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Yemen faces worsening threat of famine: UN aid chief

International aid agencies are losing the fight against famine in Yemen, where 3.5 million people may soon be added to the eight million Yemenis already facing starvation, the UN aid chief warned Friday. A sharp drop in the value of Yemen´s currency that has sent fuel prices spiraling compounded with renewed fighting has led to a worsening of what the...

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Fight between Afghan forces and Taliban for Ghazni city amid misreports who has the edge

GHAZNI: The fight for the embattled eastern Afghan city of Ghazni entered its third day as Taliban militants and security forces engaged in heavy clashes Sunday after Kabul vowed the city was firmly under government control. An AFP reporter on the ground said Taliban fighters continued to roam the city, torching government offices and in control of several police checkpoints,...

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Dismissing ‘apartheid’: Arab Israelis rally against Jewish nation-state law

TEL AVIV: Tens of thousands of Arab Israelis and their supporters chanted against "apartheid" and for "equality" on Saturday in central Tel Aviv at a rally protesting a law that declares Israel the nation state of the Jewish people. Israeli Jews also joined the demonstration, the second since last Saturday, when thousands from Israel's Druze minority took to the streets...

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Iran jumps amid on-going US-Turkey row

TEHRAN: Iran´s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waded into the mounting row between Turkey and the United States on Saturday, accusing Washington of an "addiction to sanctions and bullying". US President Donald Trump´s "jubilation in inflicting economic hardship on its NATO ally Turkey is shameful," Zarif wrote on Twitter. "The US has to rehabilitate its addiction to sanctions (and) bullying...

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Yemen’s Houthi Rebels welcome UN call for Saudi Strike Probe

SANAA, Yemen  — Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Friday backed a U.N. call for a probe into a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country’s north that killed dozens of people the previous day, including many children, in an attack that drew wide international criticism. Senior Yemeni rebel leader Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said on Twitter that the rebels — known as Houthis...

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A Canadian tweet in a Saudi king’s court crosses a red line

OTTAWA/RIYADH/DUBAI: For years, Canadian pressure on human rights in Saudi Arabia had elicited no more than a standard rejection. But all that changed last week when a Canadian complaint was translated into Arabic and set off a diplomatic row. When Riyadh responded to a call from Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland to release civil society activists with an abrupt severing...

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US pilot posts explicit photos of flight attendant ex-girlfriend online

CHICAGO: A United Airlines flight attendant is accusing the airline of failing to protect her from sexually explicit pictures that a pilot posted of her online, according to a lawsuit filed in a San Antonio, Texas, federal court. The lawsuit, filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), said United failed to prevent and correct the pilot’s behaviour, even...

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Explosion at military hardware factory in UK leaves one dead, one injured

An explosion at a military hardware factory near Salisbury, Wiltshire has left one person dead on Friday, British defense equipment maker Chemring Group Plc said. The explosion at the Chemring Countermeasures factory of the British contractor also injured another person who was taken to a hospital, the company said in a tweet. The site was evacuated and the incident was...

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Iran test-fired anti-ship missile during drills last week: US source

Iran test-fired a short-range anti-ship missile in the Strait of Hormuz during naval drills last week that Washington believes were aimed at sending a message as the United States reimposes sanctions on Tehran, a US official said on Friday. The official, however, did not suggest that such a missile test was unusual during naval exercises or that it was carried...

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At least four people killed in Canada shooting: police

TORONTO: At least four people were killed in a shooting incident in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton, police said on Friday. The Fredericton police said in a post on Twitter the incident was ongoing and there were multiple fatalities. The police urged people to stay inside and lock doors. In 2014, another mass shooting in New Brunswick led to...

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Maldives seeks scaling back of Indian presence as it woos China

The Maldives wants India to withdraw military helicopters and personnel posted there following the expiry of an agreement in June, its envoy said, the latest snub to New Delhi by President Abdulla Yameen's China-backed government. India and China are going head to head in the Maldives, the Indian Ocean island chain where Beijing is building roads, bridges and a bigger...

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Saudi trainee doctors set to head home from Canada in diplomatic row

TORONTO: Saudi Arabia has told hundreds of trainee doctors to leave Canada with only weeks’ notice in the midst of a diplomatic spat, a move that could disrupt Canadian hospitals and end a 40-year-old program to train specialists for the kingdom. Angered by Ottawa calling for the release of arrested Saudi civil society activists, Saudi Arabia retaliated this week by...

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‘Time has come’ for US Space Force, sixth military branch: Pence

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday unveiled details of plans to build a US Space Force that would become the sixth branch of America's massive military, saying the time has come to prepare for "the next battlefield." President Donald Trump ordered the creation of Space Force in June, arguing the Pentagon needs it to tackle vulnerabilities in space and assert...

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US launches airstrikes as Taliban attack Afghan city

GHAZNI: US forces launched airstrikes Friday to counter a major Taliban assault on an Afghan provincial capital, where terrified residents cowered in their homes amid explosions and gunfire as security forces fought to beat the insurgents back. Officials said Afghan special forces were also being deployed to the southeastern city of Ghazni after the latest attempt by the Taliban to...

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Pakistan supports Saudia Arabia over its stance against Canada intervening in ‘internal affairs’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan categorically stated it supports Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic row with Canada. “Pakistan stands by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in protecting its sovereignty as a matter of principle and based on the historic and brotherly relations between our two countries,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said on Thursday. “Pakistan always supports the sovereignty of states and...

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At least 29 children killed in strike on Yemen bus

An attack on a bus at a market in rebel-held northern Yemen killed at least 29 children Thursday, the Red Cross said, as the Saudi-led coalition faced a growing outcry over the strike. The coalition said it had carried out what it called "legitimate military action" in the area targeting Huthi rebels responsible for a deadly missile attack on southern...

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UN chief sounds nuclear warning to mark Nagasaki bombing

Millions still live in fear of nuclear war with many countries ramping up their atomic arsenals, the head of the United Nations warned Thursday, marking the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing. Antonio Guterres, the first sitting UN secretary general to attend ceremonies honouring those who died in the bombing, said that even 73 years later, there was still a "shadow...

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