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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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US lifts ban on refugees from 11 countries

WASHINGTON: The United States announced Monday it was lifting its ban on refugees from 11 "high-risk" countries, but said those seeking to enter the US would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past. Applicants from 11 countries, unnamed but understood to include 10 Muslim-majority nations plus North Korea, will face tougher "risk-based" assessments to be accepted. "It's critically...

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US claims Haqqani network behind Kabul ambulance bombing

WASHINGTON: The United States claimed Monday that the Afghan Taliban-allied Haqqani network was behind Saturday's ambulance bomb in Afghanistan's capital Kabul that killed more than 100 people, a spokesman for the US-led coalition told Reuters on Monday. "We are very confident the Taliban Haqqani network was behind the killing of more than 103 people this past Saturday," Captain Tom Gresback...

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‘We’re going to finish what we have to finish’ in Afghanistan, says Trump

WASHINGTON:  U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday condemned “atrocities” committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying the United States was not prepared to talk with the militant group but would “finish what we have to finish.” “When you see what they’re doing and the atrocities that they’re committing, and killing their own people, and those people are women and children...

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Indian man killed after being sucked into MRI machine

MUMBAI: An Indian man died after being sucked into an MRI machine while visiting a relative at a hospital in Mumbai, police said Monday. Rajesh Maru, 32, was yanked towards the machine by its magnetic force after he entered the room carrying an oxygen cylinder, the city´s police said in a statement. "We have arrested a doctor and another junior...

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Saudi corruption purge winds down but scars will linger

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s stock market celebrated the release of some of the kingdom’s top businessmen from detention on Sunday but the after-effects of a purge of the business elite may last for years, deterring private investment. Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, head of global investment firm Kingdom Holding 4280.SE, was among at least half a dozen tycoons freed at the...

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Nine dead in Mexico shooting: official

MONTERREY: Authorities investigating the slaying of nine men at a house in Monterrey, Mexico said Sunday small local drug-trafficking groups appeared to be involved but not major drug cartels. The men were watching a football match on television on Saturday when armed attackers burst into the house, herded women into the bathroom and then opened fire on the men, the...

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11 Afghan soldiers killed as gunmen attack Kabul military compound

KABUL:Gunmen launched a pre-dawn raid on a military compound in Kabul on Monday, officials said, in an assault that caused multiple casualties and marked the third major attack in the city in recent days. Defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said 11 soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in the assault claimed by the Islamic State (Daesh) via its propaganda arm...

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Shock gives way to despair in Kabul after ambulance bomb

KABUL: Kabul was in despair on Sunday, a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed more than 100 people and wounded at least 235 in the worst attack in the Afghan capital in months. A week ago, the Taliban killed more than 20 people in a siege of the city’s Intercontinental Hotel. Another six people were killed in an assault...

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Pakistani UN peacekeeper martyred in Rebel attack

A Pakistani peacekeeper, Naik Naeem Raza, deployed with the United Nations stabilisation mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was martyred in an ambush, it was reported on Sunday. At least one other peacekeeper, Pakistan's Sepoy Bilal, was wounded following an attack by members of an armed ‪group near Lulimba, 96 kilometres south-west of Baraka, in the DRC's South...

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Trump urges ‘decisive action’ on Taliban after Kabul bombing

WASHINGTON (AFP): President Donald Trump called for "decisive action" against the Taliban on Saturday (Jan 27) after a bomb attack killed at least 95 people in one of the biggest blasts to rock war-torn Kabul in years. "I condemn the despicable car bombing attack in Kabul today that has left scores of innocent civilians dead and hundreds injured. This murderous attack...

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Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed released as corruption probe winds down

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was released from detention on Saturday, family sources said, more than two months after he was taken into custody in the kingdom’s sweeping crackdown on corruption. His release came hours after he told Reuters in an interview at Riyadh’s opulent Ritz-Carlton hotel that he expected to be cleared of any wrongdoing and...

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Nearly 100 killed in ambulance blast in Afghan capital Kabul: Officials

KABUL: A bomb hidden in an ambulance killed at least 95 people and wounded about 158 in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday when it blew up at a police checkpoint The bodies of several people killed in a car bomb explosion were taken to Kabul hospitals on Saturday and more than 150 wounded were taken to a hospital run...

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Syrian opposition says will boycott Russia-brokered peace talks in Sochi

VIENNA: The Syrian opposition will not attend a peace conference Russia is hosting next week, a spokesman said on Saturday, dismissing the meeting as an attempt by the Syrian government’s close ally to “sideline” the current United Nations peace process. He was speaking at the end of two days of UN-brokered talks between the Syrian government and opposition, after which...

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Detained Saudi billionaire Alwaleed says expects to be released in days

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal — detained in the kingdom’s sweeping crackdown on corruption — said Saturday he expected to be cleared of any wrongdoing and be released from custody within days. Prince Alwaleed was speaking in an exclusive interview with Reuters at his suite in Riyadh’s opulent Ritz-Carlton hotel, where he has been confined for over...

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Trump apologises for retweeting anti-Muslim videos

LONDON: US President Donald Trump made a rare apology on Friday over his decision to retweet anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right group, a move which strained tensions with London. "If you’re telling me they’re horrible racist people, I would certainly apologise if you’d like me to do that," he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain, referring to the group...

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Trump-Russia inquiry: President denies trying to fire Robert Mueller

DAVOS, Switzerland: U.S. President Donald Trump denied a report on Friday that he had ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller fired last June, calling it “fake news”. The New York Times reported on Thursday that Trump backed down from his order after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than follow his directive, citing four people told of the matter....

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