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Paris attacks kill more than 120

PARIS: In the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II, a wave of coordinated attacks left more than 120 dead in scenes of carnage in Paris. France has declared a national state of emergency and tightened borders. The assailants struck at least six very different venues, ranging from the national sports stadium to a pizzeria. Four assailants were killed after police stormed in, three by activating their suicide vests and a fourth shot dead, but not before they had

7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Pakistan-250 dead,scores injured

ISLAMABAD: A strong earthquake struck major cities of Pakistan, including the northern areas on Monday, leaving at least 250 dead and scores injured due to building collapses, landslides and stampedes.Tremors have been felt in major cities, including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Kohat and Malakand. The death toll could climb in the coming days because communications are down in much of the remote mountainous region.

At least 717 killed,805 injured in Haj stampede at Mina

MINA:At least 717 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, officials in Saudi Arabia say. Another 805 people were injured in the incident at Mina, which occurred as two million pilgrims were taking part in the Hajj's last major rite. They converge on Mina to throw stones at pillars representing the devil.

107 dead after crane accident in Makkah's Grand Mosque, Masjid-i-Haram

MAKKAH: At least 107 people were killed and more than 238 injured when a crane crashed through the Masjid-i-Haram of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah,The incident occurred as hundreds of thousands of Muslims gather from all over the world for the annual Haj pilgrimage set to begin later this month.

Illegal workers 'may face six months' jail'

LONDON:People who work illegally in England and Wales will face up to six months in prison, under proposals to be included in the forthcoming Immigration Bill.
The bill, to be introduced in the autumn, will also contain measures against takeaway restaurants and off-licences which employ illegal migrants.
Penalties will also include an unlimited fine and wages being seized.

Taliban choose Mullah Omar's deputy Mullah Aktar Mansour as successor

PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban appointed Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new supreme leader after the announced death of Mullah Omar. Mansoor was previously Omar’s deputy, and was running the 20-member council after Omar’s death. He has the support of Taliban’s senior leadership.

Gaddafi son sentenced to death over war crimes

TRIPOLI: A court in Libya has sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of deposed leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, and eight others to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution.Saif al-Islam was not in court, but has previously appeared via video link.

Lord Sewel quits as Lords deputy speaker after drug claims

LONDON: A MARRIED peer in charge of upholding standards in the House of Lords has been caught on video snorting cocaine with a pair of £200-a-night hookers.Baron John Sewel, 69 — Deputy Speaker of the Lords and once a key ally of ex-PM Tony Blair — stripped naked for one sleazy romp at his rent-protected London flat. Lord Sewel is facing a police inquiry after quitting as House of Lords deputy speaker over a video allegedly showing him taking drugs with prostit

Iran nuclear talks: 'Historic' agreement struck

VIENNA: (BBC)World powers have reached a deal with Iran on limiting Iranian nuclear activity in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions.
US President Barack Obama said that with the deal, "every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off" for Iran.
His Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, said it opened a "new chapter" in Iran's relations with the world.

Islamic State leader in Afghanistan 'killed by drone'

KABUL: Hafiz Saeed, the leader of the Islamic State group in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region, has been killed in a drone strike, the Afghan intelligence agency says.
Saeed was killed in the strike in Achin in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province.