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Iraq helicopter gunship crash kills four

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi attack helicopter crashed on Wednesday, south of the Mosul battlefield, killing all four crew members, security officials said. “During an army aviation mission this morning, an aircraft crashed due to a technical failure,” the Joint Operations Command coordinating the fight against the Islamic State group said in …

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Tesla production surges 64%; misses 4th quarter delivery target

WASHINGTON: Electric carmaker Tesla said Tuesday production last year surged 64 percent compared to 2015, but the company missed its delivery target for the final three months of 2016. Tesla produced 24,882 vehicles in the final quarter of the year, resulting in total 2016 production of 83,922 vehicles. Because of …

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Chinese renewable power giant builds global empire

Other investors are wary of Brazil, but when Duke Energy wanted to sell 10 hydroelectric dams there, a Chinese utility shrugged off the country’s economic turmoil and paid $1.2 billion to add them to an energy empire that stretches from Malaysia to Germany to the Amazon. State-owned China Three Gorges …

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Turkey says identity of Istanbul attacker established, manhunt goes on

Turkey has established the identity of the gunman who killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day, its foreign minister said, and further arrests were made on Wednesday, but the attacker himself remains at large. The gunman shot dead a police officer and a …

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Art critic and author, John Berger, dies at 90

John Berger, the British art critic, intellectual and prodigious author whose pioneering 1972 book and the BBC series it spawned, Ways of Seeing, redefined the way a generation saw art, died Monday. He was 90. Simon McBurney, the British actor and a friend of Berger’s, told The Associated Press that …

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With Russia getting into the Afghan act, the geo-political landscape evolves

The gathering in Moscow last week the third in the series of consultations between Russia, China and Pakistan underlines growing concern about the spillover effect of the Afghan crisis in the region. The initiative is the latest example of Russian assertion of its diplomatic power amidst growing frustration over the …

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South Kashmir spearheads the wave of anti-India agitation

India-held Kashmir saw a whole population rising against the state last summer in the form of large demonstrations, demanding the right to self-determination. It all started when Burhan Wani, a popular rebel commander, was shot dead by the Indian forces in a village in southern Kashmir on July 8. Wani …

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Trump risks cross-strait stability if he reneges on ‘one China’ principle

BEIJING: Sao Tome and Principe’s recent switch in diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China is, to many, Beijing punishing Taipei for not adhering to the “one China” principle and attempting to tread a Taiwan independence path in the international arena. But it is likely also a signal to United States …

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Human rights situation in Bangladesh remains alarming

DHAKA: The overall human rights situation in Bangladesh was as alarming last year as it had been in the previous years, said human rights body Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK). Though the country witnessed a continuation of economic and sociocultural developments, there wasn’t much progress on civic and political fronts, …

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Syrian rebels suspend talks over alleged truce violations

BEIRUT: Syrian government forces pressed their offensive in a water-rich valley north-west of Damascus on Tuesday as 10 rebel groups announced they are suspending talks about planned peace negotiations because of what they described as government violations of a ceasefire deal. The truce, brokered by Russia and Turkey, is meant …

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