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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…

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…

Backlash after street named for Hariri assassin

BEIRUT: Politics is playing out in a street of the Lebanese capital, with the naming of a road after a Hezbollah commander accused of masterminding the assassination of prime minister…

Syria downs Russian military plane during Israeli air strike

Moscow blames Israel, summons envoy – Bibi vows to stop Iran – US expresses ‘sorrow’ BEIRUT: Syria accidentally shot down a Russian military aircraft, killing all 15 crewmembers, when its…

Fearing attacks from above, Syrians head underground

Idlib residents bracing for Russian-backed government offensive KAFR AIN, Syria: The grotto in northwestern Syria has already saved his children’s lives once. Fearing more air attacks, Abdulmonem is expanding the…

24 Bahais could face death penalty in Yemen: Amnesty

Rebels accuse Saudi, allies of targeting food warehouses DUBAI: Twenty-four Yemenis, including a teenage girl, could face the death penalty in the rebel-held capital Sanaa on charges linked to their…

Russia says no Syria assault as Putin, Erdogan agree Idlib plan

Ankara to increase troop numbers in Cyprus – Qatari leader gifts luxury plane to Turkey SOCHI, Russia: Moscow said yesterday there would be no assault on Syria’s Idlib as the…

US confirms further Palestinian aid cut

JERUSALEM: The United States has cut additional aid to the Palestinians for programs supporting conflict resolution with Israelis, an official said yesterday, adding to more than $500 million in other…

Syrians vote in first local polls since 2011

DAMASCUS: Syrians in government-controlled areas cast their ballots yesterday in the first local elections there since 2011, when the country’s ill-fated uprising erupted against President Bashar Al-Assad’s rule. Seven years…

Israeli missiles ‘target Syria airport’

Israel working to keep weapons from its foes JERUSALEM: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday his country is taking action to stop its foes from acquiring sophisticated arms, hours…

Israeli fatally stabbed by Palestinian in West Bank

Palestinian teen dies from wounds in Gaza unrest JERUSALEM: A Palestinian fatally stabbed an Israeli man near the entrance to a mall in the occupied West Bank yesterday before being…

Hariri rejects allegations against Amir made in Al-Manar TV show

Info ministry denounces offensive remarks * Lebanese prosecutor preparing case BEIRUT: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri affirmed yesterday his country’s admiration and respect towards Kuwait, rejecting all recent allegations by…

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