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Autopsy shows dead Palestinian beaten in raid: prisoners’ group

RAMALLAH: A Palestinian who died after Israeli forces raided his home to arrest him had been assaulted, the results of an autopsy published by a Palestinian prisoners’ group said Sunday. Mohammed Khatib, 24, died after being taken into custody during a raid on Beit Rima village, in the occupied West Bank, in the early hours of Tuesday last week. But...

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Trump arrives in Singapore for historic North Korea summit

US President Donald Trump touched down in Singapore on Sunday ahead of a historic summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, where Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal will top the agenda. Trump and Kim are due to hold talks -- the first-ever between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader -- on Tuesday, with Trump describing the meeting as...

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In bombshell, Trump says US backs out of G7 communique, criticises Trudeau

LA MALBAIE: US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had instructed his representatives not to endorse a joint communique put out by the Group of Seven leaders after what he called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “false statements” at a news conference. Trump left the G7 summit in Canada early, then wrote on Twitter that Trudeau’s remarks, including that...

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“Foreign occupiers” exception: Taliban agrees to ceasefire with Afghan forces in Eid

KABUL: The Taliban announced Saturday a three-day ceasefire with Afghan security forces for Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramadan, though it said operations against "foreign occupiers" would continue. But the group warned its fighters would "strongly defend" themselves if attacked, according to a statement sent to the media two days after the Afghan government announced a week-long ceasefire. "All...

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Israeli troops kill three Palestinians during fresh protests near Gaza border fence

At least three Palestinians, including a 15-year-old, were killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border on Friday, the territory's health ministry said. Israeli troops fired live rounds and tear gas as thousands of Palestinians protested near the Gaza border fence on Friday, with some demonstrators burning tires, throwing stones and flying blazing kites. At least 413 Palestinians were wounded,...

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Negative social media experiences linked to depression

Negative experiences on social media carry more weight than positive interactions when it comes to the likelihood of young adults reporting depressive symptoms, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, suggests that negative experiences on social media were associated with depressive symptoms. "We found that positive experiences on social media were not related...

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Denuclearisation: The great divide for Trump-Kim summit

SEOUL: The issue at the top of US President Donald Trump's agenda for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is also the most complicated -- denuclearisation. Pyongyang´s decades-long pursuit of atomic weapons and the means to deliver them to the US have seen it subjected to multiple rounds of sanctions by the UN Security Council, US, EU...

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‘Links to Iran’: Four sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: A Saudi court has sentenced four people to death for links to regional rival Iran, alleging that they were plotting the assassination of “prominent figures”, state media said on Thursday. “The criminal court has sentenced four terrorists to death for forming a cell for Iran,” the state-owned Al-Ekhbariya TV reported. “The terrorists were trained in camps in Iran” and...

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Donald Trump requested Riyadh’s oil support before Iran nuclear decision: sources

DUBAI/WASHINGTON/LONDON: A day before US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, one of his senior officials phoned Saudi Arabia to ask the world’s largest oil exporter to help keep prices stable if the decision disrupted supply. Riyadh, Tehran’s arch rival, has long been a close Washington ally, but direct pressure on a member of Organization of the...

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Donald Trump host first iftar dinner after ditching tradition of ex Presidents in first year of his office

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump hosted his first iftar dinner as president Wednesday (Jun 7), marking the traditional Ramadan fast-breaking meal with Muslim invitees at the White House. Trump, who has frequently engaged in inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric, hosted the event in the State Dining Room. He did not hold a similar event in his first year in office, in a break with past...

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Muguruza whips Sharapova to reach French Open semi-finals

PARIS: Garbine Muguruza roared into the French Open semi-finals with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition job of Maria Sharapova on Wednesday. The predicted battle royal between the two former champions never materialised on a muggy Court Philippe Chatrier as Spaniard Muguruza dominated from start to finish. Sharapova looked nervous from the beginning and was never allowed to settle as Muguruza posted...

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Argentina cancel final World Cup warm up game against Israel

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina have cancelled their final World Cup warm-up match against Israel scheduled for this Saturday in Jerusalem, striker Gonzalo Higuain said on Tuesday. “They’ve finally done the right thing,” Higuain said in an interview with ESPN, confirming reports the game had been canceled following political pressure. The match in Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium was to be Argentina’s final...

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White house confirms meeting between Trump, Kim at 9 AM Singapore time on June 12

WASHINGTON: Preparations for a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were going well, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Monday, and the two were tentatively scheduled to meet at 9 AM Singapore time  on June 12. After having cancelled the summit on Friday, Trump said the meeting was back on after he received...

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Palestinian man trying to breach Gaza border shot dead by Israel troops

A Palestinian armed with an axe was shot dead trying to breach the Gaza-Israel border on Monday, the Israeli army said. An army statement said troops thwarted an “infiltration attempt” by “two terrorists who damaged the security fence and were armed with an axe". Soldiers “fired towards the terrorists, killing one of them,” it added, without clarifying what happened to...

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After Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and UAE ban fruits, vegetables from India

RADIO PAKISTAN: The Saudi Food and Drug Administration has temporarily banned frozen and processed fruit and vegetable imports from the Indian state of Kerala from Sunday. The agency said in a statement that the ban was based on reports from the World Health Organization sparking concerns over the deadly Nipah virus in India. The UAE has also banned imports from...

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Trump to hold iftar dinner on Wednesday

WASHINGTON: The United States President Donald Trump will host Iftar dinner at the White House this week in respect of the holy month of Ramazan, restarting a tradition of the previous  governments that he had abandoned during his first year in office. According to the US media, Trump would host the Iftar dinner on Wednesday , while the list for...

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Israeli army kills Palestinian nurse in Gaza border protest: medics

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli forces killed a Palestinian nurse on Friday as she tried to help a wounded protester at the Gaza border, according to health officials and a witness, while Israel said militants had attacked its troops with gunfire and a grenade. Razan Al-Najar’s death brought to 119 the number of Palestinians killed in weekly demonstrations launched on March...

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