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Islamic State says Afghanistan leader still alive

KABUL: The self-styled Islamic State or Daesh on Monday released an audio tape it said was of the movement’s leader for Afghanistan, contradicting reports that he was killed in a US drone strike. The message purportedly from Hafez Saeed was posted to an IS website two days after the Afghan ...

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Saudi airstrikes on Yemen shameful: Official

A senior Iranian diplomat says the continuation of Saudi airstrikes against Yemen is disgraceful following Riyadh’s violation of a new UN-brokered humanitarian ceasefire in the impoverished nation. “The Muslim world and the Arab world are embarrassed at the continuation of Saudi military attacks on defenseless Yemeni people on International Quds Day,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for ...

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US general explains key American interests in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The United States still has three key interests in Pakistan, averting Al Qaeda’s re-emergence, preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and promoting regional stability, says the next chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. Marine Corps Gen Joseph F. Dunford Jr, who currently heads the US Marine Corps, ...

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Iranians observe International Quds Day

Millions of Iranians have taken to the streets across the country on International Quds Day in solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian nation.   Reports say Iranians from all walks of life have turned out in droves in the capital, Tehran, and in over 770 towns and cities across the country to show ...

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AL chief calls for ceasefire in Yemen

The Arab League (AL) Secretary General, Nabil Elaraby, has urged all Yemeni parties to implement the ceasefire announced by the United Nations, which is scheduled to take effect s as of tonight (Friday) till the end of the holy month of Ramadan. According to IRIB World Service, citing IRNA, the ...

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Iran talks likely to continue through weekend: Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the last-ditch talks between between Tehran and the P5+1 group of world powers will likely continue through the weekend, Press TV reports. Responding to the Press TV correspondent’s question on whether a deal could be achieved on Friday, Zarif said he “doubts it.” ...

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