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More than 50 Afghan troops killed in attack: US military

“More than 50 Afghan soldiers have been killed” in a Taliban attack Friday on their base near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, a US military spokesman told AFP. The attack lasted several hours but was over by early evening, according to the spokesman, who wished to remain anonymous. US General …

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Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers

Tesla Inc founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink Corp is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices. Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke, cancer …

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Ex-PM Gillani’s son charged in ephedrine scandal

A special Anti-Narcotics Court on Friday indicted former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani’s son, Ali Musa, and 10 others in an ephedrine scandal which rocked the PPP government in March 2011. The protracted case revolves around two Pakistani pharmaceutical companies, Berlex and Danas, that allegedly used political connections to obtain …

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French policeman killed in Paris attack claimed by IS

A known terror suspect shot dead a French policeman and wounded two others Thursday on Paris’s Champs Elysees in an attack claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group days before a presidential election. Observers had long feared bloodshed ahead of Sunday’s vote in France following a string of atrocities …

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Bangkok bans its street food

BANGKOK: Authorities in Thailand’s capital are banishing its world-famous street-food vendors as part of a clean-up drive by the military government, outraging foodies and threatening the livelihoods of the road-side cooks. Thailand’s street-food hawkers whip up tasty delights, from noodles and fried rice to oyster omelettes, in the blink of …

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Australia toughens up citizenship test

SYDNEY: Canberra on Thursday unveiled plans to put “Australian values” at the heart of tougher requirements to gain citizenship, days after scrapping a visa programme for temporary foreign workers. The moves came against a background of growing populist pressure and a resurgence of the anti-immigration One Nation party led by …

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US welcomes Saudi effort to ‘checkmate’ Iran

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has welcomed Saudi-led efforts to ‘checkmate’ Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East and adjacent regions. In a transcript released by the Department of Defence in Washington on Thursday, Mr Mattis said that the move to form an alliance of Arab and other …

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Fillon, Melenchon level as French presidential election nears

PARIS: Hard-left presidential challenger Jean-Luc Melenchon and conservative Francois Fillon were neck-and-neck behind the frontrunners in an opinion poll on Thursday, as candidates made last-ditch appeals to undecided voters. Voters will cast their ballots on Sunday in the first round of what has transformed into the most unpredictable French election …

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Turkey election board ‘rejects referendum annulment bid’

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s top election authority on Wednesday rejected an opposition bid to annul the referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers after complaints of vote-rigging, state media reported. Ten members of the Supreme Election Board (YSK) decided against annulling the vote, while only one voted in favour, the state-run …

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US troops battling IS near site of Afghan bomb strike

KABUL: United State troops are still battling suspected fighters of the militant Islamic State (IS) group near the site where a massive bomb was dropped in eastern Afghanistan last week, a US military official said on Wednesday. The GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was dropped last Thursday from an …

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