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Briton says was psychologically tortured in jail

LONDON: British man convicted in the United Arab Emirates for spying said yesterday he was psychologically tortured and that his captors asked him to turn double agent against the British…

Turkey seeks arrest of two Saudi crown prince’s allies

US senators mince no words after CIA chief briefing ISTANBUL: A Turkish prosecutor has demanded that arrest warrants be issued against two Saudi nationals close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin…

Saudi cites national security to block Qatar WTO case

GENEVA: Saudi Arabia has told the WTO that national security concerns mean it cannot allow the world trade body to settle an intellectual property dispute with Qatar, according to a…

Australia to stop sheep exports to Mideast for three months each year

SYDNEY: Australia’s livestock exporters will stop shipping live sheep to the Middle East for three months each year from 2019, an industry body said yesterday, amid rising public anger over…

Israel targets Hezbollah tunnels from Lebanon

JERUSALEM: Israel’s army said yesterday it has discovered Hezbollah tunnels infiltrating its territory from Lebanon and launched an operation to destroy them, a move likely to raise tensions with the…

Defiant Rouhani threatens to cut off Gulf oil exports

Tehran wants to expand missile range despite US ire TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani struck a defiant stance against US sanctions yesterday, renewing his threat to cut off international oil…

Yemen humanitarian crisis to worsen

Nearly 150,000 migrants arrive in war-torn Yemen GENEVA: The humanitarian crisis in Yemen, already the world’s worst, will deteriorate in 2019, the UN said yesterday, warning that the number of…

3 migrants found after ‘freezing to death’ in Turkey

ANKARA: The bodies of three migrants believed to have frozen to death were found in three separate Turkish border villages, state media reported yesterday. The first body of an Afghan…

Qatar to quit OPEC to focus on gas; says decision not political

Doha to ‘make big splash in oil and gas business’, build Mideast’s biggest ethane cracker DOHA: Qatar will leave OPEC next month in order to focus on gas production, the…

Fire rips through refugee camp in Lebanon; 2 killed

YAMMOUNEH: A fire ripped through a refugee camp in Lebanon yesterday killing two Syrians, including a boy, and burning nearly two dozen tents, a local official said. Around 1.5 million…

Hospital struggles with the number of malnourished Yemeni children

KHOKHA: Twenty Yemeni children huddle together outside Khokha hospital, hoping to be let into a clinic that serves as a lifeline for tens of thousands. On the narrow pavement, a…

Coalition kills IS leader linked to beheadings

Jihadist ‘involved in the executions of Western hostages’ BEIRUT: The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group said yesterday it killed a senior jihadist involved in the executions of an…