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Families flee as Taliban battles Islamic State in northern Afghanistan

MAZAR-I SHARIF (AFGHANISTAN) Battles between Taliban and Islamic State fighters in a remote district of Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan have caused heavy casualties and displaced thousands of people in recent days, officials said on Friday. Islamic State and Taliban militants are fighting each other in several northern provinces. On …

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Syrian rebels begin evacuating Golan frontier as Assad closes in

BEIRUT/GOLAN HEIGHTS Syrian rebels began evacuating the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday, leaving for the rebel-held north in a surrender deal that restores President Bashar al-Assad’s control of the frontier. With a Russian-backed government offensive closing in, rebels in Quneitra province have agreed to either accept the …

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Iraqi protesters demand downfall of politicians, one killed in clashes at Badr paramilitary branch

BASRA (IRAQ) A security guard outside a branch of one Iraq’s most powerful paramilitary groups shot and killed a protester on Friday while trying to push back a crowd, police sources said, ratcheting up tensions over a lack of basic services sweeping southern cities. Two people were wounded when demonstrators …

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‘We don’t tip terrorist’: Texas waiter Khalil Cavil with a Muslim-sounding name gets a note instead of tip

The bill was $108.73. His tip: $0. Why $0? The customers apparently made sure to let Khalil Cavil know. They circled his name printed on the receipt and wrote a note: “We don’t tip terrorist.” Cavil is a half-black, half-white, 20-year-old waiter who speaks openly about his Christian faith and …

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UN warns of war as deadly Israeli strikes pound Gaza; 3 Hamas members killed

GAZA CITY Israeli forces unleashed a wave of strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday after saying its troops came under fire, killing three Hamas members as fears grew of a wider conflict. Fireballs exploded into the sky over the Palestinian enclave and Israel reported projectiles had been fired back …

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Here’s why some people believe the moon landing hoax or other conspiracy theories

Forty-nine years ago Friday, the Apollo 11 spacecraft delivered the first astronauts to the surface of the moon. The footprints Buzz Aldrin left in lunar soil are still around – and so are the throngs of conspiracy theorists who claim the entire landing was faked. For one thing, they argue, …

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Missing Pakistani activist Raza Mahmood Khan returns home after 7 months

ISLAMABAD Pakistani social activist Raza Mahmood Khan, who had been missing for the past seven months, has returned home, the media reported on Friday. Raza, a convener of Aghaz-i-Dosti — a friendship initiative between the youth of India and Pakistan — was reportedly picked up by men in plainclothes from his Model Colony residence in Lahore on December 2, 2017. Activists …

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Ruth Kamande: Murderous Kenyan beauty queen sentenced to death for slaying boyfriend

NAIROBI A Kenyan court has sentenced a 24-year-old beauty queen to death for murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him 25 times, drawing criticism from rights groups who called the punishment “inhumane”. Ruth Kamande, who won a prison beauty pageant while awaiting trial, slashed her partner Farid Mohammed, 24, to death …

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