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Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudi foils Makkah plot

Amir condemns terrorist plot; Iran, Qatar voice support for Saudi RIYADH: A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Makkah as police disrupted a plot to target…

Qatar says ultimatum unreasonable

Doha given 10 days to comply – Turkey rejects call to shut base DOHA: Qatar yesterday denounced a sweeping list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies in an…

Trump OKs $2bn drone sales to India

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations’ leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting. India…

London towers urgently evacuated over fire fears – Dozens refuse to leave

LONDON: Residents of 650 London flats were evacuated yesterday due to fire safety fears in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, but 83 people refused to leave their homes,…

Afghan ‘hill of widows’ living in a world apart

KABUL: The first women settled on this stony slope outside Kabul in the 1990s hoping to escape the stigma those like them are forced to endure. Today it is known…

Wanted terror leader may have fled Marawi

Hapilon has not been seen in battle zone MARAWI, Philippines: One of America’s most wanted terrorists may have escaped a five-week battle with Islamist militants in a southern Philippine city,…

United States halts fresh beef imports from Brazil

NEW YORK: The United States has halt all imports of fresh beef from Brazil, the world’s second-largest producer, citing “recurring” concerns after large shipments failed food safety tests. The ban…

IS destroys iconic Mosul minaret

Iraqi PM Abadi calls it an ‘official declaration of defeat’ MOSUL: Mosul’s trademark leaning minaret was missing from its skyline for the first time in centuries yesterday after desperate jihadists…

Trump factor seen in naming of new Saudi crown prince

Riyadh welcomes Trump’s attitude towards Iran RIYADH: Closer ties between Saudi Arabia and US President Donald Trump’s administration helped pave the way for a succession shake-up making a 31-year-old prince…

FBI probing Michigan airport stabbing as ‘act of terrorism’

CHICAGO: A knife attack on a Michigan airport police officer on Wednesday by a man yelling “Allahu Akbar” is being investigated as an act of terrorism, the FBI said. The…

At least 29 killed, 60 injured

Car bomb hits southern Afghanistan bank LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan: At least 29 people were killed yesterday when a powerful car bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah city as…

Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia

WARDER, Ethiopia: The Somali people of Ethiopia’s southeast have a name for the drought that has killed livestock, dried up wells and forced hundreds of thousands into camps: sima, which…

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