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Afghan president backs peace talks with Taliban

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani says negotiations with Taliban could help “end the bloodshed” in the war-wracked country. Speaking at the presidential palace in the capital, Kabul, on Friday, Ghani referred to peace talks with the Taliban as a priority for his administration. The Afghan president also thanked Taliban leader Mullah ...

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Pakistan shoots down Indian spy drone

  Pakistan says it has shot down an Indian spy drone over its side of the restive Himalayan region of Kashmir. “An Indian spy drone used for aerial photography was shot down by Pakistani troops which intruded into Pakistan along the Line of Control near Bhimber today,” said the Pakistani ...

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South Africa primes for reviving Iran ties

  South Africa has welcomed Tuesday’s conclusion of nuclear talks with Iran, saying it wanted to resume trade with the Middle Eastern country as soon as possible. South Africa relied on Iran as the biggest supplier of oil before sanctions on Tehran halted the trade in 2012. Iran and the ...

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Bangladesh sentences man to death for murder, rape

DHAKA: A special war crimes tribunal has sentenced a man to death on charges that he committed rape and murder in 1971 during Bangladesh’s war for independence from Pakistan. The tribunal’s head judge, Obaidul Hassan, issued the order Thursday against Forkan Mollick. The man worked at a local office of ...

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Lower house of Japanese parliament approves controversial security bills

The lower house of Japan’s parliament has approved controverisal security bills that allow the country’s army to expand its role overseas. On Thursday, Japanese lawmakers voted in favor of the legislation despite widespread criticism from the public and opposition groups. This came a day after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ...

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Iran to step into nuclear trade: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran is to step into trade on peaceful nuclear technology following years of research and development in the nuclear industry.  Zarif made the remarks upon arrival in the Iranian capital, Tehran, early Wednesday following the conclusion of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 ...

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Syrian army troopers deal major blows to Takfiri militants

  Army forces in Syria have carried out mop-up operations against foreign-backed militants across the conflict-ridden Arab country, inflicting heavy losses on them. On Tuesday, a total of 36 terrorists were killed during intense clashes with Syrian troops in the different neighborhoods of the northwestern city of Idlib, located roughly ...

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Health situation critical in Yemen’s Aden: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, saying the health situation is “critical” in the Arab country’s southwestern province of Aden. “The humanitarian and health situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate,” Ahmed Shadoul, the representative of WHO in Yemen, said on Tuesday. The deterioration ...

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Stampede kills at least 22 during India religious festival

HYDERABAD: A government official says at least 22 people have been killed and 10 others injured in a stampede during a Hindu religious bathing festival in southern India. Arun Kumar, a state administrator, says the stampede occurred in Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh state on Tuesday as tens of thousands of ...

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