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Saudi, UAE goods banned from Qatari stores

DOHA: Qatar has ordered shops to remove goods originating from a group of Saudi Arabian-led countries which a year ago imposed a wide-ranging boycott on the emirate, Doha officials said Saturday. A directive from the economy ministry ordered shops to immediately strip shelves of products from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. Inspectors will visit stores to ensure they...

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At least nine dead after police fire on protesters seeking closure of Indian copper smelter

NEW DELHI: At least nine were killed on Tuesday after police fired at protesters calling for the closure of a Vedanta Resources-controlled copper smelter in southern India, a senior police official told Reuters. Residents of the port city of Thootukudi in Tamil Nadu state and environmentalists have been demonstrating against one of India’s biggest copper plants for more than three...

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Foreign media head to N. Korea to see nuclear site destruction

Foreign journalists headed to North Korea on Tuesday to watch the promised destruction of its nuclear test site, a move seen as a goodwill gesture before a planned summit with the United States. Reporters from China, the US and Russia departed on a charter flight from Beijing, according to Chinese state broadcaster CGTN which is part of the contingent. The...

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Malaysia’s Najib quizzed over scandal, graft fighter reveals threats

Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak was questioned by anti-corruption authorities Tuesday after his shock election loss, as the top graft fighter revealed he faced threats and a bullet in the post when the old regime suppressed a probe into a massive financial scandal. Najib's coalition suffered a defeat at the May 9 poll, beaten by a reformist alliance led by...

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53 injured as plane makes emergency landing

Riyadh: A Saudi Arabian Airlines Airbus A330 jet made an emergency landing in the western Red Sea city of Jeddah, injuring 53 people, aviation officials said on Tuesday. The Saudia aircraft was travelling from the Muslim holy city of Medina to Dhaka with 151 people on board, but had to be diverted to Jeddah late Monday after it suffered a...

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Heavy casualties as blast rocks Afghan city of Kandahar

The Taliban launched a wave of attacks in Afghanistan's eastern province of Ghazni, killing at least 14 police officers, including a district police chief and a reserve unit's commander, Afghan officials said on Tuesday. Provincial council member Hassan Reza Yusoufi said seven of the officers were killed in the district of Dih Yak, including Faizullah Toofan, the police chief, and...

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104 people sentenced life imprisonment over coup attempt in Turkey

ANKARA:  A Turkish court on Monday handed life sentences to 104 suspects over their involvement in the July 2016 attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media reported. The former military personnel were given "aggravated life sentences" by a court in the western province of Izmir, state news agency Anadolu said, for "attempting to overthrow the constitutional order". Such...

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EU’s Federica Mogherini tells US: ‘No alternative’ to Iran deal,

BRUSSELS: The EU's foreign policy chief warned Monday there was "no alternative" to the Iran nuclear deal, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed unprecedented sanctions against Tehran following Washington´s withdrawal from the pact. Pompeo -- a longtime Iran hawk and fierce opponent of the 2015 agreement -- earlier outlined an aggressive series of "painful" measures designed to hurt...

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President Rouhani says U.S. cannot decide for Iran: ILNA

ANKARA: Iran’s president said on Monday that the United States could not decide for Iran after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded sweeping changes in the country’s foreign and nuclear policies, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported. “Who are you to decide for Iran and the world? The world today does not accept America to decide for the world,...

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Taliban warn Kabul residents to ´keep away´ ahead of attacks

Kabul: The Taliban warned Kabul residents Monday to avoid "military centres" in the heavily fortified city, saying they are planning more attacks in the capital where civilians have long taken the brunt of the casualties. The militant group has issued such warnings to civilians before, including during a failed attempt to take the western city of Farah last week, but...

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On alleged cow slaughter muslim beaten to death in India

A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was beaten to death by a mob in central India, police said Sunday, the latest vigilante murder over the animal considered sacred by Hindus. Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old tailor, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state early Friday and died at the scene, local police official Arvind Tiwari told...

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Nearly a year since fall of Iraq’s Mosul, hunt for bodies goes on

MOSUL: Atop an enormous mound of rubble under blistering sun in Iraq’s second city Mosul, fire crews and police chip away at a grim but vital task. Some 10 months after dislodging Daesh, they are still extracting bodies from the ruins of the shattered Old City. “Over three days, 763 bodies have been pulled from the rubble and buried,” Lieutenant...

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Iran says Europe’s support for nuclear deal not enough: IRNA

TEHRAN: The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran’s foreign minister told the EU’s energy chief on Sunday. “With the withdrawal of America, (Iran’s) public expectations from the European Union have increased in order to maintain the deal’s gains, and in...

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Palestinian leader Abbas hospitalised: Palestinian officials

RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized in the West Bank due to complications after minor surgery last week, a Palestinian official said on Sunday. It was the third time Abbas, 82, had been hospitalised in a week. He underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday and was hospitalized again briefly overnight on Saturday/Sunday, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa...

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Modi inaugurates Kishanganga dam in Jammu Kashmir; Pakistan protests

SRINAGAR: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on Saturday a hydroelectric power plant in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, amid protests from Pakistan, which says the project on a river flowing into Pakistan will disrupt water supplies. The 330MW Kishanganga hydropower station, work on which started in 2009, is one of the projects that India has fast-tracked in the...

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Erdogan to hold election rally in Bosnia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold an election rally in Sarajevo Sunday for expatriate Turks, an event that has stirred controversy in Bosnia. Sarajevo was chosen for the rally after several European Union countries, including Germany, banned such rallies in the campaign for last year's referendum on a new system enhancing the powers of the Turkish presidency. The decision...

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Texas school shooter ‘nonemotional’ says lawyer

SANTA FE, TEXAS: The 17-year-old student charged with killing 10 people when he opened fire in an art class at his Houston-area high school appeared “weirdly nonemotional” on the morning after the rampage, one of his lawyers said on Saturday. The teenager, identified by law enforcement as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been charged with capital murder and is being held without...

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