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US drone strikes kill 17 people in E Afghanistan

At least 17 people have been killed in two US assassination drone strikes in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar. The strikes took place in Haska Mina and Chaparhar districts of Nangarhar Province on Thursday, said Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal, an Afghan police chief. The police chief claimed that the raids ...

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Over 200 Schools close as MERS spreads in S Korea


More than 200 schools in South Korea have been suspended to prevent the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) infection among young students, officials said. Since June 3, 209 schools have suspended or closed classes nationwide due to fears that students might be infected with the MERS, Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs ...

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Modi govt plans 1965 war carnival


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rightwing Hindu nationalist government has ordered India’s armed forces to organise a ‘carnival’ to mark 50 years of a war with Pakistan in 1965, The Telegraph reported on Tuesday. The Kolkata-based paper said the three-week long event is set to reignite a debate on ...

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Rocket attack on school in Afghanistan kills three


A rocket attack on a school in eastern Afghanistan has claimed lives of at least three people and injured four others, officials say.   The casualties were caused after the rocket struck the school in the Baraki district of Logar Province on Sunday morning. A statement by Afghan’s Ministry of Education confirmed that at least ...

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139 bodies likely buried in migrant graves: Malaysia


Authorities in Malaysia estimate that 139 bodies are buried in the graves recently found by its forensic teams, which are believed to contain the the remains of migrants from Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim community. Malaysia’s Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar confirmed on Thursday that each of the 139 grave ...

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Heatwave death toll in India crosses 1,100

HYDERABAD: More than 1,100 people have died in a major heatwave sweeping India, authorities said Wednesday, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue. Southern India has borne the brunt of the hot, dry conditions and many of the victims are construction workers, elderly or homeless people unable to heed official ...

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Indian denied job for being Muslim

  NEW DELHI: In a blatant case of religious discrimination, a Mumbai-based diamond export company has rejected the job application of a business management graduate on the grounds that he is a Muslim, prompting the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to take up the matter.   Zeshan Ali Khan posted ...

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Obama renews ban on Iran oil trade


President Barack Obama has renewed unilateral US restrictions on purchases of oil and oil products from Iran.  In a decree, issued by his office, the US president said that “global economic conditions, increased oil production by certain countries, and the level of (oil) spare capacity” had allowed him to take ...

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