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Australia charges two teenagers with planning attack

Two Australian teenagers have been charged with planning a terrorist attack in their home country on behalf of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. The two 16-year-olds were arrested on Wednesday by the Australian counter-terrorism team in Bankstown, a western suburb of Sydney, according to Catherine Burn, the New South Wales ...

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Taliban attack capital of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province

Taliban militants have reportedly entered the capital of Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand after launching a large-scale attack in the area. The militants attacked security checkpoints inside the city of Lashkargah on Monday, said the Interior Ministry spokesman, Sediq Sediqq. Sediqq said the country’s security forces “will soon push them ...

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Funeral of slain teen turns violent in volatile Indian Kashmir

Police and paramilitary troops have clashed with thousands of people, who had turned out for the funeral of a teenage boy killed during pro-independence protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a police officer said the scuffles broke out at Martyr’s Graveyard in Srinagar on Saturday. Policemen and paramilitary ...

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Philippines says joint drills with US put on hold

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says plans for joint patrols and naval exercises with the United States in the disputed South China Sea have been put on hold. The move is the first concrete break in defense cooperation after months of diplomatic tension between Manila and Washington. Lorenzana said on ...

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Philippines says wants liberation from US shackles

The president of the Philippines says the US and the EU can stop aid to his country if they wanted, while his foreign minister says Manila wants to break free from a “shackling dependency” on Washington. President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday told the United States and the European Union that if they ...

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Russia warns US against striking Syrian army

MOSCOW: The Russian military on Thursday strongly warned the United States against striking the Syrian army, noting that its air defence weapons in Syria stand ready to fend off any attack. The statement underlined high tensions between Moscow and Washington after the collapse of a US-Russia-brokered Syria truce and the ...

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India slow to expand Iran port

When the leaders of India, Iran and Afghanistan gathered in Tehran in the spring for a ceremony marking India’s development of a strategic Iranian port, they recited Persian poetry and said their partnership would “alter the course of history”. On a recent visit, roughly 13 years after India first agreed ...

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Russia suspended nuclear cooperation deal with US over sanctions

Russia has announced the suspension of a nuclear and energy sector cooperation agreement with the US over Washington-imposed sanctions due to the crisis in Ukraine.       The Kremlin made the announcement via a Wednesday statement signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (seen below). “In connection with the imposition of restrictions on ...

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Myanmar abolishes law meant to silence dissent by junta

Myanmar’s parliament has abolished a law that the former military government had excessively acted upon to suppress dissent. Parliament speaker, Mahn Win Khaing Than, said on Tuesday that members of the chamber had ratified a resolution that effectively abolished the Emergency Provisions Act, which was passed in 1950 after Myanmar ...

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