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Suicide attack targets Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan

A car driven by a suicide bomber exploded after ramming into a gate at the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, authorities said. Local medics said the driver of the car was killed while two embassy staff and … Continue reading

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Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces 'should stop fighting'

The US defence secretary has called on Turkey and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to stay focused on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and not to target each other. Monday’s statement by Ash Carter … Continue reading

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Kashmir: A story of defiance amid grief

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – For Abdul Rehman Mir, the grief over the death of his son has turned to anger. He is sitting on the living room floor of his small family home in the Tengpora neighbourhood of Kashmir’s summer … Continue reading

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Yemen: Death toll in ISIL's Aden bombing rises to 70

The death toll in a suicide car bomb attack on an army training camp in Yemen’s port city of Aden has risen to 70, according to medical sources. The incident took place at a camp in northern Aden on Monday … Continue reading

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Philippine soldiers killed in clashes with Abu Sayyaf

Twelve soldiers have been killed in clashes with the Abu Sayyaf armed group on a remote southern island in the Philippines, as a government offensive against the fighters entered a fifth day. Philippines army Major Filemon Tan said on Monday … Continue reading

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Can Islam be integrated with French secularism?

The killing of hundreds of French citizens over the past two years in attacks claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is leading to much debate about the future of Islam in France. The attacks are … Continue reading

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Indian minister advises tourists to 'not wear skirts'

After drawing widespread criticism, India’s tourism and culture minister has backtracked after suggesting that female foreign tourists should not wear skirts in the country. Talking to journalists in the north Indian city of Agra on Sunday, Mahesh Sharma said tourists would be handed … Continue reading

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Turkish-backed Syrian rebels advance towards Manbij

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels say they are now advancing towards Manbij in northern Syria, a city captured earlier this month by Kurdish forces, as the US condemned the weekend clashes between the sides as “unacceptable”. Erdogan vows to defeat Kurdish, ISIL … Continue reading

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S Africa: Black students protest 'racist' hair rules

High school students in South Africa have protested against black girls being forced by teachers to arrange their hair differently, alleging that they are being made to follow strict style rules that are  racist and discriminatory. A student told Al … Continue reading

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Uzbek President Islam Karimov 'in intensive care'

Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, who has ruled the central Asian nation for more than 25 years, is in intensive care after suffering a brain haemorrhage, according to his daughter.  “My father was hospitalised after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage on Saturday … Continue reading

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