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Islamic State threatens ‘attacks in India’

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In a rare appeal to India's Muslim minority, Islamic State says "it is planning to avenge the deaths of Muslims killed in riots in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat and elsewhere". India, a Hindu-majority country, is home to more than 160 million Muslims, but only a handful of them have joined the Middle Eastern group. Indian ... Read More »

Egypt finds belongings, debris from plane crash at sea

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The Egyptian navy said on Friday it had found the personal belongings of passengers and other debris floating in the Mediterranean, confirmation that an EgyptAir jet had plunged into the sea with 66 people on board. The military said it had found the debris about 290 km (180 miles) north of the port city of Alexandria and was searching for ... Read More »

BJP extends power in India

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party won power in remote northeast Assam and made gains in other states yesterday, expanding its political influence beyond its traditional heartland two years after a landslide national election victory. The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party seized control of restive Assam from the centre-left Congress party, which promised to "work harder" to win people's ... Read More »

Ecuador hit by 6.7 earthquake

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A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Ecuador’s coast overnight in the same zone where a 7.8 tremor killed more than 650 people last month. There was no report of significant damage from Wednesday’s quake, which cut electricity in some coastal areas and sent people running into the streets as far away as the highland capital Quito, witnesses said. President Rafael Correa ... Read More »

More than 150 people feared buried in Sri Lanka landslides

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More than 150 people are feared dead after they were buried under two landslides triggered by more than three days of heavy rain in central Sri Lanka, disaster officials said on Wednesday as rescuers raced to find survivors and recover the dead. Torrential rains have forced more than 196,000 people from their homes, the latest official data showed, with the ... Read More »

63 killed in Baghdad bombings

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Three bombings killed at least 63 people and wounded more than 100 in Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year. A suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State in a marketplace in the northern, mainly Shiite Muslim district of al-Shaab killed 38 people and wounded over ... Read More »

Mexico City emits new pollution alert for high Ozone levels

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Mexican authorities have issued a new smog alert for the capital after ozone levels rose above 150 per cent of acceptable limits. It's the fourth time this year that Mexico City has seen such an alert, which triggers additional restrictions on automobile usage. On Sunday 20 per cent of vehicles will be barred from the streets of the capital and ... Read More »

Sri Lanka floods kill 8, leave thousands homeless

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COLOMBO: Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least eight people, including a 10-month-old baby, and forced tens of thousands more to flee their homes, officials said Monday. The government has deployed troops to evacuate people living on slopes or in flood-hit areas and the navy is helping clear canals in Colombo to stop low-lying areas including the ... Read More »

Philippine president-elect to offer Cabinet posts to rebels

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MANILA: Presumptive Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he will reimpose the death penalty, offer Cabinet posts to communist rebels, and move to amend the constitution to give more power to the provinces, in some of his first policy pronouncements since winning last week’s election based on an unofficial count. In his first nationally televised news conference since the May ... Read More »

Massive ship expected in UK today

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PARIS: The Harmony of the Seas, world's biggest cruise ship, is expected in Southampton, England, on Tuesday, before its inaugural voyage on May 22 to Barcelona. Tens of thousands of French well-wishers waved goodbye to the largest cruise ship in the world on Sunday as it set sail on its maiden voyage to the UK after 32 months in a ... Read More »

Modi’s photos with his mom win Twitter

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Twitter users have praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to post pictures of his mother's first visit to his official residence in Delhi on social media. Heeraben Modi, who is in her nineties, lives in her family house in a town in Gujarat, Modi's native state. He tweeted that he "spent quality time with her after a long time".  Follow ... Read More »

Islamophobic trolls attack Scottish politician who took oath in Urdu

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GLASGOW: In a strong show of British multiculturalism, a Muslim politician elected to Scottish Parliament delivered his oath of allegiance in Urdu while wearing a kilt. But Humza Yousaf’s expression of love for the language of his Pakistani heritage faced a vile attack on Twitter. Controversial Canadian writer @TarekFatah tweeted on a family photo Yousaf has shared that shows women ... Read More »

Turkey blasts Europe’s silence on Nizami hanging

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ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday lashed out at Europe’s silence over the execution of a veteran leader in Bangladesh, accusing the West of “double standards.” “If you are against political executions, why did you remain silent to the execution of Motiur Rahman Nizami who was martyred a couple of days ago,” Erdogan said in a televised speech ... Read More »

Imran admits using offshore company

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan, who tried to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a row over offshore wealth, has acknowledged using an offshore company to avoid paying British tax on a London property sale. Analysts say the admission is likely to ease the pressure on Sharif’s government from a Panama Papers data leak that showed Sharif’s children had ... Read More »

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