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Suicide bomber kills at least two in attack on Iran police station, jihadist group Ansar al-Furqan claims

DUBAI At least two policemen died and 48 people were injured in a rare suicide car bomb attack by a Salafist jihadist group on a police headquarters in the port city of Chabahar in southeast Iran on Thursday, state media reported. While suicide bombings are rare in Iran, Salafist militant …

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US-backed fighters break into Islamic State holdout in east Syria

BEIRUT US-backed Syrian fighters have broken into an eastern holdout of the Islamic State group on the Iraqi border, a commander and a monitor said Thursday, months into an anti-jihadist offensive. A Kurdish-led alliance, backed by air strikes of the US-led coalition, has been battling to oust IS from the …

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India to import Iranian oil using rupee payment mechanism

NEW DELHI India will import crude oil from Iran using a rupee-based payment mechanism, an industry source involved in discussions told Reuters on Thursday, adding that 50 percent of those payments will be used for exporting items to Tehran. India’s state-owned UCO Bank is expected to announce the payment mechanism …

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US priest accused of sexually abusing altar boys arrested in Philippines

MANILA An American Catholic priest wanted for allegedly sexually abusing Filipino altar boys as young as seven has been arrested in the Philippines and now faces deportation, officials said Thursday. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, 77, was taken into custody Wednesday on the central island of Biliran after serving as a priest …

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‘Useless’, critical Catholic bishops should be killed: Duterte

MANILA Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has launched yet another verbal attack against Catholic bishops, calling them useless and saying they should be killed, according to the transcription of one of his speeches released by the presidential office on Thursday. More than 85 per cent of the country’s population is Catholic. “These bishops of yours, …

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Paris shops, monuments to close as fears of protest violence mount

PARIS (FRANCE) The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and scores of shops on the Champs-Elysees are set to close as authorities warned Thursday of fresh violence this weekend during protests which have ballooned into the biggest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. The government is scrambling to stave off another Saturday …

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