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Yemen port, airport to reopen to aid, says Saudi-led coalition
Nov 24

Yemen port, airport to reopen to aid, says Saudi-led coalition

Riyadh : The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said Wednesday it would reopen a key Red Sea port and Sanaa airport to aid, after a more than two-week blockade following a missile attack on Riyadh. The coalition said it would reopen Hodeida port to receive “urgent humanitarian and relief...

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Lebanon PM Hariri shelves decision to resign
Nov 23

Lebanon PM Hariri shelves decision to resign

Beirut : Lebanon‘s Saad Al Hariri yesterday shelved his decision to resign as prime minister at the request of President Michel Aoun to allow for dialogue, easing a crisis that had deepened tensions around the Middle East. Hariri made his announcement after returning to Beirut for the first time since...

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Heavy rain lashes Saudi
Nov 22

Heavy rain lashes Saudi

Riyadh : Saudi authorities have closed schools and universities after flooding in the kingdom’s second-largest city, Jiddah, and the country’s Red Sea coastal regions. Residents were also warned by the Kingdom’s weather authorities to expect more rain to fall.  “Rain will continue...

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Cigar-shaped asteroid came  from another solar system
Nov 22

Cigar-shaped asteroid came from another solar system

Washington : A rocky cigar-shaped object detected in space last month came from another solar system, astronomers said Monday as they confirmed an unprecedented observation. The discovery may provide clues as to how other solar systems formed, said the researchers, who published their study in the British...

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Nigeria mosque attack: suicide bomber kills dozens
Nov 22

Nigeria mosque attack: suicide bomber kills dozens

Kano : At least 50 people were killed yesterday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists. The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles)...

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Mugabe resigns
Nov 22

Mugabe resigns

Harare : Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president yesterday, a week after the army and his former political allies moved to end four decades of rule by a man once feted as an independence hero who became feared as a despot. His former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking this month...

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Palestine ‘to cut  US ties’ over office
Nov 20

Palestine ‘to cut US ties’ over office

Ramallah : The Palestinians will freeze their ties with the US if it follows through on a threat to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s office in Washington, a senior PLO official warned. The surprise American move and Palestinian backlash came as US President Donald Trump seeks bargaining chips...

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Germany bans sales of children’s smartwatches
Nov 19

Germany bans sales of children’s smartwatches

Berlin : Germany’s telecoms regulator has banned the sale of “smart watches” that can be used by parents to check on their children, saying the devices violated Germany’s strict surveillance laws. The Federal Network Agency said it had already taken action against several firms that sell...

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Xi offers support  for Saudi Arabia
Nov 19

Xi offers support for Saudi Arabia

Beijing : China has offered support for Saudi Arabia’s efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and achieve greater development. Speaking by telephone, President Xi Jinping told Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz that China’s determination to deepen...

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Hariri promises to return for Independence Day
Nov 19

Hariri promises to return for Independence Day

Paris : Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in France yesterday from Saudi Arabia, where his shock resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will. Hariri is in Paris at the invitation of France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who is attempting...

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UN climate negotiations not  derailed after US pullout
Nov 18

UN climate negotiations not derailed after US pullout

Bonn (Germany) : Negotiations to bolster the climate-saving Paris Agreement, crafted over two decades, closed in Bonn yesterday, deflated but not derailed by Donald Trump’s rejection of the treaty and defence of fossil fuels. The US President’s decision to yank the United States from the hard-fought...

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Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador from Germany
Nov 18

Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador from Germany

Riyadh : An official source at Saudi Arabia’s ministry of foreign affairs said, in comments on the incorrect statements made by German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel during a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart, that such remarks provoke the surprise and disapproval of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which...

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Israel wants Saudi ties to defeat Iran
Nov 18

Israel wants Saudi ties to defeat Iran

Jerusalem : Israel’s military chief has given an “unprecedented” interview to a Saudi newspaper underlining the ways in which the two countries could unite to counter Iran’s influence in the region. Speaking to the Saudi newspaper Elaph, Gen Gadi Eisenkot described Iran as the “biggest...

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Dubai Airshow reaches new heights
Nov 18

Dubai Airshow reaches new heights

Dubai : The doors close Thursday on another record-breaking Dubai Airshow, with the order book stood at almost 113.8 billion U.S. dollars.  Trade visitors to the event were up around 20 percent on the 2015 event, with some 79,380 people entering the purpose-built hall at Al Maktoum International Airport,...

