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India’s Kashmir Chief Minister and Modi Ally Sayeed Dies

SRINAGAR, India, Jan 7 – The leader of India’s insurgency-plagued Jammu and Kashmir state and an ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi died on Thursday, bringing political uncertainty to the disputed region at the heart of tension between India and Pakistan. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, 79, died of a respiratory infection after spending the last two

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‘Star Wars’: North America’s Highest Grossing Film of All Time

Jan 6 – Blockbuster movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has become the highest grossing film of all time in the United States and Canada, Walt Disney Co said, and crossed the $800 million mark at overseas box offices on Tuesday. Earlier on Wednesday, Disney said that domestic ticket sales for the “Star Wars” movie

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Anger Grows in Saudi’s Shiite Areas After Executions

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Jan 6 – Since Saturday’s execution of four Shiite Muslims in Saudi Arabia, hundreds or thousands of the minority sect have marched nightly in protest, and their anger could herald wider unrest. The execution of one of them, dissident cleric Nimr al-Nimr, caused an international crisis as Shiite Iran and its

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California Shooter’s Visa Record Shows Routine Interview, No Flags Raised

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Jan 7 – The record of San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik’s U.S. visa interview in Pakistan shows it was conducted without any obvious irregularities and triggered no significant suspicions, according to a source familiar with the official State Department file. The apparent lack of anything untoward in Malik’s interview in Pakistan

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N. Korea Nuclear Test Poses Sanctions Dilemma for Major Powers

By David Brunnstrom and Joel Schectman WASHINGTON, Jan 7 – U.S. presidential candidates and members of the U.S. Congress demanded more sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday after its latest nuclear test, but major powers will likely be reluctant to take the tough steps necessary to force Pyongyang to abandon its weapons program, former U.S.

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Gaza Strip Gets First New Hospital in a Decade

GAZA, Jan 6 – The Gaza Strip’s struggling healthcare system will get some much needed help in 2016 after the first new hospital in a decade opened its doors in the territory last month and as two more foreign-funded clinics are set to launch this year. After nearly five years of construction, with delays caused

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Iraq Offers to Mediate Between Saudi and Iran

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, Jan 6 – Iraq offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran to end their dispute triggered by Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shi’ite cleric, saying on Wednesday it could spill over into the rest of the region. Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, speaking in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad

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Four Oil Tanks on Fire at Libyan Ports After Clashes

BENGHAZI, Libya, Jan 6 – Fires caused by clashes between Daesh militants and guards near Libya’s biggest oil ports have spread to four oil storage tanks that were still burning on Wednesday, a guards spokesman said. Ali al-Hassi said the Petroleum Facilities Guards were in control of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf ports, but that skirmishes

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Bangladesh Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence for Islamist Leader

DHAKA, Jan 6 – Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for a top Islamist party leader on Wednesday for atrocities committed during the country’s war of independence from Pakistan more than four decades ago, a government lawyer said. Four opposition politicians, including three leaders of the Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, have been convicted by

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