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NATO forces aid Afghan troops in Kunduz

Kurds capture ground from IS in north Iraq

ERBIL: Kurdish forces said they drove Islamic State out of several villages near the oil city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq yesterday after US-led coalition airstrikes targeted insurgent positions overnight.…

After billions spent on safety, Saudis lost control of crowd – Pilgrims say road was blocked, police deny

Sole woman on Georgia’s death row gets executed – First woman put to death in seven decades

JACKSON: The only woman on Georgia’s death row was executed early yesterday, making her the first woman put to death by the state in seven decades. Kelly Renee Gissendaner was…

Finland: Next top choice for Iraqi asylum-seekers – ‘People here are civilized, calm and it’s quiet’

US military in support of keeping troops in Afghanistan past 2016 – Timing of new decision on troop levels unclear

Court sentences five to death for 2006 Mumbai train blasts

MUMBAI: An Indian court sentenced five men to death yesterday for a series of bomb blasts that ripped through packed trains in Mumbai in 2006, killing nearly 200 people and…

China buying Tibet’s loyalty, hopes to alter local minds – ‘The strategy for Tibet is now shifting from repression’

Ronaldo rewrites Real record books

MALMÖ: Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed 500 career goals and tied Raul as Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer with a double in the Spanish giants 2-0 win away at Malmo yesterday. Ronaldo,…

Mata magic gets Man United up and running

MANCHESTER: Juan Mata scored one goal and made another as Manchester United came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 yesterday and kick their Champions League campaign into gear. Beaten 2-1…

Al-Hilal rue missed chances as Al-Ahli snatch 1-1 draw

RIYADH: Al-Hilal were left to rue a missed penalty, awarded in controversial circumstances, as they were held to a frustrating 1-1 home draw in an incident-packed AFC Champions League semi-final…

West Indies fail to qualify for 2017 Champions Trophy

LONDON: The declining fortunes of West Indies cricket hit a new low yesterday when the Caribbean team failed to qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England. Restricted to the…