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Saudi anti corruption drive enters new phase
Nov 18

Saudi anti corruption drive enters new phase

Beirut/Riyadh : Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom, sources familiar with the matter said. The deals involve separating cash from assets like property and shares, and...

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Iraqi forces recapture last IS-held town
Nov 18

Iraqi forces recapture last IS-held town

Baghdad : Iraqi forces yesterday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signalling the collapse of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. Rawa’s capture marks the end of Islamic State’s era of territorial rule over a so-called caliphate that it...

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China’s futuristic library
Nov 17

China’s futuristic library

Tianjin : A futuristic Chinese library has wowed book lovers around the world with its white, undulating shelves rising from floor to ceiling, but if you read between the lines you’ll find something is missing. Those rows upon rows of book spines are mostly images printed on the aluminium plates that...

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‘Enough is Enough’
Nov 17

‘Enough is Enough’

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir issued a stark warning to Iran yesterday saying, “Enough is enough. We’re not going to let you do this anymore.” The minister, in an interview with Reuters, made clear that the kingdom’s actions in the Middle East were a...

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Indian man claims land  between Egypt and Sudan
Nov 17

Indian man claims land between Egypt and Sudan

Cairo : An Indian man claims to have established his own kingdom after travelling to a no-man’s land between Egypt and Sudan and declaring it his own. Suyash Dixit ‘founded’ the Kingdom of Dixit on the unclaimed land of Bir Tawil, an 800-square-mile strip of land south of the Egyptian...

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Indonesia smugglers stuffed exotic birds in pipes
Nov 17

Indonesia smugglers stuffed exotic birds in pipes

Jakarta : Smugglers who allegedly stuffed 125 exotic birds into drain pipes have been arrested in Indonesia, officials said yesterday, as part of a bid to clamp down on a lucrative illegal trade in wildlife. Four men have been charged after 41 endangered white cockatoos and 84 eclectus parrots were...

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Pakistan unveils 1,700- year-old sleeping Buddha
Nov 17

Pakistan unveils 1,700- year-old sleeping Buddha

Haripur : Pakistan has unveiled the remains of a 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha as part of an initiative to encourage tourism and project religious harmony in a region roiled by Islamist militancy. A reflection of the diverse history and culture of the south Asian country, the ancient Buddhist site in Khyber...

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Robert Mugabe ‘under house arrest’
Nov 16

Robert Mugabe ‘under house arrest’

Harare : Zimbabwe’s military was in control of the country yesterday as President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest, although generals denied staging a coup. Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power appeared to be fading as military vehicles blocked roads outside the parliament in Harare and...

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Horrific highway pile-up kills 18 in China
Nov 16

Horrific highway pile-up kills 18 in China

Beijing : A highway pile-up involving at least 30 cars killed 18 people in eastern China yesterday, local authorities said, leaving dramatic scenes of twisted and burnt-out wreckage and a towering column of black smoke. Grisly footage from the aftermath in the city of Fuyang in Anhui province showed sedans...

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Godspeed: Francis passes on Lamborghini
Nov 16

Godspeed: Francis passes on Lamborghini

Vatican : Famously frugal in his tastes, Pope Francis normally favours modest Fiats and Fords when he is driven around on trips abroad, but on Wednesday he took possession of something a little classier – a Lamborghini supercar. The white-painted, special edition Lamborghini Huracan, which sells for around...

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North Korea ‘sentences Trump to death’
Nov 16

North Korea ‘sentences Trump to death’

Seoul : North Korea’s state media has criticised Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-Un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border. An editorial in the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun focused its anger on...

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Saudi Arabia to launch anti-illegal residency campaign
Nov 15

Saudi Arabia to launch anti-illegal residency campaign

Riyadh : The Ministry of Interior will begin implementing a joint field campaign starting from today until further notice, to arrest over-stayers and violators of residence, work and border security regulations, which will target expatriates, carriers, and operators.The ministry called upon citizens and residents to...

