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Saudis reopen border for Qatar hajj pilgrims

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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Saudis reopen border for Qatar hajj pilgrims

Saudis reopen border for Qatar hajj pilgrims

Doha cautiously welcomes decision RIYADH: Qatari hajj pilgrims began to enter Saudi Arabia yesterday, Saudi media reported, as Riyadh reopened the border in a move cautiously welcomed by Doha despite a diplomatic row engulfing the region. The Salwa border crossing, a key passage for Muslims on the annual hajj pilgrimage, has been closed since June […]

India’s 10-year rape victim delivers baby

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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India’s 10-year rape victim delivers baby

India’s 10-year rape victim delivers baby

Child denied abortion by top court MUMBAI: A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied an abortion by India’s top court gave birth yesterday in a case that has drawn outrage about the sexual abuse of children. The girl did not know she was pregnant and was unaware she had delivered a baby; her parents told […]

Hamas militant killed by suicide bomber in Gaza

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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Hamas militant killed by suicide bomber in Gaza

Hamas militant killed by suicide bomber in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: The Hamas militant group ruling Gaza says one of its fighters was killed by a suicide bomber yesterday while trying to stop the attacker from crossing into Egypt. It marked the first time that Hamas, which has carried out scores of suicide attacks over the years targeting Israelis, was itself struck […]

Mali extremist ordered to pay $3.2 million

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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Mali extremist ordered to pay $3.2 million

Mali extremist ordered to pay $3.2 million

BRUSSELS: The International Criminal court ruled yesterday that a Muslim radical found guilty of destroying World Heritage cultural sites in the Malian city of Timbuktu should get nine years in prison and pay 2.7 million euros ($3.2 million) in reparations. The court in the Netherlands found that Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi had intentionally directed […]

UN: One million S Sudan refugees now in Uganda

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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UN: One million S Sudan refugees now in Uganda

UN: One million S Sudan refugees now in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda: The number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in Uganda has reached 1 million, the United Nations said yesterday, a grim milestone for what has become the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. Ugandan officials say they are overwhelmed by the flow of people fleeing South Sudan’s civil war and the UN refugee agency urges the […]

Flooding maroons people in Indian states, eases in Nepal

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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Flooding maroons people in Indian states, eases in Nepal

Flooding maroons people in Indian states, eases in Nepal

Floods, landslides claim more than 250 lives LUCKNOW, India: Monsoon flooding is easing in Nepal, but the water flowing downriver has worsened floods in northern India and marooned thousands of villagers across the border, officials said yesterday. The existing flood situation was aggravated in Uttar Pradesh state after three rivers became swelled with the waters […]

Pakistan angry at US for adding Kashmir group to terror list

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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Pakistan angry at US for adding Kashmir group to terror list

Pakistan angry at US for adding Kashmir group to terror list

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s foreign ministry has expressed anger and disappointment over Washington’s move to designate a Kashmir militant group fighting to end India’s rule in its area as a terrorist organization. The ministry’s spokesman, Nafees Zakaria, said yesterday that Pakistan will continue to extend “political, diplomatic and moral support” to the Kashmiri people in their efforts […]

Rights groups slam outrageous Indian plan to deport Rohingya

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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Rights groups slam outrageous Indian plan to deport Rohingya

Rights groups slam outrageous Indian plan to deport Rohingya

MUMBAI: Rights groups have condemned India’s plan to deport some 40,000 Rohingya Muslims, saying India should abide by its legal obligations and protect the stateless refugees who face persecution in Myanmar. Junior interior minister Kiren Rijiju told parliament last week the central government had directed state authorities to identify and deport all illegal immigrants including […]

58 dead in 3 days in renewed Philippine anti-drug killings

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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58 dead in 3 days in renewed Philippine anti-drug killings

58 dead in 3 days in renewed Philippine anti-drug killings

Duterte happy with the spike in drug bloodshed MANILA: Philippine police killed at least 26 more drug and crime suspects in overnight gunbattles in the capital, bringing to 58 the death toll in a renewed bloody crackdown in the last three days that received praises from the president. President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his satisfaction with […]

Anti-Muslim Australian senator Hanson wears burqa in Parliament

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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Anti-Muslim Australian senator Hanson wears burqa in Parliament

Anti-Muslim Australian senator Hanson wears burqa in Parliament

Senator chastised for offending Australia’s Muslim minority CANBERRA: An Australian senator provoked an angry backlash from lawmakers by wearing a burqa in Parliament yesterday as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face covers. Pauline Hanson, leader of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigration One Nation minor party, sat wearing the black head-to-ankle garment for […]

Defiant Trump again blames ‘both sides’

Posted by on 16/08/2017
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Defiant Trump again blames ‘both sides’

Defiant Trump again blames ‘both sides’

Reps balk, Dems aghast, aides shocked at president’s about-face NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump defiantly blamed “both sides” for the weekend violence between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators in Virginia, seeking to rebuff the widespread criticism of his handling of the emotionally-charged protests while showing sympathy for the fringe group’s efforts to preserve Confederate monuments. […]

Lebanon scraps reviled rape law

Posted by on 16/08/2017
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Lebanon scraps reviled rape law

Lebanon scraps reviled rape law

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s parliament yesterday scrapped a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, official media and activists said, after a high-profile campaign for its repeal. A proposal to repeal Article 522 of the penal code – which deals with rape, assault, kidnapping and forced marriage – was introduced last year and […]

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