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California wildfires rage with record death toll expected to rise

CALIFORNIA (Web Desk) Fire officials reported further headway on Friday against devastating blazes in Northern California’s wine country but said the death toll of 32, already a record for the state, would likely climb higher with more than 250 people missing.Even as firefighters gained enough ground for authorities to consider …

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New Afghan peace talks likely in Oman next week

KABUL (Web Desk) Representatives of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States will meet in Oman next week to discuss reviving peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants, an Afghan official and a Pakistani foreign ministry source said on Wednesday.But it was not clear if Afghan Taliban representatives would join the …

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Pak-Afghan border villages brace for Berlin Wall-style divide

CHAMAN (Web Desk) Thousands of Pashtun tribal people who for decades ignored the invisible line that bisects their dusty villages and demarcates the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier are bracing for a Berlin Wall-style divide of their neighborhoods.Pakistan, worried by Islamist attacks, is building a fence to prevent militants criss-crossing the porous 2,500 …

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Taliban rejects rumors about unity with ISIS

KABUL (Web Desk) Taliban spokesperson on Monday rejected rumors about the militant group’s unity with ISIS Takfiri terrorists in Afghanistan.Some local media outlets have recently quoted General Abdul Raziq, Afghan National Police chief for the southern city of Kandahar, as saying that the Taliban chief has urged its members to …

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Thousands evacuate as California wildfires kill 10

CALIFORNIA CITY (Web Desk) More than a dozen fast-moving wildfires tearing through California’s wine country have killed at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes, authorities said Monday.Fanned by winds of over 80 kilometres an hour, the blazes have forced more than 20,000 people to evacuate in the country’s heaviest …

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US aiding IS in Afghanistan, says Karzai

KABUL (WeB Desk) The US forces are helping the militant Isla­mic State group in Afghan­istan, Hamid Karzai, the country’s former president, alleged in a controversial interview aired on Sunday.Asked whether he had suspicions that US bases were being used to aid the IS, he said: “I have more than suspicions.he …

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US to ask Nato allies to spare 1,000 troops for Afghanistan

KABUL (Web Desk) The United States is to ask Nato allies to contribute around 1,000 extra troops to help in the battle against the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan, the new US ambassador to the alliance said on Thursday.Kay Bailey Hutchison said the forces would add to the roughly 3,000 US …

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COAS, Afghan president meet in Kabul, discuss regional security

KABUL (Web Desk) In an attempt to bridge the growing trust deficit between the two neighbouring countries, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Kabul on Sunday to hold discussions with Afghan authorities.During a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, matters of regional security and counter-terrorism efforts …

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