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Suitcase containing £1m of gems stolen on train
Nov 15

Suitcase containing £1m of gems stolen on train

London : British police were hunting for an unidentified man yesterday after a suitcase containing 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) worth of gems was stolen from a luggage rack on a train at London’s Euston station. The owner, a 35-year-old jewellery dealer, boarded a train to Birmingham on Nov. 8 but when...

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Saudi Arabia allows Yoga,  calls it ‘Sports Activity’
Nov 15

Saudi Arabia allows Yoga, calls it ‘Sports Activity’

Riyadh : The Saudi Ministry of Trade and Industry has listed Yoga under “sports activities”, which allows any Saudi citizen to practice or propagate it by getting a licence from the government. “My illness made me interested in Yoga”. 37-year old Nouf Marwaai has been on the forefront of the...

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British doctor ‘punches  shark’ to survive attack
Nov 15

British doctor ‘punches shark’ to survive attack

Sydney : A 25-year-old British man escaped from a shark after “punching it in the face” while surfing in Australia, saying his feat was inspired by professional surfer Mick Fanning. Charlie Fry, a doctor who moved to Australia two months ago to work, was surfing at Avoca beach, north of Sydney,...

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Sad farewell as Malaysia-born panda heads to China
Nov 15

Sad farewell as Malaysia-born panda heads to China

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia’s first locally-born giant panda headed to its homeland China on Tuesday, with officials bidding a sad goodbye to the female cub. Two-year-old Nuan Nuan, whose name means “warmth”, was born in Malaysia’s national zoo in August 2015 a year after her parents Feng Yi...

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Quake toll reaches 540,  survivors plead for help
Nov 15

Quake toll reaches 540, survivors plead for help

Tehran : The death toll in the devastating 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Iran in a region bordering Iraq has reached 540, with thousands of Iranians struggling to cope without basic necessities and making desperate pleas for help. Rescuers used heavy equipment to dig through the debris of toppled...

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Handshake challenge: He grimaces, grins, grips
Nov 14

Handshake challenge: He grimaces, grins, grips

Manila : He grimaced. He grinned. He gripped. President Donald Trump is known for his long, at times aggressive, handshakes with world leaders. But at an international summit in the Philippines on Monday, he struggled briefly with a different kind of handshake. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations...

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Quake leaves trail of death and destructions
Nov 14

Quake leaves trail of death and destructions

Ankara/Baghdad : Nizar Abdullah spent the night sifting through the ruins of the two-storey house next door in the mountainous town of Darbandikhan in Iraqi Kurdistan after a killer quake hit the region. “There were eight people inside,” Abdullah, an Iraqi Kurd, told AFP on Monday, outside the pile...

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Dubai Air Show opens with  Emirates’ $15.1B Boeing buy
Nov 13

Dubai Air Show opens with Emirates’ $15.1B Boeing buy

Dubai : Long-haul carrier Emirates purchased 40 American-made Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners yesterday at the start of the biennial Dubai Air Show, a $15.1 billion deal certain to please U.S. President Donald Trump who has touted the plane’s sales as a job creator in America. The deal appeared to surprise...

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Earthquake death toll exceeds 200 in Iran
Nov 13

Earthquake death toll exceeds 200 in Iran

Tehran : The death toll from a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake the previous night along the Iran-Iraq border was 214 people and 2,504 injured, Iran's state TV reported on Monday. The quake was centered at 32 km south of the city of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan, just across the border from Iran, the...

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US gun deaths beat war dead
Nov 11

US gun deaths beat war dead

Washington : More Americans have died from gunshots in the last 50 years than in all of the wars in American history. Gun-related incidents have claimed more than 1.5 million American lives since 1968. By comparison, conflicts resulted in 1.2 million service members killed in a dozen wars since 1775, according to...

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We’ll buy arms from Russia, says Duterte to Putin
Nov 11

We’ll buy arms from Russia, says Duterte to Putin

Danang : Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thanked Moscow yesterday for its “timely assistance” in defeating pro-Islamic State militants who took over a southern city for months, expressing his willingness to buy Russian weapons. Duterte last month declared the liberation of Marawi City from...

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Museum with classic cars travels visitors through time
Nov 11

Museum with classic cars travels visitors through time

Athens : Strolling in the Motor Museum in Athens is like travelling in time. Its collection of 110 car models covers a history that begins at the late 1800s until the end of the 20th century.  The oldest exhibit is a 1895 Hunnia horse drawn carriage with water pump which was used as a firetruck, while among...

