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Putin orders partial troop withdrawal from Syria, inks Egypt nuclear deal

Posted by on 11/12/2017
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Putin orders partial troop withdrawal from Syria, inks Egypt nuclear deal

Putin orders partial troop withdrawal from Syria, inks Egypt nuclear deal

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during a surprise visit to the war-torn country. Putin arrived at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase in Latakia province, a government stronghold, where he was welcomed by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, and the two men were pictured smiling, shaking hands and hugging. […]

Explosion rocks NY commuter hub, suspect in custody

Posted by on 11/12/2017
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Explosion rocks NY commuter hub, suspect in custody

Explosion rocks NY commuter hub, suspect in custody

NEW YORK: A man with a homemade bomb strapped to his body set off an explosion at a New York commuter hub during rush hour yesterday, injuring himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack. The suspect in the incident at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, […]

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

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Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia yesterday lifted a decades-old ban on cinemas, part of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s far-reaching liberalization drive that is shaking up the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to open next March, in a decision that could boost […]

Indonesia arrests 13 in pre-Christmas terror sweep

Posted by on 11/12/2017
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Indonesia arrests 13 in pre-Christmas terror sweep

Indonesia arrests 13 in pre-Christmas terror sweep

Indonesian authorities beef up security- Hardline Muslim groups burn US and Israeli flags JAKARTA: More than a dozen people have been arrested by Indonesian anti-terrorism police, authorities said yesterday, as they beef up security in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Police said they detained 13 suspected militants […]

IS long gone, but former Iraqi oil hub still dead

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IS long gone, but former Iraqi oil hub still dead

IS long gone, but former Iraqi oil hub still dead

BAIJI: A white rocking horse and a child’s toy car lie abandoned on a dusty lane in the Iraqi city of Baiji, a small sign of the ruin that can be seen all around. Two years after the jihadists of Islamic State group were forced from this one-time industrial hub, Baiji remains a devastated ghost […]

US, South Korea and Japan kick off missile-tracking drill, irking China

Posted by on 11/12/2017
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US, South Korea and Japan kick off missile-tracking drill, irking China

US, South Korea and Japan kick off missile-tracking drill, irking China

North Korea threats spark South Korea arms sales   SEOUL: The US, South Korea and Japan carried out joint exercises yesterday to track missiles from North Korea, as China warned that such maneuvers fuel tensions following nuclear-armed Pyongyang’s longest-range test launch to date. The trilateral drill comes less than two weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a […]

S Africa gangland violence spirals

Posted by on 11/12/2017
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S Africa gangland violence spirals

S Africa gangland violence spirals

MANENBERG: With rifles raised, South African police speed through the streets of Manenberg, responding to yet another call to quell violence in one of the country’s most murderous ganglands. Arriving in this drab suburb of the tourist city of Cape Town, a dead body is found lying in the road-the aftermath of a battle between […]

New protests flare over US Jerusalem declaration

Posted by on 10/12/2017
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New protests flare over US Jerusalem declaration

New protests flare over US Jerusalem declaration

JERUSALEM: New protests flared in the Middle East and elsewhere yesterday over US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that has drawn global condemnation and sparked days of unrest in the Palestinian territories. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has repeatedly warned of the consequences of Trump’s move, also lashed […]

Egypt revives dream of new desert capital

Posted by on 10/12/2017
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Egypt revives dream of new desert capital

Egypt revives dream of new desert capital

Only a few Gulf companies and a Chinese partner have expressed interest   CAIRO: In Egypt’s eastern desert, roads are being carved across vast expanses of sand where the government is building a new administrative capital, a long-cherished project that has failed in the past. The city will be complete with luxury hotels, upscale residential […]

Alabama’s choice: Democrat or accused sexual predator

Posted by on 10/12/2017
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Alabama’s choice: Democrat or accused sexual predator

Alabama’s choice: Democrat or accused sexual predator

Republican, Democratic opponent face off   BIRMINGHAM: When Alabama voters cast ballots to select a US Senator they will face a choice that echoes the country’s partisan political divide: elect a Democrat or pick a man accused of preying on teenaged girls. The Republican candidate-backed by President Donald Trump-is Roy Moore, a former state judge […]

French fighters appear with Islamic State group in Afghanistan

Posted by on 10/12/2017
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French fighters appear with Islamic State group in Afghanistan

French fighters appear with Islamic State group in Afghanistan

KABUL: French and Algerian fighters, some arriving from Syria, have joined the ranks of the Islamic State group in northern Afghanistan where the militants have established new bases, multiple international and Afghan sources have said. It is the first time that the presence of French IS fighters has been recorded in Afghanistan, and comes as […]

Yazidis caught in ‘political football’ between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurds

Posted by on 10/12/2017
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Yazidis caught in ‘political football’ between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurds

Yazidis caught in ‘political football’ between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurds

Yazidi heartland seized from Kurds by Baghdad loyalists   SINJAR: Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis’ mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents are wondering what could happen to them next. Food and money are in short supply since aid organizations stopped delivery after Iraq’s advance. Buildings collapsed […]

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