Fate of Afghan Taliban Leader Remains Unclear

By Jibran Ahmed PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec 4 – Conflicting reports have deepened uncertainty surrounding the fate of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, after the insurgent Islamist group repeatedly denied he had been wounded in a gunfight after a dispute with other senior leaders. Several sources in the Taliban have said that Mansour, whose claim

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India Deletes Doctored Photo of Modi At Flood Scene

NEW DELHI, Dec 4 – A doctored photo released by the Indian government showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveying severe flooding from a helicopter has been deleted, and his office promised remedial action after criticism on social media. Modi traveled to Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai on Thursday to get a first-hand view of the disaster,

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Air Strikes Alone Won’t Defeat Daesh, Warns Kerry

By Arshad Mohammed BELGRADE, Dec 4 – Syrian and other Arab ground forces must be found to take on Daesh, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, saying the militant group would not be defeated by air strikes alone. Kerry was speaking hours after Britain began bombing Daesh targets in Syria, joining forces

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U.S. Authorities Look For Militant Links to California Shooters

By Tim Reid and Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Dec 4 – The couple suspected of killing 14 people at a holiday party in California amassed thousands of rounds of ammunition and a dozen pipe bombs, authorities said on Thursday as they sought clues to the pair’s motives and whether they had links to Islamist

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Britain Carries Out First Airstrikes on Syria

AKROTIRI, Cyprus/LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – British bombers made their first strikes on Daesh in Syria on Thursday, hitting oil fields that Prime Minister David Cameron says are being used to fund attacks on the West. Tornado bombers took off from the RAF Akrotiri air base in Cyprus just hours after British lawmakers voted 397-223

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Extreme Floods Leave Hundreds Dead and Thousands Stranded in Chennai, India

By Devika Krishna Kumar CHENNAI, India, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The Indian military struggled to evacuate thousands of residents stranded in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Thursday as the death toll from flooding rose to 269 after the heaviest cloudburst in over a century. Predictions of incessant rainfall by the weather office meant

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Pakistan, Afghanistan Meet to Discuss Restarting Peace Talks With Taliban

By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – The leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan met in Paris on Monday to discuss ways to resurrect peace talks with Taliban insurgents and to improve relations between the neighbours that soured earlier in the year after a string of militant attacks in Kabul. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s

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