ex-president Mursi

CAIRO (Web Desk) – Egypt’s Court of Cassation overturned on Tuesday a life sentence against deposed President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered a retrial in the case that revolves around accusations of espionage with Palestinian group Hamas. The court last week overturned a death sentence against Morsi in a separate case, meaning

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68,000 Iraqis displaced from Mosul offensive: UN

ARBIL, IRAQ (Monitoring Desk) – More than 68,000 people have fled their homes since Iraqi forces launched a huge offensive against the Islamic State group in and around Mosul last month, the UN said Tuesday. The figure increased significantly over the past week as forces battled deep into the densely populated city, but it falls

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Japan lifts tsunami warning after quake

TOKYO (Sarzameen News) – The Japanese government on Tuesday lifted its tsunami warning for the northeast coast of the country after a powerful earthquake shook the region earlier in the day. “The tsunami advisory has been lifted,” the Japan Meteorological Agency said in a statement released at 12:50 pm (0350 GMT) on its website. The

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Asking if Hitler was worse than Israel ´inappropriate´: Erdogan

ISTANBUL(AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said it would be “inappropriate” to ask who was the more barbarous out of Israel and Hitler, in comments likely to put renewed strain on ties with the Jewish state. The comments come less than a week after Turkey appointed a foreign policy advisor to the prime

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At least 27 die in Kabul mosque bombing

KABUL (Sarzameen News) – A strong blast hit a mosque in Kabul Monday as worshippers gathered there for a religious ceremony, leaving at least 27 dead and 35 injured, reports said. “A blast was reported at around 1230 in police district 6 of Kabul, we are still gathering the details,” interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi

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