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Islamic State group operates in Kabul under the noses of Afghan, US forces

KABUL: Middle-class Afghans turned jihadists have assisted the Islamic State group’s expansion from its stronghold in Afghanistan’s restive east to Kabul, analysts say, helping to make the capital one of…

Mudslides, boulders kill 13 in California

Residents in Santa Barbara County ordered to evacuate   LOS ANGELES: Mudslides, boulders and tons of debris killed at least 13 people yesterday in communities along California’s scenic coastline ravaged…

Troops on manhunt for attackers who shot Israeli settler

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces set up roadblocks and deployed around a major Palestinian city in the occupied West Bank yesterday in a manhunt for attackers who shot dead an Israeli settler.…

Explosion on Iranian oil tanker forces rescue team to retreat

Fire rages for the 4th day; 31 still mariners missing   BEIJING: Rescue crews were forced to retreat from a stricken Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea yesterday…

New Iran drug law saves thousands from the noose

TEHRAN: Thousands on death row for drug crimes in Iran will escape hanging as a new softened anti-narcotics law is enforced, local media reported yesterday. Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani…

Moon credits Trump for North-South Korea talks

Denuclearization ‘core stance’ that can never be forfeited SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in credited US President Donald Trump yesterday for helping to spark the first inter-Korean talks in more…

‘Dead prisoner’ wakes up

MADRID: Spanish morgue workers were given a major fright when a prisoner who had been declared dead after an apparent suicide attempt woke up just as they prepared to perform…

Germans outraged as a church makes way for coal mine

FRANKFURT AM MAIN: The demolition of a historic German church to clear the way for the expansion of an open-cast mine this week has outraged locals and environmentalists, as politicians…

Indian rape survivors still subjected to intrusive, illegal tests

Finding their voice, Indian girls, women testify against abusers – Police raid several brothels, rescuing women, children  VIJAYWADA: This year, Pinki, the lead singer of a rock band in southern…

Woman bit rapist penis

JOHANNESBURG: A woman in South Africa bit the penis of a man who raped her in front of her five-year-old child, police said yesterday as they searched for the “severely…

A Nepali woman suffocates, dies in ‘menstruation hut’

KATHMANDU: A young Nepali woman has died of suspected smoke inhalation while she was banished to a shed for menstruating under an ancient tradition banned more than a decade ago,…

Djokovic back with a bang at Kooyong

Muguruza pulls out of Sydney after win MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic made a resounding return yesterday after six months out with an elbow injury, declaring he felt “great” after beating world…