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Dark or light? The question that baffles men of Kuwait

Kuwaitis do not want to scare away winter, as they superstitiously believe that winter will flee once people are seen wearing heavy clothes. The weather in Kuwait these days is…

UN warns of ‘giant graveyard’ in Aleppo

Elite Syrian troops move east ALEPPO: Hundreds of elite Syrian troops moved into east Aleppo yesterday ahead of a push into the most densely populated areas, after the UN warned…

Blocked Qatari news site blames govt censorship

DOHA: An independent English-language news site in Qatar accused the Gulf state of censorship yesterday, saying two Internet service providers had simultaneously blocked access to it. “We can only conclude…

‘Catastrophic’ water shortages in Mosul; 500,000 civilians effected

MOSUL: Up to 500,000 civilians in Mosul are facing a “catastrophic” drinking water shortage, the UN warned, as Iraqi forces advance against the Islamic State group in the city. Already…

Indonesia tightens security ahead of protest against Christian governor

Foreign governments warn citizens JAKARTA: More than 100,000 Indonesians are expected to rally today to call for the arrest of the Christian governor of the capital, Jakarta, for alleged blasphemy,…

India signs $750 million deal for BAE howitzers with the United States

NEW DELHI: India has signed a $750 million agreement with the United States to buy 145 howitzer artillery guns from BAE Systems, an official said yesterday, its first such deal…

Pakistan welcomes Trump’s overtures to ‘amazing’ country

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry yesterday said Islamabad welcomes US President-elect Donald Trump’s overtures, saying Trump told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan is “amazing” and its citizens are “one of…

Sham brokers shatter Nepali students education dreams

KATHMANDU: When aspiring chef Bijay Shrestha left Nepal last year for the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia his goal was an international degree, work experience, and a chance at a…

Gold hits 10-month low after biggest monthly drop in 3 years

Gold fell to its lowest since February on Thursday, extending losses after its biggest monthly decline in more than three years, as a surge in oil prices boosted bond yields,…

Goose bumps and bruises as Victoria’s Secret models take to Paris catwalk

It took a fair bit of cheek-and not a little phlegm on a freezing Paris night-for the brash US lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret to hold its first-ever fashion show in…

Drake tops Spotify’s 2016 list with 4.7 billion streams

Drake owned the year on Spotify: He’s the most streamed act on the platform with 4.7 billion streams. The rapper has the most streamed album and song – “Views” (2.45…

Spielberg right-hand Frank Marshall on his best year yet

Veteran producer Frank Marshall says 2016 is shaping up to be his biggest year-quite a claim for the man who, alongside Steven Spielberg, gave the world “Indiana Jones” and “Back…