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Afghan authorities lock down Kabul after protest clashes

Afghan authorities have blocked the streets in the center of the country’s capital of Kabul after a recent demonstration led to deadly clashes between police and protesters. Saturday marked the second day of anti-government protests in Kabul days after a massive truck bomb attack hit the most secure part of ...

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Pakistan accuses Indian forces of ‘unprovoked’ shootings on Kashmir village

Pakistani and Indian troops have traded gunfire at the border dividing Kashmir between the two neighbors, wounding two villagers in the Islamabad-administered part of the disputed Himalayan region. On Saturday, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria said India’s military is resorting to “unprovoked” firing at Kashmir’s ceasefire line, censuring the ...

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Philippines won’t take second-hand US military equipment: Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will stop taking second-hand military weapons from the United States and will, instead, purchase brand-new systems as the country keeps fighting terrorism in the south. “I will no longer accept second-hand military equipment,” Duterte told soldiers at an army base on the southern island of ...

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Fire at shopping center in Iran injures 37

A fire at a shopping center in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz has injured 37 people, with local officials saying it was started by an explosion.  The explosion occurred at the city’s Hypermarket center in the early hours of Saturday, which caused walls of the building to collapse. Mohammad Reza Alimanesh, ...

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Iran, Russia sign ‘revised’ oil-for-goods deal

Russia says it has signed a revised contract with Iran over a much-debated and long-delayed scheme to barter crude oil with goods and commodities.    Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying by media that the changes in the contract concerned technical aspects and prices. Iran’s Ministry of ...

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Taiwan struggles with floods after torrential rain

Roads turned into rivers in northern Taiwan Friday as rain lashed the island, with rescuers helping residents evacuate as they struggled against the torrents. Cars, homes and businesses were left underwater after 600 millimeters of rain fell in under 11 hours in some areas. As water levels rose, a concrete ...

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Iran, EEU discuss free trade pact

Iran on Thursday discussed a free trade pact with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) thus moving a step close to joining the Russia-led single market.  The agreement was reviewed in St. Petersburg during a meeting between the visiting Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi and EEU Minister of ...

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Mudslides, floods kill over 200 in Sri Lanka

The death toll from mudslides and floods in Sri Lanka has climbed past 200, with 96 others missing, the government said Wednesday. The Disaster Management Center said 203 people were confirmed dead. More than 77,000 have been displaced and over 1,500 homes destroyed since rains began inundating the southern and ...

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