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Iraq forces recapture IS-held town: officials BASHIR: Iraqi Kurdish and Turkmen Shiite forces have recaptured the town of Bashir from the Islamic State jihadist group, officials said on Sunday.Pressure for an operation to retake the town had grown in March after IS launched a chemical attack from Bashir on the nearby town of Taza that killed at least three children.Kurdish peshmerga forces and Turkmen Shiites from the Popular Mobilisation units, a militia umbrella organisation, took part in the operation, officials said.Peshmerga and Turkmen forces completed operations to recapture Bashir as well as several nearby villages, said Asso Mamand, an official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Party.Abu Ridha al-Najjar, a Turkmen Shiite commander, also confirmed that Bashir was recaptured, as did the Kurdistan Regional Security Council.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016

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Tens of thousands join May Day rally in South Korea SEOUL: Tens of thousands of South Koreans on Sunday joined May Day protests against labour reforms pushed by the government, and called for a higher minimum wage. Labour activists say a bill being pushed by President Park Geun-Hye and her conservative Saenuri Party will make it easier for companies to sack workers. "Let's fight together against the evil bill!" activists and unionised workers chanted in unison during a protest in Seoul Plaza in front of ...

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Protesters in Green Zone, Iraq PM calls for punishment of rioters BAGHDAD: Thousands of protesters were inside Baghdad's Green Zone Sunday after breaking into the fortified area and storming the parliament, as Iraq's premier called for rioters to be pursued and punished.Protesters pulled down or scaled slabs of heavy concrete blast wall to enter the fortified area where Iraq's main government institutions are located, the culmination of weeks of political turmoil and inaction by parliament.While there is still the potential for escalation, the situation was calm ...

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China manufacturing index expands at slower pace BEIJING: China's economic recovery stabilised in April, an official factory activity gauge showed Sunday, as the property market recovered and credit grew.The Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI), tracking activity in factories and workshops, rose for the second successive month, the National Bureau of Statistics said.The figure was 50.1 compared to 50.2 in March. But any reading above 50 signals expanding activity, while anything below indicates shrinkage.Investors watch the figure closely as the first available indicator each ...

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Opponents' criticism on accountability just for sake of power: PM LAHORE: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Saturday said despite all-out efforts by the opponents, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government always remained successful because of its development agenda."The political opponents are making criticism just for the sake of power. We are clean and clear and are struggling for an effective accountability even more than the opponents," he said in a meeting with renowned intellectuals and senior journalists here on the targets and achievements of the ...