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JALALABAD: Militants on Wednesday launched a two-hour suicide and gun attack on a Red Cross office in Jalalabad city, east Afghanistan, killing one guard. It was the first time that offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross had been targeted since the organization began work in Afghanistan in…

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BAGHDAD: Attacks in Iraq, including car bombs in Baghdad, killed eight people on Thursday, the latest in a surge of violence that has left 160 dead in a week and sparked fears of all-out sectarian conflict. The United Nations has called for Iraq’s leaders to urgently hold talks to resolve…

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QUITO: Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said on Wednesday he would travel to London to meet with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, living at Ecuador’s embassy for nearly a year to avoid extradition. Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden, but has been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London…

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PARIS: High doses of some commonly used pain drugs like ibuprofen can increase heart attacks, strokes and related deaths by about a third, a study warned on Thursday. The drugs, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are widely used to manage pain caused by inflammatory disorders. Over-the-counter doses are lower and…

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OAXACA: Hurricane Barbara made landfall in Mexico’s southern Pacific coast on Wednesday, leaving at least two dead. The storm was later downgraded to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour as of late Wednesday.

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DAMASCUS: Israel warned it “will know what to do” if Russia delivers promised anti-aircraft missiles to its war-torn ally Syria, amid growing fears of a wider conflict brewing as the fighting spills into Lebanon. Israel said on Tuesday it would act if the Russian delivery went ahead, while Syria’s top…

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SYDNEY: Using the Internet to spy and steal sensitive data is standard practice by all countries, according to the security chief of controversial Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. The comments published on Wednesday follow allegations that Chinese hackers gained access to secret designs for a slew of sophisticated United States weapons…

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WASHINGTON: Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will reassure allies in a trip to Asia this week that the United States intends to ‘“follow through” on its promised strategic shift to the Pacific region, officials said on Tuesday. In his first trip to the area since he took over as Defense secretary…

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BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN: An international trio flying in a Russian capsule docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday with a busy schedule full of space walks and an encounter with a pioneering US cargo craft. The six-month mission of Russian commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and his two flight engineers —Karen…

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UNITED NATIONS: Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent battling extreme poverty and disease since 2000 and now the United Nations (UN) is lining up a new war on the social distress still suffered by huge numbers around the world. Ideas on targets to follow the Millennium Development Goals…