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Saudi king urges action against Iran, backs Yemen peace

Posted by on 19/11/2018
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Saudi king urges action against Iran, backs Yemen peace

Saudi king urges action against Iran, backs Yemen peace

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman urged the international community yesterday to halt Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and reiterated the kingdom’s support for UN efforts to end the war in Yemen. The king’s annual remarks to the Shura Council, a top governmental advisory body, were his first public comments since the murder of journalist […]

In Dubai, US sanctions pressure historic business ties with Iran

Posted by on 19/11/2018
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In Dubai, US sanctions pressure historic business ties with Iran

In Dubai, US sanctions pressure historic business ties with Iran

International banks unwilling to handle money transfers DUBAI: With its Persian restaurants and shop signs in Farsi, Murshid Bazaar, a dense maze of alleys in Dubai’s old quarter, has for decades been a center for small-scale trade with Iran. That is changing. One in every dozen or so shops in the once-bustling area is shuttered […]

Germany bars 18 Saudis over Khashoggi case

Posted by on 19/11/2018
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Germany bars 18 Saudis over Khashoggi case

Germany bars 18 Saudis over Khashoggi case

BRUSSELS: Germany will bar 18 Saudis from entering its territory and Europe’s Schengen passport-free zone over their alleged links to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said yesterday. Maas said the move was “coordinated very closely with” states France and Britain and the broader EU as they seek more information in Khashoggi’s […]

Murder rate on the rise in Venezuela

Posted by on 19/11/2018
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Murder rate on the rise in Venezuela

Murder rate on the rise in Venezuela

How do crisis-weary Venezuelans survive? CARACAS: As if coping with constant food and medicine shortages were not enough for crisis-weary Venezuelans, many live in constant fear in a country where three people die violently every hour. The South American nation registered 26,000 homicides last year, 89 per 100,000 inhabitants and a figure 15 times the […]

Top Yemen rebel halt to military operations

Posted by on 19/11/2018
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Top Yemen rebel halt to military operations

Top Yemen rebel halt to military operations

SANAA: A high-ranking Yemeni rebel official urged his leadership yesterday to freeze military operations and stop firing missiles into Saudi Arabia as the UN prepares for peace talks. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of the Houthi insurgents’ Higher Revolutionary Committee and an influential political figure, tweeted that he also wants his group to announce “readiness to […]

EU ministers agree terms of ‘painful’ Brexit divorce

Posted by on 19/11/2018
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EU ministers agree terms of ‘painful’ Brexit divorce

EU ministers agree terms of ‘painful’ Brexit divorce

European ministers sign off Britain’s draft deal   BRUSSELS: European ministers signed off Britain’s draft divorce deal yesterday as they launched a “painful” final week of negotiations on future cross-Channel ties. Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and the Union’s Austrian rotating presidency said the negotiated text would be presented to EU leaders at a signing summit […]

Dozens arrested near flashpoint Indian temple

Posted by on 19/11/2018
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Dozens arrested near flashpoint Indian temple

Dozens arrested near flashpoint Indian temple

PAMBA: Indian police arrested 68 people taking part in protests around a controversial Hindu temple ahead of a Supreme Court ruling yesterday on whether it should be given more time to let women enter. The Sabarimala temple in the southern state of Kerala has become a major battleground between Hindu radicals and gender activists. Tens […]

Indonesia’s mosques spreading radicalism

Posted by on 19/11/2018
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Indonesia’s mosques spreading radicalism

Indonesia’s mosques spreading radicalism

JAKARTA: Dozens of Indonesian mosques that cater to government workers are spreading radicalism and calling for violence against non-Muslims, the country’s intelligence agency said yesterday. Its findings come six months after Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya was rocked by a wave of suicide bombings at several churches during Sunday services, killing a dozen people. They were […]

Iranian jobs go as US sanctions bite

Posted by on 19/11/2018
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Iranian jobs go as US sanctions bite

Iranian jobs go as US sanctions bite

US sanctions bring chill to business climate LONDON: Tamnoush, an Iranian company that makes fizzy drinks, has shut down its production line after 16 years and laid off dozens of workers. It was facing massive losses as US sanctions pushed up the price of imported raw materials. “All our 45 workers are jobless now. The […]

Bloody Iraqi tribal custom is ‘terrorism’

Posted by on 18/11/2018
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Bloody Iraqi tribal custom is ‘terrorism’

Bloody Iraqi tribal custom is ‘terrorism’

BAGHDAD: A bloody, age-old custom used by Iraq’s powerful tribes to mete out justice has come under fire, with authorities classifying it as a “terrorist act” punishable by death. For centuries, Iraqi clans have used their own system to resolve disputes, with tribal dignitaries bringing together opposing sides to mediate in de facto “hearings”. If […]

Saudi king hosts Iraqi president

Posted by on 18/11/2018
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Saudi king hosts Iraqi president

Saudi king hosts Iraqi president

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman welcomed Iraq’s new President Barham Saleh yesterday on his first official visit to the kingdom, amid a warming of ties between the Arab neighbors after years of strain. The king hosted a lunch and “discussed regional developments” with Saleh, the official Saudi Press Agency said, after the Iraqi leader’s arrival in […]

‘Sad’ Trump visits fire-wracked California

Posted by on 18/11/2018
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‘Sad’ Trump visits fire-wracked California

‘Sad’ Trump visits fire-wracked California

76 killed; more than 1,200 listed as missing PARADISE: President Donald Trump has expressed sadness at the devastation caused by fires in a California town, but persisted in his controversial claim that forest mismanagement was responsible for the tragedy, which has killed 76 and left more than 1,200 listed as missing. “This is very sad,” […]

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