At least 128 people in Paris terror attacks, IS claims responsibility

Football fans leave the Stade de France stadium following the friendly football match between France and Germany in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on November 13, 2015, after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. At least 18 people were killed, with at least 15 people killed at the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, only around 200 metres from the former offices of Charlie Hebdo which were attacked by jihadists in January.

PARIS: In the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II, a wave of coordinated attacks left more than 128 dead in scenes of carnage in Paris Friday. The self-styled Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. The assailants struck at least six very different venues, ranging from the national sports stadium to a pizzeria. At ...

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Afghanistan turns to India for military helicopters

MI 25 Helicopter

KABUL: Afghanistan is poised to acquire four attack helicopters from India to help it fight a growing Taliban insurgency, a small but significant deal marking a shift in Kabul’s search for allies. Soon after he took over, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held off military assistance from India while he courted Pakistan’s political and military leadership to end years of mutual ...

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Female top guns: Indian airforce to induct women fighter pilots

Indian Air Force

NEW DELHI: The Indian government gave its nod on Saturday for women to fly fighter jets, paving the way for them to assume combat roles for the first time in one of the world’s largest militaries. The federal defence ministry gave the green light to a proposal for recruiting female fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force (IAF), where women ...

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Israeli troops kill 5 Palestinians, unrest spreads to Gaza

Gaza Clashes

GAZA CITY: A week of violence between Israelis and Palestinians spread to the Gaza Strip on Friday, with Israeli troops killing five people in clashes on the border and Islamist movement Hamas calling for more unrest. A fresh wave of stabbings also hit Israel and the West Bank, including a revenge attack by a Jewish suspect that wounded two Palestinians ...

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Mina stampede deadliest disaster ever to strike Haj, says report

Mina stampede

DUBAI: A new tally shows last month’s crush and stampede at theHaj was the deadliest event to ever strike the annual pilgrimage. The Associated Press count Friday shows at least 1,453 people died September 24 in Mina near the holy city of Makkah. That figure comes from statements and officials’ comments from 19 of the over 180 countries that sent ...

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Taliban says shot down crashed US C-130 plane in Afghanistan

US Plane C130

JALALABAD: The Afghan Taliban on Friday claimed to have shot down a C-130 military transport plane in eastern Afghanistan, with the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) confirming that 11 people including six United States (US) soldiers were killed in the crash. Nato did not confirm the cause of the crash but it comes as Afghan forces — backed by Nato special ...

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Charlie Hebdo moves into new high-security offices

Charlie Hebdo

PARIS: Nine months after the Charlie Hebdo attack in which some of France’s most celebrated cartoonists were shot dead, the satirical magazine began moving Tuesday into new high-security offices in southern Paris, sources said. The remaining members of the editorial team have left their temporary home at the Paris offices of the French daily Liberation, which took in the survivors ...

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Indian man beaten to death, son injured over beef eating ‘rumours’

Man Burned to Death

A 50-year-old man was beaten to death, while his 22-year-old son was severely injured in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri after it was rumoured that the family had been storing and consuming beef, police said. Muhammad Akhlaq and his son were beaten allegedly by residents of Bisara village, Indian Express reported. The attack on Akhlaq and his family occurred around 10pm on Monday ...

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Afghan Taliban stun Kabul, seize key city

Talban in Kanduz

A picture shared by the Afghan Taliban spokesperson on Twitter purportedly shows insurgents carrying flags in Kunduz city on Monday. KUNDUZ CITY: Taliban fighters battled their way into the centre of Kunduz city in northern Afghanistan on Monday and seized the provincial governor’s office, in one of the most serious security breaches in 14 years of war, witnesses and officials said. ...

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40 Pakistanis martyred, 63 still missing after Mina stampede

Stampede in Mina

September 28, 2015 – ISLAMABAD: Endorsing the statement of Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia Manzoor-ul-Haq, MNA Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry on Monday confirmed the martyrdom of 40 Pakistanis as a result of the Mina stampede during this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia.   Speaking at a press conference here, the PML-N MNA said 35 Pakistani pilgrims were also injured ...

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Over 300 Pakistanis still missing after Mina stampede


MINA: Over 300 Pakistanis are still missing following the stampede in Mina that martyred 769 pilgrims on Thursday – the worst disaster to strike the annual Hajj pilgrimage in 25 years.   The number of Pakistanis martyred in the stampede during Hajj at Mina near the holy city of Makkah has reached 18, however unconfirmed reports suggest the number is ...

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717 pilgrims martyred in stampede in Mina


MINA: At least 717 pilgrims have been martyred following a stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia while 863 have been injured.   The stampede began at around 9:00 am (0600 GMT), shortly after the Saudi civil defence service said on Twitter it was dealing with a “crowding” incident in Mina, about five kilometres (three miles) from Makkah.   The stampede took ...

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Clashes shake Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque


Palestinians and Israeli forces clashed at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque for a third straight day, as Israeli forces were seen on the roof of the holy site. Suleiman Ahmad, the president of Jerusalem’s Affairs Department, who is currently at the scene, told Al Jazeera that at least 17 Palestinians were injured in the clashes early on Tuesday. “They have placed snipers ...

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