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Trial date set for 9/11 plotters at Guantanamo

Newyork: Alleged 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will finally go on trial in 2021, almost two decades after the devastating Al-Qaeda attack, the New York Times reported Friday.

Death toll from blasts in Sri Lanka rises to 359; 500 injured

At least 359 people have been killed and 500 hurt in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. seven people have been arrested, but it not yet clear who is responsible for the attacks.A foreign ministry official said 27 foreign nationals were among the dead.

Terror attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi foiled; 3 terrorists killed

KARACHI:A terror attack targeting the Chinese Consulate  in Karachi was foiled by security forces,leaving at least seven people dead.Separatist militants who oppose Chinese investment projects in western Pakistan say they carried out the attack.Three terrorists were killed in the operation by security forces.

Turkey says Jamal Khashoggi imurder in Saudi consulate "savagely planned"

RIYADH:Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on a "rogue operation", giving a new account of an act that sparked a global outcry. Turkey said that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was "savagely planned"

Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi was killed inside Istanbul consulate

RIYADH:Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a fight in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the country's state TV reports, quoting an initial inquiry,two weeks after his disappearance sparked a global furore.The kingdom also announced the sacking of a top intelligence official Ahmad al-Assiri and royal court media adviser Saud al-Qahtani, both top aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has faced mounting pressure over the Khashoggi affair.

Moscow blames Israel after Syria shoots down Russian military plane

Kremlin blames ‘irresponsible’ Israeli actions for downing of aircraft carrying 15 people.The defence ministry said Israeli jets put the Il-20 plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems  after failing to give Moscow enough warning of a strike on Syrian targets.

Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar over secrets act

MAYANMAR:A court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for violating a state secrets act while investigating violence against the Rohingya minority.Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who have been held in Yangon's Insein prison since their arrest in December, were charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, a draconian British colonial-era law which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.

Pakistanis mourn after election rally bombing kills 128

QUETTA:A suicide bomber killed at least 128 people, including a candidate for provincial assembly, and injured more than 150 Friday in Mastung,Pakistan.The Islamic State claimed the bombing.This is the deadliest attack in the country since 2014.The blast came hours after another bomb kille

Koreas make nuclear pledge after historic summit

SEOUL:The leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons after holding a historic summit.Smiling broadly and exchanging greetings, the two shook hands for a long time, exchanging greetings and looking from outward appearances like old friends.

US, France and UK strike bases, chemical research centres in Syria

DAMASCUS:The US, UK and France have bombed Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around the capital.The US, France, and Britain announced a joint operation against Syria's government, a week after a suspected chemical attack outside the capital Damascus