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Syria talks off to rocky start

Posted by on 23/01/2017
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Syria talks off to rocky start

Syria talks off to rocky start

ASTANA, Kazakhstan: Syrian rebels vowed yesterday to keep fighting if peace negotiations with the government of President Bashar Al-Assad fail, as talks between the two sides in Kazakhstan got off to a rocky start. The meeting in Astana, backed by key players Russia, Turkey and Iran, had been billed as the first time armed rebel […]

Glad to see Obama go, Gulf expects Trump to curb Iran

Posted by on 23/01/2017
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Glad to see Obama go, Gulf expects Trump to curb Iran

Glad to see Obama go, Gulf expects Trump to curb Iran

DUBAI: Gulf Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran, even if they suspect Donald Trump’s short temper and abrasive Tweets may at times heighten tensions in the combustible Middle East. While many countries around the world listened with concern to his protectionist […]

Aleppo’s Great mosque bears scars of war

Posted by on 23/01/2017
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Aleppo’s Great mosque bears scars of war

Aleppo’s Great mosque bears scars of war

Minaret where the call to prayer sounded for 900 years shattered ALEPPO: The Great Mosque of Aleppo, a centuries-old treasure at the heart of one of the world’s oldest cities, is today a grim testament to the ravages of Syria’s war. The doors have been blasted away, the walls have been shredded by gunfire and […]

Bahrain court hears Twitter ‘evidence’ against activist

Posted by on 23/01/2017
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Bahrain court hears Twitter ‘evidence’ against activist

Bahrain court hears Twitter ‘evidence’ against activist

DUBAI: The prosecution in a Bahraini court yesterday presented what it said was evidence against prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab, accused of spreading “false information” about the kingdom, a judicial source said. They submitted an “expert report” that they said confirmed Rajab was in charge of his Twitter account where allegedly offensive tweets were posted, […]

Mutilated bodies found in Mexican tourist port

Posted by on 23/01/2017
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Mutilated bodies found in Mexican tourist port

Mutilated bodies found in Mexican tourist port

GUADALAJARA: Seven headless, mutilated bodies have been found in a taxi abandoned near the seaside resort of Manzanillo in western Mexico, apparent victims of the country’s epidemic of drug violence, local officials said Sunday. “They were mutilated, apparently decapitated, and one of the victims was a woman,” the port city’s police chief Carlos Heredia told […]

Malaysia arrests four linked to Islamic State cell in Philippines

Posted by on 23/01/2017
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Malaysia arrests four linked to Islamic State cell in Philippines

Malaysia arrests four linked to Islamic State cell in Philippines

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said yesterday they had arrested four people, among them three foreigners, with links to an Islamic State cell based out of the southern Philippines. Muslim-majority Malaysia has been on high alert since an attack last January by Islamic State-linked militants in Jakarta, the capital of neighbouring Indonesia. The cell, operating out […]

Philippine President tames words for Miss Universe hopefuls

Posted by on 23/01/2017
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Philippine President tames words for Miss Universe hopefuls

Philippine President tames words for Miss Universe hopefuls

Delivers speech without sex jokes, expletives MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered a speech without sex jokes and expletives yesterday, telling a gathering of Miss Universe contestants that he was told to be careful with his language. Duterte told pageant contestants at the Malacanang presidential palace he had never been in a “roomful of beautiful […]

Britons sizzle over chips and toast cancer warnings

Posted by on 23/01/2017
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Britons sizzle over chips and toast cancer warnings

Britons sizzle over chips and toast cancer warnings

LONDON: A government health warning over the potential dangers of toast, roast potatoes and chips-all traditional staples of the British diet-had the country’s tabloids hitting out yesterday. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said acrylamide-a chemical substance formed when foods with high starch content are cooked at very high temperatures  “has the potential to cause cancer […]

Saudi finance ministry rejects remittance fees levy on expatriate

Posted by on 22/01/2017
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Saudi finance ministry rejects remittance fees levy on expatriate

Saudi finance ministry rejects remittance fees levy on expatriate

RIYADH: The Saudi finance ministry said yesterday there would be no fees applied on remittances out of the country, days after the kingdom’s advisory Shura Council said it was looking at a proposal to impose a 6 percent levy on expatriate remittances. Saudi Arabia is “committed to the principle of free movement of capital in […]

Israel OKs settler homes after Trump takes office

Posted by on 22/01/2017
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Israel OKs settler homes after Trump takes office

Israel OKs settler homes after Trump takes office

US in ‘beginning stages’ of talks to move US embassy JERUSALEM: Israel approved hundreds of new settler homes in east Jerusalem yesterday, hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to speak to US President Donald Trump for the first time since his inauguration. But a potentially explosive plan to annex a large West Bank Jewish […]

Dubai toughens rules fire after high-rise blazes

Posted by on 22/01/2017
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Dubai toughens rules fire after high-rise blazes

Dubai toughens rules fire after high-rise blazes

DUBAI: Dubai yesterday announced tougher fire rules in a bid to minimize risks after several spectacular blazes that have ripped through skyscrapers in the modern Gulf emirate. Major fires have hit Dubai high-rises in recent years and spread quickly, mostly due to flammable material used in cladding, a covering or coating used on the side […]

Nearly 70 killed in fresh Yemen fighting

Posted by on 22/01/2017
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Nearly 70 killed in fresh Yemen fighting

Nearly 70 killed in fresh Yemen fighting

‘Despite firepower, rebels still control capital’ ADEN: Clashes in Yemen killed at least 66 people in 24 hours, medics and security sources said yesterday, as pro-government forces pushed to oust rebels from a key stretch of coastline. Air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition and fighting near the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait killed at least 52 […]

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