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Iran votes for new president – Khamenei doesn’t ‘give a damn’ about US misgivings

DUBAI: Millions of Iranians voted to choose a new president yesterday, urged by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to turn out in force to discredit suggestions by arch foe the…

93,000 killed in Syrian conflict: UN – Kuwait flight delayed as Damascus airport comes under fire

BEIRUT: Nearly 93,000 people have been confirmed killed in Syria since an uprising against President Bashar Assad began more than two years ago, the UN said yesterday, a sharp rise…

Dubai inaugurates world’s tallest ‘twisted’ tower

DUBAI: Dubai has inaugurated the world’s tallest twisted tower built at a cost of $272 million, setting a yet another record for skyscrapers and other engineering marvels. The 310-metre (1,017-foot),…

Premier visits Iraq in sign of warming ties – Leaders sign accords, discuss Syria, war reparations

BAGHDAD: Kuwait's prime minister discussed ties with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad yesterday during a surprise one-day visit, signaling improving relations between neighbors still working to overcome the more than…

Early, forced marriages haunt Jordan’s Syrian refugees

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan: With no end in sight to Syria’s conflict, some refugees in Jordan are offering their daughters for early marriage in the hope of securing them protection…

Hard times for Iran middle class battling US sanctions – Devaluation of rial pushes prices of imported products high

TEHRAN: Like many middle class Iranians, 55-year-old Maryam has seen the bright future she once envisioned for her family thwarted by the country’s economic pains. Leaning over an elegantly framed…

Erdogan warns protesters ‘will pay’ – Demonstrators hold fast despite warning

ISTANBUL: Turkish protesters refused to back down yesterday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned they would “pay a price” for their unrelenting demonstrations against his Islamic-rooted government’s decade-long rule.…

Saudi set to sell more crude to India in July

NEW DELHI: Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia is selling more crude to India in July as two refiners have asked for additional cargoes, industry and company sources familiar with the…

Syria forces ready Aleppo assault after Qusair win – Netanyahu, Putin discuss conflict

DAMASCUS: Syrian troops buoyed by victory in Qusair were preparing yesterday to launch a northern offensive, a security source said, as the conflict came to the streets of Beirut where…

Turkey rules out early polls – Thousands defy call to end protest

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party yesterday ruled out early elections as thousands of anti-government demonstrators defied his call for an immediate end to protests. Huseyin Celik, deputy…

Syria regime takes last rebel bastion in Qusair – Rebels, refugees cross into Lebanon

DAMASCUS: Forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad have now seized all of the Qusair area in central Syria, state television claimed yesterday, as wounded rebels and scores of refugee families…

Erdogan hits back at criticism – Thousands of supporters greet PM at airport

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday his Islamic-rooted government was open to “democratic demands” and hit back at EU criticism of his handling of a week of…