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Suicide attack on Turkish vehicle kills two in Kabul

Suicide attack on Turkish vehicle kills two in Kabul

KABUL: A Taliban suicide attack targeting a Turkish diplomatic vehicle killed two people in Kabul Thursday, highlighting the fragile security situation as the Afghan government presses for peace talks with the militants. The blast came shortly after 8:00 am (0330 ...

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Russia, Cyprus sign military deal on use of Mediterranean ports

Russia, Cyprus sign military deal on use of Mediterranean ports

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades signed an agreement to give Russian military ships access to Cypriot ports. “We signed a number of documents regarding our military cooperation. For example regarding the entrance of our ...

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Moscow lying ‘to my face,’ says Kerry

Moscow lying ‘to my face,’ says Kerry

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday accused Russian leaders of lying “to my face” about Moscow’s involvement in the conflict in Ukraine and denounced what he called Russia’s “propaganda.” The top American diplomat refused however to say ...

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French president Hollande vows stiffer penalties for hate speech

French president Hollande vows stiffer penalties for hate speech

PARIS: French President Francois Hollande vowed Monday to introduce tougher penalties for “racist, anti-semitic or homophobic” remarks in the wake of last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Speaking at an annual dinner hosted by the country’s Jewish community, Hollande called ...

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Test for ties as Qatar emir meets Obama

Test for ties as Qatar emir meets Obama

DOHA: It may be a meeting of allies, but when Qatar’s emir holds talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday, there are several issues which could test that friendship. The meeting will be the first official visit ...

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Bangladesh ferry capsizes after collision, 70 dead

Bangladesh ferry capsizes after collision, 70 dead

DHAKA: At least 70 people died when a ferry carrying 150 passengers and crew capsized after colliding with a trawler on a river in central Bangladesh, police said on Monday. Rescuers managed to save at least 50 passengers, regional police ...

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US signals likely delay in troop pullout from Afghanistan

US signals likely delay in troop pullout from Afghanistan

KABUL: President Barack Obama’s new Pentagon chief said Saturday the United States was seriously considering slowing the pace of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan after talks with Afghan leaders in Kabul. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s comments offered the clearest ...

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Zarif, Kerry to hold nuclear talks in Geneva: Iran

Zarif, Kerry to hold nuclear talks in Geneva: Iran

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and top US diplomat John Kerry will meet in Geneva this week for talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme, an Iranian official said Thursday. Iran and world powers are trying to strike a deal ...

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