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Iraqi warplane accidentally bombs Baghdad

At least 12 casualties reported after plane drops bomb over east of city following a “technical” issue, officials said. An Iraqi warplane has accidentally dropped a bomb over a residential area of Baghdad after it experienced mechanical failure, according to the country’s defence ministry. Officials confirmed to Al Jazeera on …

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Western hostages killed in drone strike converted to Islam: Al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda leadership on Saturday said that the US national Warren Weinstein and Italian national Lo Porto Giovanni , who were killed in January’s US drone strike near the Pak-Afghan border were ‘converted to Islam’ during their captivity. President Barack Obama regretted their deaths after taking responsibility for the accidental killings …

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Airline crew refuse to deport Afghan woman

The crew of an Austrian Airlines plane refused to deport an Afghan woman who is due to be returned to Bulgaria in accordance with the Dublin Regulation. 12 of Laila P’s supporters followed the police car she was being taken to the airport in and handed out flyers explaining why …

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China bans Ramadan fasting in mainly Muslim region

Civil servants, students and teachers prevented from fasting and restaurants ordered to remain open in Xinjiang region. China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open. Most Muslims are required to fast from dawn to …

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Israeli soldiers run over and kill Palestinian man

Man dies after being struck by military vehicle, as army launches probe into video of soldiers beating Palestinian man. Israeli soldiers have killed a Palestinian man by running over him with their vehicle during clashes near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, authorities say. Abdallah Ghanaeim, 21, died on Sunday …

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Oman accepts six Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo

US transfers inmates to Oman for resettlement as part of plan to close controversial prison in Cuba. The United States says it has sent another six Yemeni detainees from its controversial Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba to Oman for resettlement. In a statement issued late on Friday, the Pentagon said …

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Pakistan air strikes kill fighters in North Waziristan

Army claims it has killed 20 fighters in Datta Khel area as part of year-long campaign against Taliban. Pakistan’s military says air strikes have killed 20 suspected fighters in the northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghan border. In a statement on Saturday, the army said the strikes …

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Neurosurgeon to attempt world’s first head transplant

Patient will be 30-year-old Russian Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffmann, a muscle-wasting disease. An Italian neurosurgeon has unveiled plans to perform the first human head transplant by the end of 2017. Dr Sergio Canavero announced his plan at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic …

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