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Iraq recovers property worth millions after illegal sale

Posted by on 14/11/2018
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Iraq recovers property worth millions after illegal sale

Iraq recovers property worth millions after illegal sale

BAGHDAD: The Iraqi government said yesterday it had retaken ownership of a piece of property in Baghdad worth millions of dollars after it was unlawfully sold to a government official’s wife. In a statement to journalists, the Integrity Commission said it had worked with Baghdad authorities to recover the land in Kadhimiyah district. “The Baghdad-Karakh […]

Hamas hails ‘victory’ after Israel defense minister quits

Posted by on 14/11/2018
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Hamas hails ‘victory’ after Israel defense minister quits

Hamas hails ‘victory’ after Israel defense minister quits

JERUSALEM: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation yesterday and called for early elections after a sharp disagreement over a Gaza ceasefire deal, throwing the government into turmoil. Hamas called the minister’s resignation a “victory for Gaza”. Lieberman also said his party was quitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, leaving the premier with only […]

Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram: emir

Posted by on 14/11/2018
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Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram: emir

Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram: emir

KANO: One of Nigeria’s leading and respected Islamic figures on Tuesday renewed calls to tackle endemic poverty and rapid population growth to help end deadly Boko Haram violence. More than 27,000 people have been killed since the start of the insurgency in the country’s remote northeast in 2009 and 1.8 million are still homeless. Nigeria’s […]

NASA wants people on Mars within 25 years

Posted by on 14/11/2018
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NASA wants people on Mars within 25 years

NASA wants people on Mars within 25 years

WASHINGTON: Deadly radiation from the cosmos, potential vision loss, and atrophying bones are just some of the challenges scientists must overcome before any future astronaut can set foot on Mars, experts and top NASA officials said Tuesday. The US space agency believes it can put humans on the Red Planet within 25 years, but the […]

Sri Lanka parliament sacks Rajapakse

Posted by on 14/11/2018
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Sri Lanka parliament sacks Rajapakse

Sri Lanka parliament sacks Rajapakse

Sri Lanka showdown looms as new PM loses confidence vote COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s parliament yesterday voted out the bitterly disputed government of former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, removing one controversial figure but leaving the country in a power vacuum. The island nation has been in crisis since the president sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October […]

Modi govt, RBI set for uneasy truce

Posted by on 14/11/2018
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Modi govt, RBI set for uneasy truce

Modi govt, RBI set for uneasy truce

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: India’s government and its central bank are getting close to ironing out some of their policy differences, said two sources familiar with the discussions, as they seek to defuse worsening tensions that had threatened to unnerve investors. While the rift is far from healed, the sources said enough progress had been made to […]

Bangladeshi police fire rubber bullets, teargas to disperse opposition protest

Posted by on 14/11/2018
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Bangladeshi police fire rubber bullets, teargas to disperse opposition protest

Bangladeshi police fire rubber bullets, teargas to disperse opposition protest

DHAKA: Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets and teargas at a group of opposition party supporters in the capital, Dhaka yesterday as tension soared weeks before a general election. Activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) responded to the police action by setting fire to police vans and cars, as well as several motor-bikes, according to […]

Hamas announces truce with Israel; Kuwait requests UNSC meeting

Posted by on 13/11/2018
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Hamas announces truce with Israel; Kuwait requests UNSC meeting

Hamas announces truce with Israel; Kuwait requests UNSC meeting

GAZA CITY: Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel yesterday after a severe escalation of violence threatened to descend into full-blown war. The groups, including Hamas, issued a joint statement saying they would abide by the ceasefire as long as Israel did the same. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s […]

Search for bodies, answers after Calif wildfire kills 42

Posted by on 13/11/2018
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Search for bodies, answers after Calif wildfire kills 42

Search for bodies, answers after Calif wildfire kills 42

PARADISE, California: The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history has burned a further 8,000 acres and remained only 30 percent contained, California fire officials said yesterday as search teams resumed sifting through charred wreckage in a hunt for human remains. The “Camp Fire,” raging about 280 km north of San Francisco, has expanded […]

Fewer foreign students coming to United States

Posted by on 13/11/2018
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Fewer foreign students coming to United States

Fewer foreign students coming to United States

WASHINGTON: The number of international students entering US colleges and universities has fallen for the second year in a row, a nonprofit group said yesterday, amid efforts by the Trump administration to tighten restrictions on foreigners studying in the United States. New enrollments for the 2017-18 school year slumped 6.6 percent compared with the previous […]

Every breath you take: India capital’s smog leaves children gasping for air

Posted by on 13/11/2018
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Every breath you take: India capital’s smog leaves children gasping for air

Every breath you take: India capital’s smog leaves children gasping for air

Delhi’s well-off find ways to keep their kids away from smog NEW DELHI: Deepa Tampi worries a lot about the air her two children breathe. The garment exporter says she believes her 14-year-old daughter Mahika and 12-year-old son Vihaan both became asthmatic because of high levels of pollution in the New Delhi area. She has […]

Myanmar defiant as Amnesty pulls Aung San Suu Kyi award

Posted by on 13/11/2018
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Myanmar defiant as Amnesty pulls Aung San Suu Kyi award

Myanmar defiant as Amnesty pulls Aung San Suu Kyi award

The latest in a string of rescinded accolades YANGON: Myanmar authorities and citizens leapt to the defense of Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday after Amnesty International stripped her of its top award over indifference to atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims, doubling down on support for the civilian leader in the face of global ire. Suu […]

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