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Islamic State-claimed suicide blast rips through Pakistan election rally, killing 128

QUETTA (PAKISTAN) A suicide blast ripped through a crowd at a political rally in southwest Pakistan Friday killing 128 people and wounding 150, officials told AFP, in one of the deadliest attacks in the country’s history. The blast in the town of Mastung, near the Balochistan provincial capital Quetta, was …

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Iraq protests spread to Najaf in fifth day of unrest over services, corruption; Sistani expresses support

BASRA (IRAQ) Hundreds of Iraqis stormed the airport and halted air traffic in the Shi’ite holy city of Najaf on Friday, extending protests about poor government services and corruption following demonstrations in the southern city of Basra. Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, expressed solidarity with protesters, saying …

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Iran will leave Syria, Iraq only if Baghdad, Damascus want it, says Khamenei aide

MOSCOW A top aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Iran would immediately withdraw its “military advisers” from Syria and Iraq only if their governments wanted it to. “Iran and Russia’s presence in Syria will continue to protect the country against terrorist groups and America’s …

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‘We are always missing you’ – Torn apart by violence, Rohingya families connect through letters

COX’S BAZAR/YANGON Inside a bamboo shelter on Bangladesh’s eastern coast, 58-year-old Sait Banu held a dog-eared note from her husband. “If you find a good match for my daughter Una Jamin, you can arrange her wedding,” he urged her in the letter. “Don’t worry, there is no problem in jail.” The …

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WATCH | In last video message before arrest, Sharif urges Pakistanis to stand with him and change country’s fate

SRINAGAR Hours before he and his daughter were arrested upon landing at Lahore airport, embattled former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif posted a last-minute video message on twitter urging Pakistanis to “stand with him” and “change the fate of the country”. “Our country is at a critical juncture right now, and …

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WATCH | Nawaz Sharif’s grandsons manhandle a protester in London, arrested

LONDON Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s grandsons have been arrested for allegedly punching a demonstrator during a scuffle outside their house here, the Metropolitan Police said. According to Dawn online, initial reports said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) opponents had gathered outside the Avenfield residence where a protester was believed to have hurled abuses at …

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Kulsoom Nawaz opens eyes after month-long coma

LONDON Ahead of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam’s arrest, Nawaz’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, opened her eyes after a month-long coma. The news was confirmed by Kulsoom’s son, Hussain Nawaz. In an emotional appeal, Hussain requested people to remember his mother in their prayers. “She (Kulsoom) has opened her eyes after exactly …

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Those receiving Nawaz Sharif are ‘donkeys’: Imran Khan

NAROWAL (PAKISTAN) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khantook a jibe at his rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), saying those who have gone to receive embattled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore were “donkeys.” Addressing a rally here on Thursday, Khan said, “How will Muslim Leaguers go to the airport to receive Nawaz Sharif? Will …

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