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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…

Major weapons makers rattled over Saudi deals

WASHINGTON: Major US defense contractors have expressed concern to the Trump administration that lawmakers angered by the disappearance of a Saudi journalist in Turkey will block further arms deals with…

US and Turkey step up pressure over missing Saudi journalist

Saudi Arabia urged to release footage of Khashoggi ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Saudi Arabia to release footage of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and President Donald Trump demanded answers…

Plight of stranded Syrians worsens as food blocked

Thousands of refugees face starvation AMMAN: Thousands of Syrians stranded on Jordan’s border with Syria are running out of food as routes leading to their camp are closed by the…

Lebanon oldest newspaper goes blank to protest political crisis

A precious $11-billion aid package at risk BEIRUT: Lebanon’s oldest newspaper An-Nahar went out to newsstands completely blank yesterday to protest a political deadlock and economic woes in the tiny…

Britain ‘very worried’ about British student held in UAE without charge

31-year-old PhD student detained without charge   LONDON: Britain’s foreign secretary said yesterday he was “very worried” about the fate of a British student who, according to his wife, has…

Israel destroys Hamas attack tunnel from the Gaza Strip

Qatar announces $150 million aid to Gaza JERUSALEM: Israel’s military said it destroyed a Hamas-built tunnel extending into its territory from the Gaza Strip yesterday that was intended for attacks.…

Saudi Arabia opens high-speed railway to public

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s new high-speed railway opened to the public yesterday, whisking Muslim pilgrims and other travelers between Makkah and Madinah, Islam’s holiest cities. The Haramain High Speed Rail system…

War, poverty force Yemeni to build home in a tree

Yemen’s economy expected to contract by 2.6% in 2018 SANAA: Yemeni Ahmed Houbeichi is not acting out some childhood fantasy when he peers down on the street below from his…

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…

Moroccan teen in gang-rape case urges girls to be brave

BENI MELLAL: A Moroccan teenager allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by men from her village called yesterday on other girls “to be brave” after meeting with the judge investigating her case,…

Journalist’s disappearance forces Trump hand on Saudi

WASHINGTON: Allegations that Saudi Arabia killed a journalist inside its Istanbul consulate have forced Donald Trump into a position he never expected-raising human rights with the kingdom he has steadfastly…