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Saudis, Iraq agree on oil cut

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Saudis, Iraq agree on oil cut

Saudis, Iraq agree on oil cut

BAGHDAD/VIENNA: OPEC heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iraq agreed yesterday on the need to extend a global cut in oil supply by nine months in an effort to prop up crude prices, removing a potential stumbling block as producing countries prepare to meet this week. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said he did not expect any […]

In Jerusalem, Trump lashes out at Iran

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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In Jerusalem, Trump lashes out at Iran

In Jerusalem, Trump lashes out at Iran

JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump visited Jerusalem and the Western Wall yesterday as he sought ways to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, but also used the opportunity to again lash out at Iran. Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall in the disputed city, placing his hand on one of the most […]

Iranian president calls US relations a curvy road

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Iranian president calls US relations a curvy road

Iranian president calls US relations a curvy road

TEHRAN: Iran’s coalition of reformists and moderates has swept to power in major cities across the country, results showed yesterday, redrawing the political map and amplifying the resounding re-election of President Hassan Rouhani. The coalition now has control of the six largest Iranian cities, including Tehran, the holy city of Mashhad and tourist hotspot Isfahan-and […]

Outcry at Philippine ban on religious distractions

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Outcry at Philippine ban on religious distractions

Outcry at Philippine ban on religious distractions

MANILA: Philippine authorities have banned hanging rosaries and religious icons off car dashboards because of safety concerns, prompting an outcry from the Catholic Church which insists they offer divine intervention on the nation’s chaotic roads. The ban, which will take effect on Friday, is part of a wide-ranging new law aimed at eliminating distractions for […]

Man set afire during Venezuela protest

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Man set afire during Venezuela protest

Man set afire during Venezuela protest

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accusing protesters of setting fire to a government supporter, saying what he calls ‘Nazi-fascist’ elements are take root inside the opposition’s ranks. Maduro on Sunday said that 21-year-old Orlando Zaragoza suffered burns to almost all his body when he was doused with gasoline and set on fire at a […]

Pakistan opposition party to sue govt for detaining supporters

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Pakistan opposition party to sue govt for detaining supporters

Pakistan opposition party to sue govt for detaining supporters

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani opposition party led by former cricketer Imran Khan will take legal action against the government for detaining its vocal online activists under a controversial cybercrime law, a spokesman said yesterday. At least 23 supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf (Movement for Justice) party have been detained and threatened with action under the […]

Indian activists hail minister’s call to end female genital mutilation

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Indian activists hail minister’s call to end female genital mutilation

Indian activists hail minister’s call to end female genital mutilation

MUMBAI: Women activists campaigning to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in a minority Muslim community in India hailed a minister’s pledge to introduce a law to end the centuries-old custom. FGM is secretly carried out by the close-knit Dawoodi Bohra community, a Shiite Muslim sect thought to number up to 2 million worldwide that considers […]

Philippines’ Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Philippines’ Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US

Philippines’ Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Russia yesterday to meet his hero, seek arms and steer his nation’s foreign policy further away from longtime ally the United States. The five-day trip will cement a dramatic improvement in relations with Russia since Duterte came to power last year and began unraveling his country’s decades-long alliances […]

Bomb strikes Thai army hospital

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Bomb strikes Thai army hospital

Bomb strikes Thai army hospital

Low intensity bomb injures 21 BANGKOK: A bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital yesterday and wounded 21 people-one seriously-three years to the day after the Thai army seized power in the politically unstable kingdom. The small device-which police said was potentially deadly-went off near the VIP section of King Mongkut hospital as patients and their […]

China retailer announces one-ton delivery drones

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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China retailer announces one-ton delivery drones

China retailer announces one-ton delivery drones

BEIJING: China’s biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans yesterday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance deliveries. The company said it will test the drones on a network it is developing to cover the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi. It said they will carry consumer goods to remote […]

Nepal torches thousands of valuable wildlife parts

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Nepal torches thousands of valuable wildlife parts

Nepal torches thousands of valuable wildlife parts

KATHMANDU: Nepal destroyed thousands of valuable animal skins and other parts seized from poachers on a giant bonfire Monday in a symbolic gesture against the illegal wildlife trade. More than 4,000 animal parts, including endangered tiger skins and rhino hides, were burned in a large pyre at Chitwan National Park, the nation’s most important conservation […]

Saudi king slams Iran as ‘spearhead’ of terrorism’

Posted by on 21/05/2017
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Saudi king slams Iran as ‘spearhead’ of terrorism’

Saudi king slams Iran as ‘spearhead’ of terrorism’

Trump calls to isolate Iran, confront extremism RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman yesterday accused regional rival Iran of exporting extremist Islamic movements to the world and vowed to eliminate the Islamic State group. “The Iranian regime has been the spearhead of global terrorism since the (Ayatollah Ruhollah) Khomeini revolution” in 1979, King Salman said in […]

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