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Saudi Arabia to host first Arab Fashion Week

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is set to host in March its first ever Arab Fashion Week, the Arab Fashion Council announced yesterday, overturning decades of draconian policies on arts and entertainment.…

Trump Jr to wine and dine luxury flat buyers in India

NEW DELHI: Dozens of property investors and their families will be treated to dinner with Donald Trump Junior in Delhi this week after snapping up flats in a Trump Towers…

Israeli warplanes pound Gaza

Palestinian rocket slams into southern Israel GAZA: Israeli warplanes carried out a fresh round of strikes in the Gaza Strip yesterday after a rocket fired by Palestinians slammed into southern…

Islamic State kills 27 Iraqi pro-government fighters

IS members, disguised as soldiers, attack Hashed Al-Shaabi unit BAGHDAD: The Islamic State group killed 27 pro-government fighters in an ambush in Iraq, their paramilitary group said yesterday, underlining the…

US and Thai Marines drink cobra blood in war drills

Marines eat scorpions in jungle survival programme CHON BURI: US and Thai marines slurped snake blood and ate scorpions in a jungle survival programme yesterday as part of the two…

Punjab National Bank fraud points to Reserve Bank of India failure: Govt

Investigators close bank branch at heart of $1.77bn scam MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: India’s government has said the $1.77 billion fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank was a “manifestation of supervisory failure”…

Many Filipino returnees still eye jobs abroad

MANILA: After the murder of a Philippine maid in Kuwait, domestic helpers are streaming back to Manila with tales of abusive employers – but many are still prepared to take…

65 ‘killed’ in Iran plane crash; Amir sends condolences

DUBAI: All 65 passengers and crew were feared dead in a plane crash in central Iran yesterday after the domestic flight came down in bad weather in a mountainous region.…

Saudi women can start own business; cabinet approves bankruptcy law

RIYADH: Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector.…

Israel kills 2 Palestinians; soldiers hurt

Israel forces attack 18 ‘terror targets’   GAZA: Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian teenagers in the Gaza Strip, medical sources said yesterday, as tensions rose after an apparent bomb…

‘Painful’: Britons, Europeans count Brexit’s personal cost

Some Europeans frustrated, afraid of the future LONDON: Frustrated by Brexit negotiations, angry at Brussels or simply afraid of the future, ordinary Britons and other Europeans are already taking life-changing…

18 killed as massive explosion rocks Indian wedding; 5 hurt

Gas cylinder explodes at the hotel in the city of Beawar AJMER: Rescuers discovered nine more bodies yesterday beneath the ruins of a Indian hotel, bringing the known death toll…

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