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UAE: Qatari jets intercepted plane

Posted by on 22/04/2018
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UAE: Qatari jets intercepted plane

UAE: Qatari jets intercepted plane

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates said yesterday that Qatari fighter jets narrowly avoided a UAE passenger flight over neighboring Bahrain, the latest in a series of such claims. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority said the incident took place at midday yesterday and the captain of the flight with 86 passengers onboard had “to […]

57 killed in Kabul blast; Amir sends condolences

Posted by on 22/04/2018
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57 killed in Kabul blast; Amir sends condolences

57 killed in Kabul blast; Amir sends condolences

KABUL: An Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 57 people including women and children and wounded 119 outside a voter registration center in the Afghan capital Kabul yesterday in the latest attack on election preparations. The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for Oct 20, which are […]

Iran threatens to ‘vigorously’ resume enrichment if US ditches nuclear deal

Posted by on 22/04/2018
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Iran threatens to ‘vigorously’ resume enrichment if US ditches nuclear deal

Iran threatens to ‘vigorously’ resume enrichment if US ditches nuclear deal

Tehran warns of further ‘drastic measures’   NEW YORK: Iran warned yesterday it is ready to “vigorously” resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and said further “drastic measures” are being considered in response to a US exit. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New York that […]

Trump’s travel ban faces US Supreme Court showdown

Posted by on 22/04/2018
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Trump’s travel ban faces US Supreme Court showdown

Trump’s travel ban faces US Supreme Court showdown

Conservative-majority court to issue ruling by end of June   WASHINGTON: The first big showdown at the US Supreme Court over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies is set for Wednesday when the justices hear a challenge to the lawfulness of his travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries. The case represents a test of […]

Five years of agony: Bangladesh factory disaster survivors still await justice

Posted by on 22/04/2018
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Five years of agony: Bangladesh factory disaster survivors still await justice

Five years of agony: Bangladesh factory disaster survivors still await justice

SAVAR: The pain of waiting 10 hours with her leg crushed by bodies under the rubble of the Rana Plaza factory was hell for Nilufer Begum. But the five-year wait for justice has been just as agonizing. Bangladesh on Tuesday marks the fifth anniversary of one of the world’s worst industrial disasters, a building collapse […]

India approves death penalty for child rapists

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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India approves death penalty for child rapists

India approves death penalty for child rapists

NEW DELHI: India’s government yesterday approved the death penalty for child rapists, after the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl and a series of other horrific sexual assaults caused nationwide outrage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a cabinet meeting to pass the measure yesterday on his return from the Commonwealth summit, a government […]

Mossad accused of killing Gazan prof in Malaysia

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Mossad accused of killing Gazan prof in Malaysia

Mossad accused of killing Gazan prof in Malaysia

GAZA CITY: The family of a Palestinian professor and Hamas member accused Israel’s Mossad spy agency yesterday of killing him on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police said Fadi Mohammad Al-Batsh, 35, was killed in a drive-by motorcycle shooting as he headed on foot to take part in dawn Muslim prayers yesterday. In a […]

Saudi fitness center shut

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Saudi fitness center shut

Saudi fitness center shut

RIYADH: Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness center in Riyadh Friday over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman in figure-hugging workout attire. “We are not going to tolerate this,” Saudi sports authority chief Turki Al-Sheikh tweeted as he ordered that the center’s license be withdrawn. Sheikh, an adviser to […]

Comey memos add to Trump legal woes

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Comey memos add to Trump legal woes

Comey memos add to Trump legal woes

Memos depicts president as obsessed with smutty video, Russia WASHINGTON: Donald Trump has lashed out after memos of his meetings with the FBI’s then chief James Comey depicted the president as obsessed with the Russia probe and a smutty video allegedly showing him with two prostitutes. But the memos were just the latest twist in […]

Israeli criticism of journalists on Gaza border conflicts with video

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Israeli criticism of journalists on Gaza border conflicts with video

Israeli criticism of journalists on Gaza border conflicts with video

Israel accuses Hamas of using protests as cover up JERUSALEM: Israel’s military has suggested that a photo it has distributed shows journalists are willingly being used as human shields by Palestinian militants during recent protests, but video and a witness account of the incident tell a different story. The military has made a photo from […]

In wealthy Germany, growing up poor is ‘a dead-end street’

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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In wealthy Germany, growing up poor is ‘a dead-end street’

In wealthy Germany, growing up poor is ‘a dead-end street’

20 percent of under-18s live in ‘relative poverty’   BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel touted Germany as a country “in which we live well and happily” during her re-election campaign. But those words ring hollow to the one in five children living in poverty in Europe’s top economy, with little prospect of climbing the social ladder. […]

Authorities to seize properties of India super-rich fugitives

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Authorities to seize properties of India super-rich fugitives

Authorities to seize properties of India super-rich fugitives

NEW DELHI: Indian authorities will be empowered to seize properties of super-rich fugitives whose economic offences or crimes involve sums over 1 billion rupees ($15 million), according to a government document seen by Reuters yesterday. The move comes as the country reels from a series of banking scandals, including a $2 billion fraud at state-run […]