Ukrainian airliner crashes in Iran; all 176 aboard dead

Ukrainian airliner crashes in Iran; all 176 aboard dead

Iran’s state television said that a Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport on Wednesday. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said all 176, including 32 foreigners, on board died. “My sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of all passengers and crew,” Zelenskiy said in a...

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Qassem Soleimani’s body reaches for burial in southeast Iran

Qassem Soleimani’s body reaches for burial in southeast Iran

The body of senior Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, who was slain in a US drone strike in Iraq last week, has reached his home town of Kerman in southeast Iran for burial. Soleimani was widely seen as Iran’s second most influential figure behind Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 80,...

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Iran nearly pulls out of nuclear deal after Soleimani’s killing

Iran nearly pulls out of nuclear deal after Soleimani’s killing

Iran said on Sunday it would pull out of its commitments to a 2015 nuclear pact with six key powers, by enriching uranium without restrictions, but Tehran will continue to liaise with the UN nuclear watchdog. According to state television, Iran would not respect any restrictions laid down in the...

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Air strike kills top Iran general Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad

Air strike kills top Iran general Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad

In a dramatic escalation of tensions between Iran and the U.S., top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed on Friday by a US strike on Baghdad’s international airport. The Pentagon said US President Donald Trump ordered the general’s assassination, following a pro-Iran horde this week laid siege to the US...

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Pope Francis sorry for hitting admirer’s hand

Pope Francis sorry for hitting admirer’s hand

Pope Francis has apologized for hitting the hand of a devotee who took his hand and yanked him towards her. The image of a discernibly irritated Pope Francis slapping his way free from the clutches of a female devotee instantly went viral on social media. The pope has apologized for the...

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Indian school students recreate notorious destruction of Babri mosque

Indian school students recreate notorious destruction of Babri mosque

A video supposedly showing school students in the south-western Indian state of Karnataka recreating the notorious devastation of the Babri mosque by Hindu radicals has prompted outrage on social media. In a video shared on Twitter by Indian politician Srivatsa YB, the students can be seen charging at a massive...

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US announces drawdown of 4,000 troops from Afghanistan soon

US announces drawdown of 4,000 troops from Afghanistan soon

The Trump administration has announced it may pull out about 4,000 troops from Afghanistan early next week, it was learned on Sunday. “The drawdown could be … a unilateral concession to the Taliban,” other officials said. “The smaller US military presence will be largely focused on counterterrorism operations against groups...

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Violence erupts at Delhi university over Indian citizenship law

Violence erupts at Delhi university over Indian citizenship law

Violent clashes flared in Delhi amid accusations a new citizenship bill discriminates against Muslims and dents the secular credentials of India, as protests over the legislation spread to other regions in the country. Scores of protesters took to the streets of Assam’s capital Guwahati for the third day, after the death...

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PM Johnson on verge of resounding win in UK’s election

PM Johnson on verge of resounding win in UK’s election

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party was on track for a categorical win in Britain’s election after voters supported his effort to deliver Brexit on January 31. For Johnson, who has been in power for 20 weeks, the victory in Thursday’s contest is proof. The prime minister, who was educated...

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Talks with Taliban resumed: Trump

Talks with Taliban resumed: Trump

On a surprise visit to Afghanistan, President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States had resumed talks with Taliban insurgents. Trump, on a brief visit to Kabul, also met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. “The Taliban wants to make a deal and we’re meeting with them and we’re saying it has...

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