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IS terrorist attack kills at least 11 in Baghdad market


A car bomb exploded in a market in the Iraqi capital s Shiite-majority district of Sadr City on Monday, killing 11 people and wounding 26, security officials and medical sources said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by its propaganda agency Amaq. A …

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Japan’s ‘highway doctor’ does checkup on ageing roads


– As Japan takes on the mammoth task of upgrading its capital s outdated roads and infrastructure, a local “highway doctor” is betting that its 3-D technology can lend a hand. Tokyo s sprawling maze of ageing expressways, measuring 320 kilometers (or 200 miles) in length, have long been crying …

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Military stand-off with China ends, says Indian foreign ministry


India said Monday it had agreed with China to end a months-long military stand-off at a strategically important disputed area in the Himalayas and troops were disengaging. The foreign ministry said it had reached an “understanding” after talks with Beijing about the tense confrontation in an area near the Indian …

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Rapist ‘godman’ jailed for 20 years not 10, clarifies CBI


An Indian court on Monday sentenced a controversial spiritual leader to a total of 20 years in prison for raping two of his devotees, days after his followers went on a rampage that left 38 dead. The riots broke out on Friday when Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, 50, was convicted …

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‘Love jihad’ inquiry: India’s Supreme Courts upholds annulment of controversial marriage


In a much hyped up case, the Indian Supreme court has annulled the marriage of a 24-year-old woman to a Muslim man in Kerala forcing her to resume living at her parents’ house. According to the Guardian, Akhila Ashokan, who converted to Islam from Hinduism, prefers to be known as …

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Saudi Makkah hotel evacuated after fire


A hotel in the Saudi Arabian city of Makkah, where two million Muslims will perform the annual hajj pilgrimage, was evacuated Monday after a fire broke out, the civil defence service said. Civil defence spokesman Nayef al-Sharif said no casualties were reported in the fire, which was sparked by a …

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South Asia floods claim more than 750 lives


More than 750 people have died in floods across South Asia, officials said Monday, with monsoon rains also causing the deaths of hundreds of animals, including rhinos and a tiger. The human toll is steadily rising across India, Nepal and Bangladesh following the latest in a series of deluges since …

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One dead after van hits people at Marseille bus stop


One person was killed and another seriously injured in the southern French city of Marseille on Monday after a van ploughed into people at two different bus stops, police sources, adding that the suspected driver had been arrested. Marseille’s prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said that investigators had no “element pointing to …

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India says China stand-off will end ‘soon’


ndia’s home minister said Monday he believed a border stand-off with China would end soon, after new footage emerged showing border guards from both countries fighting on a disputed patch of land in the Himalayas. Indian and Chinese soldiers have for more than two months been facing off on a …

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