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Police arrested Netanyahu associates in Israeli corruption probe

Israeli police on Tuesday named the two close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who have been arrested for their suspected role in a wide-ranging corruption probe that has cast a further pall of suspicion over the longtime Israeli leader. The development is the latest in scandals embroiling Netanyahu, who already stands accused of bribery in two separate cases. He...

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Trump laments ‘shattered’ lives after aides resign

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Saturday lives were being "shattered" by allegations that may be false after two of his White House quit over domestic abuse issues. Trump’s White House has been heavily criticized for its clumsy handling of the allegations, which comes amid a continuing national debate over sexual misconduct and how it should be dealt with. "Peoples...

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Trump says Democratic memo on Russia is ‘very political,’ needs redactions

WASHINGTON: A classified memo by congressional Democrats related to investigations of Russian influence in the 2016 US presidential election is “very political and long” and must be “heavily redacted” before it could be released, President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Saturday. The release of the memo was blocked by Trump on Friday, kicking off a new skirmish between Democrats...

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Two killed as militants attack Indian camp in IoK: police

SRINAGAR: Militants stormed an Indian army camp early Saturday in Indian occupied Kashmir, killing at least two army officers and wounding seven people, a senior police official said. The police officer, who asked not to be named, said three or four militants had launched the attack. Modi blasts Congress leadership, holds Nehru responsible for partition of Kashmir At least two...

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Israel jet crashes after ‘Iranian targets’ attacked in Syria

An Israeli F16 fighter jet crashed in Israel Saturday as the air force was carrying out attacks against "Iranian targets" in Syria after intercepting a drone, a spokesman said. "IDF (Israel Defence Force) has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) into Israeli airspace. Massive Syrian anti-air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel,...

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Daesh fighters move to Syria’s Idlib, clash with factions: sources

BEIRUT: Daesh fighters battled Syrian insurgents in the northwestern province of Idlib on Friday, a monitoring group and a rebel commander said, accusing pro-government forces of opening a corridor for the jihadists to reach the region. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces had allowed Daesh fighters to leave a besieged pocket of territory at the intersection of...

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Trump wishes disgraced aide well after domestic abuse allegations

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday praised White House aide Rob Porter, who resigned this week after allegations that he abused two former wives, and stressed that Porter has maintained his innocence. “He says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office....

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Trump, Modi discuss Afghanistan, Myanmar, Maldives, N. Korea: White House

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone on Thursday, discussing topics including the political crisis in the Maldives, the war in Afghanistan, and the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the White House said. The Trump administration has launched an effort to deepen military and economic ties with India as a way to...

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Trump budget to include $3 billion for border wall: official

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s budget proposal to be unveiled on Monday will include a request for $3 billion as a down payment on building a wall along the US border with Mexico, a senior administration official said on Thursday. The official, who briefed a small group of reporters on condition of anonymity, said the money would go toward purchasing...

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Four Pakistanis executed for murder, rape in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday executed four Pakistani men convicted of raping and murdering a woman and raping her teenage son, the interior ministry said. The men were also convicted of stealing jewellery and cash after entering the woman´s home in Riyadh and raping and strangling her, according to a ministry statement cited by the official SPA news agency. Saudi...

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Court sentences Khaleda Zia five-year jail term on corruption charges

DHAKA: A court in Bangladesh has sentenced opposition leader Khaleda Zia to five years in jail after convicting the two-time former premier of embezzling money meant for an orphanage. Prosecutors were seeking life imprisonment for the head of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party for allegedly embezzling 21 million taka ($252,000) through a charity trust fund. Khaleda Zia will no longer be...

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Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda Zia proclaims innocence ahead of graft verdict

DHAKA: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia proclaimed on Wednesday her innocence on the eve of a verdict that authorities fear could spark violence if the former prime minister is jailed for corruption. Police have banned street protests and rounded up what opposition figures say is thousands of their supporters in a crackdown ahead of Thursday's court ruling in the capital,...

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Air India asks to fly over Saudi Arabia on planned Israel route

JERUSALEM/NEW DELHI: Air India said on Wednesday it plans to begin direct flights to Israel and has proposed they pass through Saudi airspace, a route so far off-limits to Israel-bound commercial planes. Saudi Arabia does not recognise Israel and lifting the 70-year-old airspace ban would reflect what appears to be thawing ties between Israel and the kingdom, both US allies...

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US names three Pakistanis as ‘terrorist facilitators’

WASHINGTON: The United States has named three Pakistanis as key "terrorist facilitators", saying they worked closely with a well-known backer of Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban known as Shaykh Aminullah. The US Treasury placed Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan, and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan on its blacklist of "Specially Designated Global Terrorists," in an effort to disrupt...

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Maldives top court reverses ruling after judges’ arrest

The Maldives president on Wednesday welcomed a Supreme Court move to reinstate the convictions of high-profile political prisoners after he arrested two top judges and declared a state of emergency, plunging the upmarket holiday paradise into chaos. President Abdulla Yameen attracted international censure for his refusal to comply with last week´s shock Supreme Court order to release his jailed political...

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EU officials agree to meet Turkey’s Erdogan in March despite poor ties

BRUSSELS: Top European Union officials will meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Bulgaria on March 26 to discuss EU-Turkey relations as well as regional and international issues, an EU spokesman said on Tuesday. The meeting in the city of Varna will take place against a background of hostility between Turkey and the bloc and diplomats in Brussels acknowledged that the...

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UN demands Syria ceasefire as air strikes pound rebel areas

BEIRUT: The United Nations called on Tuesday for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Syria of at least a month, as heavy air strikes were reported to have killed scores of people in the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus. Separately, UN war crimes experts said they were investigating several reports of bombs allegedly containing chlorine gas being used against civilians...

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