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Deadly Attacks And Shelling Hit Iraq

At least 33 people have been killed in a new wave of violence across Iraq, including shelling of a market in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, medical sources said. The worst of Tuesday's bloodshed was concentrated in Fallujah, which has been under the control of anti-government fighters since the beginning of the year. Shelling in the city killed 18 people and wounded 43 others, according to Ahmed Shami, a docto ...

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Escalation of Tensions in Afghan-Pakistan Relations

With the continued artillery shelling of Pakistan on Afghan soil, Afghan defense officials have warned that Afghanistan is considering to retaliate the cross-border attacks on Afghanistan’s eastern provinces. Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi told the lawmakers that is not changing their aggressive approach towards Afghanistan despite the Afghan government’s objection to the incursions. Mohammadi ...

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India Arrests All Suspects In Gang-Rape Case

Indian police have arrested five people, including two policemen, over the alleged gang-rape and murder of two teenage cousins, officials have said. The three suspects, detained for the attack in Uttar Pradesh state, are cousins in their 20s from an extended family. They face charges of rape and murder, crimes punishable by the death penalty, police officer N Malik said on Saturday. Officials in Uttar Prade ...

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4 Dead, 10 Hurt As Pakistani Copters Pound Kunar

ASADABAD: Four civilians were killed and ten others were injured after Pakistani gunship helicopters pounded civilian homes in the Dangam district of eastern Kunar province on Saturday, an official said. The attack involving two choppers began around 8am on Saturday and was still ongoing, Governor Shujaul Mulk Jalala told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said the dead and wounded included women and children, saying ...

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Afghan Forces Ready To Retaliate To Pakistani Attacks

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai has directed the Afghan forces to stand ready for retaliation to Pakistani attacks on eastern Afghan provinces, the defence minister told lawmakers on Saturday. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi told the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament that President Karzai had cautioned Pakistani officials that Afghanistan could no longer tolerate the cross border shelling. Over the past thre ...

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The Wrong Afghan Friends

  By ANAND GOPAL At a checkpoint on a dirt road in southeasternAfghanistan in 2012, Rahim Sarobi, a farmer, braked to a stop behind a knot of idling cars. Up ahead, Afghan gunmen were piled into the back of a Toyota Hilux. On the ground, tied to the rear fender by their wrists, lay two bloodied men, laboring to breathe. Everyone was ordered out of their vehicles. The burly checkpoint commander, known simply ...

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12 civilians killed in eastern Ghazni Provice bombing

  A roadside bomb killed 12 civilians, including seven women in eastern Afghanistan Saturday, officials said, the latest violence in the country as US-led troops prepare to leave after 13 years of war. The victims were travelling in Giro district of Ghazni province after a wedding ceremony when the bomb ripped through their vehicle, district governor Abdullah Khairkhwah told a foreign news agency. “Twe ...

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Palestinian double-refugees struggle in Gaza

Gaza City, Palestine - "Death was all over the place. Projectiles were not stopping … we miraculously fled the camp." This is how Palestinian refugee Alaa Barakat described his last moments in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus in December 2012. Barakat lived in the camp with his wife and two children, a three-year-old and a five-month-old. The Yarmouk camp, which previously housed more than 160,000 Palestini ...

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22,000 troops or more could leave Afghanistan this year. How have Americans’ opinions changed since there were 100,000 abroad?

By Jaime Fuller President Obama announced yesterday that the United States plans to only have an embassy presence in Afghanistan by 2016 -- the level of involvement the United States currently has in Iraq. By the end of this year, he wants to drop the military presence in the country to 9,800, officially ending our combat presence there, but essentially providing the number of troops requested by the milita ...

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Karzai Seeks Explanation on Border Shelling

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday met US Ambassador James B. Cunninghamand NATO commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunfordon the unprovoked shelling by Pakistani troops of eastern Kunar province. A statement from the presidential palace said Karzai asked for an explanation of sporadic rocket attacks from the Pakistan side. He asked NATO and US officials to raise the issue with their Pakistani counterparts, t ...

