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Israel, Gaza militants exchange fire

GAZA CITY: Israeli aircraft pounded over a dozen militant targets in Gaza, the army said yesterday, after Palestinian projectile fire shattered a ceasefire reached just days ago after the worst…

Iraq court sentences Frenchwoman to life for IS membership

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court yesterday jailed a French woman for 20 years for belonging to the Islamic State group, as her lawyers accused authorities in Paris of “interference” to prevent…

35 migrants dead after boat sinks off Tunisia coast

TUNIS: The bodies of 35 migrants have been recovered off Tunisia’s southern coast, the country’s defense ministry said yesterday, revising upwards an earlier government death toll. As of 1:00 pm,…

Britain mourns on London Bridge attack anniversary

LONDON: Britain held a national minute of silence yesterday, one year on from the London Bridge terror attack that killed eight people and injured dozens more. Flowers were laid, candles…

New Nicaragua violence kills six, including American man

MASAYA, Nicaragua: Nicaraguan protesters fired homemade mortars to fend off a police crackdown Saturday in new unrest that left at least six people dead, including a US citizen, as the…

As election looms, popularity of Modi wanes in rural India

KAIRANA, India: Indian farmers voted overwhelmingly for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2014 general election that swept him to power. He cannot count on them doing so again, as…

Qatar economy weathers blockade storms

DUBAI: Qatar has weathered the economic impacts of a stifling Saudi-led blockade, maintaining healthy growth, but some sectors continue to pay the price a year after the crisis erupted. On…

India urges global plane makers to ‘Make in India’

MUMBAI: India wants to encourage aircraft makers to manufacture in the country, starting with components and moving eventually to complete aircraft, Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Sunday. In a…

The Uzbek entrepreneur tapping paper’s age-old power

KONI GHIL: The passage of time seems to have slowed down at Zarif Mukhtarov’s paper mill in a village not far from ex-Soviet Uzbekistan’s silk road city, Samarkand. Here in…

US vetoes UN draft resolution on ‘protecting’ Palestinian civilians

UNITED NATIONS: The United States vetoed Friday an Arab-backed UN draft resolution calling for measures to protect the Palestinians but failed to win any backing for its own text condemning…

Ministers overpower MPs in soccer match

KUWAIT: In an annual Ramadan sporting event, the government team (Kuwait ministers) beat the National Assembly team (Kuwait lawmakers) 2-0 in an indoor soccer match yesterday as part of the…

Palestinian Ambassador hails Kuwait’s efforts

KUWAIT: The Palestinian Ambassador to Kuwait Rami Tahboub highly commended Kuwait’s efforts as a representative of the Arab nations in the UN Security Council, noting that Kuwait managed to block…