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Turkey flays Austria over imam expulsions, closure of mosques

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ANKARA: Turkey’s presidential spokesman on Friday lambasted Austria’s decision to expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and shut seven mosques as an “anti-Islam” and “racist” move. “Austria’s decision to close down seven mosques and deport imams with a lame excuse is a reflection of the anti-Islam, racist and discriminatory populist wave in this country,” Ibrahim […]

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Houthi militias close down Hajj and Umrah agencies in Yemeni areas under their control

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LONDON: Houthi militias have closed a number of Hajj and Umrah travel agencies in the Yemeni capital Sanaa and other areas under their control, and are pursuing their owners, Al Arabiya reported. The manager of one of these agencies based in Sanaa said that a large Houthi campaign is underway to close Hajj and Umrah […]

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Time to lift Mideast import ban on fruit and vegetables: Kerala agriculture minister

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NEW DELHI: The agriculture minister of Kerala, which has been affected by a Nipah outbreak in the past few weeks, on Friday said it is time for Middle Eastern countries to lift their ban on fruit and vegetables from the southern Indian state as the deadly virus is “completely controlled now.” The brain-damaging virus, which […]

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Taliban declares an ‘Eid truce’ after Afghan president’s offer

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KABUL: Afghanistan’s Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to observe a three-day cease-fire with the government during Eid-ul-Fitr after President Ashraf Ghani offered a short-term cease-fire with the militants. But the group said its attacks against US-led troops stationed in the country will continue unabatedly in any area. The Taliban made the call in a […]

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Somalia’s Al-Shabab claims attack in which US soldier died

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MOGADISHU: Somalia’s militant group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for an attack in which a US commando was killed and four others were wounded when they came under fire in the country. The US special operations forces were fighting alongside about 800 troops from the Somali National Security Forces and Kenyan Defense Forces when they were […]

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Suspect ‘confesses’ to Germany murder after Iraq arrest

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IRBIL: A failed Iraqi asylum seeker has admitted murdering a teenage girl in Germany after being arrested back in his homeland, authorities in Iraq’s Kurdistan region said Saturday. Ali Bashar, 20, is believed to have strangled 14-year-old Susanna Maria Feldman after raping her in the German city of Wiesbaden. He was detained early Friday in […]

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Taliban raid on Afghan military base kills 19: officials

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HERAT, Afghanistan: At least 19 Afghan police officers were killed Saturday in a pre-dawn raid by the Taliban on a base in the northern province of Kunduz, officials said, hours before the militants announced an unprecedented ceasefire starting next week. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which came a day after the insurgents stormed […]

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Afghan Taliban announce Eid cease-fire after president’s unconditional offer

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KABUL: The Afghan Taliban on Saturday announced a three-day cease-fire over the Eid holiday at the end of this week, their first offer of its kind, following a cease-fire announced by the government on Thursday. The militants said foreign forces would be excluded from the cease-fire and that operations against them would continue. They also […]

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FIFA World Cup: Russia’s high-speed data plans for football fans

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Moscow, June 9 (IANS) With more than 1.5 million international fans expected in Russia across the month-long 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament starting next week, the country has put in place arrangements designed to make sure that the visitors do not feel let down by slow data speed. To provide a superior mobile broadband experience for […]

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Struggling Germany pin hopes on rocket-man Marco Reus

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Berlin, June 9 (IANS) There’s no chance of Germany forward Marco Reus staying cool when talking about participating in his first ever major tournament — the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The blond striker, who was one of Germany’s better players in a poor overall performance when beating Saudi Arabia 2-1 in their last warm-up match […]

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