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Militants kill three Indian soldiers in Assam

GUWAHATI, INDIA: Heavily armed militants ambushed an army convoy on Saturday, killing three soldiers and injuring four others in India’s restive northeastern state of Assam, police said. The two-vehicle convoy was on its way to the oil refinery town of Digboi in Tinsukia district when it came under attack from …

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US Jewish rights leader vows to register as a Muslim

The Jewish director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which campaigns against anti-semitism and other bigotry, said on Friday that he would register as a Muslim if Donald Trump establishes a database of Muslims in America. “The day they create a registry for Muslims is the day that I register as …

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Pope decries ‘epidemic of animosity’ against immigrants, other faiths

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Saturday said an “epidemic of animosity” against people of other races or religions was hurting the weakest in society, as he struck a note of caution against the rise of populist nationalism. Little more than a week after Donald Trump was elected the next US …

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Anger in Turkey at bill to quash child sex convictions

A bill in Turkey that would overturn men’s convictions for child sex assault if they married their victim provoked fury on Friday, with critics accusing the government of encouraging rape of minors with the proposals. The opposition, celebrities, and even an association whose deputy chairman is the daughter of President …

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India’s move to curb black money a ‘disaster’ for rural women, activists say

India’s move to withdraw high-value rupee bills from circulation to crack down on corruption and counterfeit currency has hurt rural women particularly hard, as most of them are outside the banking system, activists said. The shock currency move cancelling 500 and 1,000-rupee notes from circulation overnight, announced by Prime Minister …

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Trump agrees to pay $25 million to settle Trump University lawsuits

NEW YORK/SAN DIEGO: Donald Trump agreed on Friday to pay $25 million to settle fraud lawsuits over his Trump University real estate seminars, in what New York’s attorney general called a “stunning reversal” for the US president-elect. The lawsuits had dogged Trump, who denied any wrongdoing, throughout his campaign. They …

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India tops ranking for selfie deaths

NEW DELHI: Next time you’re at the Taj Mahal, find yourself standing on a precarious cliff or see an approaching train, you should just enjoy the mom­ent rather than trying to capture the perfect selfie. These are just three of the ways that 76 selfie-takers in India have lost their …

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Trump picks Republican hawk Pompeo to head CIA

WASHINGTON: Mike Pompeo, the Republican legislator chosen by US President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, is a well-known hawk and strident critic of the Iran nuclear deal. A graduate of the prestigious US West Point military academy and later Harvard Law School, Pompeo worked in the powerful …

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India bans Zakir Naik’s NGO for five years

The Indian government on Tuesday banned Dr Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation for five years. The ban, which is set be implemented with immediate effect, was enforced under India’s Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and approved at a meeting of the Union Cabinet, Times of India reported. The NGO …

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Monkey rides on goat’s back in China

A baby monkey has been hitching a somewhat unusual ride at a farm in China’s Yichun city clinging on to the back of goat. State broadcaster CCTV on Wednesday showed footage of the monkey clutching tightly on to a black goat, which appeared unfazed as it walked by a river …

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