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After overnight battle at Kabul Intercontinental, casualties still not known

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KABUL Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces for 13 hours overnight caused heavy casualties among hotel guests and staff, with the total number of dead and wounded still not known. | Video

Syrian army, allies capture Idlib air base: state TV

BEIRUT Syrian troops and allied forces seized an air base in Idlib province on Saturday, pressing their offensive into the country's largest insurgent stronghold, state television said.

Jan 20 2018

Philippine troops fight first clash with militants since Marawi battle, six wounded

MANILA Philippine troops clashed briefly with pro-Islamic State militants in the volatile south on Saturday, the army said, in their first engagement since the government retook Marawi city in the country's biggest battle since World War Two.

Jan 20 2018
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Could Taliban finally return to Afghan peace talks? Obstacles abound

KABUL Exploratory meetings in Pakistan between a high-level Taliban delegation and a representative of a prominent Afghan politician have fueled speculation of a revival of long-stalled talks on ending Afghanistan's 16-year war that kills thousands each year.

Jan 19 2018

India test-fires missile amid perceived threats from China, Pakistan

NEW DELHI India tested its longest-range intercontinental missile on Thursday, the defense ministry said, part of efforts to build a nuclear deterrent against neighboring Pakistan and China.

Jan 18 2018
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Gunmen in Pakistan kill two women working to eradicate polio

QUETTA, Pakistan Gunmen in Pakistan shot and killed two women working on a polio eradication campaign on Thursday, the latest in a string of attacks on efforts to protect children from the crippling and sometimes deadly disease.

Jan 18 2018

U.S. prosecutors charge German man with supporting al Qaeda

NEW YORK U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday accused a German man currently imprisoned in France of supporting al Qaeda in the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York City, and conspiring to kill Americans.

Jan 17 2018
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Taliban leader approved Islamabad meeting on Afghan peace talks: sources

ISLAMABAD A delegation approved by the Taliban's supreme leader visited the Pakistani capital this week for exploratory talks on restarting peace negotiations to end Afghanistan's 16-year war, two senior officials in the movement said.

Jan 17 2018
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Pakistani police arrest suspect in rape and murder of 7-year-old girl

LAHORE, Pakistan Pakistani authorities on Wednesday arrested a suspect in the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl that ignited nationwide protests and outrage over allegations of government inaction, two police officials said.

Jan 17 2018
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'Chelsea bomber' tried to radicalize fellow inmates, U.S. prosecutors say

NEW YORK The New Jersey man found guilty last year of planting two homemade bombs in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, one of which wounded 30 people, has tried to radicalize fellow inmates with Islamic State and al Qaeda propaganda, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Jan 16 2018