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Iraq Shia worshippers killed in suicide blast

A suicide bomber has killed at least 19 people at a Shia mosque in central Baghdad, officials have said, while violence elsewhere in Iraq left four dead, the latest in a protracted surge in bloodshed. The bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the mosque in Baghdad's Shorja district on Tuesday as worshippers were preparing for midday prayers. Another 26 people were wounded in the blast, security and medi ...

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2 Dead In Attack on Defense Ministry Bus

KABUL: Two people were killed and nine others wounded on Monday when a bus of the Defence Ministry came under suicide bomb attack in the heavily-fortified central capital Kabul. The bomber ploughed his explosives-rigged motorbike into the vehicle in the Cement Khana locality of the 16th police district, said Gen. Zahir Azimi, the ministry spokesman. His deputy, Dawlat Waziri, said all the dead and wounded w ...

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Twin Bomb Explosions Rock Islamabad

Twin bomb attacks have rocked Pakistan's capital Islamabad, killing one person and injuring two others, officials have said. The first blast took place around 2am on Saturday at Super Market, an upmarket shopping area close to the city centre in an area known as F6. The second occurred about half an hour later in the parking area of a car dealership in another market in an area known as G-9. "It is not yet ...

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Urumqi Attack: China Arrests Suspect in Xinjiang

Authorities in China say they have held a suspect over Thursday's attack on a market in Urumqi in Xinjiang province in which 39 people died. More than 90 others were wounded. The man was held in Bayingolin prefecture, to the south of Urumqi. The other four suspects died in the attack, officials told Xinhua. The authorities have announced a one-year campaign against militant violence in Xinjiang province, ho ...

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India-Pakistan Proxy War in Afghanistan

The deadly on Indian Consulate in Herat province has once again sparked concerns over proxy war between rival regional powers in Afghanistan. The attack was organized at a time to have the highest possible repercussions and have potential impacts on regional politics and involvement of India and Pakistan in Afghanistan. The deadly assault on Indian consulate in Herat is coming ahead of coming new government ...

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Scientists Find Best Way to Rid a Garden of Snails

Gardeners wanting to rid their spring flowerbeds of pesky snails can ditch the beer traps and egg shells and instead develop a strong throwing arm. This is according to a new study in the journal Physica Scripta, which has used statistical models to show that removing snails out of the garden by a distance of over 20 metres or more is just as effective as simply killing them. According to the researchers, f ...

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The Taliban’s Assault on Yamagan of Badakhshan

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Taliban have seized Yamagan district of Badakhshan province. According to the reports, Badakhshan police have confirmed seizure of the district by Taliban fighters while officials in Kabul maintain that resistance from local police forces are going and backup forces have been dispatched. It seems that at the height of the seasonal fighting and ahead of the election runof ...

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Dozens Dead In Yemen Clashes

Fighting between army and Houthi rebels leave at least eight soldiers and 30 fighters dead in country's northeast. Clashes between Yemen's army and Houthi rebels have left dozens of people dead in a rebel stronghold in the country's northeast. Military sources told Al Jazeera that at least eight soldiers were killed in Tuesday's fighting in Amran city. Local officials said as many as 30 rebels were also kil ...

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Deadly Train Crash Near Moscow

Passenger train on its way to Moldova collides with freight train, killing at least four people. A passenger train on its way to Moldova has collided with a freight train near Moscow, killing at least four people and injuring many others, a spokeswoman for Russia's Emergencies Ministry said. Police said two of the passenger train's carriages had overturned after the collision on Tuesday. The reason for the ...

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32 Students Wounded In Roof Cave-In

Thirty-two school students and a teacher were injured on Tuesday when the roof of their classroom collapsed in the Kork area on the outskirts of the capital of Sar-i-Pul province. Sar-i-Pul Civil Hospital official Dr Niamatullah Yaldash confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News receiving 32 wounded students, aged between 6 and 7 years. Up to 50 students were in the classroom when the roof caved in. At least four of ...

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