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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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149 killed as Yemen rebels hold back loyalists in Hodeida

HODEIDA: At least 149 people including civilians have been killed in 24 hours of clashes between government loyalists and rebels in Yemen´s flashpoint city of Hodeida, medics and military sources said Monday. A source in Yemen´s pro-government military coalition, which is backed by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, said the Houthi rebels had pushed back a large-scale offensive aimed...

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Leaders around the world mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

World leaders gathered under driving rain in Paris on Sunday to lead global commemorations marking 100 years since the end of World War I, at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions. Around 70 leaders including United States (US) and Russian Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin marked the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital at...

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Sri Lankan political turmoil deepens after president sacks parliament

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka´s largest party announced Saturday a legal challenge to President Maithripala Sirisena´s sacking of parliament, a move that has plunged the Indian Ocean island nation into fresh turmoil and alarmed the international community. Sirisena announced on Friday night that he was dissolving parliament and called fresh elections on January 5, two weeks after sacking prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe...

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King Salman hosts Abu Dhabi crown prince amid Yemen offensive

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman hosted Abu Dhabi´s crown prince on Saturday, state media said, as a military coalition led by the two Gulf allies pushes an offensive to seize the strategic Yemeni port city of Hodeida. Abu Dhabi´s Prince Mohammed bin Zayed led a "top-level delegation" to Riyadh, the official Saudi press agency said in a brief statement, after the...

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Audio recordings related to Khashoggi’s killing shared with Saudi: Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Erdogan’s comments are the first public confirmation of the existence of recordings of the October 2 killing of The Washington Post columnist...

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Saudi Coalition Halts Deal With US For Yemen War

A controversial refueling arrangement between the United States and the Saudi-led coalition that is bombing Yemen was ended on Saturday, halting a key part of Washington’s involvement in the conflict. The move came as warplanes pounded the key strategic port city of Hodeida and after Washington’s support for the campaign was placed under increased scrutiny following the brazen murder of...

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Nine killed, 35 missing in California wildfire; Malibu threatened

PARADISE: Wildfires burned out of control on Friday across California, killing at least nine people in a mountain town and forcing residents to flee the upscale beach community of Malibu in the face of a monster fire storm. All nine victims were found in and around the Northern California town of Paradise, where more than 6,700 homes and businesses were...

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Imam head injury overshadows Pakistan triumph

Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second day-night international in Abu Dhabi on Friday but the match was overshadowed by a worrying injury to opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq who was taken to hospital after being hit by a short ball. Imam, on 16, was forced to retire after a short delivery from fast bowler Lockie Ferguson hit the...

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Kabul, Afghan Taliban attend peace talks in Moscow

Moscow on Friday hosted international talks on Afghanistan aimed at kickstarting direct negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban militant group, both of whom sent delegations. Russia hopes "through joint efforts to open a new page in the history of Afghanistan," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said as the talks opened at a Moscow hotel on Friday morning. He said that...

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‘Everything destroyed’ as wildfire scorches Paradise, California

PARADISE: A fast-moving wildfire devastated a Northern California town of 26,000 people on Thursday with authorities unsure of the casualties as they struggled to contain 150-foot flames. Driven by strong winds and dry conditions, the blaze dubbed the Camp Fire roared through the town of Paradise, about 85 miles (240 km) north of Sacramento, forcing the population to flee in...

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Turkish court hands sentences to journalist for criticising Erdogan, officials

ISTANBUL: A Turkish journalist was handed a suspended sentence of two years and five months in prison on Thursday for insulting Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, a court ruling seen by Reuters showed. Husnu Mahalli, a prominent journalist who also writes columns in the opposition newspaper Sozcu, will not be sent to jail due to time already served and as the...

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Saudi King Salman supports son MbS on public tour despite Khashoggi crisis

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has embarked on a domestic tour this week with his favourite son, demonstrating his support for his chosen heir despite the crisis spawned by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Roads were lined with Saudi flags and images of the king and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when they arrived in the central...

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Aasia Bibi's departure

Confusion still looms on Aasia Bibi’s departure, FO claims Aasia still in Pakistan

MULTAN: Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani-Christian woman who spent eight years on death row but was acquitted by the Supreme Court last week in a blasphemy case against her, was freed from the prison here in the city, her lawyer said Wednesday night. Bibi, a mother of five, is believed to have already flown out of the city of Multan where she was...

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Trump mocks losing Republican candidates for shunning him during campaigns

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday mocked Republicans who avoided campaigning with him before congressional elections and who were not elected during their races, referencing a list of candidates by name. “Those are some of the people who decided for their own reason not to embrace - whether it’s me or what we stand for,” Trump told reporters. “They...

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IMF delegation arrives in Pakistan for bailout talks

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrived in Islamabad today (Wednesday) for talks on a bailout package. According to details, the talks with IMF delegation will continue for two weeks. In first phase the IMF’s technical team will hold talks with Pakistani officials and Pakistan will inform the money watchdog about the country's economic needs. According to...

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Democrats seize Congress in set back To Trump

Democrats seized control of the lower house of Congress in midterm elections Tuesday, dealing a stern rebuke to Donald Trump almost two years into his polarizing, rollercoaster presidency. Fox and NBC television networks called the result in the US House of Representatives, while confirming expectations that Trumps Republicans will retain control of the Senate. The result upends the balance of...

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