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Will not release 5,000 Taliban prisoners, Afghan President says after peace agreement

Kabul: Just one day after the United States and the Taliban militant group signed a peace agreement, Afghanistan’s government has announced that it does not consider itself bound by the terms of the deal to free thousands of Taliban prisoners. The agreement was reached between Washington and the Afghan militants in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday, […]

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Oman’s Sultan Qaboos dies at 79, Muscat declares 3 days National Mourning

Bureau(International Desk): The head of state passed on Friday evening, Reuters reported, citing state media. Muscat subsequently declared a three-day period of national mourning. Recently, reports had suggested that the sultanate was preparing for an elaborate succession process as Qaboos’ health was not taking any turn for the better. Qaboos had traveled to Belgium last […]

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Iran says it ‘unintentionally’ shot down Ukrainian plane

Tehran: Iran announced Saturday that its military “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed earlier this week, killing all 176 aboard, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations that it was responsible. The plane was shot down early Wednesday, hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing U.S. […]

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US sending thousands of additional troops to Middle East: Pentagon

Washington(Agency): Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), were martyred in US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital Baghdad early on Friday. The US strike took place at the Baghdad International Airport, martyring eight other people. The […]