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One-year-old among 35 Afghan Sikh stowaways

London: Footage of the group of Afghan Sikh stowaways rescued from a shipping container from a UK port shows at least 13 children, including one as young as one-year-old. The illegal immigrants from Afghanistan were found screaming and banging for help inside a shipping container at Tilbury docks in Essex on Saturday. The officer leading a homicide inquiry after a ...

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Obama back in Washington on rare vacation break

In a rare move for him, the president took a break in the middle of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to return to Washington just after midnight Monday for meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers on the U.S. military campaign in Iraq and tensions between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. The White House has been cagey about ...

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Iraqi forces retake control of Mosul Dam

Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country’s largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex. Soon after the news broke, the Islamic State group, which two weeks ago captured the Mosul ...

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No progress on Ukraine truce or peace talks: Russian FM

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday (Aug 18) that no progress was reached on establishing a ceasefire or starting peace negotiations over Ukraine during crisis talks in Berlin with his counterpart from Kiev. “One place where we cannot report positive results is in, first and foremost, establishing a ceasefire and (starting) a political process,” Lavrov told a Berlin ...

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Ukraine says rebels shoot down fighter jet

A Ukrainian fighter jet has been shot down while flying over rebel-held territory in the restive east, as Kiev accused Moscow of supplying rebels with a convoy of rocket launchers. Ukraine’s military blamed pro-Russian separatists of shooting down the MiG-29 jet on Sunday morning, close to the Russian border. Military spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky told Al Jazeera the aircraft was downed ...

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Pak Hindu leaders demand renovation of temples

Karachi: Pakistani Hindu community has asked the government to repair their places of worship in Punjab province, a media report said on Sunday. The community leaders demanded their worship places, lying in a dilapidated condition, be widened and renovated so that they could perform their religious rituals comfortably, the Dawn reported. They also demanded their children be provided facilities for ...

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Protesters defy curfew in riot-shaken US town

Police used smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse demonstrators who defied a curfew in Ferguson, Missouri early today, where a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen triggered a wave of rioting. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and a curfew starting at midnight yesterday (0500 GMT Sunday) until 5:00 am for the St Louis ...

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85 killed, 139 missing in Nepal landslide, floods

KATHMANDU: At least 85 persons have been killed and 139 gone missing in the last three days in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in various districts across Nepal. As many as 73 people have lost their lives in the mid-western region, while 131 are still missing. The number of missing might go up, officials said. Floods have completely ...

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Pak court orders filing of murder charges

A Pakistan court on Saturday ordered framing of murder charges against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz and 19 others over the June violence near Canada-based cleric Tahirul Qadri’s headquarters in Lahore that killed 14 of his supporters. The Lahore Sessions Court hearing the case related to the Model Town clashes ordered police to register ...

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US military conducts airstrikes near Mosul Dam, Irbil

Washington: The US military has conducted air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Irbil and Iraq’s largest dam in an effort to help Kurdish forces retake it from violent extremists. American fighter and remotely piloted aircraft successfully conducted airstrikes near Irbil and the Mosul Dam, the Pentagon said yesterday. These strikes were carried out ...

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