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IS leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan killed in US strike

The Islamic State group's leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed, was killed last month in an airstrike in Nangarhar province, the Pentagon said Friday, AFP reports. Saeed was named head of IS's "Khorasan province," which includes Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of neighboring countries, early last year when a group of Pakistani Taliban switched allegiance to the jihadist group. Pentagon deputy pre ...

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Plane crash leaves six dead in Virginia

The small plane crashed into the woods near the end of the runway at Shannon Airport Friday afternoon. The Airport is located about five miles from downtown Fredericksburg. Virginia State Police said the plane was trying to land at the airport when it came to the end of the runway and pulled back up. The plane made it beyond the railroad tracks at the end of the airport property, banked left and struck the ...

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Saudi lifts ban on Bangladesh workers

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Labor and Social Development lifted the ban on the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers as of Wednesday, reports Arab News. The ban which was in force for the past six years excluded the Bangladeshi domestic help. Bangladesh Ambassador Golam Moshi told Arab News that this is good news for all prospective workers from the country. The envoy recalled that opening the recruitment cha ...

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Japan goes crazy as Pikachu parade marches on

Hundreds of Pokemon Go fans gathered in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, on Sunday to join an annual Pikachu parade as the global phenomenon soars in popularity. Some 50 life-size Pikachu characters, the most famous from the Pokemon game, marched along the city’s waterfront street as visitors took mobile phone pictures and videos of them in scorching sunshine. Some participants said they attended the event to ...

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Taliban kill 70 in Pak hospital

A Taliban suicide bomb packed with ball bearings tore through a Pakistani hospital yesterday and killed at least 70 people, as witnesses described tearful staff rushing towards the smoking blast site to help the wounded. The bomber struck a crowd of some 200 people gathered at the Civil Hospital in the Balochistan provincial capital Quetta after the fatal shooting of a senior local lawyer earlier in the day ...

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More than 42 killed in Pakistan hospital bombing

At least 42 people were killed following a loud explosion inside the Civil Hospital here on Monday, police said. Over 30 people have been injured in the attack. “The blast occurred after a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a separate shooting incident early this morning,” said Balochistan Home Secret ...

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Rio welcomes world with sultry music, plea for conservation

With fireworks forming the word "Rio" in the sky and supermodel Gisele Bundchen shimmering to the tune of "The Girl from Ipanema," Rio de Janiero welcomed the world to the first Olympic Games in South America with a serious message underlying the celebration: Let's take care of our planet. After one of the roughest-ever rides from vote to games by an Olympic host, the city of beaches, carnival, grinding pov ...

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Olympics games schedule for Saturday

Olympics games schedule for Saturday (times in GMT): Rowing Heats - men’s single sculls, women’s single sculls, men’s coxless pair, men’s double sculls, women’s double sculls, men’s coxless lightweight four, men’s quadruple sculls, women’s quadruple sculls Basketball Men 1st rd Australia v France (1715) China v United States (2200) Venezuela v Serbia (0130) Women 1st rd Turkey v France (1500) China v Canada ...

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N Korea missile lands in Japanese waters

North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile which travelled 1,000km (620 miles) before landing in Japanese waters, the South and Japan say. The missile was launched off the North's east coast early on Wednesday, BBC reports. The North is barred from developing nuclear and ballistic missile technology by UN resolution. But it had vowed a "physical response" to the US and Seoul's plan to deploy an advanced ...

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