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EU, Japan sign sweeping free trade deal

Agreement a clear ‘message against protectionism’ TOKYO: Japan and the EU signed a sweeping free trade deal yesterday saying they were sending a “clear message” against protectionism, as Washington puts…

Trump, Putin tout reset in ties at summit

HELSINKI: Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin vowed a fresh start to troubled relations between the world’s greatest nuclear powers at their first summit yesterday, as the American leader rejected…

Muslims in China fear eradication of Islam

LINXIA, China: Green-domed mosques still dominate the skyline of China’s “Little Makkah”, but they have undergone a profound change – no longer do boys flit through their stone courtyards en…

Mob in Indonesia butchers 300 crocodiles in revenge attack

SORONG, Indonesia: A club-and-machete wielding mob in Indonesia butchered nearly 300 crocodiles in an act of revenge after a local man was killed by one of the reptiles, authorities said…

Iraqis demand change as protests run into second week

BASRA: Protests in Iraq continued into their second week yesterday following days of clashes that left eight people dead, with demonstrators rallying to put social problems in the spotlight. Months…

Ex-minister backs new Brexit vote as eurosceptics pressure PM May

May has repeatedly ruled out a second referendum LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May drew fire from all sides yesterday over her Brexit strategy as a former minister described it…

Pakistan Rights group warns of ‘blatant’ bid to manipulate vote

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s human rights commission yesterday slammed “blatant, aggressive and unabashed” attempts to manipulate the upcoming election, as politicians expressed security fears following one of the country’s deadliest attacks. A…

Walk the talk: India’s opposition urges Modi to pass women’s bill

‘Send India a message that we believe the time for change has come’ NEW DELHI: India’s opposition leader yesterday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “walk his talk” by passing…

Rolls-Royce plans for take-off in flying taxi market

FARNBOROUGH, England: British jet engine maker Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi and is starting a search for partners to help develop a project it hopes…

Amir congratulates France on victory, praises Russia as hosts

France beat Croatia in thrilling final to win second World Cup MOSCOW: Goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, as well as a controversial VAR-awarded penalty, helped France beat Croatia…

Russia hands over World Cup hosting duties to Qatar

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday handed over the mantle of World Cup host to the amir of Qatar, whose country will stage the 2022 edition of the tournament. The…

India mob kills man over child kidnap rumor, Qatari injured

NEW DELHI: Indian police said yesterday they have arrested 32 people after a man was killed by a mob in the country’s latest lynching over suspicion of child kidnapping sparked…