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Mangkhut death toll hits 74 in Philippines

ITOGON: The death toll in Typhoon Mangkhut hit 74 yesterday, Philippine authorities said, as rescuers used their bare hands to sift through a massive landslide in which dozens were feared…

Zain bags ‘Best Brand’ at Telecom World Middle East Awards 2018

Zain aspires to be a brand that unlocks opportunities for customers DUBAI: Zain Group, the leading mobile telecom innovator in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, is proud…

Russia says no Syria assault as Putin, Erdogan agree Idlib plan

Ankara to increase troop numbers in Cyprus – Qatari leader gifts luxury plane to Turkey SOCHI, Russia: Moscow said yesterday there would be no assault on Syria’s Idlib as the…

Pakistan PM vows to give citizenship to Afghans, Bengalis

KARACHI: Pakistan’s new premier Imran Khan has vowed to give citizenship to some Afghan refugees and Bengali immigrants, officials confirmed yesterday, granting rights to many who have lived in the…

Higher security €100 and €200 notes unveiled

FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank yesterday unveiled new versions of the 100- and 200-euro banknotes, saying new security features would make them harder to counterfeit. Like other second-generation notes in…

Frantic dig for Philippine typhoon victims

Mangkhut leaves dozens dead in the Philippines ITOGON, Philippines: Philippine rescuers used shovels and bare hands to claw through mounds of rocky soil yesterday in a desperate search for dozens…

Ethiopia ethnic violence leaves at least 23 dead; 200 arrested

Mobs of Oromo youths attack ethnic minorities ADDIS ABABA: At least 23 people were killed in a weekend of violence targeting minorities in the ethnic Oromo heartland near Ethiopia’s capital…

Forced to fight as soldiers, Afghan police demand reforms, good pay

Police role increases in counter-insurgency operations GHAZNI: Afghanistan’s poorly armed and underpaid police are usually on the frontlines against Taleban militants and they lost 90 men defending the strategic city…

US confirms further Palestinian aid cut

JERUSALEM: The United States has cut additional aid to the Palestinians for programs supporting conflict resolution with Israelis, an official said yesterday, adding to more than $500 million in other…

Ethiopia, Eritrea seek to bolster truce in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Ethiopia and Eritrea signed an agreement yesterday at a summit in Saudi Arabia, bolstering a historic peace accord between the two former Horn of Africa enemies, officials said. Authorities…

Syrians vote in first local polls since 2011

DAMASCUS: Syrians in government-controlled areas cast their ballots yesterday in the first local elections there since 2011, when the country’s ill-fated uprising erupted against President Bashar Al-Assad’s rule. Seven years…

Israeli missiles ‘target Syria airport’

Israel working to keep weapons from its foes JERUSALEM: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday his country is taking action to stop its foes from acquiring sophisticated arms, hours…