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Calls for resignation of Afghan army chief

Mazar-i-Sharif: Afghan families buried their dead and the country observed a national day of mourning Sunday after at least 100 soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base, prompting angry calls for ministers and army chiefs to resign. The exact toll from Friday’s assault in the northern province of Balkh…

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Russian FM presses US’s Tillerson over Syria probe

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov voiced “regret” in a phone call with his US counterpart Friday at Washington’s opposition to a Moscow-backed plan to investigate an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

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Israel targets Syria positions after Golan mortar fire

JERUSALEM: Israel’s army said Friday it had targeted positions inside Syria in retaliation for mortar fire that hit the northern part of the Golan Heights.

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Taliban inflict more than 50 Afghan casualties in base attack, U.S. says

Taliban fighters have probably killed and wounded more than 50 Afghans in an ongoing attack on a mosque and dining facility inside an Afghan military base, a U.S. military spokesman said, describing it as a “significant” strike. “We’re talking probably more than 50 casualties,” said Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for the U.S. military’s Central…

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Iran FM mocks US claims it is violating nuclear deal

Iran’s foreign minister mocked US President Donald Trump’s claim Tehran was “not living up to the spirit” of the nuclear deal on Friday, saying Washington was flouting the accord. “We’ll see if US prepared to live up to letter of #JCPOA (nuclear deal) let alone spirit,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted. “So far, it…

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Iran FM slams ‘worn-out’ US nuclear accusations

TEHRAN: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday criticised “worn-out” US accusations that it was seeking a nuclear weapon to threaten the region and the world. “Worn-out US accusations can’t mask its admission of Iran’s compliance” with a 2015 nuclear deal, Zarif wrote on Twitter. Iran says its nuclear programme is purely for peaceful…

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Orbital ATK launches cargo to space station

MIAMI: An unmanned Orbital ATK cargo ship rocket packed with food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station blasted off Tuesday from a NASA launch pad.

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Three killed in Fresno, California shooting spree

CALIFORNIA: A gunman opened fire in downtown Fresno, California, on Tuesday, killing three people before he was taken into custody, local media reported, citing police.

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Watch: Trump’s wife gives him lesson in etiquette

WASHINGTON D.C.: A slight nudge from the First Lady to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, to raise his hand to heart as the US national anthem played, went viral on social media on Tuesday. Melania Trump certainly gave her husband a lesson in etiquette when she nudged him to hold…

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Orbital to launch cargo to space station Tuesday

MIAMI: A rocket packed with food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station is scheduled to blast off Tuesday from a NASA launch pad. The unmanned Cygnus cargo ship, nestled atop an Atlas V rocket, is poised for take off during a 30-minute launch window beginning at 11:11 am (1511 GMT)…

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Trump congratulates Erdogan on referendum win

ANKARA: US President Donald Trump called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to congratulate him on winning the referendum boosting his powers, the White House said on Monday.

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Russia warns US against unilateral strike on N.Korea

MOSCOW: Russia on Monday warned Washington against launching a unilateral strike on North Korea, after US Vice President Mike Pence said the era of “strategic patience” with Pyongyang was over.  “This is a very risky path,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow. “We do not accept the reckless nuclear…

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Pakistan ready to work with new US admin for regional peace, stability: PM

ISLAMABAD US National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R McMaster paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday. This is Gen. McMaster’s first visit to Pakistan as the US National Security Advisor and the first formal high level exchange between US and Pakistan under the new Administration. The prime minister welcomed the…

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Cold Stone Creamery opens its doors at Zamzama!

By: Filza Jawad Hai What could be more awesome this summer than having a startling ice cream outlet unlocked in the city? One of the fastest emerging franchises comes all the way from Arizona to Pakistan. Kahala Brands brings the premium American ice cream chain, Cold Stone Creamery, to Karachi. The exceptional services at the…

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North Korea warns against U.S. ‘hysteria’ as it marks founder’s birth

PYONGYANG: North Korea warned the United States to end its “military hysteria” on Saturday or face retaliation as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed toward the region amid fears the North may conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test.

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Huge US bomb kills dozens of IS militants in Afghanistan

JALALABAD: The US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb killed dozens of Islamic State militants as it smashed their mountain hideouts, Afghan officials said Friday, ruling out any civilian casualties despite the weapon’s destructive power. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb — dubbed the “Mother Of All Bombs” — was unleashed in combat for the first…

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US releases video of largest bomb dropped in Afghanistan

The US Defence Department released the video of a 21,000 pound bomb dropped on a mountainside in Afghanistan to target Islamic State (IS) caves. The US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb killed dozens of Islamic State militants as it smashed their mountain hideouts, Afghan officials said Friday, ruling out any civilian casualties despite the weapon’s destructive…

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US says chemical weapons attack in Syria was ‘war crime’

WASHINGTON: The Syrian government’s suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians last week amounts to a “war crime,” the US State Department said Thursday.

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US drops ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan

The US military on Thursday dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat, targeting an Islamic State complex in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb hit a “tunnel complex” in Achin district in Nangarhar province, US Forces Afghanistan said in a statement. The strike occurred at 7:32 pm (1502 GMT)….

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Facebook looking at behavior to weed out fake accounts

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Wednesday said it has started weeding out bogus accounts by watching for suspicious behavior such as repetitive posts or torrents of messages. The security improvement was described as being part of a broader effort to rid the leading social network of hoaxes, misinformation, and fake news by making sure people are…

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Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria attack

UNITED NATIONS: Russia blocked a Western effort at the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to condemn last week’s deadly gas attack in Syria and push Moscow’s ally President Bashar al-Assad to cooperate with international inquiries into the incident.

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