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Suicide blasts kill 19 in northeast Nigeria
Feb 18

Suicide blasts kill 19 in northeast Nigeria

Kano (Nigeria) : Three suicide bombers killed 19 people at a fish market in northeast Nigeria, civilian militia leaders said yesterday, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists. Friday’s deadly attacks came in the week that hundreds of Boko Haram suspects went on trial at civilian courts at a...

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Iran arming militias to weaken Arab states: US official
Feb 18

Iran arming militias to weaken Arab states: US official

Munich : Iran is using a “Hezbollah model” of building and arming militias in neighbouring Arab countries to create weak states that are effectively brought under Tehran’s control, the US National Security Adviser has warned.  In a call to action, HR McMaster told an audience of senior...

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Pakistan to deploy troops in Saudi Arabia
Feb 17

Pakistan to deploy troops in Saudi Arabia

Islamabad : In a major policy shift, Pakistan has decided to deploy troops in Saudi Arabia under bilateral security cooperation with the Kingdom. The Pakistan Army announced the decision after a meeting between Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al-Maliki, at army...

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Dubai opens world’s tallest hotel
Feb 17

Dubai opens world’s tallest hotel

Dubai : The world’s tallest hotel has officially opened its doors in Dubai -- scaling the clouds and towering above the city below. The Gevora Hotel is a new offering in the UAE hotspot’s financial district -- topping out at an incredible 356 meters high (1,168 feet). Travelers with a...

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May says shares US concerns about Iran role in ME
Feb 16

May says shares US concerns about Iran role in ME

Berlin : Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday that Britain shared the concerns of the United States about Iranian activities in the Middle East and was ready to take further action against Tehran. During a trip to Berlin, May said she and German leader Angela Merkel had reaffirmed their commitment to...

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US, Turkey agree to mend ties
Feb 17

US, Turkey agree to mend ties

Ankara : The United States and Turkey agreed yesterday to try to rescue a strategic relationship that Washington acknowledged had reached a crisis point, with Turkey proposing a joint deployment in Syria if a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia leaves a border area. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met President...

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Time for UN to act against Iran: US
Feb 17

Time for UN to act against Iran: US

United Nations : US Ambassador Nikki Haley has said that it was “time for the Security Council to act” following the release of a report by UN experts concluding that Iran had violated the arms embargo on Yemen. The report found that Tehran had failed to block supplies to Yemen’s Huthi rebels...

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First transgender officer joins Philippine army reserves
Feb 16

First transgender officer joins Philippine army reserves

Manila : The Philippine military has welcomed its first transgender officer, the defence department said yesterday, swearing in a prominent member of Congress as a reservist. Geraldine Roman, 50, who became the Catholic-majority nation’s first transgender person elected to Congress in 2016, took her...

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Duterte offers kill bounty for rebels to save on war costs
Feb 16

Duterte offers kill bounty for rebels to save on war costs

Manila : The Philippine president offered a nearly $500 bounty for each communist rebel killed by government forces to save on anti-insurgency costs and said insurgents are easier to hit than birds because they have bigger heads. President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest crass remarks, which the government issued...

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Tallest wooden skyscraper set for Tokyo in 2041
Feb 16

Tallest wooden skyscraper set for Tokyo in 2041

Tokyo : Japanese architects have unveiled plans for the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper. The 1,148-feet (350-metre) tower, housing shops, homes, offices and a hotel, will become the tallest building in Japan when it is completed in 2041. Positioned in central Tokyo, the aim of the £4.2...

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