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Ghusal-e-Kaba ceremony held at Masjid al-Haram Makkah

MAKKAH: On Tuesday, Ghusal-e-Kaaba ceremony was held at Masjid al-Haram in Saudi Arabia. Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal performed the practice using Zamzam water mixed with rose. It is pertinent to mention that every year the washing ceremony of Holy House of Allah takes place.

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Iran’s Khamenei says ready to abandon nuclear deal if needed

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that his government should be ready to "set aside" the 2015 nuclear deal if it is no longer in the country's national interests. "The JCPOA (nuclear deal) is not the objective, it is only a means," he said in a meeting with the cabinet, according to his website. "Naturally, if we reach...

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Israel renews threat to attack Iran targets in Syria

Israel on Wednesday renewed its threat to attack Iranian military targets in Syria, after the two Muslim allies signed an accord on security cooperation. "The accord concluded by (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad and Iran constitutes a test for Israel: Our response will be loud and clear," Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said on Israeli public radio. "We will not allow Iran...

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Saudi medical students allowed to complete training in Canada

OTTAWA: More than 1,000 Saudi medical students ordered to leave Canada because of a diplomatic row have been granted an extension that would allow them to complete their training, Ottawa confirmed Tuesday. According to medical and university officials, the 1,053 students received notice of the reprieve from the Saudi education ministry. “We are pleased that (Saudi) medical residents across the...

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Hurricane’s death toll in Puerto Rico put at nearly 3,000

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico’s governor raised the U.S. territory’s official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 on Tuesday after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the desperate, sweltering aftermath had been severely undercounted. The new estimate of nearly 3,000 dead in the six months after Maria devastated the island...

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Myanmar rejects UN probe on Rohingya abuses

Myanmar rejected Wednesday the findings of a UN probe alleging genocide by its military against the Rohingya, in a strident government response to a damning report on the crisis. Myanmar has come under immense pressure this week over last year's military crackdown that pushed more than 700,000 of the Muslim minority into Bangladesh. Monday's report by a UN fact-finding mission...

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UN invites US and allies for Syria talks next month

GENEVA: UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has invited the United States and six other countries for talks in Geneva next month, a UN spokeswoman said on Tuesday, as the United Nations continues its push for a new Syrian constitution. He plans to meet senior representatives from the United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Germany, France, and Egypt on September...

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Intense air strikes target airport in Yemen capital

SANAA: Heavy air strikes targeted the international airport in Yemen's rebel-held capital and an adjacent airbase early Tuesday, residents said, with rebels blaming the Saudi-led coalition fighting on the side of the government. The raids began at around midnight (2100 GMT Monday) and lasted half an hour, according to a resident in Sanaa, who reported more than a dozen strikes....

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Donald Trump under pressure to honour deceased John McCain

Donald Trump bowed to pressure Monday to honour the late John McCain, ordering that flags be lowered to half-staff across the country, as the late senator fired a parting shot at the president in a farewell message to the United States. Trump's about-face came after he found himself mired in controversy over his rather conspicuous failure to pay tribute to...

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6.2 magnitude quake hits eastern Indonesia

Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning or immediate reports of damage. The offshore tremor struck at a shallow depth of eight kilometres (five miles), about 100 kilometres southeast of Kupang on the Indonesian portion of Timor island, the USGS said. It was followed by a shallow 5.6 magnitude quake nearby. Witnesses described a powerful jolt from the...

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Iran to open lawsuit against US sanctions at ICJ

THE HAGUE: Iran will argue Monday against renewed sanctions imposed by the United States, as a bitter legal battle between Tehran and Washington opens before the UN´s top court. US President Donald Trump reimposed a wave of tough unilateral sanctions on Iran three weeks ago, bringing back into effect harsh penalties that had been lifted under a landmark 2015 agreement....

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Over 1,200 people killed in South Asia monsoon

More than 1,200 people have been killed across South Asia in monsoon storms so far this year, according to figures collected by AFP as India counts the rising toll from floods that have devastated southern Kerala state. The monsoon, which lasts from June to September, causes widespread death and destruction across South Asia each year, with the tourist hotspot of...

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UN team: Myanmar military chiefs should face ‘genocide’ case

GENEVA  — Investigators working for the U.N.’s top human rights body said Monday that top Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide against Rohingya Muslims. The call, accompanying a first report by the investigators, amounts to some of the strongest language yet from U.N. officials who have denounced alleged human rights violations in Myanmar since a bloody crackdown began...

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Iran’s defense minister meets Assad, Syrian counterpart in Damascus

Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami arrived in Syria on Sunday for meetings with President Bashar al-Assad and senior defense and military officials as part of a two-day visit, according to the Tasnim news agency. Iranian forces have backed Assad in the country’s civil war. “Not only the people of the region, but the people of the world are indebted to...

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Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as president of Zimbabwe after disputed vote

HARARE: Emmerson Mnangagwa was officially sworn in as president of Zimbabwe on Sunday after winning a bitterly-contested election which was the country’s first since the ousting of strongman Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa, whose victory in the July 30 polls was challenged by the main opposition, pledged to “protect and promote the rights of Zimb­abweans” at an inauguration ceremony attended by thousands...

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Italy lets migrants off stranded boat after deal reached

ROME: Nearly 140 migrants who had been stranded on a boat at a port in Sicily were allowed to disembark early on Sunday after Ireland and Albania agreed to take some of them in. The boat docked at Catania port on Monday but Italy had refused to let those on board disembark in the absence of any EU commitment to...

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Former top Vatican official says pope should resign over abuse crisis

DUBLIN/BOSTON: A former top Vatican official has accused Pope Francis of having known of allegations of sex abuse by a prominent US cardinal for years and called on him to resign, in an unprecedented broadside against the pope by a Church insider. In a detailed 11-page bombshell statement given to conservative Roman Catholic media outlets during the Pope’s visit to...

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