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    Salman Rushdie off ventilator and talking a day after stabbing

    Salman Rushdie has been taken off a ventilator and is now able to talk, a friend and his agent said, a day after the acclaimed novelist was stabbed as he prepared to give a lecture in New York. Rushdie, 75, remained hospitalised with serious injuries on Saturday, but fellow author Aatish Taseer tweeted in the evening that he was “off the ventilator and talking (and joking)”. Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed that information without offering further details.

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    'I'll be sacrificed': The lost and sold daughters of Afghanistan

    Listen to this story: Herat, Afghanistan – The last time Aalam Gul Jamshidi saw her daughter was the night the 16 year old was married off to a man more than twice her age. Aziz Gul looked radiant in a sequinned, white wedding dress and a bright yellow headscarf, but there was fear in her otherwise solemn expressions. If I go there, I’ll be sacrificed,” her mother remembers her daughter pleading that night last October.

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    Iran puts on trial reformist Mostafa Tajzadeh: state media

    CHICAGO / NEW YORK / WASHINGTON, DC: Hadi Matar, the 24-year-old New Jersey suspect charged with attempted murder over a vicious knife attack on author Salman Rushdie on Friday, is believed to have been motivated by pro-Iranian regime sympathies and the death fatwa placed on the novelist in 1989 by the late Ayatollah Khomeini. Rushdie was speaking at a literary festival in upstate New York when Matar rushed onto the stage and stabbed the prize-winning author multiple times, including in the face

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    Putin says Russia and N Korea will expand bilateral relations

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has told North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un that the two countries will “expand comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts”, according to state media in Pyongyang. In a letter to Kim for liberation day –which marks the end of Japan’s 1910-45 occupation of Korea — Putin said closer ties would be in both countries’ interests, and would help strengthen the security and stability of the Korean peninsula and the Northeastern Asian reg

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    'Dead fish everywhere' in Germany, Poland, after feared chemical waste dump

    LONDON: A former US military commander warned that the Taliban has allowed Al-Qaeda to return and Daesh to become “very dangerous” amid the disastrous situation in Afghanistan in the 12 months since US troops withdrew. Gen. David Petraeus said that in the year since Western forces left, the country had returned to the 8th or 9th century, with the new regime imposing an ‘ultra-conservative’ vision of Islam,” according to a report by The Guardian newspaper, which cited an interview he gave to Time

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    Israeli air strikes in Syria kill three soldiers: State media

    Israeli air strikes on Syria killed three soldiers and wounded three others in Israel’s latest attack on the war-torn country.conf State media said air defence forces were confronting what it said were Israeli bombing raids aimed at targets in the vicinity of the Syrian coastal province of Tartus. The aggression led to the death of three soldiers, the wounding of three others,” Syria’s official news agency SANA said, quoting an unnamed military source.

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    Egyptian star Mai Omar is first judge for Miss Universe Bahrain 2022

    She said, ‘Yeah, I would love to take a picture. I was stunned. I said, ‘No, I want to take a picture with you!