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Ceasefire for key Yemen port agreed at peace talks: UN

Ceasefire for key Yemen port agreed at peace talks: UN

December 13, 2018 9:07 pm

Rimbo (Sweden): UN chief Antonio Guterres announced Thursday a series of breakthroughs in talks with rivals in the Yemen conflict, including a ceasefire for a vital port. In a highly symbolic gesture on the seventh and final day of the UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden, Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam […]

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Palestinian shoots dead two Israelis in West Bank: army

Palestinian shoots dead two Israelis in West Bank: army

December 13, 2018 8:12 pm

Jerusalem: A Palestinian shot dead two Israelis and wounded at least two others at a bus stop in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the army said. “A Palestinian opened fire at a bus stop killing 2 Israelis, severely injuring 1 & injuring others at Asaf Junction, north of Jerusalem,” the Israeli military said on […]

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Death toll in suicide attack near Kabul jumps to 12

Death toll in suicide attack near Kabul jumps to 12

December 11, 2018 11:05 pm

Kabul: The death toll from a suicide bombing targeting a security forces convoy outside Kabul early Tuesday jumped to 12, officials said, with eight civilians killed in the latest Taliban-claimed attack near the Afghan capital. The car bomb follows a wave of deadly violence against Afghan forces across a year in which insurgents have inflicted record-high casualties […]

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Traditional village heads take out a rally in Nagaland

US energy chief in Baghdad as sanctions waiver runs out

December 11, 2018 10:37 pm

Baghdad: US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday Iraq should partner with American companies to become energy independent, as Baghdad’s waiver from US sanctions on Iran nears its expiry. He spoke during a visit by the largest-ever US trade delegation to Iraq for a two-day conference in Baghdad attended by more than 50 companies, most linked to petrol or security. “Working together, the US and Iraq can develop Iraq’s oil, gas […]

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Iraq marks anniversary of victory over Islamic State

Iraq marks anniversary of victory over Islamic State

December 10, 2018 5:04 pm

Baghdad: Iraq on Monday celebrated the anniversary of its costly victory over the Islamic State group, which has lost virtually all the territory it once held but still carries out sporadic attacks. The government declared victory last December after a grueling three-year war in which tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands […]

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Indian social worker commits suicide in UAE

Indian social worker commits suicide in UAE

December 10, 2018 2:19 pm

Dubai: A 35-year-old prominent Indian social worker in the UAE has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fanin his apartment, a media report has said. Sandeep Vellaloor, a staff surveyor in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) emirate, suffered a huge financial loss after setting up a transport company, which is believed to have […]

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Qatar emir skips Saudi-hosted summit with Gulf rivals

Qatar emir skips Saudi-hosted summit with Gulf rivals

December 9, 2018 9:07 pm

Riyadh: Qatar’s emir skipped a summit in Saudi Arabia on Sunday with fellow Arab Gulfleaders whose boycott of the small but energy-flush neighbour has sparked a major regional diplomatic row. Riyadh is hosting the annual gathering as crises rumble on over the 18-month-old dispute with Doha, the war in Yemen and the murder of journalist […]

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Israel says located second 'Hezbollah' tunnel from Lebanon

Israel says located second ‘Hezbollah’ tunnel from Lebanon

December 9, 2018 1:09 am

Jerusalem: Israel’s army said Saturday it had located another tunnel crossing into its territory from Lebanon, the second such find since launching an operation to expose and destroy alleged Hezbollah “attack tunnels”. “The IDF has located an additional Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnel,” spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said, refusing to give details on its precise location or dimensions. “The tunnel crosses into Israel, like the first tunnel […]

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Yemen government says rebels 'not serious' at UN talks

Yemen government says rebels ‘not serious’ at UN talks

December 8, 2018 8:02 pm

Rimbo (Sweden): A Yemeni government official said Saturday that Huthi rebels were “not serious” on finding common ground to end the devastating war, three days into UN-brokered talks in Sweden. Nearly four years into a war that has pushed 14 million Yemenis to the brink of starvation, the Saudi-backed government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Huthi rebels, linked to […]

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Iran's Rouhani: US sanctions are 'economic terrorism'

Iran’s Rouhani: US sanctions are ‘economic terrorism’

December 8, 2018 4:17 pm

Tehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said US sanctions were “economic terrorism”, as he sought to foster a united front from visiting regional officials on Saturday. “America’s unjust and illegal sanctions against the honourable nation of Iran have targeted our nation as a clear instance of terrorism,” Rouhani told a conference in Tehran attended by officials […]

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