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Turkey, Qatar ink deal to boost trade; shots fired at US embassy

Posted by on 20/08/2018
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Turkey, Qatar ink deal to boost trade; shots fired at US embassy

Turkey, Qatar ink deal to boost trade; shots fired at US embassy

ISTANBUL: Turkey and Qatar have signed a swap deal to facilitate trade between the two allies as the Turkish currency is battered by a deepening spat with Washington, the Turkish central bank said yesterday. The agreement was signed in Doha on Friday before the markets closed for a one-week holiday for the feast of Eid […]

Pilgrims seek forgiveness on Mount Arafat in hajj climax

Posted by on 20/08/2018
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Pilgrims seek forgiveness on Mount Arafat in hajj climax

Pilgrims seek forgiveness on Mount Arafat in hajj climax

More than 2 million faithful have gathered for five-day ritual MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia: A sea of pilgrims ascended Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia yesterday to pray and repent, the climax of the annual hajj bringing together more than two million Muslims from around the world. Carrying brightly colored umbrellas under the blazing sun, worshippers […]

Death toll nears 400 in flood-hit Kerala

Posted by on 20/08/2018
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Death toll nears 400 in flood-hit Kerala

Death toll nears 400 in flood-hit Kerala

Worst flood in a century kills nearly 400, dozens missing KOCHI: The death toll in India’s southern state of Kerala rose yesterday to nearly 400 after its worst flood in a century, as authorities handed out medicine and disinfectants to ward off disease in thousands of relief camps. Dozens of people are missing and 1.2 […]

‘Junior jihadis’ march sparks outrage in Indonesia

Posted by on 20/08/2018
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‘Junior jihadis’ march sparks outrage in Indonesia

‘Junior jihadis’ march sparks outrage in Indonesia

PROBOLINGGO: An Indonesian kindergarten apologized yesterday after images of its pint-sized students marching in niqab veils and carrying cardboard cutouts of assault rifles sparked outrage. Organizers were left red-faced after a torrent of criticism suggested the Islamic State-style outfits promoted jihadist violence in a country that has long struggled with militant attacks. The group of […]

Israel and US call on Europe to pressure Iran; Nuke row rages

Posted by on 20/08/2018
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Israel and US call on Europe to pressure Iran; Nuke row rages

Israel and US call on Europe to pressure Iran; Nuke row rages

Iran’s foreign minister says US has ‘addiction to sanctions’ JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser met in Jerusalem yesterday and called on European nations to do more to pressure Iran. John Bolton arrived in Israel on Sunday for three days of talks expected to focus mainly on […]

Spanish police treating knife assault as ‘terrorist attack’

Posted by on 20/08/2018
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Spanish police treating knife assault as ‘terrorist attack’

Spanish police treating knife assault as ‘terrorist attack’

Suspect identified as 29-year-old Algerian BARCELONA: A police officer shot dead a man armed with a knife as he tried to attack a police station in Catalonia yesterday, just days after the one-year anniversary of a twin attack in the northern Spanish region that killed 16 people. “We are treating it as a terrorist attack. […]

India, Pakistan leader call for peace talks

Posted by on 20/08/2018
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India, Pakistan leader call for peace talks

India, Pakistan leader call for peace talks

ISLAMABAD: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for dialogue with Pakistan in a letter to its newly elected leader and Pakistan also saw talks with its old rival as the “only way forward”, Pakistan’s foreign minister said yesterday. New Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan offered an olive branch to India after his election victory […]

Why multiple earthquakes are rattling one Indonesian island

Posted by on 20/08/2018
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Why multiple earthquakes are rattling one Indonesian island

Why multiple earthquakes are rattling one Indonesian island

Multiple quakes rock Indonesia’s Lombok island, 10 dead JAKARTA: The Indonesian holiday island of Lombok has been hammered by a series of powerful earthquakes in the past three weeks that have killed more than 500 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The archipelago nation sits on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic […]

For some Egyptians, camels make a bigger and better Eid sacrifice

Posted by on 20/08/2018
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For some Egyptians, camels make a bigger and better Eid sacrifice

For some Egyptians, camels make a bigger and better Eid sacrifice

Muslims often slaughter sheep at the annual Eid Al-Adha “feast of the sacrifice” which falls next week, but some Egyptians are thinking bigger. Wealthier customers are flocking to the Birqash market, northwest of Cairo, where traders from across east Africa bring animals for auction – not sheep, but camels. “This camel market is the biggest […]

Iran announces new fighter jet, missile upgrades

Posted by on 19/08/2018
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Iran announces new fighter jet, missile upgrades

Iran announces new fighter jet, missile upgrades

TEHRAN: Iran will unveil this week a new jet fighter and upgrade its missile defenses to meet threats from Israel and the US, Tasnim news agency said yesterday quoting the defense minister. “Our first priority is our missile capability and we must enhance it… given the enemy’s efforts in missile defense,” said Amir Hatami in […]

More bodies found in Kerala as toll hits 370

Posted by on 19/08/2018
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More bodies found in Kerala as toll hits 370

More bodies found in Kerala as toll hits 370

THRISSUR, India: Rescuers searched submerged villages in southwest India yesterday in a desperate hunt for survivors after floods killed at least 370 people and drove more than 700,000 from their homes. Entire villages in Kerala have been swept away in the state’s worst floods for a century. Rescuers fear the death toll will rise as […]

Fresh quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok

Posted by on 19/08/2018
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Fresh quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok

Fresh quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok

Strong earthquake triggers landslides, damaging buildings MATARAM: A strong earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok yesterday, triggering landslides, damaging buildings and sending people fleeing just two weeks after a tremor killed more than 480 people there. The 6.3-magnitude quake, centered in East Lombok, struck at a relatively shallow depth of seven kilometers (four miles) […]

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