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IS suicide bomber kills 26

Kabul: A suicide bomber on Wednesday killed at least 26 people, many of them teenagers, after detonating a device among a crowd of people in Kabul who were celebrating the Persian New Year holiday, officials said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack — the fifth suicide …

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May 1968, France in revolt

Fifty years ago France was rocked by a violent student revolt that drew in factory workers in an outpouring of emotion that still marks the country. Students demanding more liberties in the conservative and authoritarian mood of the time found a voice in the global outcry against the Vietnam War. …

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Japan marks sarin attacks anniversary as executions near

Japan on Tuesday marked the 23rd anniversary of a deadly sarin attack on the Tokyo metro, as speculation grows that members of the cult behind it could soon be executed. At a solemn ceremony at Kasumigaseki station, one of the targets of the 1995 attacks which is surrounded by key …

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Putin easily wins another six-year term, firms grip on Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory. Putin’s thumping victory will extend his total time in office to nearly a …

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Southeast Asia leaders back sanctions against North Korea

Leaders, from left to right, Prime Minister of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, Cambodia’s Prime Minster Hun Sen, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chanocha, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Philippines’ Secretary of Foreign …

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Nauert’s meteoric rise taakes State Department by surprise

When the ax fell on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his spokeswoman was half a world away, a distance he and his inner circle preferred and enforced. Now, it’s Tillerson who’s on his way out after his unceremonious firing by President Donald Trump, and Heather Nauert whose star is ascendant. …

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Israel bombs Gaza ‘underground’ complex after blast

Israel’s military carried out an air raid overnight against an underground Hamas facility in the Gaza Strip and destroyed a separate tunnel under construction that could be used for attacks, it said Sunday. No casualties were reported in either operation, which came after an explosive device was detonated near the …

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Palestinian kills 2 Israeli soldiers in car-ramming attack

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian killed two Israeli soldiers and badly wounded two others when he rammed his vehicle into them in the West Bank on Friday, the military said. The Palestinian intentionally ran over soldiers on duty securing routes near the settlement of Mevo Dotan, close to the Palestinian city of …

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