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Dozens dead in battle for key Yemen port

Yemeni pro-government forces were locked in heavy fighting with rebels that left 39 people dead on Thursday, as they pressed a Saudi and UAE-backed offensive to retake the key aid hub of Hodeida. The clashes came as the UN Security Council met for urgent talks on the military operation and called for the vital Red…

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At least 18 killed in Baghdad explosion: source

At least 18 people were killed and over 90 wounded in an explosion in Baghdad’s Sadr City district on Wednesday, an Iraqi police source said. Photos from the scene showed a destroyed car and building as well as weeping relatives of victims. An interior ministry spokesman said in a brief statement the blast was the…

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Israel embassy move shows the world can trust the US, says Trump’s son-in-law

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and his senior adviser on the Middle East, said on Monday that the United States showed the world it could be trusted by opening its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem. “When President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it,” Kushner said at the embassy’s opening ceremony. “Today also demonstrates American…

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Pompeo sworn in as US secretary of state; heads to Europe, Middle East

Former CIA director Mike Pompeo was sworn in as America’s top diplomat Thursday after a bruising battle over his hardliner image, and immediately embarked on a mission to Europe and the Middle East with a strong declaration of support from President Donald Trump. Pompeo overcame stiff opposition in the Senate from Democrats who warned he…

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Analysis: With Russian spy case are we headed to a global war?

Russian interference in UK, European countries, America and the Middle East is becoming a major danger for world peace. Evidence is also surfacing on the accusations that Russia interfered with the US Elections 2016. Aside from this, deteriorating relations between European countries and Russia is a big reason for Russian interventions in the Ukraine. Things…

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Pope urges Middle East ‘reconciliation’ in Easter message

  Vatican City: Pope Francis on Sunday called for “reconciliation” in the Middle East, singling out the conflict in Yemen during his Easter message to the world. “We beseech fruits of reconciliation for the Holy Land, also experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenceless, for Yemen and…

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Islam is simple, people are trying to hijack it: Saudi crown prince

KARACHI: Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful Saudi crown prince has said that the investments in mosques and madrassas overseas were rooted in the Cold War, when allies asked his country to use its resources to prevent inroads in Muslims countries by the Soviet Union. In an interview with the Washington Post, the Saudi crown prince…

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Syria rebels agree to evacuate Ghouta town

DOUMA: Syrian rebels said Wednesday they have agreed to evacuate a bombed-out town in Eastern Ghouta, the first such deal since the start of the regime’s month-old assault on the enclave. In Idlib province of northwest Syria, meanwhile, an air raid near a school in the town of Kfar Batikh killed 20 civilians, including 16…

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Syria regime captures half of Ghouta enclave as death toll climbs

HAMMURIYEH: Syria’s government has recaptured half of Eastern Ghouta, battering the shrinking rebel enclave on Wednesday with air strikes that killed dozens and defying UN calls for a halt to violence. The blistering onslaught has prompted international outrage, including accusations by the United Nations that the government was orchestrating an “apocalypse”. The Russia-backed Syrian army…

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Strikes hit Syria’s battered Ghouta as death toll hits 800

DOUMA: Heavy air strikes and clashes shook the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, a day ahead of an urgent UN Security Council meeting on the escalating violence. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 805 civilians — including at least 178 children — have been killed since Russia-backed regime forces launched an…

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77 dead as Syria enclave pounded ahead of expected ground assault

HAMMURIYREH: Heavy Syrian bombardment killed at least 77 civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta on Monday, a war monitor said, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault. The escalation came as pro-government forces were also expected to enter the northern Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, to take a stand against a month-old Turkish…

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Careem to trial food delivery in Middle East

DUBAI: Careem, a Middle East competitor to Uber Technologies [UBER.UL], said on Sunday it had acquired RoundMenu and would start trialing food delivery services through the restaurant listing and reservation online platform this month, reported Reuters. The Dubai-based ride hailing firm acquired the website and app for an undisclosed sum. “Careem will begin testing a…

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Abbas to ask EU to recognise Palestinian state: minister

BRUSSELS: Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will ask the EU to officially recognise the state of Palestine when he meets foreign ministers from the bloc on Monday, a senior official told AFP Sunday. Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki said Abbas will tell the EU it should take the step “as a way to respond” to US…

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Arab League to lobby U.N. to recognize Palestinian state

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi speaks during his joint news conference with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Amman, Jordan January 6, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed AMMAN: Arab states will soon embark on a diplomatic drive to persuade the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on territory captured…

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Palestinians condemn Israeli move to assert control over West Bank

Likud party members vote during a Likud Central Committee meeting in Airport City, Israel December 31, 2017 REUTERS/Amir Cohen NEWS DESK: Palestinian groups have condemned a resolution by Israel’s Likud party calling for the state to annex parts of the West Bank, reported The Independent. At a meeting of the party’s central committee on Sunday,…

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Israel indicts Palestinian teenage girl who punched soldier: army

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi (R) enters a military courtroom escorted by Israeli Prison Service personnel at Ofer Prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad OFER PRISON, West Bank: Israel indicted a 16-year-old Palestinian girl on Monday on charges including assault for punching an Israeli soldier in the face two…

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Iran supplied ballistic missile to Yemen rebels: US

WASHINGTON: US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presented what she called “undeniable” evidence Thursday that a ballistic missile fired by Huthi rebels in Yemen at Saudi Arabia last month was Iranian-made, a charge Tehran immediately denied. Haley accused Tehran of a “blatant violation” of UN Security Council obligations designed to rein in its…

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US-led air strikes kill 23 civilians in Syria: monitor

BEIRUT: Air strikes by a US-led coalition killed 23 civilians Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said. “At least 23 civilians, among them eight children and six women, were killed Wednesday before dawn by air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition, targeting…

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US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital undermines its role as honest peace broker: Asif

ISTANBUL: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital undermines its role as an honest broker in the Middle East peace process. He was speaking at the meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers in Istanbul ahead of the summit convened by Turkey to explore ways to deal with the…

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Saudi Arabia to cut oil exports to Asia in January

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it will trim crude exports to Asian customers in January to help accelerate the re-balancing of the international oil market. An energy ministry spokesman said state-owned Aramco will maintain “steady supplies to the United States and Europe while exports to Asia will be reduced by more than 100,000 barrels…

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Israeli air strike wounds 14 in Gaza: Palestinians

GAZA CITY: Israel aircraft attacked Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday night in response to rocket attacks, the Israeli army said. It was the second night of rocket fire since US President Donald Trump’s statement on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. His declaration sent shock waves through the region, and…

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