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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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Russia censures Trump over asking Clinton’s email hack

Russia has denounced US Republican nominee Donald Trump’s call for a hack into his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s email, and dismissed allegations that Russians were behind a wave of cyber attacks aimed at the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that the claims about Russia’s involvement in ...

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With eye on China, India doubles down on container hub ports

NEW DELHI: An Indian conglomerate has started building the country’s first trans-shipment port, conceived 25 years ago, and the government will construct another $4 billion facility nearby to create a shipping hub rivaling Chinese facilities in the region. New Delhi will grant billionaire Gautam Adani $240 million so-called “viability gap” ...

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Pope aide faces probe over child sex abuse: Report

Australian police have launched an investigation into the Vatican’s finance chief, Cardinal George Pell, over allegations of child sex abuse. According to a report by the national broadcaster, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), police in Victoria State are conducting the probe into allegations of abuse by Pell in Ballarat, Torquay and Melbourne. The ...

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China slams US, Japan, Australia for ‘fanning tensions’

China has lashed out at the United States, Japan and Australia for issuing a joint statement on the South China Sea, saying it was only “fanning the flames” of regional tensions. In a joint statement on Monday, the foreign ministers of the three countries expressed ‘strong support’ for Southeast Asian ...

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US wants to avoid confrontation in South China Sea: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Washington wanted to avoid “confrontation” in the disputed South China Sea and help resolve the issue peacefully. Kerry made the remarks in Manila, the Philippines, on Wednesday after meeting his Philippine counterpart Perfecto Yasay. The top dipomats discussed Manila’s sweeping victory in the arbitration ...

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