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Militant Group Backs Former Cricket Star's Party ahead of Pakistan Polls

A U.S.-designated terrorist group has announced its support for Imran Khan and his party in nationwide elections on July 25, the latest controversial outfit to back the former cricket star's bid to lead the country.

The al-Qaida-linked Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) announced their support for Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in a Facebook post Tuesday along with a photo of the group’s leader posing with a PTI candidate.

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German Bill to Cut Asylum Seekers from N. Africa, Georgia

Germany's government launched a renewed attempt Wednesday to declare three North African states and Georgia "safe countries of origin", which would raise the hurdles for asylum requests by its citizens.

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Paris Police Urge Women to Report World Cup Sexual Assaults

Paris' police chief urged women on Wednesday to report any cases of sexual assault during the celebrations of France's World Cup win, after dozens of accounts by victims were posted on social media in recent days.

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Thai Cave Boys Speak of 'Miracle' Rescue after Hospital Discharge

Twelve Thai boys and their football coach who were rescued by divers after being trapped in a flooded cave for over two weeks spoke publicly Wednesday of their incredible ordeal.

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Trump Says Putin Summit Could Prove Long-Term 'Success'

US President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that his meeting with Vladimir Putin could prove successful, as he tries to quell fury in Washington after appearing to defer to the Russian leader over US intelligence chiefs.

The Republican president claimed his meeting with Putin -- who he seemed to warmly embrace, triggering outrage in Washington -- could prove "an even greater success" than his one last week with traditional allies NATO, adding that his counterpart had agreed to assist US negotiation efforts with North Korea.

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UK's Labour Party Hit by Fresh Anti-Semitism Row

Britain's main opposition Labour Party was embroiled in a fresh row Wednesday over anti-Semitism within its ranks after its new code of conduct designed to address the issue was condemned by Jewish groups and MPs.

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Trial Resumes in Turkey of American Pastor as US Urges Release

The trial resumed in Turkey on Wednesday of an American pastor held for almost two years on terror charges as his supporters and the US government urged the Turkish authorities to release him.

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Indian Building Collapse Kills Three, 12 Missing

More than 100 Indian rescue workers were using steel cutters and drills on Wednesday to try and free a dozen people feared trapped under the rubble of a collapsed six-storey building outside Delhi.

Three bodies have been pulled so far from under tonnes of concrete and metal from the building, which was still under construction when it gave way late Tuesday in Greater Noida just east of the capital.

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Iran Nuclear Chief Says Uranium Stockpile Reaches 950 Tons

The chief of Iran's nuclear agency says the country's effort to acquire uranium has resulted in a stockpile of as much as 950 tons.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, tells state TV on Wednesday that Iran has imported some 400 tons of the stuff since the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with Western powers, bringing its stockpile to between 900 and 950 tons — up from 500 tons.

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First Commercial Flight in 20 Years Leaves Ethiopia for Eritrea

The first commercial flight to Eritrea in two decades departed Wednesday from Addis Ababa after the two nations ended their bitter conflict following a whirlwind peace process.

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