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US to merge Jerusalem consulate into embassy

Posted by on 18/10/2018
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US to merge Jerusalem consulate into embassy

US to merge Jerusalem consulate into embassy

‘This decision to improve efficiency of our operations’ WASHINGTON: The United States will merge the US Consulate General, which serves Palestinians, with its new embassy into a single diplomatic mission in Jerusalem, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on yesterday. “This decision is driven by our global efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of […]

Trump threatens to close US-Mexico border over migrant ‘onslaught’

Posted by on 18/10/2018
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Trump threatens to close US-Mexico border over migrant ‘onslaught’

Trump threatens to close US-Mexico border over migrant ‘onslaught’

Trump to send National Guard troops to border WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump threatened yesterday to send the military to close its southern border if Mexico fails to stem the “onslaught” of migrants from Central America, in a series of tweets that blamed Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. The attack comes with Trump’s Republicans […]

US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants

Posted by on 17/10/2018
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US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants

US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants

WASHINGTON: The United States conducted its largest air strike in nearly two years against militants in Somalia, killing about 60 Al-Shabaab fighters, the US military said Tuesday. “This precision air strike was the largest air strike against Al-Shabaab since November 21, 2017,” when air-dropped US munitions targeted one of the group’s training camps, killing about […]

Over a thousand missing after hurricane

Posted by on 17/10/2018
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Over a thousand missing after hurricane

Over a thousand missing after hurricane

Michael flattens communities across the Florida Panhandle PANAMA CITY BEACH: More than a thousand people were still missing yesterday a week after Hurricane Michael flattened communities across the Florida Panhandle, killing at least 27. Teams made up of hundreds of volunteers with the Houston-based CrowdSource Rescue organization were searching for more than 1,135 people in […]

A green day: Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

Posted by on 17/10/2018
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A green day: Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

A green day: Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

Its implementation will be scrutinized and dissected OTTAWA: Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition came to an end yesterday as Canada became the first major Western nation to legalize and regulate its sale and recreational use. The change was praised by pot enthusiasts and investors in a budding industry that has seen pot stocks soar […]

Pompeo meets Saudi King on Khashoggi case

Posted by on 16/10/2018
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Pompeo meets Saudi King on Khashoggi case

Pompeo meets Saudi King on Khashoggi case

RIYADH/ISTANBUL: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince agreed yesterday there must be a thorough investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the United States said, after media reports that Riyadh will acknowledge his death in a botched interrogation. Khashoggi, a US resident and leading critic of the crown prince, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in […]

Lewinsky affair not an abuse of power, says Hillary Clinton

Posted by on 15/10/2018
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Lewinsky affair not an abuse of power, says Hillary Clinton

Lewinsky affair not an abuse of power, says Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton has said her husband Bill’s affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power and he was right to not resign from the US presidency in the wake of the scandal. The two-decades old episode has come under renewed scrutiny in the #MeToo era, with critics questioning […]

Turkey court frees pastor after crisis with Washington

Posted by on 13/10/2018
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Turkey court frees pastor after crisis with Washington

Turkey court frees pastor after crisis with Washington

WASHINGTON: An American pastor held for two years in Turkey was expected back in the United States yesterday after a court freed him in a case that sparked a crisis in Ankara’s ties with Washington and trouble for its economy. The court in the western town of Aliaga convicted Andrew Brunson on terror-related charges and […]

Hurricane Michael death toll hits 17

Posted by on 13/10/2018
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Hurricane Michael death toll hits 17

Hurricane Michael death toll hits 17

MEXICO BEACH: The death toll from Hurricane Michael has risen to at least 17 with fears it would continue to climb more as search-and-rescue teams scour the debris of the Florida town that bore the brunt of the monster storm. “Mexico Beach is devastated,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said of the town where Michael made […]

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops for sex abuse

Posted by on 13/10/2018
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Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops for sex abuse

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops for sex abuse

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops for the alleged sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican said in a statement yesterday after a meeting between the pontiff and the president of Chile. The decision to expel former archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus and former bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez – the latest heads […]

Trump demands answers; Turkish paper identifies Saudi intel team

Posted by on 10/10/2018
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Trump demands answers; Turkish paper identifies Saudi intel team

Trump demands answers; Turkish paper identifies Saudi intel team

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said yesterday he has talked to Saudi authorities “at the highest level” to demand answers over what happened to vanished journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump told reporters at the White House that he has talked to the Saudi leadership “more than once” since Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post contributor, […]

Florida girds for an ‘extremely dangerous’ category 4 storm

Posted by on 10/10/2018
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Florida girds for an ‘extremely dangerous’ category 4 storm

Florida girds for an ‘extremely dangerous’ category 4 storm

‘Do not risk your life, leave NOW’ PANAMA CITY: Hurricane Michael closed in on Florida’s Gulf Coast yesterday as an “extremely dangerous” category four storm packing powerful winds and a huge sea surge, US forecasters said. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said the storm, which local forecasters are calling an “unprecedented” weather event for the […]