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Quake of magnitude 7.5 shakes East Timor, Australia

DILI: A powerful, deep 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coasts of East Timor and Indonesia on Monday, and was felt as far away as Australia, but authorities said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami. Strong shaking caused alarm in the East Timor capital of Dili prompting people to run out of their houses, a Reuters...

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Erdogan slams Israeli PM Netanyahu’s blatant racism

Turkey on Tuesday denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s "blatant racism" after he called Israel the nation-state of "the Jewish people" only, not all its citizens. Turkey and Israel often have tense relations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, a vocal critic of Israeli policies. "I strongly condemn this blatant racism...

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Theresa May wins Brexit assurances from EU on eve of crucial vote

LONDON/STRASBOURG: Prime Minister Theresa May won legally binding Brexit assurances from the European Union on Monday in a last-ditch attempt to sway rebellious MPs who have threatened to vote down her divorce deal again. Scrambling to plot an orderly path out of the Brexit maze just days before the United Kingdom is due to leave on March 29, May rushed...

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At least 20 civilians killed, including children, in north Yemen

DUBAI:  At least 20 civilians, including women and children, have been killed in a village in northern Yemen, Saudi and Houthi media reported on Monday, in an attack both sides blamed on the other. The Houthis’ Al Masirah television said air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition killed 23 civilians in Kushar district. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV said the Houthis had...

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With budget, Trump throws opening jab in next funding fight with Congress

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday told Congress to slash funding for foreign aid and the State Department and increase spending for the military and the wall he wants to build on the U.S.-Mexico border in his 2020 budget, the opening move in his next funding fight with Congress. The Republican president’s $4.7 trillion budget is expected to be rejected...

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Iranian human rights lawyer sentenced to 38 years in jail, lashes: husband

GENEVA: Jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, her husband Reza Khandan wrote in a post on Facebook on Monday, without specifying what charges she faced. Sotoudeh’s lawyer, Payam Derafshan, told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in December that Sotoudeh - arrested last June - had been charged...

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Brexit crunch looms for PM May as EU talks stall

LONDON/BRUSSELS: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy was in meltdown on Monday after her failure to win last-minute concessions from the European Union set the stage for another humiliating defeat of her divorce deal in parliament. Just 18 days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, there is still no ratified divorce deal...

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Pulwama attack: yet another lie of Indian media surfaces

Indian media have made a false claim of identifying the Pulwama attack key-conspirator today as 23-year old Mudasir Ahmed Khan aka Mohammad Bhai who is a graduate and electrician by profession. The Pulwama attack resulted in death of over 40 paramilitary personnel in Indian-Occupied Kashmir on February 14. Indian media had further claimed that Khan had supplied ammunition and vehicle...

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Iran’s Hassan Rouhani hails ‘special’ ties with Iraq ahead of first official visit to Baghdad

Iran´s President Hassan Rouhani on Monday described ties with Iraq as "special", as he prepared to travel to Baghdad on his first official visit to the neighbouring country. Rouhani´s three-day visit comes as Iraq has been under pressure from Washington to limit ties with its neighbour, particularly after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and hit Tehran...

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Intelligence Embarrassment: Taliban leader Mullah Omar lived next to US Afghan base

Taliban founder Mullah Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan for years, according to a new book that highlights embarrassing failures of American intelligence. Washington believed the one-eyed, fugitive leader had fled to Pakistan, but the new biography says Omar was in fact living just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in his home...

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Ethiopia in National mourning as investigators search for clue about Airlines Boeing crash

Ethiopia will observe a national day of mourning Monday as investigators search for bodies and clues into the crash of a Nairobi-bound Boeing minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. Ethiopian Airlines said it will work with Boeing, the national civil aviation authority and international experts in trying to unravel what caused the brand new...

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Saudi foreign Minister due in India today

NEW DELHI: On Monday, Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir will visit India today. According to diplomatic sources, during his  his visit, the Saudi foreign minister will meet the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Last week, Adel al-Jubeir's  made his visit to Pakistan during which he met Prime Minister Imran Khan,...

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IoK’s newspapers publishes blank front pages to register protest against denial of govt adds

SRINAGAR: On Sunday, many local newspapers in Indian-occupied Kashmir published blank front pages to protest the "unexplained denial of government advertisements to Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader newspapers". According to the Kashmir Media Service, among the papers that published blank covers are the Kashmir Observer, Kashmir Reader, Kashmir Vision and The Kashmir Monitor. The Kashmir Editors' Guild had earlier urged...

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Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 from Addis to Nairobi crashes with 157 passengers on board

NAIROBI: An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed Sunday morning en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be on board, Ethiopian Airlines said as Ethiopia´s prime minister offered condolences to passengers´ families. "We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in accident today," the airline...

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Indian pilot arrested in US and deported for downloading child pornography

An unnamed Indian pilot was sent back to New Delhi after being arrested for accessing and downloading child pornography on Saturday. The pilot was arrested right after his flight from Delhi landed in San Francisco. He was immediately evicted from the plane by the authorities. The pilot, who is a first flight officer working for a courier company of India,...

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Death toll from attack on Shi’ite gathering in Afghan capital rises to 11

KABUL: The number of people killed in a militant attack on a Shi’ite Muslim gathering in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has risen to 11, up from an earlier estimate of three, the interior ministry said on Friday. Militants fired mortar bombs at the gathering on Thursday, a commemoration on the anniversary of the death of a leader of the Hazara...

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Finland’s government resigns after healthcare reform fails

Finland’s government resigned on Friday after ditching plans to reform the healthcare system, a key policy, the Finnish president’s office said, throwing the country into political limbo. The president approved Prime Minister Juha Sipila’s resignation and asked his government to continue as a care-taker government until a new cabinet has been appointed. The collapse of the government comes just one...

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