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Gunman kills 3 French police in domestic abuse standoff

Gunman kills 3 French police in domestic abuse standoff

Paris: A gunman who had beaten and taken his partner hostage in southern France killed three policemen who came to her aid and fled, prompting a wide manhunt, authorities said. He was later found dead. France’s interior minister, Gerard Darmanin, headed Wednesday to the scene, near the town of Saint-Just southwest of Lyon. A woman […]

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Shadab misses New Zealand opening Test with thigh injury

Shadab misses New Zealand opening Test with thigh injury

Auckland: All-rounder Shadab Khan became the third Pakistan player to be ruled out of their opening test against New Zealand with injury, the country’s cricket board said on Wednesday. The 22-year-old spin bowling all-rounder sustained a thigh injury during Tuesday’s final Twenty20 match in Napier. Pakistan are already without skipper Babar Azam and opener Imam-Ul-Haq, […]

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Trump, House lawmakers plot futile effort to block Biden win

Trump, House lawmakers plot futile effort to block Biden win

Washington, Dec 22 (AP) President Donald Trump hosted several House Republican lawmakers at the White House on Monday to discuss an ultimately futile effort to block Congress from affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election. The meeting underscored Trump’s refusal to accept the reality of his loss and his willingness to entertain undemocratic […]

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Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Tiafoe win ATP awards for 2020

Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Tiafoe win ATP awards for 2020

LONDON: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Frances Tiafoe were among the winners of the ATP’s top awards for 2020. Djokovic was the year-end No. 1 for a record-equaling sixth time after winning four titles including a record eighth Australian Open. U.S. Open champions Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares are the doubles No. 1s. […]

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Afghan police say bomb tears through car, killing 5

Afghan police say bomb tears through car, killing 5

Kabul:  A roadside bomb tore through a vehicle in the Afghan capital of Kabul Tuesday, killing at least five people, four of them doctors, police said. The doctors worked at the Puli Charkhi prison, Kabul’s main penitentiary, and were killed as they were on the way to their office in the city’s Doghabad neighbourhood. It […]

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Saudi Arabia suspends international flights

Saudi Arabia suspends international flights

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended all international passenger flights for citizens and residents over fears about the fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus. The kingdoms interior ministry says the one-week flight ban may be extended “until medical information about the nature of this virus becomes clear.” The country’s land and sea ports will also […]

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EU-UK trade talks slog on past another Brexit deadline

EU-UK trade talks slog on past another Brexit deadline

Brussels:  Problems increased Monday in the bid to put a trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom on the rails before a Brexit transition period ends on New Year’s Day, with the EU legislature insisting ever more it will not have time to vet and approve an agreement. British and EU negotiators […]

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Concern among Muslims over halal status of COVID-19 vaccine

Concern among Muslims over halal status of COVID-19 vaccine

Jakarta: In October, Indonesian diplomats and Muslim clerics stepped off a plane in China. While the diplomats were there to finalise deals to ensure millions of doses reached Indonesian citizens, the clerics had a much different concern: Whether the COVID-19 vaccine was permissible for use under Islamic law. As companies race to develop a COVID-19 […]

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Large car bomb kills 9 in Afghan capital

Large car bomb kills 9 in Afghan capital

Kabul:  A car bomb blast that rocked Afghanistan’s capital Sunday morning killed at least nine people, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry. Interior Minister Masoud Andarabi told reporters at the site of the attack that the attack wounded around 20 others, including a member of parliament, Khan Mohammad Wardak. Andarabi said the lawmaker was in […]

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Dutch ban UK flights, fearing the new coronavirus variant

Dutch ban UK flights, fearing the new coronavirus variant

The Hague: The Netherlands is banning flights from the UK for at least the rest of the year in an attempt to make sure that a new strain of coronavirus that is sweeping across southern England does not reach its shores. The ban came into effect Sunday morning and the government said it was reacting […]