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Boko Haram assault kills dozens in northeastern Nigeria
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Boko Haram assault kills dozens in northeastern Nigeria

Boko Haram have attacked the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri once again, waking residents with deafening explosions in the early hours of the morning and then a suicide bombing that witnesses said killed as many as 20 people.The extremist group which seeks to impose Islamic law across northern Nigeria has repeatedly attacked Maiduguri, the largest city in the northeast, since the newly elected president has designated it as the new headquarters in the war to curb the Islamic uprising. ... Rediff.com, 5 minutes ago
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White House asks Senate to pass NSA phone collection bill

The White House has asked the Republican-majority Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act that would rein in government surveillance capabilities in its present form. "It's time for the game-playing to come to an end. And we continue to believe that the best course of action is to pass the bill in its current form, in the form that already passed the United States House of Representatives with the support of 338 Democrats and Republicans," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. "If they will ...
 Rediff.com59 minutes ago Bill to Curtail NSA's Domestic Spying Program May Get Stuck in Limbo  Sputnik3 hours ago
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Allies back Iraq plan against ISIS, Baghdad seeks more help

Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes on Islamic State fighters backed on Tuesday Iraq's plan to retake territory from the jihadist movement after being accused by the Iraqi premier of not doing enough to help Baghdad push back the insurgents.Around 20 coalition ministers met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris, in part to persuade his Shi'ite Muslim-led government to repair relations with Iraq's Sunni minority to strengthen its campaign against the Sunni Islamic State, ...
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US envoy in talks with Yemen rebels on peace conference

The United States confirmed today that an American envoy has held talks in Oman with Iran-backed Yemeni rebels to convince them to attend a Geneva peace conference in mid-June.  Washington's top diplomat for the Near East, Anne Patterson, had a number of meetings in Oman with parties involved in the Yemen conflict, "including with representatives of the Huthi," said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. ...
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French Open: Wawrinka trumps Federer, to meet Tsonga in semis

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland returns the ball to his compatriot Roger Federer during their quarter-final at the French Open. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters Stanislas Wawrinka trumped fellow Swiss Roger Federer at a grand slam for the first time with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(4) victory in the French Open quarter-finals on Tuesday. Forever in the shadow of his more celebrated compatriot, Wawrinka finally got the better of Federer at a major on his fifth attempt to set up a semi-final date with ...
 Rediff.com1 hour ago Wawrinka dumps out Federer  ITV.com3 hours ago UPDATE 1-Tennis-French Open men's singles quarterfinal results  Reuters UK3 hours ago Tennis-Tsonga downs Nishikori to reach French Open semi-finals  Reuters UK3 hours ago

Wars in Pakistan and Afghanistan leave 150,000 dead: study

The wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan have left nearly 150,000 soldiers and civilians dead since 2001, a new US study estimates.  Another 162,000 have been wounded since the US-led offensive that toppled the Taliban government in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, says the study by the Costs of War Project, based at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. ...
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Divers seek survivors trapped inside capsized China ship

Divers and other rescue workers battled into the night Tuesday to reach survivors from a tourist-filled cruise ship that capsized with 456 people on board during a freak tornado on China's Yangtze River.After what could become the worst ferry disaster in China in nearly 70 years, more than 110 rescue boats and six helicopters battled wind, rain and darkness as they scoured the river for survivors. They were joined by more than 180 navy divers, who rushed to the scene in central Hubei province. ...
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'Madras Cafe' actress Leena Paul held in fraud case

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has arrested 'Madras Cafe' actress Leena Maria Paul along with five others in connection with a fraud case for allegedly duping investors, police said today.  According to police, Paul's partner Sekar Chandrashekhar (25) had created a "web of schemes" by promising hefty returns to investors and used to operate through his office in suburban Goregaon in ...
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Vehicles in Prez Mukherjee's convoy collide, 1 injured

Vehicles in Prez Mukherjee's convoy collide, 1 injuredFour vehicles in President Pranab Mukherjee's convoy collided while moving from Stockholm to Uppsala University today, leaving one protocol officer with minor injuries.  The last four cars in the cavalcade ferrying security, protocol and a cameraman collided when the one moving in the front suddenly developed some problem, an official said. ...
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24 Iraqi tourists killed when bus plunges off Iran mountain

Weather Prayer Time Fajar : 3:54 am Dhuhr : 12:10 pm Asar : 3:29 pm Magrib : 6:55 ...
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