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US Jobless Benefit Claims Remain at Low Level

WASHINGTON — First-time claims for U.S. unemployment compensation remained at a low level last week as employers retained their workers and searched for more as the United States continues its economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.The Labor D...
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Pakistan Drops ‘Un-Islamic’ Chemical Castration as Penalty for Rapists

Pakistan says it has removed a clause from a new anti-rape law that had allowed for the chemical castration of repeat rapists.Prime Minister Imran Khan's government confirmed the decision two days after the ruling coalition hurriedly approved 33 legisl...
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US Reportedly Negotiating Deal with Pfizer to Purchase 10 Million Doses of Experimental COVID-19 Pill

News outlets say the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is planning to spend $5 billion to purchase Pfizer’s new experimental antiviral pill designed to treat COVID-19, enough to cover 10 million courses of treatment.The revelation comes a day ...
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Two More Laborers Killed in Indian Kashmir in Spate of Shootings

Two laborers were killed by gunmen in Indian-administered Kashmir Sunday, police said, the latest victims of a fresh outbreak of violence that has sent jitters through the disputed Muslim-majority region.The two laborers, who were Hindus from Bihar, a ...
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Afghan Shiite Mosque Bombing Kills Dozens

A suicide blast inside a crowded Shiite Muslim mosque Friday in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunduz province killed at least 46 worshipers and injured more than 150 others.Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the casualty toll to loc...
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US Charges Afghan With Killing American Troops

U.S. prosecutors on Thursday charged an alleged former Taliban commander with terrorism-related offenses over the killing of American troops in 2008.Haji Najibullah, 45, is in U.S. custody, charged with kidnapping an American journalist and two Afghan ...
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Assailants Fatally Shoot 2 Schoolteachers in Kashmir

Assailants fatally shot two schoolteachers in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday in a sudden rise in targeted killings of civilians in the disputed region, police said.Authorities blamed militants fighting against Indian rule for the attack in the o...
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Taliban Accused of Killing 13 Ethnic Hazara Afghans

The international rights advocacy group Amnesty International has accused Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban of unlawfully killing 13 members of the ethnic Hazara minority community on August 30, two weeks after the Islamist group seized control of the war-r...
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Bomb Blast Kills at Least 5 Outside Kabul Mosque

A bomb blast outside Kabul’s main mosque Sunday afternoon killed at least five Afghan civilians and injured at least four more, said Qari Saeed Khosti, the spokesman of the Taliban Interior Ministry.It was the first such assault in the capital since la...
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