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US to give Saudis a pass even if Crown Prince behind murder

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to stick by ally Saudi Arabia even while admitting that de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have been behind the brutal murder of a dissident journalist. "It could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event -- maybe he did and maybe he didn´t!" Trump said...

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Donald Trump lashes out at Omarosa Manigault Newman, calls her ‘that dog’

President Donald Trump escalated his messy clash with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Tuesday, referring to the longtime colleague, who had been the top African-American in his White House, as “that dog!” Trump tweeted a barrage of insults on Tuesday morning as Manigault Newman continued promoting her White House tell-all and releasing secret audio recordings. Her book paints a...

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Google celebrates Pakistan’s Independence Day

Google search engine has unveiled its new doodle on 71st Independence Day of Pakistan to honour the people of Pakistan. Google often pay its homage on different occasions to countries and worldwide prominent personalities by releasing specifically designed doodle, and this not the first time the company commemorates Pakistan on it's historical day. Previous year, it released a doodle celebrating the...

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Iran’s problems ‘internal, not just sanctions’: Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that the country´s economic problems were the result of internal mismanagement by the government and not just US pressure. "Economic experts and many officials believe the cause of this issue is not foreign, it's internal," he said in a speech in Tehran, according to tweets released on his official account. "Not that...

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Narendra Modi confident of bigger win in 2019 elections

MUMBAI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would be re-elected with an even bigger majority in parliament in 2019, dismissing opposition attempts to rouse opinion against his government for failing to deliver on promises of swift economic development and more jobs for young people. Modi told the Times of India in an interview published on Sunday that his Bharatiya Janata Party...

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Fight between Afghan forces and Taliban for Ghazni city amid misreports who has the edge

GHAZNI: The fight for the embattled eastern Afghan city of Ghazni entered its third day as Taliban militants and security forces engaged in heavy clashes Sunday after Kabul vowed the city was firmly under government control. An AFP reporter on the ground said Taliban fighters continued to roam the city, torching government offices and in control of several police checkpoints,...

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Dismissing ‘apartheid’: Arab Israelis rally against Jewish nation-state law

TEL AVIV: Tens of thousands of Arab Israelis and their supporters chanted against "apartheid" and for "equality" on Saturday in central Tel Aviv at a rally protesting a law that declares Israel the nation state of the Jewish people. Israeli Jews also joined the demonstration, the second since last Saturday, when thousands from Israel's Druze minority took to the streets...

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At least four people killed in Canada shooting: police

TORONTO: At least four people were killed in a shooting incident in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton, police said on Friday. The Fredericton police said in a post on Twitter the incident was ongoing and there were multiple fatalities. The police urged people to stay inside and lock doors. In 2014, another mass shooting in New Brunswick led to...

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Pakistan supports Saudia Arabia over its stance against Canada intervening in ‘internal affairs’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan categorically stated it supports Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic row with Canada. “Pakistan stands by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in protecting its sovereignty as a matter of principle and based on the historic and brotherly relations between our two countries,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said on Thursday. “Pakistan always supports the sovereignty of states and...

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At least 29 children killed in strike on Yemen bus

An attack on a bus at a market in rebel-held northern Yemen killed at least 29 children Thursday, the Red Cross said, as the Saudi-led coalition faced a growing outcry over the strike. The coalition said it had carried out what it called "legitimate military action" in the area targeting Huthi rebels responsible for a deadly missile attack on southern...

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Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM: Extremists fired rockets into Israel and the latter's military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress toward a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade. A senior member of Hamas, the Palestinian group that controls Gaza, said talks mediated by the United Nations and Egypt on a deal to tamp...

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Saudi Arabia stops medical treatment programs in Canada as tension escalates

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had stopped all medical treatment programs in Canada and was working on the transfer of all Saudi patients from hospitals there, in an escalating row after Ottawa urged it to free rights activists. Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador this week, pushing Canada to seek...

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Two Kashmiris martyred by Indian forces in Gurez sector

According to Indian Army, four Indian soldiers killed and two Kashmiris were martyred on Tuesday in a gun battle along the highly militarized de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan. The fight erupted  in Gurez sector, said Indian army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia. Military authorities rushed in a reinforcement of soldiers to the...

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Trump administration reimposes unilateral, tough sanctions against Iran

WASHINGTON: The United States re-imposed a wave of tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, bringing back into effect harsh penalties that had been lifted under a historic, multi-party nuclear agreement that President Donald Trump abandoned in May. The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am (0431 GMT), targeting Iran´s access to US banknotes and...

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Saudi authorities expels Canadian envoy, recalls its own over ‘interference’ in internal matters

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said Monday it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and had recalled its envoy while freezing all new trade, in protest at Ottawa’s vigorous calls for the release of jailed activists. The kingdom gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as "interference" in its internal...

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Venezuela’s Maduro unharmed as assassination bid fails, blames Colombia

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday he escaped an "assassination" attempt using an explosive-laden drone after a live broadcast showed him looking confused when a bang went off during a Caracas military parade and dozens of soldiers scuttling for safety. His government said seven soldiers were wounded in the incident. "It was an attack to kill me, they tried to...

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Indian troops martyr five Kashmiris in IoK: media reports

SRINAGAR: Indian occupation forces martyred five Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday, according to media reports.  The citizens were martyred during a cordon and search operation in Shopian district's Killora village. The Indian army along with the police had launched a joint operation in the area on Friday evening. On Friday, at least two Kashmiri youth were...

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