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Iraq floods leave 21 dead in 2 days

BAGHDAD: At least 21 people have died and tens of thousands displaced by heavy rains that have battered Iraq over two days, the health ministry and United Nations said yesterday.…

CIA cannot be trusted on Khashoggi conclusion Senior, Saudi prince says

Khashoggi’s daughters promise to keep his legacy alive ABU DHABI: A senior Saudi prince cast doubt upon the reported CIA finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the…

Bahrain to hold run-off vote for parliament Dec

DUBAI: Bahrain will hold a second round of voting for 31 of 40 seats in parliament next week, the government said yesterday, in an election from which opposition groups have…

Around 100 Syrians struggle to breathe after toxic attack

Russia strikes rebel targets over ‘chlorine’ attack DAMASCUS: Around 100 Syrians have been hospitalized with breathing difficulties in Aleppo, state media and a monitor said Sunday, after allegations rebels fired…

UAE sentences British student to life for spying

DUBAI: A United Arab Emirates court sentenced British student Matthew Hedges to life in jail on spying charges yesterday, prompting a “shocked” Britain to warn of repercussions for relations with…

Starvation leaves Yemeni boy Ghazi ‘too weak to cry’

TAEZ: Skin and bones, 10-year-old Ghazi Saleh lies on a hospital bed in Yemen’s government-held third city Taez barely breathing. He weighs just eight kilograms (less than 18 pounds). Starving…

85,000 Yemeni kids ‘died of extreme hunger’

War unleashes world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis DUBAI: An estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger in Yemen since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in the civil…

No World Cup joy for Qatar workers

‘I don’t think it is possible for any workers to see matches’ DOHA: Stonemasons Ojor and Raju take their lunch break sitting on a pavement near the smart central Doha…

After years of silence, music fills streets of Iraq’s Mosul

For centuries, it was a magnet for artists across the region and churned out Iraq’s best musicians-but recent years saw Mosul suffer a devastating musical purge. For three years until…

With Sufi rituals, sweets, Muslims mark ‘mawlid’

AKRA, Iraq: From Sufis in Iraqi Kurdistan shaking their hair to rhythmic drumbeats, to Libyan children receiving toys and Egyptians swapping sweets – Muslims across the world celebrated Prophet Muhammad…

Wealth gaps affecting school children in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Economic inequality is massively affecting whether students in war-ravaged Iraq finish school, the United Nations children’s agency warned Monday, urging the fledgling government in Baghdad to spend more on…

Battles flare as UN prepares for Yemen talks

Fresh fighting shakea the flashpoint city of Hodeida SANAA: UN envoy Martin Griffiths was preparing yesterday to head to war-torn Yemen to lay the groundwork for peace talks in Sweden,…