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Pakistani army chief confirms death sentences for 11 Taliban

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Islamabad, May 4 (AP) - Pakistan's army chief signed off on the death sentences of 11 members of the Taliban convicted of terrorism, kidnappings, attacks on civilians as well as assaults on police and army officers, an army statement said.

The 11 were tried by military courts in closed-door trials. Pakistan started military trials for those suspected of terrorism after lifting a 2008 moratorium on the death penalty following the Peshawar school massacre that killed over 150, mostly kids, in...

Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US

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Iran, May 4 (AP) - The deputy commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported on Wednesday.

The comments by Gen. Hossein...

Australia rules out sale of cattle empire to foreigners

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Canberra, May 4 (AP) - Australia's current government will never sell its largest cattle empire to foreigners, the treasurer said on Wednesday after blocking a takeover by a Chinese-led consortium.

Chinese-based Dakang Australia Holdings on Tuesday withdrew its application to buy an 80 percent...

UN needs $80 million for schools for Palestinian refugees

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United Nations, May 4 (AP) - The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees expressed hope Tuesday that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will come up with $80 million to ensure that 500,000 boys and girls who are refugees can start the next school year on time in...

Brothers wanted in Washington killings spotted in Mexico

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Everett, May 3 (AP) - Two brothers charged with murder in the presumed killing of a missing Washington state couple have been spotted in Mexico, and authorities are seeking the records of a cellphone they believe was recently used by one of them.

Search warrant records filed Monday by...

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