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Bloody Iraqi tribal custom is ‘terrorism’

BAGHDAD: A bloody, age-old custom used by Iraq’s powerful tribes to mete out justice has come under fire, with authorities classifying it as a “terrorist act” punishable by death. For…

Saudi king hosts Iraqi president

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman welcomed Iraq’s new President Barham Saleh yesterday on his first official visit to the kingdom, amid a warming of ties between the Arab neighbors after years…

Riyadh seeks to execute five suspects

JEDDAH: Family and friends of Jamal Khashoggi said funeral prayers in Saudi Arabia and Turkey on Friday for the Saudi journalist killed by agents of his own government, in a…

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…

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…

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,…

Riyadh urges 1m bpd cut; Saudi, UAE giants team up for gas push

ABU DHABI: Saudi Arabia’s energy minister called yesterday for a global output cut of one million barrels per day to re-balance the market, as Riyadh unveiled plans to cut production…

Violence flares after botched Israeli Gaza op turns deadly

GAZA CITY: Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians yesterday after a barrage of rocket fire towards its territory from the enclave, as renewed violence threatened to…

Bahraini court sentences four Shiites to death

DUBAI: Bahrain’s top criminal court yesterday sentenced four Shiite Muslims to death for a 2017 bombing that killed a policeman in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, a judicial official and the public…

150 killed in battle for Yemen’s Hodeida

International pressure mounts for a ceasefire HODEIDA: At least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in Yemen’s Hodeida, medics and military sources said yesterday, as international…

Riyadh to cut oil output as producers meet

ABU DHABI: Saudi Arabia, the world’s top crude exporter, said yesterday it will cut oil output from next month, as major producers held a key meeting to discuss shoring up…

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…

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