Geminid meteor shower tonight, Where and how to see the celestial display

The shower is predicted to be at its maximum at around 2am on December 14, when the Gemini constellation will be almost overhead and the number of meteors can reach up to 120 per hour. Sky gazers in the city and elsewhere in the country can watch a meteor shower display from Wednesday night till the early hours of December 14, if clouds and light pollution do not play spoilsport. The Geminid meteor shower is expected to provide a celestial display and people will have to move out of the…

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IS asks Kashmiris to behead Indian troops

An article in Islamic State magazine ‘Rumiyah” asks Kashmiri Muslims to restart their fight “under the banner of Khilafah” and behead Indian and Pakistani troops who confront them. The article, originally published in Urdu but translated by a Kashmir centric, pro-IS media group ‘Al-Qaraar’ in a Telegram post dated December 1, asks Kashmiri Muslims not to be fooled by “spies from RAW or ISI”, the two agencies handling external intelligence in India and Pakistan respectively, or those working with them, and “kill them everywhere” . “Even if their names resemble…

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Hassan Nasrallah (Hezbollah Chief) calls mass protest over Jerusalem

The head of Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah movement on Thursday called for a mass demonstration in protest at US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital The head of Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah movement on Thursday called for a mass demonstration in protest at US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I call on everyone to take part in a mass popular demonstration to protest and denounce this American aggression and this unjust… decision,” Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised address. The demonstration is to be held…

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‘Children of the stones’, the day Palestine was reborn

When the first Intifada commenced in December 1987, I had just turned 15. At the cusp of manhood, I had entered my first year at the famed Khaled Ibn Al-Walid High School in the Nuseirat Refugee Camp. Though future opportunities in a refugee camp under military occupation were restricted, my imagination had soared further than the confines of my family’s impoverished existence. Life, of course, had other plans. My father’s rebellious past was overpowered by the daily degradation of life of want under a merciless occupation. My grandfather had recently…

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North Korea fires ballistic missile near Japan’s economic zone, Trump says ‘will take care of it’

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the test an intolerable, “violent” act. North Korea test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday, in a major challenge to US President Donald Trump after he slapped fresh sanctions on Pyongyang and declared it a state sponsor of terrorism. It was the nuclear-armed North’s first ballistic test in more than two months and an initial Pentagon assessment said the ICBM flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) before splashing down within Japan’s maritime Economic Exclusion Zone. At least one expert said its lofted trajectory…

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Atleast 235 killed in mosque attack in Egypt’s Sinai, world leaders condemn the attack

CAIRO: Attackers killed at least 235 worshippers Friday in a bomb and gun assault on a packed mosque in Egypt’s restive North Sinai province, in the country’s deadliest attack in recent memory. A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque, roughly 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, before gunmen opened fire on the Sufi worshippers gathered there for weekly Friday prayers, officials said. Witnesses said the assailants surrounded the mosque with all-terrain vehicles and then planted a bomb outside. The gunmen then mowed down…

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Will work for Kashmir’s independence, vows Hafiz Saeed after end of house arrest

The order for Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed’s release from house arrest came four days short of the 9th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people. A Pakistani review board on Wednesday ordered the release from house arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed, who pledged that he and his followers in the Jamaat-ud-Dawah will play a strong role for “Kashmir’s independence”. The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province had sought a three-month extension in Saeed’s detention but the request was turned down by the judicial review board just…

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Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing at least 145

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the region around the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 145 people state media in the two countries said, as rescuers searched for dozens trapped under rubble. At least 141 people were killed in Iran, Behnam Saeedi, a spokesman for Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization, said on the state television. More than 850 were injured, he said. The earthquake was felt in several provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah, which announced three days of mourning. More than…

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China mulls 1,000 km tunnel to divert Brahmaputra waters to Xinjiang region

China’s top leadership is considering digging a 1,000-km long tunnel, which if completed would be the world’s longest by a huge margin, to divert the waters of the Brahmaputra from Tibet to its dry Xinjiang region. The Brahmaputra, called the Yarlung Tsangpo in China, originates in Tibet and flows downstream into India’s northeast and sustains millions of people in its basin flowing into Bangladesh before meeting the Bay of Bengal. Once the tunnel is approved, it will most likely affect the water flow in the Brahmaputra, that could cause draughts…

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‘We Blew Up WTC-7 On 9/11’, Dying CIA Agent makes Deathbed Confession

Having originally trained as a civil engineer, Howard says he became an explosives expert after he was headhunted by the CIA in the early 1980s.He says that throughout his extensive career, he had planted explosives in items as small as cigarette lighters and as large as “80-floor buildings”.The New Jersey native says he was part of a cell of 4 CIA operatives who worked on a project dubbed “New Century” between May 1997 and September 2001 that was tasked with ensuring the successful demolition of WTC7, at a time, he…

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