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Emirates makes Tokyo Haneda its third Japanese route

Emirates, which already operates daily flights to Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai has added Tokyo Haneda (HND) as its third destination. On 3rd of June, Emirates celebrated the start of…

Egypt’s tourism minister quits over Luxor governor

CAIRO: Egypt’s tourism minister resigned in protest yesterday after President Mohamed Morsi appointed a new governor for Luxor from an Islamist party linked to a massacre of holidaymakers in the…

Bombers attack Baghdad Shiites, kill 31

BAGHDAD: Twin suicide bombings killed 31 people after midday prayers at a Shiite Muslim religious centre in Baghdad yesterday, the latest in violence sparking fears of a revival of full-blown…

Rowhani firm on nuclear rights, vows moderation – New prez backs Assad, reaches out to Saudis

TEHRAN: Iran's newly-elected president Hassan Rowhani ruled out yesterday any halt to the nuclear activity that has drawn UN sanctions but said he hoped an early deal could be reached…

Turkey warns to deploy army

ANKARA/ISTANBUL: Turkey’s deputy prime minister said yesterday the armed forces could be called up if needed to help quell popular protests that have swept Turkish cities in the last two…

Car bombs, shootings kill 32 people in Iraq – Attacks bear hallmark of Al-Qaeda

BAGHDAD: A string of nearly a dozen apparently coordinated bombs and shootings in cities across Iraq killed at least 32 and wounded dozens yesterday, extending a wave of violence that…

Extremists blow up Syria Shiite mosque

AMMAN: Sunni extremists blew up a Shiite mosque in a village in eastern Syria stormed by rebels earlier this week, another sign of the growing sectarian hatred in the country’s…

New Iran president hails victory for ‘moderation’ – Iranians count on Rowhani to bring change

DUBAI: Thousands of Iranians celebrated on the streets into yesterday’s early hours, counting on moderate president-elect Hassan Rowhani to follow through on promises of better relations abroad and more freedom…

Kerry lauds progress in Iraq-Kuwait relations

WASHINGTON: The US Secretary of State John Kerry Kerry said in a phone call to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari "that he was impressed by the recent progress the two…

Rohani wins Iran presidential vote – Reformist-backed cleric trounces conservative rivals

DUBAI: Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani won Iran's presidential election yesterday, the interior ministry said, scoring a surprising landslide victory over conservative hardliners without the need for a second round run-off.…

65 Syrian officers, 6 generals defect – Syria pounds rebels; Russia cautions against no-fly zone

BEIRUT: Syrian artillery and warplanes pounded rebel areas in Damascus yesterday as President Bashar Al-Assad's foes pleaded for advanced weapons from the United States, which has promised them unspecified military…

Turkish PM rails at ‘plot’ behind Istanbul protest – Protesters refuse to leave despite PM concession

SINCAN: Turkey's prime minister lashed out yesterday at what he called the "plot" behind the biggest street protests in his 10-year tenure, in a boisterous speech to tens of thousands…