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Wall collapse kills 24 at wedding ceremony in India

A wall has collapsed during a wedding party in western India, killing 24 people, including four children, police says. Guests had taken shelter from a storm under a tin shack that adjoined the wall when it collapsed late Wednesday, local police officer Anil Tank told AFP. “The wall and a ...

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NATO assessing request for more troops in Afghanistan

NATO says its military authorities want more troops deployed to war-ravaged Afghanistan in the form of a “train, assist and advise operation.” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters following talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May at her Downing Street office in London on Wednesday that the troops were needed to ...

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Indian soldier kidnapped, killed in Kashmir: Indian army

Suspected militants have murdered an Indian army officer in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir after kidnapping him at his home, the Indian army says. The officer, Ummer Faiyaz, was kidnapped when he was at his home off duty to attend a relative’s wedding ceremony in the southern Shopian area on Tuesday, ...

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Iran’s election campaign heats up as presidential poll nears

Iran’s election campaign heats up with the six presidential hopefuls vying for the position of the country’s chief executive. In an address to his female supporters in a stadium in the capital Tehran on Tuesday, President Hassan Rouhani, who is seeking reelection, said his performance obviously reflects his opposition to ...

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Pall Corp. first US tech firm to invest in Iran in years

An Iranian company says a top American technology leader plans to invest in an Iranian oil equipment production project – what could be the first direct investment by a US oil company in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.     Speaking at a press conference at Iran’s Oil Show, Neda ...

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Moon Jae-in sworn in as South Korea’s president

South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has been sworn in a day after he was declared president in a decisive election victory. Moon took the oath of office in Seoul’s National Assembly building on Wednesday to begin his five-year term in office. The surprising speed with which Moon assumed office ...

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Focus on people should be policy not slogan: Iran’s Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on presidential candidates in the country to always pursue a “people-oriented” policy instead of raising popular slogans just in the run-up to the polls. In an address to a congress of the Iranian Surgeons Association in Tehran on Tuesday, Zarif said, “Being ...

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