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War kills more than 100,000 babies a year, says Save the Children

MUNICH: At least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and its impact, from hunger to denial of aid, Save the Children International said on Friday. In the 10 worst-hit countries, a conservative estimate of 550,000 infants died as a result of fighting between 2013 and 2017. They succumbed to war and its effects, among them hunger, damage...

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Karl Marx grave memorial in London damaged in hammer attack

LONDON: A memorial to German philosopher Karl Marx at Highgate Cemetery in north London has been vandalized, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust said on Tuesday. The Grade-I listed monument appears to have been attacked by a hammer, the Trust added on Twitter. Images of the defaced memorial, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, show what appears...

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Taliban takes centre stage as Kabul cut out of peace talks

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is being pushed to the sidelines as the Taliban ignores his overtures for peace and negotiates instead with his friends, and enemies, over the future of Afghanistan. From Doha to Moscow, the insurgents are meeting an array of envoys with competing interests in Afghanistan, from the United States eager to withdraw their troops to political...

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Pope Francis arrives to hold public mass in UAE

Pope Francis arrived at an Abu Dhabi sports stadium Tuesday to hold a public mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics on the first ever papal visit to the Muslim Gulf. The pope waved at an enthusiastic crowd carrying Vatican flags and banners as he drove into Zayed Sports City Stadium, where an altar with a large cross was set up...

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Donald Trump did not ask permission to ‘watch Iran’: Iraq’s President

Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Monday that President Donald Trump did not ask Iraq’s permission for US troops stationed there to “watch Iran.” Speaking at a forum in Baghdad, Salih was responding to a question about Trump’s comments to CBS about how he would ask troops stationed in Iraq to “watch” Iran. US troops in Iraq are there as...

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World Cancer Day observed

The World Cancer Day was observed today (Monday). The theme of the day this year is “ “I can, we can”. Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place every year on 4 February. The Day aims to save millions of preventable...

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Complete shutdown in IoK as Modi visits

SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown is being observed in Indian occupied Kashmir on Sunday to register a protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the valley to lay foundation stones of different developmental projects. According to Kashmir Media Service, call for a shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and...

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Vladimir Putin says Russia suspending missile treaty after US move

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Russia was suspending its participation in a key Cold War-era missile treaty in a mirror response to a US move the day before. Moscow and Washington have long accused the other of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement, which was signed in 1987 and resolved a crisis over Soviet missiles. President Donald Trump last...

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Anniversary of Revolution: Iran unveils long-range cruise missile

Iran unveiled a new cruise missile with a range of 1,300 km (800 miles) on Saturday, state television reported, as the Middle Eastern country displays its achievements during celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. “With a range of more than 1,300 km ... this cruise missile needs a very short time for its preparedness and can...

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Donald Trump ‘serious’ about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan: Taliban spokesman

US President Donald Trump is serious about getting out of Afghanistan, the Taliban told AFP on Friday, outlining the “Islamic system” comprising “all Afghans” that the group says it hopes to establish under any peace deal. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid spoke to AFP via WhatsApp a day after the US said talks with the militants are “on the right path”,...

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Indian tyranny continues, two youth martyred in IoK’s Pulwama district

SRINAGAR: Indian forces in a fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district of occupied Kashmir on Friday. According to Kashmir Media Service, the youth identified as Shahid Ahmad Baba and Inayat Ahmad were killed by troops during a cordon and search operation in the Baba Mohalla of Drabgam village in the district. The troops also razed...

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Key to peace is Afghanistan not Pakistan: Ashraf Ghani

KABUL: Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that the “keys to war are in Islamabad, Quetta, Rawal­pindi”, suggesting Pakistan was a safe haven for cross-border militant activities. Ghani said the “key to peace was in Afghanistan”, as talks between Taliban and US officials on ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan appear to be gaining momentum. Ghani made the remarks...

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Saudi’s anti-corruption probe ends with many detained; state coffers $107bn richer

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday the end of a high-profile anti-corruption probe that boosted the state coffers by more than $100 billion and has left dozens detained. The crackdown on graft launched in 2017 saw hundreds of elite princes, ministers and businessmen held at the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Many were detained for weeks in the...

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Malaysia enthrones new king after historic abdication

Malaysia on Thursday installed a new king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, after the last monarch abdicated in a historic first following his reported marriage to a Russian ex-beauty queen. In a ceremony steeped in pomp and centuries of tradition, the sports-loving sultan, dressed in aqua blue formal wear, took the oath of office at the national palace in Kuala...

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Iran facing the toughest economic situation in 40 years: president

GENEVA:  Iran’s president said on Wednesday the country was facing its toughest economic situation in 40 years, and the United States, not the government, was to blame. U.S. President Donald Trump last year pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions. Workers, including truck drivers, farmers and merchants, have since launched sporadic protests against economic hardships,...

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EU says ‘no’ as British Parliament instruct Theresa May to change Brexit deal

LONDON: British lawmakers on Tuesday instructed Prime Minister Theresa May to reopen a Brexit treaty with the European Union to replace a controversial Irish border arrangement — and promptly received a flat rejection from Brussels. Two weeks after overwhelmingly rejecting May’s Brexit deal, parliament backed a proposal intended to send her back to Brussels with a stronger mandate to seek...

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Grenade attack kills two as victims sleeping at southern Philippines mosque

A grenade attack on a mosque in the troubled southern Philippines killed two people early Wednesday, authorities said, just days after a deadly Catholic cathedral bombing and a vote backing Muslim self-rule in the region. The blast tore through the building as the victims were sleeping in the predawn darkness on the insurgency-plagued island of Mindanao, which is home to...

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