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Fighting resumes in Afghanistan as truce ends

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, May 16 (AFP/Xinhua): Fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces resumed Sunday in the restive southern province of Helmand, officials said, ending a three-day ceasefire agreed by the warring sides to mark Eid al-Fitr holiday.The two sides clashed on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of...

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China for UN council action over Israel-Gaza conflict

BEIJING, May 16 (AP/Reuters): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on the U.N. Security Council to seek an early de-escalation of violence between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers. He also blamed the U.S. for the council's lack of action so far."Regrettably, the council has so far failed to reach...

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Pak shootout leaves nine persons dead

ISLAMABAD, May 16 (Xinhua): At least nine people were killed and five others seriously injured in a shootout between two rival groups on Saturday night in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, local media reported.According to the reports late Saturday night, the exchange of intensive firing took place between the Jagirani tribe...

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Taiwan raises corona alert amid sharp rise in cases

TAIPEI, May 15 (AP): Taiwan has raised the COVID-19 alert level for the capital Taipei and the surrounding area of New Taipei city following its worst outbreak since the pandemic began.The level 3 alert announced Saturday requires people to wear a mask outdoors and limits indoor gatherings to five people...

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Armed resistance grows in Myanmar

YANGON, May 16 (Reuters): Myanmar's army battled local militia fighters in the northwestern town of Mindat on Saturday, residents said, to try to quell a rebellion that has sprung up to oppose the junta which seized power in the Southeast Asian country in February.The fighting is some of the heaviest...

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Giant bird returning to Ireland after 300 yrs

LONDON, May 16 (BBC): A giant bird that has been part of Irish folklore and was often kept as a pet in medieval times could be returning to the island after an absence of more than 300 years.A pair of cranes are nesting on a rewetted peat bog in the...

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Poles cheer reopening of bars, restaurants

WARSAW, May 15 (AP): Poles pulled off their masks, hugged their friends and made toasts to their regained freedom as restaurants, bars and pubs reopened for the first time in seven months and the government dropped a requirement for people to cover their faces outdoors.The reopening, for now limited now...

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AP 'horrified' by Israeli air strike on its office

NEW YORK, May 16 (AP): An Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets on Saturday. All AP employees and freelancers evacuated the building safely.AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt has released the following statement:We are shocked and...

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Indian police find bodies of Covid patients on riverbank

PRAYAGRAJ, May 16 (AP): Police are reaching out to villagers in northern India to investigate the recovery of bodies buried in shallow sand graves or washing up on the Ganges River banks, prompting speculation on social media that they were the remains of COVID-19 victims.In jeeps and boats, the police...

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