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In Jerusalem, Trump lashes out at Iran

JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump visited Jerusalem and the Western Wall yesterday as he sought ways to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, but also used the opportunity to again lash out at…

Iranian president calls US relations a curvy road

TEHRAN: Iran’s coalition of reformists and moderates has swept to power in major cities across the country, results showed yesterday, redrawing the political map and amplifying the resounding re-election of…

Outcry at Philippine ban on religious distractions

MANILA: Philippine authorities have banned hanging rosaries and religious icons off car dashboards because of safety concerns, prompting an outcry from the Catholic Church which insists they offer divine intervention…

Man set afire during Venezuela protest

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accusing protesters of setting fire to a government supporter, saying what he calls ‘Nazi-fascist’ elements are take root inside the opposition’s ranks. Maduro on…

Philippines’ Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Russia yesterday to meet his hero, seek arms and steer his nation’s foreign policy further away from longtime ally the United States. The…

Bomb strikes Thai army hospital

Low intensity bomb injures 21 BANGKOK: A bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital yesterday and wounded 21 people-one seriously-three years to the day after the Thai army seized power in…

Nepal torches thousands of valuable wildlife parts

KATHMANDU: Nepal destroyed thousands of valuable animal skins and other parts seized from poachers on a giant bonfire Monday in a symbolic gesture against the illegal wildlife trade. More than…

Saudi king slams Iran as ‘spearhead’ of terrorism’

Trump calls to isolate Iran, confront extremism RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman yesterday accused regional rival Iran of exporting extremist Islamic movements to the world and vowed to eliminate the…

Melania hails ’empowerment of women’ at Saudi company visit

Ivanka: Saudi progress on women ‘encouraging’ RIYADH: US First Lady Melania Trump praised the “empowerment of women” at a General Electric all-female service center in the Saudi capital yesterday, saying…

Rouhani, a man of the Islamic Revolution, opens Iran to West

DUBAI: As Iran’s chief nuclear envoy, Hassan Rouhani earned the nickname “diplomat sheikh” when negotiators in 2004 reached a deal that saw the Islamic Republic halt all its enrichment of…

Up to 200,000 protesters march against Venezuela’s Maduro

Seven weeks of protests leave 47 dead CARACAS: More than 200,000 protesters took to the streets of Venezuela on Saturday, day 50 of an angry and sometimes deadly showdown with…

Pakistan census source of fear for minorities

RABWAH: Marginalized, attacked and frequently hit by blasphemy charges, Pakistan’s religious minorities are hoping the country’s first census since 1998 will be a step towards greater political representation and rights.…

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