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Jeans and chadors as Tehran marks Ashura

The two settings reflect the increasingly contrast of Iran TEHRAN: A troupe acts out a scene from Islam’s first century at a crowded tent in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, while in…

‘Parents’ worst nightmare’: Dutch railway collision kills four children

Children involved in the crash came from three families THE HAGUE: Four children from a Dutch daycare centre died yesterday when a train smashed into their electric cart at a…

Botswana fights claims of elephant poaching spree

Claims led to global media attention CHOBE NATIONAL PARK: Botswana has rejected claims of a surge of elephant poaching made by a leading conservation charity and put on display carcasses…

12 killed, dozens missing in new Philippine landslide

Typhoon Mangkhut pounds the nation’s north NAGA: Twelve people were killed and dozens missing after a landslide unleashed by monsoon rains struck in the central Philippines yesterday, inflicting more misery…

Giving birth in Afghanistan: Inside MSF’s ‘baby factory’

KHOST: The mother was admitted at 9:30 am, the birth recorded at 9:35. Women often arrive in extremis at the Doctors Without Borders maternity hospital in southeastern Afghanistan, one of…

Trump tells OPEC to lower oil prices

Stop buying oil from Iran or face sanctions, importers warned WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump yesterday issued a fresh call on the OPEC oil cartel to lower crude prices, saying the…

Turkey cuts investment criteria for foreigners seeking citizenship

Turkey, US relations will strengthen with investment and trade: Erdogan ANKARA: Turkey yesterday made it easier for foreigners to become Turkish citizens by cutting the financial and investment criteria required…

India outlaws ‘triple talaq’

NEW DELHI: The Indian government yesterday issued an executive order making the Islamic practice of “instant divorce” a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in prison. The controversial…

Anger at Singapore ads offering Indonesian housemaids for sale

SINGAPORE: Online ads in Singapore offering Indonesian maids for sale were yesterday condemned as “unjust and demeaning”, in a rare flare-up of tensions between the neighbors over domestic helpers. Singapore…

Afghan Shiites brace for attacks

Ashura: why holy day brings fear for Shiites KABUL: A series of devastating suicide attacks on Afghanistan’s minority Shiite community has fuelled fears of more violence ahead of Ashura, one…

Morocco playing cat and mouse with Africans heading to Europe

Number of people reaching Spain hits 38,000 TANGIER: African emigrants are defying a campaign by Morocco to keep them away from land and sea crossings to Spain, which has become…

Malaysia ex-PM arrested over $628 million linked to 1MDB

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s toppled leader Najib Razak was arrested yesterday and will be charged over allegations that $628 million linked to state investment fund 1MDB ended up in his personal…

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