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Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha as Hajj draws to a close

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Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha as Hajj draws to a close

People attend prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia September 1, 2017. (Reuters) Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Adha holiday on Friday, one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar. Marking the willingness of Ibrahim, or Abraham, to sacrifice his son on God’s […]

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US commander vows combat preparedness By Jun Ji-hye

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US commander vows combat preparedness By Jun Ji-hye

Defense Minister Song Young-moo, left, and Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Harry Harris salute while inspecting an honor guard before their meeting at the headquarters of the command in Hawaii, Thursday. / Yonhap Adm. Harry Harris, head of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), vowed Friday to maintain combat preparedness against the growing threats […]

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Cool Merkel to go head-to-head with fiery Schulz in TV debate showdown

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Cool Merkel to go head-to-head with fiery Schulz in TV debate showdown

Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz. Photo: DPA. Angela Merkel, Germany’s cool and collected chancellor, will go head-to-head Sunday with her fiery challenger Martin Schulz in their only television debate before this month’s general elections, in a crucial match that could sway millions of voters. Analysts call it the “last chance” for the straight-talking Schulz to […]

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Diplomatic war: From Obama’s expulsion of Russian embassy staff to Trump’s closure of SF consulate

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Diplomatic war: From Obama’s expulsion of Russian embassy staff to Trump’s closure of SF consulate

© Ramil Sitdikov / Sputnik A series of diplomatic ‘tit-for-tat’ steps since Barack Obama’s expulsion of Russian staff last year has severely strained relations between Russia and US. In its latest move, citing a “spirit of parity,” Washington gave Moscow 2 days to shut down its San Francisco consulate. December 29, 2016: Obama expels Russian […]

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NASA wins as Supreme Court nulifies Uhuru re-election

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NASA wins as Supreme Court nulifies Uhuru re-election

NASA Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga (R) with and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula at the supreme court for the proceedings of the presidential election petition they filed on August 28, 2017. Photo/Jack Owuor The Supreme Court has nulified Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in the August 8 poll. Four judges ruled in favour […]

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There is a ‘limit’ to human lifespan despite medical advances, scientists claim

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There is a ‘limit’ to human lifespan despite medical advances, scientists claim

Old couple from Turkey’s Black Sea region smile lovingly at each other. (FILE Photo) Dutch researchers claimed Thursday to have discovered the maximum age “ceiling” for human lifespan, despite growing life expectancy because of better nutrition, living conditions and medical care. Mining data from some 75,000 Dutch people whose exact ages were recorded at the […]

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US orders Russia to close consulate and two annexes

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US orders Russia to close consulate and two annexes

Image caption  The closure of the San Francisco consulate leaves just three remaining in the US, a senior administration official says Russia has been ordered to close its San Francisco consulate and two trade missions in response to “unwarranted” Russian action, the US has said. The consulate, and annexes in New York and Washington, must […]

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Iraqi PM Abadi declares victory over ISIL in Tal Afar

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Iraqi PM Abadi declares victory over ISIL in Tal Afar

Haider al-Abadi says town and the entire province of Nineveh ‘liberated’ from armed group. The government offensive on Tal Afar began on August 20 [Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters] Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group in the northern city of Tal Afar […]

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‘There is no military option for US and N.Korea, both sides are posturing’

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‘There is no military option for US and N.Korea, both sides are posturing’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un © KCNA / Reuters  The media has presented the situation as North Korea threatening the US and Trump firing back and threatening to go to war with them. We’ve lost the reality in the background of this; a conflict is not viable, says investigative journalist Gareth Porter. President Trump […]

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Military kills 94 Islamic State members in Anbar, including Baghdadi aid

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Military kills 94 Islamic State members in Anbar, including Baghdadi aid

Iraqi fighter jet file photo. Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army warplanes killed 94 Islamic State militants in Anbar on Wednesday, including a senior leader close to the group’s supreme commander, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, military media reported. The War Media Cell said that the air force, using intelligence services information, bombarded six IS locations in the town […]

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