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India jailbreak: Armed men in police uniforms free Khalistan Liberation Force commander

At least 10 armed men disguised as policemen stormed a high-security prison in India’s Punjab state on Sunday and freed a top Sikh militant commander and four others, officials said. The attackers, who travelled in cars, stabbed and injured a guard at the main gate of Nabha Jail in Patiala ...

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Clinton team to take part in US state vote recount, Trump blasts effort

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign will take part in a recount of Wisconsin votes in the United States (US) presidential race, an effort Republican winner Donald Trump called “ridiculous” on Saturday. Wisconsin’s election board on Friday approved the recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. She has said she wants ...

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Iran may seek naval bases in Yemen or Syria: chief of staff

Iran may seek to set up naval bases in Yemen or Syria in the future, as distant footholds might be more valuable militarily than nuclear technology, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces said in remarks published on Sunday. “We need distant bases, and it may become possible ...

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India’s Modi calls for move towards cashless society

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the nation’s small traders and daily wage earners to embrace digital payment channels, as a cash crunch following the government’s surprise ban on high-value bank notes drags on. Modi, speaking in his monthly address on national radio, said the government understands that ...

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France votes for centre-right candidate ─ and perhaps next president

Former prime ministers Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe go head-to-head on Sunday in a runoff vote for France’s centre-right presidential nomination, with the winner likely to face a showdown against a resurgent far-right in next year’s election. Opinion polls show Fillon, a social conservative with a deep attachment to his ...

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3 California mosques receive letters threatening Muslims

A civil rights group has called for more police protection of mosques after several in California received letters that praised President-elect Donald Trump and threatened Muslim genocide. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said the same handwritten, photocopied letter was sent last week to the Islamic Center of Long ...

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Iraq approves merger of Shia militia into army

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s parliament approved a law on Saturday that will transform Popular Mobilisation forces, a mostly Iranian-backed coalition of Shia militias that played a role in fighting the militant Islamic State group, into a legal and separate military corps. Disagreements over the paramilitary units are complicating efforts to pull Iraq ...

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Kuwait votes as opposition ends boycott

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwaitis went to the polls on Saturday for the first election contested by the opposition in nearly four years amid fresh disputes over cuts in subsidies due to falling oil revenues. Turnout was high at many of the 100 polling stations with some centres reporting 70 per cent ...

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Eight killed as car bomb hits Mogadishu market

MOGADISHU: A car bomb exploded near a busy market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday killing at least eight people, police said, as medical sources warned the toll could be far higher. “We have counted about eight civilians so far who were killed in the blast and more than 10 ...

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Rouhani urges Iran-Turkey efforts in Iraq, Syria

DUBAI: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for greater cooperation between regional rivals Iran and Turkey to help establish stability in Syria and Iraq. “Today when the region is in a critical condition, cooperation and consultation by Tehran and Ankara in resolving issues can make a difference,” Rouhani told ...

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