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Khashoggi murder: US hits 17 Saudis with sanctions

The United States on Thursday placed punishing economic sanctions on 17 Saudis allegedly involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including top aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The sanctions were declared after Riyadh s public prosecutor announced that five officials face a possible death sentence in the case but exculpated the prince. "The Saudi officials we are...

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US withdraws Rs36.9bn aid over indecisiveness on militants

WASHINGTON: The United States on Saturday made the final decision to cancel another $300 million — or Rs36.9 billion — in aid to Pakistan that had been halted over what the former claims is the latter's failure to take decisive action against militants. The so-called Coalition Support Funds (CSF) were part of a broader suspension in aid to Pakistan announced...

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German city’s mayor seeks to reassure foreign students

CHEMNITZ, Germany — Days after a street killing sparked violent anti-migrant protests, the mayor of Chemnitz sought Friday to reassure foreign visitors, students and investors that the eastern German city is safe, even as authorities prepared for further demonstrations at the weekend. Images of neo-Nazis shouting “foreigners out” and performing the stiff-armed ‘Hitler salute’ during a protest Monday made headlines...

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McCain salute: One of nation’s ‘bravest souls’ in war, peace

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders saluted John McCain Friday as a model of service in war and peace and “one of the bravest souls our nation has ever produced,” in a memorial ceremony at the heart of the political battlefield where he fought for more than three decades. Then thousands of fellow Americans, who had lined up outside the U.S. Capitol...

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FBI arrests New Mexico compound members on new charges

TAOS: Five residents of a New Mexico compound were arrested on Friday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for violating firearms and conspiracy laws in what one of their lawyers described as a “bad development” for the group, who are accused of planning anti-government attacks. Jany Leveille, 35; Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40; Hujrah Wahhaj, 37; Subhanah Wahhaj, 35; and...

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US ends funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

WASHINGTON: The United States is halting its funding for the United Nations' agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, after determining that the organization is "irredeemably flawed," the State Department said on Friday. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which was formed in December 1949, is supported by voluntary contributions from UN member...

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Briton jailed for life over plot to kill PM May

LONDON: A British man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday over a plot to kill Prime Minister Theresa May by first detonating an explosive device to get into her Downing Street office and then using a knife or a gun to attack her. Naa’imur Rahman, 21, of north London, planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the...

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Last-ditch talks begin to avert disaster in Syria’s Idlib

BEIRUT: Key brokers held last-ditch talks on Thursday on the fate of Syria’s only remaining rebel-held province, hoping to stave off a government offensive the UN has warned could spark catastrophe. Government forces have been massing around Idlib for days and looked poised to launch what could be the last major battle of the civil war that has torn Syria...

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Egypt appoints first-ever Christian woman as governor

CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has sworn in several new provincial governors, including the first-ever Coptic Christian woman to hold the position. Manal Awad Mikhail was appointed governor of Damietta province Thursday. She was previously a deputy for the Giza governor. The reshuffle included new governors for Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Aswan and North Sinai. Egypt had appointed the first-ever female...

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Former Australian PM resigns from parliament, govt loses majority

Australia’s former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday resigned from parliament, a source familiar with the matter said, stripping the government of its one-seat parliamentary majority. Turnbull last week said he would resign from parliament after he was ousted from office in a bitter party-room contest which ushered in the country’s sixth leader in the last decade. “The speaker of...

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Hundreds protest in India against arrest of rights activists

NEW DELHI: About 1,000 people protested near India’s Parliament on Thursday demanding the immediate release of five prominent rights activists who were arrested for alleged Maoist links in a countrywide crackdown this week. The protesters warned that freedom and liberty would be endangered if people don’t resist such measures by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. India’s top court on Wednesday granted some...

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Suu Kyi should have ‘resigned’ on Rohingya crackdown: UN

Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned as Myanmar’s de facto leader over last year’s brutal army campaign against the Rohingya Muslims, the outgoing UN human rights chief has told the BBC. A military crackdown in response to attacks by Rohingya militants drove around 700,000 of the Muslim minority from Rakhine state into Bangladesh, where they have given...

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Toronto mall evacuated after gunshots

A fight between two groups of young men that culminated in shots being fired on Thursday prompted the evacuation of a mall in Toronto, a month after a mass shooting in the nation´s largest city left two dead. Police Superintendent Rob Johnson said the shooting took place on the east side of the gigantic Yorkdale Shopping Centre that is popular...

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US-Canada NAFTA talks to resume Friday as deadline looms

With Friday's deadline fast approaching, talks continued late into the night on Thursday without reaching a deal between Canada and the US on an overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland held four meetings Thursday with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to try to bridge differences to preserve the three-nation trade pact with the...

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Trump threatens to withdraw US from WTO: Bloomberg

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump threatened in an interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday to withdraw from the World Trade Organization if “they don’t shape up,” in his latest criticism of the institution. Such a move could undermine one of the foundations of the modern global trading system, which the United States was instrumental in creating. “If they don’t shape...

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Trump tweets are ‘messages from some alternative universe’: China Daily

SHANGHAI: Twitter comments by US President Donald Trump — accusing China of hacking former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email server — are an attempt to cast China as a “scapegoat”, the official China Daily said in an editorial Friday. The strongly worded editorial also took aim at Trump directly, commenting: “To the thinking person, there are few things more disconcerting...

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Blasphemous caricatures: Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker cancels contest, reports AP

Web Desk: Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said late Thursday he has cancelled a planned blasphemous caricatures contest, the Associated Press reported. According to AP, the event has been cancelled by the organizer. BREAKING: Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker cancels Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that sparked Pakistan protests. — The Associated Press (@AP) August 30, 2018 Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said...

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