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Monstrous Florence rumbles toward eastern US

Residents told to ‘get out now’; Hurricane takes aim at Carolinas WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH: Highways clogged with people fleeing North and South Carolina yesterday as monstrous Category 4 Hurricane Florence rumbled…

Russia launches biggest ever war games in ‘show of force’

NATO calls drills a ‘rehearsal for large-scale conflict’ VLADIVOSTOK: Russia launched Tuesday what it called its largest ever military drills, with hundreds of thousands of troops taking part along with…

Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as the iconic market shuts

Rat exterminators block pipe and sewer exits TOKYO: The operation must be ruthless, thorough and silent. Without alerting the watchful enemy, a unit of highly trained Japanese agents will throw…

Indian opposition leads protests over high fuel prices

NEW DELHI: Indians set tyres on fire, vandalized petrol stations and blocked roads and railways yesterday as opposition parties led nationwide demonstrations against rising fuel prices. The protests were called by…

Muslim minority in China face ‘political indoctrination’

BEIJING: The Turkic mostly Muslim Uighur minority in China’s Xinjiang region face arbitrary detentions, daily restrictions on religious practice and “forced political indoctrination” in a mass security crackdown, Human Rights…

7 wounded in Paris knife attack

Driver rams French airport terminal before runway chase PARIS: A man wielding a knife and an iron bar injured seven people, including three tourists, in Paris, in an attack that…

Gunmen attack headquarters of Libya National Oil Company

US to launch drone strikes in Niger against IS, Qaeda TRIPOLI: Armed men yesterday stormed the headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Company in Tripoli killing at least two people, officials…

Merkel ‘outraged’ by Nazi chants in far-right rally

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced anger yesterday against Nazi chants by far-right demonstrators marching over the death of a German man following a fight with two Afghans. Local police…

A ray of hope as Iraq reopens railway

Revitalized rail line a vital link to Baghdad FALLUJAH: The newly-revived railway between Baghdad and Fallujah snakes across the western Iraqi desert, through a landscape of burned-out tanks, abandoned cars…

Khamenei urges Iran’s military to ‘scare off’ enemy

DUBAI: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Iran’s armed forces yesterday to increase their power to “scare off” the enemy, as the country faces increased tension with the United States.…

Iran confirms deadly strikes in north Iraq

TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed yesterday they had launched deadly missile strikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq the previous day. “The terrorists’ headquarters… was successfully struck by seven surface-to-surface…

Syrian and Russian forces pound Idlib

BEIRUT: Regime and Russian air raids pounded Syria’s last major rebel bastion of Idlib yesterday after an overnight lull, killing at least one child, a monitor said. It was the…