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US ambassador in Israel tricked over Jerusalem picture with Al-Aqsa mosque erased

Jerusalem: The newly-opened US embassy in Jerusalem has said ambassador David Friedman was duped into being pictured receiving a photo of east Jerusalem with the revered Al-Aqsa mosque erased. In a picture published Tuesday night by ultra-Orthodox Jewish news site Kikar Hashabbat, the Islamic shrine on a flashpoint site holy to both Muslims and Jews is replaced by a simulation...

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With friends like Trump, who needs enemies: EU chief Donald Tusk

SOFIA: The European Union´s top official launched a stinging attack Wednesday on President Donald Trump, slamming his "capricious assertiveness" and saying the US leader acted more like an enemy than a friend. EU president Donald Tusk urged leaders meeting in Bulgaria to form a "united European front" against Trump´s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal and his move to impose...

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In Bangladesh, some 60 babies a day born in Rohingya camps: UN

UNITED NATIONS: Around 60 babies a day are being born in vast refugee camps in Bangladesh, sheltering hundreds of thousands of mainly Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar, the United Nations children´s agency UNICEF said on Wednesday. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya fled to Cox´s Bazar in Bangladesh in the past nine months after a Myanmar military crackdown that the United Nations,...

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US, Gulf Arab states place sanctions on Hezbollah leadership

The United States and six Gulf Arab states announced sanctions on Wednesday on the leadership of Hezbollah, as Washington seeks to step up economic pressure on Iran and its allies in the region. The US and Saudi-led Terrorist Financing and Targeting Centre said the sanctions were aimed at Hezbollah's Shura Council, the powerful Lebanese militia's decision-making council, led by the...

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European leaders agree to keep Iran Nuclear deal intact

SOFIA: European Union leaders agreed on a "united EU approach" to keeping the Iran nuclear deal alive after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact, a European source said after talks in Bulgaria. The 28 EU leaders also backed a plan for dealing with trade tariffs that Trump is imposing on European metals, saying that the "EU will not...

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Donald Trump ridicule some immigrants as ‘animals’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump described some migrants as "animals" Wednesday, in a charged discussion about the border wall and law enforcement. "We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in," Trump told California Republicans visiting the White House, "we are taking people out of the country." "You wouldn't believe how bad these people are, these aren't...

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Erdogan lashes world silence over Israel assault against Palestenians

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out at the international "silence" over the killing by Israeli fire of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border. "If the silence on Israel's tyranny continues, the world will rapidly be dragged into a chaos where banditry prevails," Erdogan said at a dinner in Ankara. The fresh violence in Gaza on Monday,...

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India declares conditional ceasefire in Kashmir during Ramadan

Indian government on Wednesday announced a conditional ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir against militants during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. “Decision (has been) taken to help peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment,” the Indian Home Ministry announced on its official Twitter account, using an alternate spelling for Ramadan. However, the statement mentioned that the Indian forces...

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Merkel, Putin revive dialogue after Trump withdraws Iran deal

BERLIN: Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday to discuss the explosive global issues of Iran, Syria and Ukraine amid a deepening US-European crisis of confidence. This year´s first face-to-face talks between the veteran leaders, who speak each others´ languages, comes as European powers are scrambling to preserve the Iran deal which US President Donald Trump...

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Ashraf Ghani apologises after Afghan air strike kills 30 children

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani apologised Wednesday to the families of civilians, mainly children, killed when the country´s air force sprayed an outdoor religious gathering with rockets and machine gun fire last month. The April 2 airstrike on a ceremony attended by hundreds of men and boys in Dasht-e-Archi district — a Taliban stronghold in the northern province of Kunduz...

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Pope Francis condemns Gaza killings, says Mideast needs justice, peace

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the killing of Palestinians near the Gaza-Israel border, saying the deaths would only lead to more violence, and appealed for dialogue to bring justice and peace to the Middle East. “I express my great pain for the dead and wounded and I am close in prayer and affection to all those who are...

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Trump, Canadian Prime Minister wishes Ramazan Mubarak to the Muslims worldwide

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump has wished Muslims all around the world, and in Canada a 'Happy Ramazan Mubarak'. In a video statement released on his twitter, the Canadian premier greeted. “Today, Muslims in Canada and around the world will mark the beginning of Ramazan. Over the coming month, people will gather in mosques and homes to...

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Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim acquitted, says will not join cabinet any time soon

KUALA LUMPUR: Jailed Malaysian reformist Anwar Ibrahim was granted a full pardon and freed on Wednesday, capping dramatic changes in the Southeast Asian country since the government was ousted in an election upset last week. The question for Malaysia now is how Anwar will get along with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, his ally-turned-foe-turned-ally, and what role he will play in...

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Two killed in air crash at Nepal

KATHMANDU: Two people died after a cargo plane crashed in Nepal during bad weather Wednesday, the latest aviation accident in the impoverished Himalayan nation. The Makalu Air flight lost contact moments after takeoff and crashed into a hillside not far from its destination in the remote northwestern district of Humla. The wreckage was found scattered across a mountain at an...

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Indonesia hit by another attack after deadly suicide bombings

Four men were shot and killed as they staged an attack on a police headquarters that left one officer dead and two wounded, Indonesian authorities said on Wednesday, after a wave of deadly suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group. The latest assault in Pekanbaru on the island of Sumatra saw a group ram a minivan into a gate...

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Rohingya Muslims face difficult Ramazan in refugee camps

COX'S BAZAR: The 12-year-old Rohingya refugee dreamed of Ramazan back in his own village -- fish to break the day´s fast, gifts from his family and relaxing beneath the trees before evening prayers at the mosque. But for MD Hashim and others like him living in squalor in Bangladesh, the start of the Islamic holy month now serves as a...

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North Korea suspends talks with South, warns on Trump-Kim summit following air drills

SEOUL: North Korea suspended high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for Wednesday due to US-South Korean military exercises and warned that a summit next month between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump could be in jeopardy. North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency called the US-South Korean “Max Thunder” air combat drills, which it said involved...

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