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Pilgrims seek forgiveness on Mount Arafat in hajj climax

More than 2 million faithful have gathered for five-day ritual MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia: A sea of pilgrims ascended Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia yesterday to pray and repent, the…

Death toll nears 400 in flood-hit Kerala

Worst flood in a century kills nearly 400, dozens missing KOCHI: The death toll in India’s southern state of Kerala rose yesterday to nearly 400 after its worst flood in…

Israel and US call on Europe to pressure Iran; Nuke row rages

Iran’s foreign minister says US has ‘addiction to sanctions’ JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser met in Jerusalem yesterday and called on…

Spanish police treating knife assault as ‘terrorist attack’

Suspect identified as 29-year-old Algerian BARCELONA: A police officer shot dead a man armed with a knife as he tried to attack a police station in Catalonia yesterday, just days…

Why multiple earthquakes are rattling one Indonesian island

Multiple quakes rock Indonesia’s Lombok island, 10 dead JAKARTA: The Indonesian holiday island of Lombok has been hammered by a series of powerful earthquakes in the past three weeks that…

For some Egyptians, camels make a bigger and better Eid sacrifice

Muslims often slaughter sheep at the annual Eid Al-Adha “feast of the sacrifice” which falls next week, but some Egyptians are thinking bigger. Wealthier customers are flocking to the Birqash…

France’s Total quits Iran after sanctions

Zanganeh underlines the dire state of Iran’s oil and gas facilities TEHRAN: French energy giant Total has officially quit its multi-billion-dollar gas project in Iran, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh…

Trade war puts new strains on America Inc’s factories in China

Entrepreneurs see profits whittling away by rising costs, tighter regulations SHENZHEN/SHANGHAI: Larry Sloven arrived in southern China three decades ago, just as the region was taking off as the low-cost…

Iran announces new fighter jet, missile upgrades

TEHRAN: Iran will unveil this week a new jet fighter and upgrade its missile defenses to meet threats from Israel and the US, Tasnim news agency said yesterday quoting the…

More bodies found in Kerala as toll hits 370

THRISSUR, India: Rescuers searched submerged villages in southwest India yesterday in a desperate hunt for survivors after floods killed at least 370 people and drove more than 700,000 from their…

Fresh quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok

Strong earthquake triggers landslides, damaging buildings MATARAM: A strong earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok yesterday, triggering landslides, damaging buildings and sending people fleeing just two weeks after a…

Angry US leader lashes out at Russia probe as ‘McCarthyism’

US points at China, not Russia, on election meddling WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump yesterday angrily denounced the federal probe of Russia’s 2016 election meddling as “McCarthyism at its WORST!,”…

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