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Qatar ruler appoints top aide as premier

Qatar’s ruler on Tuesday accepted the resignation Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani and named his successor, the state news agency reported. No reason was given for the change and it is unclear if Sheikh Abdullah remains the interior minister after stepping down as prime minister. New Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani previously headed up...

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Qatar ruler appoints top aide as premier

Qatar’s ruler on Tuesday accepted the resignation Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani and named his successor, the state news agency reported. No reason was given for the change and it is unclear if Sheikh Abdullah remains the interior minister after stepping down as prime minister. New Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani previously headed up...

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Pentagon confirms its military jet crashed in Afghanistan

GHAZNI: A US military jet crashed in mountainous territory in eastern Afghanistan, where there is a heavy Taliban presence, the Pentagon confirmed Monday, rejecting the insurgents´ suggestions that it was shot down. Afghanistan US Forces spokesman Colonel Sonny Leggett confirmed in a statement that the aircraft was a US Bombardier E-11A, a type of jet used as a military airborne...

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China counts 106 coronavirus deaths as US, others move to evacuate

Deaths from a new viral disease that is causing mounting global concern rose by 25 to at least 106 in China on Tuesday as the United States and other governments prepared to fly their citizens out of the locked-down city at centre of the outbreak. The total includes the first death in Beijing, the Chinese capital, and 24 more fatalities...

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Plane crashes in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province: govt officials

A plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan’s Ghazni province Monday, officials said, but it was not immediately clear how many people were on board, or if it was a passenger or military jet. "At around 1:10 pm (0840 GMT) a plane crashed in Deh Yak district of Ghazni province. The plane is on fire and the villagers are trying to put...

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Kashmiris mark Indian Republic Day as Black Day with strong global protests

Rallies and demonstrations are being held today in Pakistan and across the world as Kashmiris are observing India's Republic Day as black day, to draw the international community's attention towards New Delhi's human rights violation in the occupied valley. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year scrapped the special status of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) and imposed a...

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Powerful explosion rips through building in US city of Houston

HOUSTON: A massive explosion ripped through a building in Houston, Texas early on Friday, shattering windows in the vicinity and heard by residents across a wide area, police and media said. Smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the area around the blast and emergency vehicles converged on the area. The explosion took place in Gessner Road, in the...

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CIA psychologist defends torture before Guantanamo court

WASHINGTON: A psychologist who helped design the CIA's "war on terror" torture program after the September 11, 2001 attacks defended the program this week before its victims at the US military prison in Guantanamo, Cuba. James Mitchell was unapologetic on Tuesday when he appeared at a hearing to answer questions about the waterboarding, stress position and sleep deprivation techniques applied...

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ICJ orders Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect Rohingya

The International Court of Justice on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect its Muslim Rohingya population from persecution and atrocities, and preserve evidence of alleged crimes against them. Mostly Muslim Gambia launched a lawsuit in November at the United Nations’ highest body for disputes between states, accusing Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya in violation of a 1948 convention. Thursday’s...

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Trump Slams Impeachment, Lauds US Economy at Davos Forum

DAVOS: President Donald Trump lashed out at his accusers in the Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday but broke with some of his defenders as he reiterated his preference for witnesses to be called in the proceedings. Leaving the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Trump called a surprise news conference Wednesday to mark a “tremendous two days" at the glitzy summit...

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India’s Supreme Court refuses to strike down citizenship law

India’s Supreme Court declined calls to suspend the implementation of a new citizenship law on Wednesday. It instead decided that a constitutional bench of five judges was needed to hear all the challenges to legislation. The court gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government four weeks to respond to 144 petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the law which has ignited...

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Democrats, Republicans argue over witnesses as Trump impeachment trial opens

WASHINGTON: Republicans and Democrats sparred on Tuesday over calling witnesses and demanding White House documents as US Senate convened the first full day of the historic impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. House impeachment managers led by veteran prosecutor Adam Schiff used the opening debate over trial procedures to lay out on national television their case against the US leader,...

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Saudi discards reports crown prince is behind hacking of Amazon boss Bezos’ phone

WASHINGTON: The Saudi embassy in Washington on Tuesday dismissed suggestions the kingdom hacked the phone of Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, as media reports linked the security breach to a WhatsApp message from an account of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The 2018 intrusion into the device led to the release of intimate images of Amazon founder Bezos, whose Post newspaper employed as a...

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China coronavirus claims sixth victim as holiday travel heightens infection risks

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China climbed to six on Tuesday as authorities reported a surge in new cases, with fears that hundreds of millions of people traveling for the Lunar New Year holiday will accelerate the infection rate. Officials confirmed that the new mystery virus can spread between humans and said 15 medical staff have now...

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Trump hails US economic success in Davos as impeachment trial begins

DAVOS: Thousands of miles from his impeachment trial in the United States, President Donald Trump took center stage at Davos on Tuesday to tout the success of the country’s economy. Trump, who is attending his second meeting of global political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum, also told a packed auditorium that recent trade deals with China and...

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Iran confirms two missiles fired at Ukraine airliner

TEHRAN: Iran's civil aviation authority confirmed two missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner that was brought down earlier this month, in a preliminary report posted on its website late Monday. "Investigators... discovered that two Tor-M1 missiles... were fired at the aircraft," it said, adding an investigation was ongoing to assess the bearing their impact had on the accident. The...

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Trump’s impeachment trial to commence today

WASHINGTON: The United States Senate is set for a showdown as President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial is set to begin on Tuesday, with Democrats calling for his removal from office and Republicans determined to acquit him — and quickly, if possible. Four months after the Ukraine scandal exploded and went on to overshadow the end of Trump's term, and...

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