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6 killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s Ghazni

A fresh attack by the Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan has killed six people as the militants step up their annual spring offensive after naming a new leader. Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said Wednesday that five civilians and a policeman were killed in the attack carried out by Taliban gunmen at ...

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N Korea begins 200-day battle to boost economy

North Korea has begun a 200-day battle to boost the country’s sanctions-hit economy as part of a five-year economic plan. The move started on Wednesday right after a 70-day campaign to increase production in the country ended. “All party officials, military officers and people …. have broken loose and stepped ...

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12 Afghan police officers killed in Taliban attacks

Afghan police have announced that a dozen of their officers have been killed in a series of attacks by Taliban militants south of the country. Hismatullah Daulatzai, the head of police for the greater Helmand zone, said Monday that the attacks the previous night targeted police checkpoints in Gereshk district, killing 12 ...

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Police break up rival protests in Melbourne

Australian police intervene to defuse clashes between anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters in Melbourne, using pepper spray and making several arrests. More than 300 had partaken in the Saturday protests on Bell Street in the city’s Coburg suburb. On one side were demonstrators representing the True Blue Crew and the United Patriots ...

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China to turn disputed south isles into tourist attraction

China seeks to transform some of the islands in the disputed South China Sea into pleasure-trip destinations for tourists. A senior Chinese official told China Daily on Friday that Beijing will turn an area around Woody Island in the Paracels chain into a “major tourist attraction comparable to the Maldives.” ...

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Russia, China stage virtual war games

Russian and Chinese missile defense commands have partaken in three-day-long “computerized” joint anti-missile drills. The exercises, which started on Thursday and are to last until Saturday, enlisted staff members of the country’s respective missile defense command centers, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported. The Russian Defense Ministry said the drills majorly ...

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Bahrain jails 19 over role in anti-government protests

A Bahraini court has handed down jail terms to scores of people over their involvement in anti-government protests, as the Manama regime steps up crackdown on dissent. Bahrain’s al-Wassat newspaper reported on Thursday that 14 people were slapped with jails terms ranging from 3 to 15 years. Ahmad al-Hammadi, a senior prosecutor ...

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Beijing accuses Washington of hampering Chinese trade

China, the world’s top producer of steel, has accused the United States of obstructing trade by the recent imposition of high tariffs on Chinese steel exports to the US. “The United States has deliberately suppressed the bulk of Chinese steel exports to US,” the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said in ...

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10 killed in Kabul suicide bombing

KABUL: An Afghan official says a suicide bomber struck a vehicle carrying court employees in Kabul, killing 10 people. Najib Danish, the Interior Ministry’s deputy spokesman, said the bomber, who was on foot, detonated his explosives vest as he walked by the vehicle in the Afghan capital on Wednesday. He ...

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