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British PM Theresa May fights rebellion over Brexit deal

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May battled to salvage a draft Brexit deal and her political future on Thursday, as ministers resigned and members of her own party plotted to oust her. The Conservative leader said she believed with "every fibre of my being" in the Brexit course she had set, hours after facing a hostile parliament and seeing four...

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Three questions on Trump official’s anonymous critique

WASHINGTON: The publication of a searing New York Times op-ed by an unnamed Trump administration senior official describing the president as amoral and making "reckless decisions" has thrown the White House into unprecedented turmoil. The explosive revelation of insider "resistance" paints a White House in which aides are aiming to thwart an unmoored Donald Trump and his "worst inclinations" in...

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Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Kabul on Friday for an unannounced visit to war-torn Afghanistan, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. His trip comes a little more than a year after President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped strategy for Afghanistan that saw him commit thousands of additional...

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Passengers fall ill on two flights from Europe to Philadelphia

Passengers and crew on two flights arriving in Philadelphia from Europe on Thursday were screened by medical teams after 12 people aboard became ill with flu-like symptoms, a day after a similar outbreak on a flight from Dubai to New York. All 250 people on separate American Airlines flights from Munich and Paris were “held for a medical review” as...

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International Criminal Court says it has jurisdiction over alleged crimes against Rohingya

AMSTERDAM: The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled on Thursday that it has jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity. The decision at the Hague-based court paves the way for prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to further examine whether there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case, although she has not...

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Saudi prince rejects speculation over royal family rift

Saudi King Salman's brother on Wednesday has played down controversial remarks he made to anti-Saudi protesters in London that sparked furious speculation about possible discord within the royal family. Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Saud apparently told a crowd in London to stop chanting slogans against the Saudi royal family over the kingdom's involvement in the three-year conflict in Yemen. "What...

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New book by Woodward says Trump wanted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad assassinated

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated last year but his defense secretary ignored the request, according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders to limit what they saw as damaging and dangerous behavior. Excerpts from the book, Fear: Trump in the White House, written by famed Watergate...

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Amid ‘bloodbath’ fears, US warns Assad against using chemical weapons

Washington  - With the United Nations warning of a potential "bloodbath" in Syria's Idlib province, the United States warned President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday it would respond "swiftly and appropriately" if he uses chemical weapons against his own people. As Syrian troops massed near the northwestern region of nearly three million people, the last major rebel stronghold, renewed Russian airstrikes...

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Israel confirms 200 strikes in Syria in 18 months

Jerusalem - An Israeli military official said Tuesday the army had carried out some 200 strikes in Syria over the past 18 months against mainly Iranian targets, a rare confirmation of such action. A total of 202 strikes were carried out in neighbouring Syria, the official said, all of which involved "military targets, most of them belonging to the (Iranian)...

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Donald Trump to chair ‘Security Council’ meeting on Iran

UNITED NATIONS: US President Donald Trump will chair a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Iran this month to spotlight its “violations of international law” during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday. The United States, which holds the council presidency for September, has unsuccessfully pushed the UNSC to call...

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Strong typhoon kills nine, shutters airport in Japan

TOKYO: The toll in the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in a quarter century rose Wednesday to nine, with thousands stranded at a major airport because of storm damage. Typhoon Jebi slammed into the west coast of Japan around noon on Tuesday, bringing maximum winds of 216 kilometres (135 miles) an hour and heavy rain. The powerful gusts ripped...

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Strongest typhoon in quarter century hits Japan

The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years made landfall Tuesday, the country's weather agency said, bringing violent winds and heavy rainfall that prompted evacuation warnings. Typhoon Jebi, packing winds of up to 216 kilometres (135 miles) per hour, made landfall around midday in western Japan near areas still recovering from deadly record rains earlier this summer. Prime Minister...

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Afghan Taliban announce death of Haqqani network leader: SITE

The founder of the Haqqani network, one of Afghanistan's most effective and feared militant groups, has died after a long illness, their affiliates the Afghan Taliban announced Tuesday. Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose son Sirajuddin Haqqani now heads the brutal group and is also the Taliban's deputy leader, died "after a long battle with illness", the Taliban said in a statement. Jalaluddin...

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‘Microwave weapon’ suspected in mystery attacks on US diplomats: report

Doctors and scientists increasingly suspect attacks with unconventional microwave weapons as the cause of the mysterious ailments that have stricken more than three dozen American diplomats and their families in Cuba and China, The New York Times reported Sunday. The victims reported hearing intense high-pitched sounds in their hotel rooms or homes followed by symptoms that included nausea, severe headaches,...

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Myanmar judge jails Reuters reporters for seven years in landmark secrets case

YANGON - A Myanmar judge on Monday found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and sentenced them to seven years in prison, in a landmark case seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the Southeast Asian country. Yangon northern district judge Ye Lwin said Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, breached...

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Gen Scott Miller to head NATO forces in Afghanistan as Nicholson out

KABUL: US Army General Scott Miller assumed command of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, arriving as Washington faces growing questions over its strategy to force the Taliban into talks to end the 17-year conflict. Miller, the former commander of the US military’s Joint Special Operations Command, takes over at a time of mixed hope...

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UK welcomes Saudi-led coalition probe into Yemen strike

LONDON: Britain on Sunday welcomed results of an investigation by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen into an air strike last month that killed 40 children, but urged clarifications on other deadly operations. The Saudi-led coalition on Saturday said "mistakes" had been made in the August 9 strike on a crowded marketplace in a part of northern Yemen held by...

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