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Six killed as Taliban bombers raid Afghan courthouse GHAZNI: Taliban suicide bombers wearing police uniforms raided a courthouse in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni city Wednesday, killing six people as the insurgents step up their annual spring offensive after naming a new leader.The assault, which also left 13 civilians wounded including the chief judge, comes a day after the Taliban killed more than a dozen people after pulling them off buses in the northern province of Kunduz."Four attackers entered the court compound after killing the guard," provincial police chief Aminullah Amarkhail told AFP. "One of the attackers detonated his suicide vest inside the compound and the three others were gunned down by police." The interior ministry said five civilians and one policeman were killed in the siege which lasted around 30 minutes.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which underscores Afghanistan's fragile security situation as the militants intensify assaults against government forces after launching their spring offensive in April. In ...

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Iran to sign $3 billion power plant deal with Turkish companies ISTANBUL: Iran will soon sign a $3 billion investment deal with Turkish private companies on building a 5,000 megawatt power plant in Iran, Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper on Tuesday cited the Iranian deputy energy minister as saying.Most international sanctions on Tehran were lifted in January in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear programme under a deal reached with world powers in 2015.Hurriyet reported Husheng Felahetiyan as saying the Turkish energy sector had shown strong interest in ...

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Xi says China should invest more in the elderly SHANGHAI: China should increase investment in care for the elderly, President Xi Jinping told a meeting of the country's top leaders on its ageing population, official Xinhua news agency reported."Our policies measures, work base, institutional mechanisms, and so forth are still deficient leading to a fairly large gap with the hope of the elderly to enjoy happiness later in life," it quoted Xi as saying on Friday.For the first time in decades China's working age ...

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Japan's Abe points to 2008 crisis as G7 leaders debate global risk ISE-SHIMA: Group of Seven leaders voiced concern about emerging economies at a summit in Japan on Thursday as their host, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made a pointed comparison to the 2008 global financial crisis but not all his G7 partners appeared to agree.The G7 leaders did agree on the need for flexible spending to spur world growth but the timing and amount depended on each country, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko told reporters, adding ...

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Iran's Khamenei calls for vigilance against West's 'soft war': state TV ANKARA: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for vigilance against what he called a "soft war" mounted by the West and aimed at weakening the clerical establishment, state television reported on Thursday."Our officials and all parts of the establishment should be vigilant about the West's continued soft war against Iran ... the enemies want to weaken the system from inside," Khamenei said.In a meeting with members of the Assembly of Experts, with authority to ...

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After two years, India's Modi says huge task ahead: report NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has defended his record of reforming India's stuttering economy after two years in power, but conceded that his right-wing government faced "an enormous task ahead".In an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Thursday, his second anniversary in office, Modi said he had set a path for faster growth, including opening up the economy to foreign investment and curbing corruption.But Modi also said he needed India's 29 states to ...

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India allows accused Italian marine to go home NEW DELHI: India's top court Thursday allowed an Italian marine accused of killing two fishermen to return home pending a ruling on where he should be tried in a long-running case that has soured ties between the two countries.Salvatore Girone and fellow marine Massimiliano Latorre are accused of shooting the fishermen while protecting an Italian oil tanker as part of an anti-piracy mission off India's southern Kerala coast in 2012.Latorre was allowed to travel back ...