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Tensions high as Indian temple opens to women

Tensions high as Indian temple opens to women

Hundreds of extra police in southern India were on high alert Wednesday for the scheduled opening to women of all ages of one of the country's most sacred Hindu temples. Thousands of people, many of them women, have marched in recent days against females being allowed to pray in the...

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Pompeo says US takes Saudi case 'seriously'

Pompeo says US takes Saudi case 'seriously'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says America takes the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi "seriously." Pompeo made the comments to journalists after leaving Turkey on Wednesday during a quick visit that included a talk with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Pompeo...

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Trump: US requested audio, video on missing journalist

Trump: US requested audio, video on missing journalist

The U.S. has requested audio and video evidence concerning Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance "if it exists," U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday.  “We have asked for it. If it exists we have asked for it,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, adding it...

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Turkish police arrive at Saudi consul residence

Turkish police arrive at Saudi consul residence

Turkish police have arrived at the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul to conduct a search over the disappearance and alleged slaying of writer Jamal Khashoggi. The police arrived Wednesday at the home. They had wanted to search Tuesday night but did not have permission...

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Bomb kills Afghan election candidate, wounds seven: officials

Bomb kills Afghan election candidate, wounds seven: officials

A bomb placed under a sofa killed an Afghan election candidate on Wednesday, officials said, as deadly violence escalates ahead of the October 20 parliamentary ballot. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, which takes the number of candidates killed so far during...

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French leftist leader under fire for shoving officer during raid

French leftist leader under fire for shoving officer during raid

French prosecutors on Wednesday announced they were investigating leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon after he shoved a prosecutor in a fit of rage over having his apartment and party headquarters raided by police. The leader of the France Unbowed party has drawn criticism over...

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Guantanamo prison to remain open '25 years or more'

Guantanamo prison to remain open '25 years or more'

Former president Barack Obama had vowed to close the US military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but now it will stay open for at least 25 years, the officer in charge of the facility said Tuesday. Rear Admiral John Ring said the prison, which holds several alleged plotters of the...

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58 Australian 'fairy penguins' slaughtered in suspected dog attack

58 Australian 'fairy penguins' slaughtered in suspected dog attack

Wildlife officials in the southern Australia on Wednesday announced an investigation into the mass death of 58 penguins they believe were killed in a dog attack. The carcases of the so-called "fairy penguins" -- the world's smallest penguin species -- were found strewn across a beach in...

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US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants: Pentagon

US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants: Pentagon

The United States conducted its largest air strike in nearly two years against militants in Somalia, killing about 60 Al-Shabaab fighters, the US military said Tuesday. "This precision air strike was the largest air strike against Al-Shabaab since November 21, 2017," when air-dropped US...

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Putin will be in Paris on November 11 to mark 100 years since WWI end: advisor

Putin will be in Paris on November 11 to mark 100 years since WWI end: advisor

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a November 11 ceremony in Paris marking 100 years since the end of World War I, his advisor Yuri Ushakov said Tuesday. The ceremony will be attended by a number of other heads of state including US President Donald Trump, it was earlier...

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Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say

Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say

The Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey, according to two sources. One source says the report will likely conclude...

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Trump suggests 'rogue killers' murdered journalist Khashoggi

Trump suggests 'rogue killers' murdered journalist Khashoggi

In a comment that could give Saudi officials a route to climb down from outright denials, President Donald Trump suggested Monday that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the disappearance and presumed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who hasn't been seen since entering the Saudi...

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EU Foreign Affairs Council to address Khashoggi case

EU Foreign Affairs Council to address Khashoggi case

The European Union Foreign Affairs Council will discuss the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the monthly meeting, the EU foreign policy chief said on Monday. Federica Mogherini would raise the issue at the council meeting, she told reporters in Luxembourg ahead of the...

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Trump talks to Saudi king, dispatches Pompeo

Trump talks to Saudi king, dispatches Pompeo

President Donald Trump says he has spoken to the king of Saudi Arabia, who denies any knowledge of what happened to a Saudi journalist who visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and then disappeared and is feared dead. Trump tweets, "Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies...

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Malaysia: Former deputy PM back in parliament

Malaysia: Former deputy PM back in parliament

Just six months after the king’s pardon freed him from jail, a former Malaysian deputy prime minister returned to parliament on Monday. Anwar Ibrahim, 71, leader of Malaysia's People's Justice Party, was sworn in after winning a by-election on Saturday in the southern coastal town of...

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 Delhi braces for pollution with emergency plan

Delhi braces for pollution with emergency plan

Delhi's biggest coal power plant was set to shut down Monday as a new emergency plan to improve air quality in one of the world's most polluted cities came into force, Indian officials said. Under the new strategy, restrictions on construction sites and traffic will be imposed depending on...

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Journalist murder a toxic mystery in Malta one year on

Journalist murder a toxic mystery in Malta one year on

A year after a car bomb killed Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, those who ordered the murder remain free while others continuing her work in the EU's smallest state are branded traitors. The windswept field where the mother-of-three's burnt-out car ended up on...

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Saudi Arabia vows retaliation if punished over missing critic

Saudi Arabia vows retaliation if punished over missing critic

Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on the oil-rich kingdom over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as the Riyadh stock market suffered its worst plunge in years. From tech tycoons to media giants, a host of Western companies are now...

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