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In U-turn, Trump lowers flag for McCain

US president under pressure to honor late senator WASHINGTON: Donald Trump yesterday bowed to pressure to honor the late John McCain, ordering the lowering of flags across the country to…

Trump says Google ‘rigged’ with bad news about him

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump took aim yesterday at Google, claiming that news search results were “rigged” against him, which prompted a White House aide to suggest the administration may…

UN court has jurisdiction in Iran sanctions case, US says

Washington cites security concerns in its first legal response THE HAGUE: The United States told UN judges yesterday they had no jurisdiction to rule on Tehran’s demand for them to…

UN points to possible ‘war crimes’ in Yemen

GENEVA: All sides in Yemen’s bloody conflict may have committed war crimes, UN investigators said yesterday, highlighting deadly air strikes, rampant sexual violence, and the recruitment of young children as…

Philippine leader hit by new ICC complaint over deadly drug war

Group calls for Duterte indictment MANILA: Activists and families of eight victims of the Philippines’ “war on drugs” filed a complaint yesterday with the International Criminal Court (ICC), a second…

Save me! Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirl pleads for freedom

KANO: A Nigerian Christian schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram jihadists has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to secure her release, local media said yesterday, citing a purported audio recording of…

Caning lesbian women

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian Islamic court postponed the caning yesterday of two women convicted of lesbian sex as activists hoped it would give them time to stop the punishment being…

Growth in consumer spending index eases to 6.5% y/y in July

Softer demand for durable goods and services KUWAIT: Growth in the NBK consumer spending index eased to 6.5 percent y/y in July, despite recording a strong rise in month-on-month terms.…

Toyota pours $500 million into driverless car tie-up with Uber

Deal to work together on mass-producing self-driving vehicles TOKYO: Toyota will pump about $500 million into ride-share firm Uber as part of a deal to work together on mass-producing self-driving…

Rumba, the dance of seduction running through Cubans’ veins

Born among black slaves on sugar plantations, Cuba’s rumba has since become a national icon almost as renown as its cigars or amateur boxers and two years ago was designated…

After driving ban ends, Saudi women taste thrill of speed

 Donning a helmet inside a pearl silver sports sedan, Rana Almimoni skids and drifts around a Riyadh park, engine roaring, tyres screeching and clouds of dust billowing from the…

ICC wants footage from new Al Jazeera graft documentary

SYDNEY: The Al Jazeera TV news channel is planning a follow-up documentary about alleged corruption in cricket, Australian and global cricket chiefs revealed yesterday, appealing for access to unedited footage…