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Syria rebels start to evacuate ‘capital of revolution’

HOMS, Syria: The evacuation of rebel-held parts of Homs city began Wednesday under an unprecedented deal which hands back control to the government less than a month before Syria’s presidential election. After nearly two years of government siege, civilians and ...

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US recognises Syrian opposition offices as ‘foreign mission’

Washington: In a boost to the Syrian opposition, Washington has recognised its offices in the United States as diplomatic missions, US officials said Monday, as the movement’s chief prepares for high-level talks here. Ahead of the first official visit by ...

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Outcry over video of Israeli-Palestinian clash

Occupied Jerusalem: The reprimand of an Israeli soldier – who was caught on video cursing and pointing a cocked gun toward the head of a Palestinian teen – has triggered the biggest outpouring of frustration by Israeli soldiers in years ...

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No houses on rent for Indians in Singapore

Many online home rental websites in Singapore include the words “No Indians, no People’s Republic of China (PRC)”, which is sometimes followed by the word “sorry”, leading to increasing rental discrimination in the city. The issue appears more common with ...

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13 killed as ferry capsizes in Bangladesh storm

The death toll in the ferry capsize in the Golachipa river in Bangladesh rose to 13 on Sunday with the recovery of five more bodies, police said. “Divers pulled out five bodies from the river in the morning,” Officer-in-charge of ...

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More than 2,100 dead in Afghanistan landslide

KABUL: Afghanistan officials gave up hope on Saturday of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote northeast, putting the death toll at more than 2,100, as the aid effort focused on the more than 4,000 people displaced. Officials ...

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Egypt court jails 102 Morsi supporters for 10 years: Report

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced 102 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to 10 years in prison on Saturday over protest violence, state television reported. The army-installed government has rounded up thousands of Morsi supporters and put them on ...

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350 dead, thousands missing in Afghan landslides

Landslides buried a village in northern Afghanistan today, killing at least 350 people and leaving thousands of others feared dead, as rescuers searched desperately for survivors trapped under the mud. Villagers at the disaster site in Badakhshan province used shovels ...

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Ukraine offensive sparks deadly clashes in Odessa, 31 killed

SLOVYANSK (Ukraine): Ukraine’s offensive to recapture an eastern city controlled by pro-Russia forces sharply escalated the crisis in the country’s east and set off a clash Friday in the southern port of Odessa that police say killed 31 people. The ...

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Hundreds rescued from floodwaters in US

Pensacola Beach, Florida: People were plucked off rooftops or climbed into their attics to get away from fast-rising waters when nearly 2 feet (0.6 meters) of rain fell on the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast in the span of about ...

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Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs are targets of violence: Obama

Washington: US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that even today a number of people from the South Asian origin — particularly those from Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities — are becoming victims of hate crimes in America. “Even today, South Asian Americans, especially those ...

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Iraqis brave threat of violence to cast ballots

BAGHDAD: Unshaken by the latest surge in violence, Iraqis braved the threat of bombs and attacks to vote on Wednesday in key elections for a new parliament amid a massive security operation as the country slides deeper into sectarian strife. ...

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Trains collide head-on in Sri Lanka; 68 injured

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA: Two trains have collided head-on in northwestern Sri Lanka, injuring 68 people. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana says the crash took place on Wednesday at the railroad station in Pothuhera, about 90 kilometres (56 miles) northeast of Colombo, ...

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Attacks hit Syria’s 2 major cities, kill 50 people

DAMASCUS, Syria: Two car bombs exploded in a pro-government neighborhood in the central Syrian city of Homs Tuesday, killing at least 36 people just hours after one of the deadliest mortar strikes in the heart of the capital, Damascus, killed ...

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