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US recession risks seen rising sharply in 2019, 2020: Survey

US expansion part of a global upturn in industrial activity LONDON: Energy market professionals estimate there is a 40 percent chance of the US economy entering recession before the end…

Muslims flee village at the centre of rape crisis

Indian PM confronted by angry protests in London   RASANA: There are no Muslims left in the village of Rasana, which has become a symbol of India’s rape crisis after…

Saudi Arabia launches first new cinema

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia launched its first commercial movie theatre yesterday, ending a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas under a push by the crown prince to modernize the deeply conservative Muslim…

Iraq’s courts sentence more than 300 to death for IS links

103 foreign nationals condemned to death   BAGHDAD: Iraqi courts have sentenced to death a total of more than 300 people, including dozens of foreigners, for belonging to the Islamic…

With Jews largely gone from Iraq, memories survive in Israel

Some 120,000 Iraqi Jews airlifted to Israel in the 1950s   BAGHDAD: Behind the high concrete walls of Baghdad’s Jewish cemetery, Violette Saul lies at rest under a weathered and…

Germany smashes Thai ‘forced prostitution’ ring in ‘biggest’ raids

BERLIN: German federal police said they carried out the biggest raids in their history yesterday against an alleged organized crime ring suspected of trafficking hundreds of women and transsexuals from…

IMF warns of risks as central banks tighten

Report calls for global coordination to regulate cryptocurrencies WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund urged central banks yesterday to take a gradual and transparent approach to tightening monetary policy, warning that…

Rape-killings spark outrage in India, Pakistan

NEW DELHI/KARACHI: The body of a seven-year-old girl who had been raped and strangled was found in India yesterday, compounding outrage over a series of horrific sexual attacks on women…

Iraqi women with alleged links to IS sexually abused

French woman sentenced to life in jail for joining IS   BAGHDAD: Iraq is using collective punishment including sexual exploitation against women and children with alleged ties to Islamic State…

In Syria’s Raqqa, corpses lie in the rubble

Rescue workers struggling to retrieve dozens of bodies RAQQA: The stench of rotting corpses rises from piles of rubble and destroyed buildings that line the streets of Syria’s Raqqa, serving…

Calls for ‘proof of life’ after Chibok girls death claims

KANO: Nigeria is facing calls to establish how many of the missing Chibok schoolgirls are still alive, after claims that nearly 100 of them may have lost their lives in…

Hackers target key hardware of government networks

US, Britain warn of Russian campaign to hack networks LONDON: Russian government-sponsored hackers are compromising the key hardware of government and business computer networks like routers and firewalls, giving them…