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Saudi admits journalist Khashoggi dismembered in consulate

RIYADH: Five Saudi officials face the death penalty over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was drugged and dismembered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, Riyadh's public prosecutor said Thursday. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and vocal dissident, died after being drugged by the five accused and then dismembered, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office said in the first...

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Yemen government forces capture northwestern city as peace talks go on

DUBAI: Yemeni troops loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi gained control of an important northwestern city on Friday, residents and tribal sources said, as a supposed ceasefire appeared close to collapse. The one-week truce was declared to aid the chances of success of peace talks that were expected to resume in Switzerland on Friday, in an effort to end the...

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World’s refugees and displaced exceed record 60 million: UN

GENEVA: The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have "far surpassed" a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and other protracted conflicts, the United Nations said on Friday. The estimated figure includes 20.2 million refugees fleeing wars and persecution, the most since 1992, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in...

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Big powers struggle to agree UN resolution ahead of Syria talks

UNITED NATIONS: The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council were struggling to agree on a draft resolution endorsing an international bid to end the five-year-old civil war in Syria ahead of ministerial talks taking place in New York on Friday. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, told reporters that the five veto-wielding council members...

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Regular flights to resume between US and Cuba

WASHINGTON: The United States announced Thursday the resumption of regular flights to and from Cuba, the latest step in a historic thaw in relations. “On December 16, the United States and Cuba reached a bilateral arrangement to establish scheduled air services between the two countries,” the State Department said in a statement. “US law continues to prohibit travel to Cuba...

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Nigerian army buries victims to hide massacre toll: Shiites

LAGOS: Nigerian troops Wednesday buried the bodies of hundreds of victims of an alleged military massacre of Shiite Muslims to hide the death toll, the Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria said. Wednesday's allegation comes as human rights advocates and the United States called for an investigation following the army's raid on Nigerian Shiites in which hundreds of people were reportedly...

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Turkey kills 8 Kurdish rebels in new curfew operations: army

DIYARBAKIR: Turkish security forces killed eight Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants as the army launched major operations backed by curfews against the rebels in the troubled southeast, the military said Wednesday. In the latest escalation of a five-month campaign against the outlawed PKK, the security forces pursued rebels in the southeastern towns of Silvan and Cizre supported by helicopters and...

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California shooters did not support IS on social media: FBI

NEW YORK: There is no evidence a married couple who killed 14 people in California this month were part of a terrorist cell, the head of the FBI said on Wednesday, echoing investigators’ views that the pair were inspired by, rather than organised by Islamic State. The militant group has “revolutionised” terrorism by seeking to inspire such small-scale attacks, FBI...

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Gunmen kidnap 26 from Qatari hunting group in Iraq: Officials

BAGHDAD: Unknown gunmen driving in a large convoy of trucks kidnapped at least 26 Qatari citizens from their hunting camp in a sprawling desert area near the Saudi borders on the early hours of Wednesday, the regional governor and police officials said. Two police officers in Samawa confirmed the kidnappings and said security forces launched a wide-scale search for the...

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UN chief marks anniversary of APS attack, praises students’ resilience

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, saying no cause justifies brutality against children. “No grievance excuses the horror and cowardice of attacking defenceless children while they learn,” the UN chief said in a message released by his office. “I join with...

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Los Angeles schools to reopen, email threat ‘not credible’

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles schools were due to reopen on Wednesday after authorities determined that an emailed threat prompting the shutdown of the second-largest school district in the United States was not deemed credible. The drastic decision on Tuesday to close more than 900 schools and to keep 640,000 students at home was made out of “an abundance of caution,”...

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PCB launches official PSL logo

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) launched the official logo of the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) during a glittering ceremony. All five franchises owners of the PSL, PCB executive committee chairman Najam Sethi, PCB officials and journalists were present on the occasion. Habib bank limited (HBL) becomes the title sponsor of the event.

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Nigerian Shiites say soldiers have killed hundreds

KADUNA: Soldiers killed hundreds of Shiite Muslims this weekend after their group opened fire on the convoy of Nigeria's army chief, the Shia Islamic Movement and military reports said Monday. Other reports put the number of dead at about 20. Shiite leader Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah Ibrahim, are in military custody, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state told...

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At least 41 die in bus crash in northern Argentina

BUENOS AIRES: At least 41 Argentine police have been killed in a bus accident in the northern part of the South American nation. Authorities say the crash happened early Monday while a convoy of three buses with gendarmes officers was traveling near Salta, a city about 932 miles (1,500 kilometers) north of Buenos Aires. Angel Marinaro, civil defense director for...

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Aerial bombing on Syria kills dozens

At least 28 people have died during air strikes on a Syrian school district. At least 28 people have died during air and missile strikes on a school district and other areas in insurgent-held Damascus suburbs in Syria. Two children and a school principal were among those who were killed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said unidentified war planes...

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Woman wins council seat in historic Saudi polls

RIYADH: A Saudi woman won a municipal council seat in the country's first ever election open to female voters and candidates, an official said Sunday, in a milestone result for the ultra-conservative kingdom. Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi was elected to the council of Madrakah, in the holy city of Makkah, the official SPA news agency reported, citing election commission president...

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Suicide bomber kills six on Iraq-Saudi border

BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber attacked an Iraqi position on the border with Saudi Arabia on Saturday, killing six guards, including a commander, officials said. The attack by the bomber, who detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at the headquarters of the Hafr Zawiyah border post in Iraq's vast Anbar province, also wounded 14 guards. An army lieutenant colonel said the bomber was...

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