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Iran Guards seize British-flagged tanker in Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN: Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Friday (Jul 19) they had seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for breaking "international maritime rules" as tensions mount in the highly sensitive waterway. Britain, however, said Iran had seized two ships in the Gulf, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warning of "serious consequences" if the issue was not resolved quickly. The...

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4 dead in shootout between rival Indian political parties

Three supporters of India's ruling right-wing party and another from a rival regional party have been killed in a gun battle in West Bengal state, police and a local politician said on Sunday. At least 18 others were injured in the clashes that broke out on Saturday in the eastern state that has been on edge since Prime Minister Narendra...

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US, Russia trade charges after near naval collision

WASHINGTON: Russia and the United States on Friday accused each other of dangerous manoeuvres after their naval ships came close to a collision in the East China Sea. Russia's Pacific Fleet said that the USS Chancellorsville guided-missile cruiser suddenly cut across the course of its Admiral Vinogradov anti-submarine ship, passing in front of it at a distance of just 50...

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British PM Theresa May quits as party leader, starting succession race

British Prime Minister Theresa May steps down as leader of her Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit. May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but has relinquished control over the direction of Britain's tortuous departure from the European...

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No meeting scheduled between PM Imran and Modi at SCO summit: India

ISLAMABAD: The Indian foreign ministry on Thursday said that no meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek. "To the best of my knowledge, no meeting is being arranged between Prime Minister Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of...

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Trump administration suspends US educational programs for migrant children

The Trump administration is suspending educational, legal and recreational programs for migrant children in its custody, saying an influx of children crossing the border without a parent or legal guardian was putting a “tremendous strain” on the resources of the agency tasked with housing them. The agency that houses migrant children — the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) — asked...

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Sudan opposition rejects military’s offer of talks, dozens killed

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s military rulers offered to resume talks with opposition groups on Wednesday, two days after security forces mounted a deadly raid on a protest camp, but the opposition rejected the invitation. Medics linked to the opposition said the death toll from Monday’s operation and subsequent unrest had risen to 108 and that it was expected to increase. State news...

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UAE, Saudi Arabia other Gulf countries celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr today

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr 2019 today (Tuesday). Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated with religious zeal and fervor in Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Gulf states. In Saudi Arabia, major Eid congregations were organized at Masjid-al-Haram in Makkah and Masjid-e-Nabvi in Madina. On the occasion, special prayers were offered for the progress and prosperity...

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President Ashraf Ghani to visit Pakistan on June 27th

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said he will visit Pakistan on June 27 to open a new chapter in his country's relationship with its neighbour and mend ties that are often characterised by mistrust and tit-for-tat accusations. In his message to mark Eidul Fitr, Ghani said he agreed to visit Prime Minister Imran Khan after the two leaders met last...

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Shawwal moon sighted in Saudi Arabia, Eidul Fitr on Tuesday

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have declared Tuesday (tomorrow) as the first day of Eidul Fitr, according to Gulf News. While Indonesia and Malaysia declared Wednesday as the first day of Eid, Iraq will celebrate Eid on Tuesday, said the publication. In Pakistan, Eid is expected to fall on Tuesday but the final announcement is subjected to moonsighting....

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Sudanese forces storm protest camp, 13 people dead

KHARTOUM: Security forces stormed a protest camp in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday morning and at least 13 people were reported killed in the worst violence since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April. Footage shared on social media and verified by Reuters showed chaotic scenes of people fleeing through streets as sustained bursts of gunfire crackled in...

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Donald Trump lashes London mayor Sadiq Khan as he lands in UK for state visit

LONDON: US President Donald Trump arrived on his state visit to Britain on Monday in combative mood, following up his weekend interventions over Brexit with a broadside against London's "loser" mayor. The president's plane had not even touched down when he tweeted that Sadiq Khan, who has been highly critical of the red-carpet welcome laid on for Trump, had done...

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Khalilzad commences 2-week-long peace mission with Islamabad visit

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived Islamabad on Sunday to commence a two-week peace mission that will take him to Afghanistan, Belgium, Germany, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in efforts to end the long-running Afghan war. In Kabul, the US State Department said Khalilzad would consult with the Afghan government and other Afghans. He is also...

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Iran focused summit: OIC supports Palestinians, condemns attack on Saudi Arabia

MAKKAH: The 14th Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday threw its support behind Palestinians ahead of a US-led peace plan suspected to be skewed in favour of Israel, as regional allies rallied around Saudi Arabia over tensions with Iran. Gulf and Arab leaders at the OIC talks, the third and final Iran-focused summit in the holy...

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City employee kills 12 in Virginia; suspect also killed

VIRGINIA BEACH: A disgruntled public utility employee opened fire on co-workers at city offices in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Friday afternoon, killing 12 people and wounding several others before he was fatally shot by police, authorities said. Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera said the mass shooting in the coastal resort city began as the gunman entered the public works...

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Car bomb targets US convoy in Kabul, several casualties

KABUL: A car bomb attack on a US convoy in the Afghan capital on Friday, wounded four US service members and killed at least four Afghan civilians, officials said, in the second attack in the city in two days. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, which came a day after the Islamic State militant group claimed a suicide attack...

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Saudi king demands firm Arab stand on Iran’s ‘criminal’ acts

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Friday ratcheted up the rhetoric against arch-nemesis Iran, calling on Arab states to confront its "criminal" actions after attacks on oil installations sparked fears of a regional conflagration. The king's remarks came at the start of two back-to-back emergency summits in the holy city of Makkah, which drew near-unanimous support for the Sunni kingdom...

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