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Death toll from China pesticide plant blast rises to 78

  Public anger over safety standards has grown in China over industrial accidents, ranging from mining disasters to factory fires, that have marred three decades of swift economic growth. State television said 566 people were still being treated in hospital after Thursday’s blast at the Chenjiagang Industrial Park in Yancheng city, Jiangsu province on China’s east coast. Air quality remained…

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ISIS tunnel discovered in Afghanistan

Nangarhar Province media center in a statement announced that a tunnel belonging to ISIS (Daesh) terrorists has been discovered in this province. ISIS terrorists have taken advantage of this tunnel for targeting Afghanistan army forces, Afghan media Bakhtar News Agency referred to the statement as saying. According to the statement, some heavy and light weapons together with large amount of…

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Bandit US airstrike kills 14 members of one family in Afghanistan

The Great Satan United States has carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province after a fatal insider attack, leaving at least 14 civilians dead, mostly women and children. A spokeswoman for the American military, confirmed the Saturday airstrikes, but blamed the Taliban militant group for the civilian deaths. “The Taliban were hiding in civilian homes and maneuvered in and out…

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New Zealanders ‘March for Love’ in wake of terrorist attacks

  Thousands of New Zealanders, including students, have gathered in the city of Christchurch to honor the victims of the recent terrorist attacks and bring the community together in a “March for Love”. The event was one of several such gatherings in New Zealand.

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Explosions Apparently by ISIL Kill 2 at Afghan Celebration, Wound Governor

Two explosions went off at a public celebration in the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah on Saturday, killing two people and wounding the governor of Helmand province, security and hospital officials said. The blasts came during a Farmers Day celebration at an outdoor stadium that was attended by nearly 1,000 people. The provincial governor, Mohammad Yasin Khan, was knocked…

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New Zealand broadcasts adhan, falls silent in tribute of mosque attack victims

New Zealand has broadcasted adhan, Muslim call to prayer, and observed two minutes of silence in Christchurch, one week after the terror attack that left 50 people dead in two mosques in the city. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Muslim community leaders, local iwi and international dignitaries, among others attended ceremony to tribute victims of the shooting attack in…

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Iranian Commander Vows to Keep Efforts On to Save Kidnapped Border Guards

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said efforts will go on till the release of the remaining Iranian border guards who are kept hostage by Pakistan-based terrorists. Brigadier General Pakpour said on Wednesday that efforts are still underway to release the remaining Iranian border guards who are kept hostage by Pakistan-based terrorists.…

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry says 5 abducted border guards freed in Pakistan

  Qassemi thanked the Pakistani government for its efforts to facilitate the release of the guards, expressing hope that the others to be released soon. The Iranian border guards were kidnapped on October 16 by the so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group at the Mirjaveh border point in Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province and were transferred to Pakistan. Over the past…

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Blasts in Afghan capital kill 6 during New Year festival

  The blasts reportedly occurred near Kabul University and the Kart-e Sakhi shrine on Thursday. Afghan Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar announced the casualty figures, which were confirmed by the Afghan Interior Ministry as well. The official accounts of what caused the explosions, however, were conflicting. Police in Kabul said the blasts were caused by a total of three remote-controlled…

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Indonesia flood death toll tops 100, dozens still missing

  Nearly 10,000 people have moved to shelters while at least 104 victims are confirmed to have died and 79 are unaccounted for in the aftermath of the disaster, triggered by heavy rain on Saturday. Scores have suffered injuries, including cuts and broken bones, while some 40 unidentified bodies would be buried in a mass grave on Thursday, officials said. Many…

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