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Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president arrested after violent clashes

BISHKEK: Police in Kyrgyzstan detained the Central Asian nation’s ex-president on Thursday following violent clashes with his supporters, a day after a previous attempt to arrest him left one policeman dead and nearly 80 people injured. The violence has raised the threat of a new round of turmoil in the …

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Egypt says security forces killed 17 militants

CAIRO: Security forces killed at least 17 suspected militants in raids in Cairo and in another province, Egypt officials said on Thursday. The raid came four days after a car filled with explosives wrecked outside the county’s main cancer hospital, killing at least 20 people in the ensuing explosion. The …

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Turkey will not allow Syria safe zone agreement to be delayed – Cavusoglu

ANKARA: Turkish military officials and their US counterparts agreed to a safe zone in northern Syria, a “peace corridor” for displaced Syrians longing to return home. The Syrian regime has rejected this proposal. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warns Ankara will not allow safe zone efforts to suffer stalling process …

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High tide spits out $2M worth of cocaine onto New Zealand beach

WELLINGTON: Cocaine worth millions of dollars washed up on a New Zealand beach with police urging the public Thursday to hand in any more packages that may turn up. Police were called to Bethells Beach in West Auckland on Wednesday evening when packages of the drug were found along the …

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Iran says US mission will ‘increase insecurity’ – Gulf tensions

Iran says US mission will ‘increase insecurity’ Iran’s defence minister said the formation of a US-led flotilla in the Gulf would “increase insecurity” and any Israeli involvement would have “disastrous consequences” for the region. “The military coalition that America is seeking to form with the excuse of securing maritime transport …

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Zakzaky supporters reject delays in releasing cleric

ABUJA: A peaceful protest by the supporters of jailed Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in Abuja lasted only a few minutes as protesters quickly dispersed in order to avoid crackdown by security forces who were rushing to the scene to launch attacks. Demonstrators called on the Nigerian authorities to expedite …

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Saudi airport targeted twice in fresh Yemeni drone attacks

SANA’A: Yemeni armed forces have conducted two drone strikes on an airport in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Asir province, as the war-ravaged country continues to push back against a brutal Saudi-led war that has killed thousands of civilians and displaced millions more. In the first attack, the Yemeni forces, led by …

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Iran’s Leader condoles with Afghans demise of Ayt. Mohseni

TEHRAN:  The Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei has offered his condolences on the demise of Ayatollah Sheikh Mohammad Asif Mohseni – a prominent Afghan Shia scholar. According to the news service of the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei extended his condolences to …

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Kashmir dispute: India PM Modi defends lifting special status

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appeared on state media to defend his highly controversial decision to remove the special status accorded to Kashmir. Mr Modi said a “new era” was beginning for the Indian-administered part of the region, where “hindrances” to its development had been lifted. The …

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