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Gulf citizens begin leaving Lebanon
Nov 11

Gulf citizens begin leaving Lebanon

Beirut : Dozens of citizens of Gulf Arab countries began leaving Lebanon yesterday after their governments ordered them out of the Mediterranean country, as the president called for the return of Lebanon’s prime minister who resigned from the Saudi capital last week. Dozens of men, women and children from...

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Missile fired at Riyadh was Iranian: US
Nov 11

Missile fired at Riyadh was Iranian: US

Dubai : The ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi militia that targeted the Saudi Arabian capital was from Iran and bore Iranian markings, a top US Air Force official in the Middle East has said. Lieutenant General Jeffrey L Harrigian, who oversees the Air Forces Central Command in Qatar, made the...

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Saudi Arabia, Kuwait order citizens to leave Lebanon
Nov 10

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait order citizens to leave Lebanon

Beirut : Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have advised their citizens not to travel to Lebanon and urged those who are in the country to leave as soon as possible. “Due to the situations in Lebanon the Saudi nationals visiting or residing in Lebanon are asked to leave the country as soon as possible,”...

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Residents offered masks  as Delhi chokes on smog
Nov 10

Residents offered masks as Delhi chokes on smog

New Delhi : Volunteers took to the streets of India’s capital on Thursday and placed green pollution masks over the mouths of willing residents to make a statement about the city’s choking smog. Not everybody wanted to play along and some batted the masks away. Authorities have closed schools and...

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Chinese ‘love’ Trump’s  Mandarin- speaking  granddaughter
Nov 10

Chinese ‘love’ Trump’s Mandarin- speaking granddaughter

Beijing : While media coverage of Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping Thursday focused on trade and North Korea, it was the wide-eyed crooning of the US leader’s granddaughter that stole Chinese netizens’ hearts. In a video that Trump showed Xi during their stroll through...

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Boy, 14, can twist his head  180 degrees
Nov 09

Boy, 14, can twist his head 180 degrees

Islamabad : This is Pakistan’s ‘human owl’ teenager who can turn his head 180 degrees to look directly behind him. Muhammad Sameer, from the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, uses his hands to help rotate his head back over his shoulders. Now the 14-year-old is hoping his unbelievable...

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Four wounded in Houthi missile attack on Najran
Nov 08

Four wounded in Houthi missile attack on Najran

Riyadh  : Four people, including a child, were wounded when missiles fired by Houthi militia across the Saudi border with Yemen landed in border town of Najran.Civil defense crews on Tuesday rushed the wounded to receive treatment in hospital, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

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‘Act of war’
Nov 08

‘Act of war’

Jeddah : Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iranian regime of direct military aggression against Saudi Arabia by supplying its Houthi militias with missiles, Saudi Press Agency reported. The Crown Prince linked Tehran to the launch of a ballistic missile fired from Yemen towards the international...

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‘Japan could shoot down’ Korea missiles
Nov 07

‘Japan could shoot down’ Korea missiles

Tokyo : US President Donald Trump has said Japan could shoot North Korean missiles “out of the sky” with military equipment bought from the US. Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe followed up by saying his country could intercept missiles “if necessary”, and added that he was looking into the...

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Coalition forces close air,  sea, land access to Yemen
Nov 07

Coalition forces close air, sea, land access to Yemen

Riyadh : The Command of the Coalition in Support of the Legitimacy in Yemen will temporarily close all air, land and sea ports to Yemen to stem the flow of arms to Houthi rebels from Iran, it said in a statement yesterday. “The Coalition Forces Command decided to temporarily close all Yemeni air, sea and...

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Saudi Prince, 7 others die in copter crash
Nov 07

Saudi Prince, 7 others die in copter crash

Riyadh : The deputy governor of Saudi Arabia’s Asir province and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The accident happened Sunday night when the helicopter carrying Prince Mansour bin Muqrin and other regional officials were returning from a regular inspection tour, said the Saudi...

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‘27 killed’ in Texas church shooting
Nov 06

‘27 killed’ in Texas church shooting

Texas : At least 27 people have been killed inside a Texas church - including a two-year-old child - after a gunman dressed in full combat gear opened fire during the morning service before cops shot him dead.  The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people...

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