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Qatar again hit by heavy rain

Posted by on 11/11/2018
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Qatar again hit by heavy rain

Qatar again hit by heavy rain

DOHA: Thunderstorms brought heavy rains, strong winds and fresh flooding to the desert state of Qatar yesterday for the second time in less than a month, as bad weather battered the region claiming lives. Some areas of Qatar received almost half-a-year’s worth of rainfall in just a few hours as thunderstorms struck, said the Qatar […]

US Paradise: a ghost town emerging from hell

Posted by on 11/11/2018
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US Paradise: a ghost town emerging from hell

US Paradise: a ghost town emerging from hell

California city ravaged by the most destructive fire PARADISE: Smoldering debris, skeletons of cars with melted glass, a cat with a singed, soot-covered coat: ravaged by the most destructive fire to hit California, Paradise is now a ghost town. “It’s devastation, total devastation, it’s pretty incredible something like this occurred,” said firefighter Mark Nees, who […]

Change tack or face defeat, Brexit critics tell British PM

Posted by on 11/11/2018
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Change tack or face defeat, Brexit critics tell British PM

Change tack or face defeat, Brexit critics tell British PM

May under growing pressure to change her Brexit plan LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May was under growing pressure yesterday to change her plan for Britain to leave the European Union to avoid defeat in a parliamentary vote. With both Britain and the EU suggesting an agreement is close, eurosceptic lawmakers and a leading member of […]

World leaders mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

Posted by on 11/11/2018
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World leaders mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

World leaders mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

Macron urges leaders to ‘build hope, not fear’ PARIS: World leaders gathered under driving rain in Paris yesterday to lead global commemorations marking 100 years since the end of World War I, at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions. Around 70 leaders including US and Russian Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin marked […]

Bangladesh’s opposition parties including BNP to contest in polls

Posted by on 11/11/2018
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Bangladesh’s opposition parties including BNP to contest in polls

Bangladesh’s opposition parties including BNP to contest in polls

Alliance of 20 parties says wants to rescue democracy DHAKA: An alliance of opposition parties in Bangladesh, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), said yesterday it plans to contest the Dec. 23 general election, despite the ruling Awami League rejecting a series of its demands. The BNP, which has been one of the two main […]

Jordan floods kill 12, tourists flee Petra

Posted by on 10/11/2018
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Jordan floods kill 12, tourists flee Petra

Jordan floods kill 12, tourists flee Petra

AMMAN: Flash floods killed 12 people in Jordan and forced nearly 4,000 tourists to flee the famed ancient desert city of Petra, emergency services said yesterday. Search teams were scouring valleys near the historic hill town of Madaba for a young girl who was still missing after Friday’s floods, civil defense spokesman Iyad Amru told […]

110 rebels, 22 loyalists killed in Hodeida

Posted by on 10/11/2018
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110 rebels, 22 loyalists killed in Hodeida

110 rebels, 22 loyalists killed in Hodeida

Saudi coalition halts refueling deal with US HODEIDA: A total of 110 Houthi rebels have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in western Yemen’s Hodeida along with 22 pro-government troops fighting to retake the port city, medical sources said Friday. The latest deaths raised to 382 the number of fighters killed on both sides […]

Somalia blasts leave 20 dead

Posted by on 10/11/2018
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Somalia blasts leave 20 dead

Somalia blasts leave 20 dead

MOGADISHU: About 20 people were killed and dozens wounded Friday in a string of explosions near a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said. “We are getting (information that) about 20 people died in the attack and more than 40 others were wounded. Most of these people were civilians who were passing by […]

Sri Lanka’s crisis escalates as president calls snap election

Posted by on 10/11/2018
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Sri Lanka’s crisis escalates as president calls snap election

Sri Lanka’s crisis escalates as president calls snap election

President and ousted PM battling for power COLOMBO: Sri Lanka plunged deeper into crisis yesterday after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked parliament and called a snap election, leaving the country facing a further two months of damaging political paralysis. Political parties representing a majority of members in the 225-member parliament closed ranks to denounce the Friday […]

Melbourne knife attacker named as known extremist

Posted by on 10/11/2018
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Melbourne knife attacker named as known extremist

Melbourne knife attacker named as known extremist

MELBOURNE: A Somali-born Australian who carried out a deadly knife rampage in Melbourne held extremist views and was known to intelligence services, authorities said yesterday, as they carried out raids and interviewed dozens of witnesses. Australian Federal Police said 30-year-old Hassan Khalif Shire Ali-who was shot dead after driving a 4×4 laden with gas cylinders […]

History, modern-day tensions mix at WWI commemorations

Posted by on 10/11/2018
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History, modern-day tensions mix at WWI commemorations

History, modern-day tensions mix at WWI commemorations

Rising nationalism destabilizing the world PARIS: World leaders will put on a show of unity this weekend as they commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I, but modern-day tensions will be bubbling under the surface at the remembrances in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron will host around 70 leaders today for a […]

Even from jail, ‘El Chapo’ looms large in Mexican home state

Posted by on 10/11/2018
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Even from jail, ‘El Chapo’ looms large in Mexican home state

Even from jail, ‘El Chapo’ looms large in Mexican home state

CULIACAN: He has lost weight in his New York jail cell, and some of his larger-than-life aura, but Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman still looms large over Mexico’s Sinaloa, where he launched his narcotics empire. With his head and trademark mustache shaved, held in solitary confinement 23 hours a day when he is not in court, […]