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Iraq: ISIS claims responsibility for blast killing 80, mostly Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims

Updated: Nov 25, 2016 09:18 IST      
Iraq: ISIS claims responsibility for blast killing 80, mostly Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims

Washington D.C,[US] Nov. 25 (ANI): The U.S. State Department confirmed that at least 80 people, mostly Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims were killed and 50 injured on Thursday when a truck bomb exploded at a gas station in Iraq. The ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted online.

"The flames of battles in Mosul will reach them in Baghdad, Karbala and Najaf," the ISIS statement reads, according to CNN.

The parked truck exploded near several buses carrying Shi'ite pilgrims, who were in Iraq to commemorate Imam Hussein's death.

Hussein was the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed and was killed during a battle near Karbala for control of the Muslim nation.

Hussein's 7th-century death led to a split between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims that still divides the sects today.

Despite ongoing dangers, Shi'ite pilgrims still make the journey to Karbala. (ANI)

Gulf crisis: Qatar ready for dialogue to resolve blockade

Updated: Jul 22, 2017 05:32 IST     

Doha [Qatar], July. 22 (ANI): Asserting that differences can be resolved through dialogue and political differences should not burden civilians, Qatar's ruling emir said he is open for dialogue to solve the boycott by the four powerful Arab neighbours.

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US withholds $350 million aid to Pakistan

Updated: Jul 22, 2017 04:55 IST     

Washington D.C. [United States], July 22 (ANI): The United States has withheld the disbursement of USD 350 million aid to Pakistan after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis informed the Congress that Islamabad has not taken sufficient measures to counter the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, a top U.S. official said on Friday.

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Qatar's Gulf neighbours should lift blockade: Rex Tillerson

Updated: Jul 22, 2017 04:51 IST     

London [U.K.], July. 22 (ANI): Continuing attempts to diffuse the gulf crisis, U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has called on Qatar's Gulf neighbours to take some positive action by lifting their economic blockade on the oil-rich state.

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U.S. to bar Americans from visiting North Korea

Updated: Jul 22, 2017 04:04 IST     

New York [U.S.], July. 22 (ANI): The United States is set to forbid American citizens from traveling to North Korea in the wake of "mounting concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention."

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London [U.K.], July 22 (ANI): After resigning as the White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer said his six months serving in the White House was an honour and a privilege.

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Just look at his great TV ratings: Trump on Spicer quitting

Updated: Jul 22, 2017 03:28 IST     

London [U.K.], July. 22 (ANI): Hours after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced his resignation, U.S. President Donald Trump thanked him for his services.

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Three Palestinians killed in soaring Jerusalem violence

Updated: Jul 22, 2017 03:27 IST     

London [U.K.], July. 22 (ANI): Three Palestinians have been killed in Jerusalem amid the increasing protests against new Israeli security measures at a highly sensitive holy site.

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UN calls for immediate de-escalation of violence in Jerusalem

Updated: Jul 22, 2017 02:45 IST     

London [U.K.], July. 22 (ANI): With at least three killed so far and over 100 injured in the violence emanating from Jerusalem, the United Nations has called for an immediate de-escalation of tensions and asserted that all religious liberties must be respected.

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London [UK], July. 22 (ANI): Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been appointed as the new White House Press Secretary, following the sudden resignation of Sean Spicer.

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Moscow [Russia], July 21 (ANI): The 'Joint Sea 2017' drills of the Russian and Chinese naval forces have begun the first stage of major exercises, marking the first time they have taken place in Europe.will engage in exercises with the Russian Navy.

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Sean Spicer resigns as White House Press Secretary

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 21:55 IST     

Washington [United States], July 21 (ANI): White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday morning, citing President Donald J. Trump's decision to appoint New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director as the reason for doing so.

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Britain's Supreme Court gets first woman president

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 21:33 IST     

London [Britain], July 21 (ANI): Eminent law lord Baroness Hale of Richmond has become the first woman to head the United Kingdom's Supreme Court.

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Berlin [Germany], July 21 (ANI): Germany's finance minister Wolfgang Schauble has fired a salvo in the ongoing feud by drawing parallels between contemporary Turkey and government practices in former East Germany. Meanwhile,Germany's Economy Ministry said that Berlin would be reviewing all future exports of weapons to NATO member Turkey.

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Noor to announce anti Ashraf coalition in Afghanistan soon

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 19:32 IST     

Kabul [Afghanistan], July 21 (ANI): A new political coalition against President Ashraf Ghani's Government in Afghanistan may soon be announced in Kabul. Ata Mohmmad Noor, the provincial governor of the northern Balkh province has talked to various leaders of Junbish-e-Millie and Wahdat-e-Islami parties.

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Beijing [China], July 21 (ANI): State run Chinese media has alleged Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of lying in her country's parliament on the border standoff between India and China in Doklam.

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CHRI urges Maldives to halt first executions in 60 years

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 18:57 IST     

Male [Maldives], July 21 (ANI): The Maldives government has been urged to halt the execution of three death row prisoners in the island nation, which, if carried out, would overturn the country's 60-year-long moratorium on the death penalty. Commonwealth NGO has called on the island nation to maintain death penalty moratorium.

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New York [U.S.A], July21 (ANI): The Nexus Incubator, a collaboration between the University of Texas and the U.S. State Department graduated its first group of 10 startups on Friday.

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Jerusalem [Israel], July 21 (ANI): Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police clashed Friday outside the Old City of Jerusalem amid tensions over the Israeli authorities' decision to bar male worshippers under 50 from entering the area for Friday prayers. Clashes erupted near al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], July 21 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders have expressed hope for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's disqualification following the reservation of Panamagate verdict by the country's Supreme Court.

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Beirut [Lebanon], July 21 (ANI): The Lebanese armed group Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched a joint operation on Friday in which terrorists of the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, the former Syrian branch of al-Qaeda known as al-Nusra Front, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) were flushed out from the height of Tal Burkan on the Syrian-Lebanese border.

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