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IS destroys iconic Mosul minaret

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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IS destroys iconic Mosul minaret

IS destroys iconic Mosul minaret

Iraqi PM Abadi calls it an ‘official declaration of defeat’ MOSUL: Mosul’s trademark leaning minaret was missing from its skyline for the first time in centuries yesterday after desperate jihadists blew it up as Iraqi forces advanced on an ancient mosque compound. Explosions on Wednesday evening leveled the Nuri mosque where Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi gave […]

Trump factor seen in naming of new Saudi crown prince

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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Trump factor seen in naming of new Saudi crown prince

Trump factor seen in naming of new Saudi crown prince

Riyadh welcomes Trump’s attitude towards Iran RIYADH: Closer ties between Saudi Arabia and US President Donald Trump’s administration helped pave the way for a succession shake-up making a 31-year-old prince the kingdom’s de facto ruler, analysts say. On Wednesday King Salman, 81, named his son Mohammed bin Salman crown prince and heir to the throne […]

Iran sends 1,100 tons of food to Qatar daily

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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Iran sends 1,100 tons of food to Qatar daily

Iran sends 1,100 tons of food to Qatar daily

TEHRAN: Iran is shipping more than 1,000 tons of fruits and vegetables to Qatar every day after Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia cut relations with Doha, Fars news agency reported yesterday. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain are among several countries which announced on June 5 the suspension of all ties to Qatar over […]

Turkey sends first cargo ship with aid for Qatar

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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Turkey sends first cargo ship with aid for Qatar

Turkey sends first cargo ship with aid for Qatar

ISTANBUL: Turkey yesterday sent its first ship loaded with aid for its embattled regional ally Qatar which has been hit by sanctions from Gulf powers led by Saudi Arabia, state media said. Turkey has already sent over 100 planes with food and other aid for Qatar but this is the first time a cargo ship […]

FBI probing Michigan airport stabbing as ‘act of terrorism’

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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FBI probing Michigan airport stabbing as ‘act of terrorism’

FBI probing Michigan airport stabbing as ‘act of terrorism’

CHICAGO: A knife attack on a Michigan airport police officer on Wednesday by a man yelling “Allahu Akbar” is being investigated as an act of terrorism, the FBI said. The stabbing at Bishop International Airport, in the city of Flint, comes amid a wave of jihadist-inspired attacks in Europe, most recently a foiled bomb assault […]

Funeral to be held for US college student imprisoned by N Korea

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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Funeral to be held for US college student imprisoned by N Korea

Funeral to be held for US college student imprisoned by N Korea

Trump slams Warmbier’s detention as ‘total disgrace’ CHICAGO: Otto Warmbier, the US college student imprisoned for more than a year by North Korea and sent back home in a coma that proved fatal, buried yesterday in his home state of Ohio. Sentenced to hard labor for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel, […]

Myanmar forces kill three in raid on terrorist camps

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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Myanmar forces kill three in raid on terrorist camps

Myanmar forces kill three in raid on terrorist camps

YANGON: Myanmar security forces have killed three people in raids on “terrorist” training camps run by Rohingya Muslim militants in the north of Rakhine state, state media reported yesterday. Guns, ammunition and gunpowder were found at the camps in the Mayu Mountains, part of a remote strip of land on the northwest border that is […]

At least 29 killed, 60 injured

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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At least 29 killed, 60 injured

At least 29 killed, 60 injured

Car bomb hits southern Afghanistan bank LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan: At least 29 people were killed yesterday when a powerful car bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah city as people were queuing to withdraw salaries, the latest bloody attack during the holy month of Ramadan. Sixty wounded people were rushed to hospital after the […]

Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia

Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia

WARDER, Ethiopia: The Somali people of Ethiopia’s southeast have a name for the drought that has killed livestock, dried up wells and forced hundreds of thousands into camps: sima, which means “equalized”. It’s an appropriate name, they say, because this drought has left no person untouched, spared no corner of their arid region. And it […]

Qatar seeks 10% stake in American Airlines

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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Qatar seeks 10% stake in American Airlines

Qatar seeks 10% stake in American Airlines

Bid unsolicited, but CEOs of both airlines have spoken NEW YORK: State-owned Qatar Airways is attempting to buy a 10 percent stake in American Airlines, triggering US antitrust oversight of deals that size. American said in a regulatory filing yesterday that the bid was unsolicited, but that the CEOs of both airlines have spoken. Qatar […]

Saudi king ousts nephew, names son Crown Prince

Posted by on 21/06/2017
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Saudi king ousts nephew, names son Crown Prince

Saudi king ousts nephew, names son Crown Prince

Amir congratulates Saudi; Former Crown Prince relieved of all posts RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman yesterday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed Bin Salman as Crown Prince, placing him first-in-line to the throne and removing the country’s counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the line of succession. The monarch stripped Prince Mohammed Bin […]

Gulf countries prepare for VAT in time of crisis

Posted by on 21/06/2017
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Gulf countries prepare for VAT in time of crisis

Gulf countries prepare for VAT in time of crisis

UBAI: Oil-rich Gulf countries, which for decades have attracted millions of foreign workers thanks to their reputation as tax-free havens, aim to introduce value-added tax in 2018 to plug budget gaps. On top of administrative and technical hurdles, however, the project now faces an unprecedented diplomatic crisis after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and […]

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