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Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly Kabul attack KABUL: Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday that killed at least 61 people and wounded more than 200 when it tore through a demonstration by members of the mainly Shia Hazara minority.Graphic television footage from the site of the attack showed many dead bodies lying on the bloodied road, close to where thousands of Hazara had been demonstrating over the route of a planned multimillion dollar power line."Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shia in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan," said a brief statement on the group's Amaq news agency.The attack was the worst in months and if confirmed as the work of Islamic State, would represent a major escalation for a group which has hitherto been largely confined to the eastern province of Nangarhar.The explicit reference to the Hazara's Shia religious affiliation also ...

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20 dead, 160 wounded as blast rips through Hazara protest in Kabul KABUL: A powerful explosion on Saturday ripped through crowds of minority Shia Hazaras in Kabul who had gathered to protest over a power line, killing at least 20 people and leaving 160 others wounded, officials said.No group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, but it comes in the middle of the Taliban's annual summer offensive, which the insurgents are ramping up after a brief lull during the recent holy fasting month of Ramazan.The ...

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Erdogan signs first decree under state of emergency ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the closure of more than 1,000 private schools and has extended the period in which suspects can be detained without charge, in his first decree since declaring a three-month state of emergency, the state news agency Anadolu reported on Saturday.Erdogan declared the state of emergency late on Wednesday saying it would enable authorities to swiftly and effectively root out supporters of last weekend's failed military coup in which ...

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Heavy rain in China kills at least 87, millions evacuated SHANGHAI: Heavy rain in China has killed at least 87 people and forced 16 million from their homes, state media reported on Saturday. Seventy-two people have been killed and 78 are missing in the northern province of Hebei after rain triggered floods and landslides, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the civil affairs department.Nearly 50,000 homes have collapsed and about 8.6 million people have been affected, it said.In the central province of Henan, 15 people ...

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UK unprepared for Brexit, needs more time, but shouldn't be indefinite: Sapin CHENGDU: Britain was unprepared for the outcome of the referendum to leave the European Union and so should be given time to respond, but it should not take too long because of the damaging uncertainty, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said. Britain voted on June 23 to leave the 28-nation EU, but has not yet given formal notice - a moment from which it will have two years to negotiate the terms of its exit.European ...