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Iran airliner crashes, 48 dead: official

A civilian airliner crashed moments after it took off from Tehran today, killing 48 people on board and narrowly avoiding more fatalities on the ground. The plane was headed to the eastern city of Tabas, the IRNA and Fars news agencies said, when it crashed around 9.18 am (0448 GMT), after leaving Mehrabad airport. But it plummeted into the Azadi ...

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Bloodbath in Gaza continues, peace process in tatters

Bloodbath in Gaza continued unabated today with Israeli jets pounding the coastal strip, as talks to end the conflict that has killed over 2,000 people virtually collapsed after Palestinians threatened to quit unless Israel returned to the negotiating table. Talks in Cairo aimed at securing a fresh ceasefire in Gaza came under renewed strain today, with both sides in the ...

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Ebola vaccine to trial next month, may be ready by 2015: UN

Clinical trials of a preventative vaccine for the Ebola virus made by British pharma company GlaxoSmithKline may begin next month and made available by 2015, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. “We are targeting September for the start of clinical trials, first in the United States and certainly in African countries, since that’s where we have the cases,” Jean-Marie ...

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8 killed as Pak cleric’s supporters clash with police

people were killed in continuing clashes on Saturday between supporters of influential Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and security forces with over 1,000 injured across Punjab province, the Canada-based religious leader’s party claimed. Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tahreek party has claimed that eight of its workers including a woman died in clashes with police while the Punjab government says an Elite Force commando ...

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‘Surface-to-air missile used to down MH17’

Kuala Lumpur: Military intelligence and debris from the crashed MH17 flight indicate that it was a surface-to-air missile that was used to shoot down the plane, Malaysia’s Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said today. “It was a surface-to-air missile, and such a system could either be available to the Ukrainians or rebel forces,” Hishammuddin was quoted as saying by the Malaysian ...

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Israeli jets pound targets in Gaza as hostilities escalate

Gaza/Jerusalem: Israeli jets on Saturday pounded over 30 Hamas targets in Gaza, killing five Palestinians, as rocket fire into Israel continued with the month-long conflict that has claimed about 2,000 lives flaring up again after the end of a three-day truce. The Israeli military said it struck 33 sites in Gaza early this morning, while five rockets hit southern Israel. ...

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Sharif calls National Security conference tomorrow

Islamabad: Days ahead of two major anti-government protests in the Pakistani capital, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned a meeting to discuss the key security issues facing the country. The crucial National Security Conference will be held here tomorrow, officials said today, adding that it will be attended by the four chief ministers, federal ministers and key officials. Chief of ...

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Iraq jihadists control Mosul dam: officials

“Mosul dam has been in insurgent hands since last night,” said Holgard Hekmat, spokesman for the Kurdish peshmerga force that previously guarded the key infrastructure. The head of the provincial council of Nineveh, of which Mosul is the capital, confirmed the Islamic State group had captured the dam on Thursday. “Fierce fighting took place which eventually saw Daash (Islamic State) ...

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WHO declares Ebola epidemic a global emergency

(Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola epidemic is an “extraordinary event” and now constitutes an international health risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The Geneva-based U.N. health agency said the possible consequences of a further international spread of the outbreak, which has killed almost 1,000 people in four West African countries, were “particularly serious” in view of the ...

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Barack Obama orders targeted air strikes in Iraq

Washington: The US military today began its air strikes on areas in Iraq controlled by Islamist militants as it dropped laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery in a bid to halt the advance of terrorists on the city of Erbil where Amrican diplomats are stationed. “Two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil. ISIL ...

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