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Afghan police foil truck bomber in Kabul

Afghan police seized a lorry packed with explosives hidden under boxes of tomatoes in Kabul, officials said Sunday, averting a potentially deadly blast in the capital months after a massive truck bomb killed and wounded hundreds. Police shot and wounded the driver of the vehicle carrying 30 yellow and orange plastic containers filled with explosive material and two bombs weighing …

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Stitch, the over-50s dating site tackling deadly loneliness

Marcie Rogo didn t see herself as a matchmaker when she started a website to help lonely over-50s find companionship, after watching residents in the nursing home where she worked sit alone in their rooms with iPads. “Users kept asking me: Can t you just list the marital status? ” Rogo said at the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference, which …

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Indian troops kill three Kashmiris in Pulwama

n occupied Kashmir, one civilian was killed and dozens other were injured after Indian troops used brute force on peaceful protesters in Pulwama district, today (Saturday), reported Kashmir Media Service. People took to the streets in Litter area of the district and started forceful demonstrations against the killing of two youth by the troops during a siege and search operation. …

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Canadian kidnapped in Afghanistan says wife was raped and infant daughter killed during captivity

– A U.S.-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, returned to Canada on Friday where the husband said one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped. American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani …

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All Syrian IS fighters leave Raqa: monitor

– All Syrian fighters of the Islamic State group have left the militants’ one-time bastion of Raqa and preparations are under way for foreign combatants to leave, a monitor said Saturday. The Syrian militants left Raqa with their families, heading to unknown destinations, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A Raqa official said Syrian IS members had surrendered …

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Japan zoo mourns death of love-struck penguin

An elderly penguin who shot to fame in Japan after falling in love with a cardboard cut-out of a cartoon character has died, at the ripe old age of 21. Officials at Tobu zoo in Saitama, north of Tokyo, said Grape passed away after a brief illness with the object of his desire right by his side. He would have …

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Refugees Take Northern French Town To Cricket Glory

On a rugby field overlooked by a towering cathedral, a group of young refugees has introduced a small northern French town to the beautiful game of… cricket. Saint-Omer lies 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of the Channel port of Calais, the main launchpad for attempts by migrants to smuggle themselves into England. As in many western European towns and cities, …

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Trump throws future of Iran deal to Congress

President Donald Trump will unveil a more aggressive strategy to check Iran’s growing power Friday, but will stop short of withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal, or declaring the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. During a White House speech at 12:45 pm (1645 GMT), Trump is expected to declare the landmark 2015 agreement — which curbed Iran’s …

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Vietnam flood and landslide toll hits 54

The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in north and central Vietnam has jumped to 54, officials said Friday, in one of the deadliest weather disasters to hit the country in years. Rescuers were desperately searching for 39 people still missing after heavy rains pounded several provinces this week, with forecasters warning of another major storm heading toward the …

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US, S. Korea to launch major navy drill next week

– The United States and South Korea will kick off a major navy drill next week, the US navy said Friday, a fresh show of force against North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests. Tensions over North Korea’s weapons programme have soared in recent months with Pyongyang launching a flurry of missiles and conducting its sixth and most powerful …

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