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US-backed force says has fully captured Raqa from IS

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Tuesday they had fully captured the Islamic State group's former Syrian stronghold Raqa, after more than four months of fighting.

17 Oct 2017

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32 killed, over 200 wounded in Afghan police attack: official

The death toll in a suicide and gun attack on police in southeast Afghanistan has risen to 32 with more than 200 wounded, an official said, in the latest deadly violence to hit the country.

17 Oct 2017

Hafiz Saeed (File Photo | PTI)
Pakistan seeks extension of Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed's detention

On last Saturday, the Punjab Home Department had withdrawn its request from federal board to seek the extension to detention of Saeed and others under "anti-terrorism act".

17 Oct 2017

In Syria's Raqqa, IS makes the last stand at city's stadium 

The hospital was one of IS last holdouts in Raqqa and had doubled as a hospital and an IS command center. Its capture left IS militants cornered in and around the notorious municipal stadium.

17 Oct 2017

Rohingya refugees  arriving Bangladesh shore by boats | AP
UN Rohingya report shelved at Myanmar's order

The July assessment by the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that more than 80,000 children under the age of five were "wasting" - a potentially fatal condition of rapid weight loss, reports the Guard

17 Oct 2017

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582,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25: UN

Some 582,000 Rohingya refugees have fled their homes in Myanmar and arrived in Bangladesh since late August, the United Nations said Tuesday.

17 Oct 2017

Three companies offering to search for MH370: Malaysia

Three companies have offered to resume the search for flight MH370 but no decision has been reached on whether to take up any of the proposals, a Malaysian minister said Tuesday.

17 Oct 2017

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Trump promises action on drug prices that may impact India

US President Donald Trump has promised to bring the cost of prescription drugs way down and let other countries pay more for these medicines in a new policy that could have implications for India.

17 Oct 2017

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (File| PTI)
Sushma Swaraj flags H1B visa issue at meeting with US Congressional delegation

Swaraj flagged the issue of H1B visa as a strong concern and sought bipartisan Congressional support for the same.

17 Oct 2017

Nepal Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda (PTI)
Former Nepal PM Prachanda's Maoist party to quit Deuba government: Report

Prachanda's Maoist Centre was key coalition partner of the Deuba government and it had been facing criticism for staying in the government despite forging an alliance with the main opposition.

17 Oct 2017

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Women ask fewer questions than men on science: Study

The study suggests that female scientists may either be under confident to speak up or simply do not feel the need to ask questions.

17 Oct 2017

Cetaceans have sophisticated social and cooperative behaviour traits, similar to many found in human culture. (File photo)
Whales, dolphins have human-like cultures, including complex relationships: Study

The list of behavioural similarities includes many traits shared with humans and other primates, such as complex alliance relationships and working together for mutual benefit.

17 Oct 2017

Death toll from US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 26: Officials

The barrage on Monday targeted a meeting of Haqqani fighters in Pakistan's remote tribal Kurram district along the Afghan border in the deadliest attack on the group this year. 

17 Oct 2017

Iraq forces take Yazidi town of Sinjar from Kurds: Paramilitaries

Iraqi forces captured the Yazidi Kurdish town of Sinjar from Kurdish forces on Tuesday as they pressed a campaign against Kurdish-held areas outside the autonomous region.

17 Oct 2017

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Human remains found in large Australian crocodile

Human remains were found in a large crocodile that police believe killed an elderly woman who wandered away from her aged-care home in northeast Australia.

17 Oct 2017

Venezuela faces more isolation, sanctions after contested vote

Maduro's opponents cried foul after official results said his socialist party won governorships in 17 of the troubled oil producer's 23 states in Sunday's elections, defying opinion polls.

17 Oct 2017

This Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 photo distributed by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaking during a meeting of the central committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. | AP
Nuclear war may break out at any time, warns North Korea

North Korea has warned that a nuclear war may break out at any time as the situation on the Korean peninsula has reached the "touch-and-go point".

17 Oct 2017

Joshua Boyle is escorted by authorities to a media availability at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. | AP
I thought captors were joking when they said Trump was president, recalls ex-Canadian captive

Canadian man who was rescued from the Haqqani Network earlier this week, said he thought his captors were joking when they told him that Donald Trump had become U.S. president.

17 Oct 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte | AP
Philippine President Duterte says city 'liberated' after siege

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared a southern city "liberated from terrorists" after a five-month battle against militants loyal to the Islamic State group.

17 Oct 2017

Suicide bombers, gunmen attack Afghan police training centre: 15 killed, 40 wounded

Suicide bombers and gunmen launched an attack on a police training centre in southeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said, in the latest violence to rock the war-torn country.

17 Oct 2017

Pan-African parliament in grip of existential crisis

Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different.

17 Oct 2017