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Eight killed after Taliban storm Afghan MP's house KABUL: Eight people were killed when Taliban suicide bombers stormed the residence of an Afghan lawmaker in the capital Kabul, officials said after the attackers were gunned down early Thursday following a nearly 10-hour siege.Helmand MP Mir Wali survived the assault with injuries but two of his grandsons and bodyguards were among those killed in the attack, which began on Wednesday evening following a recent lull in violence in Kabul.The Taliban in a statement said their suicide bombers raided the house to disrupt an "important gathering of officials" to address the deteriorating security situation in the lawmaker's southern opium-rich province. "President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemns the attack on the residence of Helmand MP Mir Wali, which killed two members of his family, a number of his bodyguards and the son of another MP from Uruzgan, Obaidullah Barakzai," the presidential palace said in a statement."President Ghani termed the attack as an ...

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China's Xi calls for wide-ranging measures to regulate hot property market BEIJING: President Xi Jinping said China's approach to regulating its red-hot property market will include financial, fiscal, tax, land, and regulatory measures as Beijing looks to develop a long-term mechanism for an industry prone to speculation.China's home prices rose at the fastest pace on record in November. Prices are rising by more than 20 percent annually in many major cities, making housing increasingly unaffordable for the middle class."The country should accurately understand the residential feature ...

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Indian opposition accuses Modi of taking cash payments NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party denied allegations by opposition politician Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday that Modi had accepted $6 million in suspicious cash payments in the months before winning a 2014 general election. Gandhi, heir apparent to the leadership of the Congress party that has governed India for most of its seven decades of independence, levelled the allegations at a rally in Modi's home state of Gujarat. He has threatened for ...

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Modi losing friends as anger grows over Indian cash crackdown NEW DELHI: A leading political ally of Narendra Modi has abruptly distanced himself from the Indian prime minister's move to scrap high-value banknotes, as broad initial support for the radical monetary reform showed signs of crumbling.The shift by N. Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister of the southern state Andhra Pradesh, came six weeks after Modi announced to a stunned nation that he would scrap 86 percent of the cash in circulation.While Modi remains by far India's ...

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India indicts JeM militants over Pathankot attack NEW DELHI: India's top counter-terrorism agency on Monday charged militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and its top leader, with perpetrating a deadly attack on an Indian air force base in January.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) stated that all four gunmen who stormed the air base on January 2 were Pakistani nationals and that Maulana Masood Azhar, the top leader of JeM, was the mastermind behind the attack."All the terrorists are accused of waging war against India. ...

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India appoints new army, air force and intelligence chiefs NEW DELHI: The Indian government has appointed new heads of its army and air force among a series of senior military and intelligence appointments, officials said, two weeks before its two most senior defence force chiefs are due to retire.Vice Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat was named as the new chief of the army to succeed General Dalbir Singh Suhaag.Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, a fighter pilot, was chosen as the new ...

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Philippines' Duterte: bye-bye America and we don't need your money MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the United States on Saturday to prepare for repeal of an agreement on deployment of troops and equipment for exercises, declaring "bye-bye America", and we don't need your money. But Duterte suggested relations could improve under a President Donald Trump. "I like your mouth, it's like mine, yes Mr President.We are similar and people with the same feathers flock together." Returning his focus to the present US administration which ...