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Convoy of foreign tourists attacked in W Afghanistan, six wounded

Security officials in Afghanistan say a convoy of foreign tourists has come under attack in the country’s west. “The convoy was ambushed by the Taliban in Chesht-e-Sharif district. The tourists were on their way to Herat from Bamiyan and Ghor provinces,” said Jilani Farhad, a spokesman for Herat’s governor. Officials ...

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Kashmiris hold fresh protest after civilian killings

Protests have once again erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir after two civilians were reportedly shot dead by government forces amid a curfew in the region. Police said thousands of people took to the streets in the Pampore area and a neighborhood in Srinagar, the region’s main city, on Wednesday, and chanted anti-India ...

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Australia mistreats refugees as deterrent: Amnesty, HRW

Australia is following the intentional inhumane policy of mistreating asylum seekers held on the South Pacific island of Nauru in a bid to deter others from attempting to sail to Australia, two prominent human rights groups say. According to a lengthy joint report by the Amnesty Internationaland Human Rights Watch (HRW) ...

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Death toll from India flooding jumps to nearly 100

Indian officials say the death toll from floods caused by heavy monsoon rains has risen to 96 people, with about a million leaving their homes and taking shelter in relief camps. The fatalities have been recorded over the past week in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Assam State in ...

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Beijing holds massive naval maneuver in East China Sea

The Chinese navy has launched a massive “live ammunition” drill in the East China Sea, which has been the subject of a longtime maritime dispute between Beijing and Tokyo.  According to Chinese media, hundreds of ships and submarines from all three fleets of the army took part in the drill on Monday. ...

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Gunmen kill two Hazara Shias in Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan

Unidentified gunmen have killed two members of Pakistan’s Hazara Shia community in an attack in the country’s troubled southwest. A Pakistani police official said the fatalities occurred in the suburbs of Quetta, the provincial capital and largest city in Balochistan province, on Monday. “Gunmen on a motorcycle stopped the rickshaw ...

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Russian copter shot down in Syria

A Russian military helicopter with five people on board has been shot down in Syria’s Idlib Province, the Russian Defense Ministry says. The ministry was quoted as saying that three crew members and two officers had been on board and that it was trying to ascertain their fate. An unverified photo ...

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One killed, 5 injured as blast hits Afghanistan’s Herat

An explosion has rocked Afghanistan’s western city of Heart, leaving one civilian dead and five others, including a police force member, wounded.  Herat police said the blast took place close to a compound belonging to the Afghan army on Herat’s Minarets Road on Saturday morning. Officials said the explosives were placed ...

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