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Pope lights candle for Syria children

Argentinean woman leaves Syria after 2 year ‘kidnap’ ordeal VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis lit a candle at the Vatican yesterday for victims of conflicts around the world, and in particular…

How rebels survived Saudi-led onslaught?

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners predicted a quick victory when they launched a military intervention in Yemen in 2015 to support the ousted government. But more than three-and-a-half…

A high-five from Putin and a G20 awkward photo

BUENOS AIRES: Russian President Vladimir Putin walked up to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at a summit of G20 world leaders, high-fived him and then shook his hand…

With militants gone, booze is back in Mosul

MOSUL: Rows of yellow-labeled whiskey bottles sit alongside imported French wines, while cans of Korean beer chill in the fridge: with Iraq’s Mosul free of jihadists, the booze is back.…

How Iran spreads disinformation around the world

Reuters finds 71 websites in global influence operation LONDON: Website Nile Net Online promises Egyptians “true news” from its offices in the heart of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, “to expand the…

Iran navy launches stealth warship in the Gulf

DUBAI: Iran’s navy yesterday launched a domestically made destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties, as tensions rise with archenemy the United States. In a ceremony carried live…

BRICS slam protectionism amid China-US spat

Trump threat to escalate tariffs on China overshadow G20 BUENOS AIRES: Chinese President Xi Jinping and the leaders of major developing economies condemned protectionism at a G20 summit in Argentina…

Trump’s support for Saudi prince leaves Turkey with tough choices

Turkish evidence fuels global outrage over Khashoggi killing ISTANBUL: Eight weeks since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, US President Donald Trump’s unwavering support…

Refugee footballer from Bahrain held at Bangkok airport

BANGKOK: A former Bahrain national team footballer who was given refugee status in Australia after fleeing political repression in the Gulf state has been detained in Bangkok, rights groups said…

After killing, defiant Syria town march on

Syrians in Kafranbel keep the revolutionary spirit alive KAFRANBEL: Gunmen may have killed their most charismatic activist, but Syrians in Kafranbel are determined to keep the northwestern town’s revolutionary spirit…

Saudi crown prince arrives in Argentina

Trump heads to G20 summit BUENOS AIRES: US President Donald Trump jets to Argentina for a G20 summit, keen to do battle with China on trade and sharpening his rhetoric…

Huge Tutankhamun show set to tour world

Four decades after the boy pharaoh caused a sensation in the US and Europe, treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun are to tour the world again-many for the first time.…