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George Bush responsible for biggest mistake in US history, says Trump

The US president says the country has spent ‘$7 trillion’ in the Middle East

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Swedish right and left neck-and-neck as anti-immigration party gains

Sweden’s left- and right-wing blocs were neck-and-neck in an election on Sunday that saw support surge for the nationalist Sweden Democrats, exit polls indicated, as one of Europe’s most liberal states turns right amid fears over immigration. The ruling center-left Social Democrats and Greens and their Left Party parliamentary allies were seen winning 39.4 percent…

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Millions risk malnutrition as CO2 levels climb

Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the air threaten to sap wheat, rice, and other staple grains of valuable nutrients, raising the spectre of mass malnutrition, researchers warned Monday. On current trends, higher CO2 concentrations could reduce iron, zinc and protein levels in the crops that feed the world by up to 17 percent by…

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Ready to play constructive role between Iran, Saudi: Imran Khan

Prime Minister in waiting Imran Khan has told the Iranian envoy that Pakistan was ‘ready to play a constructive and positive role between Iran and Saudi Arabia’. Saudi Arabia and Iran, arch-rivals since the 1979 Iranian revolution, are believed to have been supporting rival groups in Syria and Iraq. Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost on Saturday…

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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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