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Taliban say founder of Haqqani network dies in Afghanistan Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

By KATHY GANNON, ISLAMABAD (AP) — The founder of Afghanistan’s much-feared Haqqani network, a former U.S. ally turned fierce enemy, has died after years of ill health, a Taliban spokesman said Tuesday. Jalaluddin Haqqani was 71. Haqqani died Monday inside Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahed told..

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Pentagon moves to scrap $300 million in aid to Pakistan Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The US military is seeking to reallocate $300 million in aid to Pakistan due to Islamabad's lack of "decisive actions" in support of regional American strategy, the Pentagon said Saturday. The US has been pushing Pakistan to crack down on militant safe havens in the country,..

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FACT CHECK: Trump’s week of fiction: trade, Google, polls Saturday, September 1st, 2018

By HOPE YEN and PAUL WISEMAN, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is playing loose with the facts in his exuberance to push through a trade agreement with Mexico. He insists the deal reached this past week between the United States and Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade..

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Give us 3 months, then criticise us: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked the media organisations and his political rivals to wait for three months before criticising the decisions taken by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. Addressing media at the Prime Minister House here on Friday, Khan was..

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‘Shape up or we’ll quit’, Trump tells WTO Friday, August 31st, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - President Donald Trump has threatened to pull the United States out of the World Trade Organization if it does not "shape up." His remarks, made in an interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday, were the latest in a series of attacks on institutions of the global order that the..

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Fodder Scam: Lalu Prasad surrenders before Ranchi CBI court Thursday, August 30th, 2018

RANCHI, (ANI): Former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad on Thursday surrendered before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Jharkhand's Ranchi city. The former Bihar chief minister was jailed for corruption charges and had been out on..

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Television reporter killed in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, (AFP) - A Mexican television reporter was shot dead Wednesday in the resort city of Cancun, becoming the eighth journalist to be killed this year in a country notoriously dangerous for the media. Javier Enrique Rodriguez Valladares worked as a cameraman and reporter for Canal 10. The..

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Qatar World Cup worker fell to his death: contractor Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

DOHA, (AFP) - A Nepalese labourer who died working at a World Cup stadium in Qatar fell to his death, one of the main contractors at the site said. The 23-year-old scaffolder died on August 14 at the $680 million (590 million euros) Al Wakrah stadium, one of the proposed venues for the..

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Russia to hold biggest military drills since Cold War Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP) - Russia will next month hold its biggest war games since at least the 1980s, with around 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft, the defence minister said Tuesday. The Vostok-2018 exercises will be carried out from September 11 to 15 in the country's east with the participation of China..

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Shooting at video game tournament claims multiple lives

By RUSS BYNUM and BRENDAN FARRINGTON, JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire Sunday at an online video game tournament that was being livestreamed from a Florida mall, killing multiple people and sending many others to hospitals, authorities said. Sheriff’s officers did not immediately..

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War hero and presidential candidate John McCain dies at 81 Sunday, August 26th, 2018

NANCY BENAC, WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John McCain, who faced down his captors in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp with jut-jawed defiance and later turned his rebellious streak into a 35-year political career that took him to Congress and the Republican presidential nomination, died Saturday after..

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Myanmar crackdown splits Rohingya with little hope of return Saturday, August 25th, 2018

By JULHAS ALAM and RISHABH R. JAIN, KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Forged over generations in villages in Myanmar, Rohingya communities are now held together in calls over crackling phone lines. “Mummy! Mummy!” 15-year-old Abdullah Razzaq shouted to his mother earlier this week in their..

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Can Imran Khan bring Pakistan in from the diplomatic cold? Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

ISLAMABAD, (AFP) - Tensions with Afghanistan, faltering relations with the US, and chronically poor ties with India. Pakistan today stands isolated, observers say, and bringing it back into the fold is a formidable task for its new premier Imran Khan. "We have a very big foreign policy challenge..

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Tumblr and the Cult of the Safe Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Be aware of the titty. Or pudenda. Or anything else suggesting a copulative angle familiar to most adults with a decent constituency of desire. The world of Tumblr, home..