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    Mullah Omar and the art of hiding in plain sight

    A new book on the elusive former leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, revealed that the one-eyed rebel chief has not been hiding in Pakistan, as US officials and many in Afghanistan and beyond had said. Omar, instead, lived near a US base in Afghanistan for years, Bette Dam, author of the book, Op Zoek Naar De Vijand (Searching for an Enemy), wrote. The revelation has prompted a barrage of scrutiny from incredulous Afghan officials who denied that they had any part in a failure of intelligence gathering surrounding the whereabouts of the famous rebel leader. The Afghan president, via his spokesperson, strongly rejected the claim, saying there was sufficient evidence that Omar lived and died in

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    Priyanka Chopra: I'm a terrible wife

    Priyanka Chopra has joked she's a "terrible wife" because she "can't cook". The 36-year-old actress married singer Nick Jonas last year, and has now revealed she warned him when he proposed to her that whilst he was used to have amazing home cooked meals from his mother, he wouldn't be getting the same treatment when he married her, because she's awful in the kitchen. Luckily for the 'Quantico' actress, the 26-year-old Jonas Brothers star didn't mind her lack of culinary expertise, as he admitted he too struggles when it comes to meal times. Priyanka added during an appearance on 'The View' on Tuesday: "I'm a terrible, terrible wife in that sense, but the most amazing thing when I told him that, 'Babe, I can't cook and I hope you know that,' he said, 'It's alright babe, neither can I.' But you don't hear that from guys!

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    US may soon pause preparations for delivering F-35s to Turkey

    The United States could soon freeze preparations for delivering F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, officials told Reuters, in what would be the strongest signal yet by Washington that Ankara cannot have both the advanced aircraft and Russia's S-400 air defense system. The United States is nearing an inflection point in a years-long standoff with Turkey, a NATO ally, after so far failing to sway President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that buying a Russian air defense system would compromise the security of F-35 aircraft. Erdogan impass Last Update: Thursday, 21 March 2019 KSA 09:38 - GMT 06:38

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    Plane catches fire at Tehran airport, 100 passengers evacuated

    An airliner caught fire on landing at Tehran's Mehrabad airport on Tuesday but all 100 passengers were evacuated without injury, the head of Iran's emergency department said on state television. A video posted by the Islamic Republic News Agency showed flames and sparks shooting out from the back of the plane at the moment of landing. The fire broke out after the aircraft's landing gear did not open properly, and was later brought under control, emergency department head Pir-Hossein Kolivand said. The pilot was unable to open the back wheels of the plane and circled the airport attempting to open all the wheels before landing the plane on its body, according to Fars news agency.

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    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Sixteen years after the United States invaded Iraq and left a trail of destruction and chaos in the country and the region, one aspect of the war remains criminally underexamined: why was it fought in the first place? What did the Bush administration hope to get out of the war? The official, and widely-accepted, story remains that Washington was motivated by Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programme. His nuclear capabilities, especially, were deemed sufficiently alarming to incite the war. As then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, "We do not want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." Despite Saddam not having an active WMD programme, this explanation has found

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    Iran's Mahan Air cancels Paris flights over 'sanctions'

    Iran's Mahan Air has been forced to cancel its Paris flights over “sanctions”, its customer services team said Tuesday weeks after Germany banned the airline. “We have been told that (flights to France) have been cancelled... as of the first of April,” an operator at the airline's office in Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport told AFP.

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    After 60 years in India, why are Tibetans leaving?

    Mumbai, India - For many years, 34-year-old Kunsang Tenzing has been thinking about leaving India.  His family did years ago. Most of his closest friends have also moved.  Over the last seven years, the Tibetan refugee community in India has dropped by 44 percent, from around 150,000 in 2011 to 85,000, according to Indian government data.  Tibetan authorities say most are going to countries such as the United States, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.  Across 40 countries, the Tibetan diaspora stands at 150,000, Tibetan authorities say. "It is very difficult to make money here. There are barely any jobs here," Tenzing says. Tibetans are not officially recognised as refugees in India. Instead, on