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US-backed Yemeni troops 'push al-Qaeda' out of Shabwa

04 August 2017 23:58:38 WN.com - Mideast News

Forces backing Yemen's government have reportedly driven al-Qaeda fighters out of the main...

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Yemeni troops push Al-Qaeda from southern province

04 August 2017 23:58:38 WN.com - Mideast News

Author: Reuters Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871682939341300 ADEN/DUBAI: Yemeni troops and armor have pushed Al-Qaeda militants out of main cities in Shabwa, residents said on Friday, regaining government control over the southern province for the first time in years. They said Al-Qaeda terrorists...

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Heaviest clashes for months hit Syria’s Hama province — monitor

04 August 2017 23:58:38 WN.com - Mideast News

Author: Reuters Fri, 2017-08-04 23:00 ID: 1501866046638812800 BEIRUT: The heaviest fighting and shelling for months hit Hama province in northern Syria on Friday, a war monitor said, but there were diverging accounts of how the battle started. The clashes were accompanied by heavy bombardment, with dozens...

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Qatar’s residency reform does not end gender bias, says Human Rights Watch

04 August 2017 23:58:37 WN.com - Mideast News

Author: ARAB NEWS Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871682939341100 BEIRUT: The Qatari Cabinet has reportedly approved a draft law allowing children of Qatari women married to non-Qataris to acquire permanent residence but not full nationality, unlike children of Qatari men, according to Human Rights Watch. Permanent residents can get free government health care and education, but do not receive a Qatari passport to travel freely. Media reports on Thursday, citing the Qatar News...

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Anger and despair at second Torch blaze as residents demand answers

04 August 2017 23:58:37 WN.com - Mideast News

Author: Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871682939341500 LONDON: A second cladding blaze at The Torch Tower in Dubai has stunned angry residents who on Friday asked how it could happen twice. People took to social media to voice their shock and express their support for residents – some of them families forced to re-live the harrowing ordeal for the second time in two years. Experts say the outbreak of a massive cladding fire twice, raises questions about whether the building’s flammable cladding panels had only been partially replaced. Video footage taken by passers-by showed burning debris falling from the building onto the streets of Dubai Marina after the fire broke out early Friday...

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In the ruins of an Iraqi city, memories of Agatha Christie

04 August 2017 23:58:37 WN.com - Mideast News

Author: Reuters Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871481109316000 NIMRUD, Iraq: Agatha Christie lived here once, but only memories remain of the time the best-selling crime writer spent among the ruins of the ancient Iraqi city of Nimrud. The mud-brick house where the British author of “Murder on the Orient Express” once stayed is long gone. If she were alive today, she would probably be shocked by what has befallen the Assyrian city where she worked alongside her archaeologist husband five decades ago. Daesh attacked Nimrud with bulldozers, jackhammers and dynamite three years ago as part of their general assault on Iraq’s...

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Solace of orphaned children of defeated Libya militants

04 August 2017 23:58:37 WN.com - Mideast News

Author: AFP Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871726329353800 MISRATA, Libya: Traumatized by war, their militant parents either killed or missing, 28 children have found solace in each other at a Red Crescent center in Libya’s third city Misrata. Whether they are jumping up and down on mattresses or playing in the yard, the boys and girls stick together, like siblings, the older ones looking out for...

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Rockets, gunfire test new Moscow-backed truce near Homs

04 August 2017 23:58:37 WN.com - Mideast News

Author: Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871481109316400 BEIRUT: Warring sides exchanged rocket and gunfire north of the Syrian city of Homs overnight, hours after a Russia-backed truce took effect, a war monitor said on Friday, while heavy rocket fire also marred a similar deal east of the capital Damascus. Russia, an ally of the Syrian regime, said on Thursday its Defense Ministry and Syria’s opposition had agreed to set up a “de-escalation” zone in the rebel-held countryside north of regime-held Homs. After an initial few hours of calm, the...

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20 Palestinians killed in Al-Aqsa clashes: Report

04 August 2017 23:58:37 WN.com - Mideast News

Author: ARAB NEWS Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871682939340900 JERUSALEM: Last month’s clashes over Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque claimed the lives of 20...

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Blast hits key tribal leader’s mosque in Benghazi

04 August 2017 23:58:37 WN.com - Mideast News

Author: Reuters Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871726319353200 BENGHAZI, Libya: A blast hit worshippers leaving a mosque in the east Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, apparently targeting a key tribal ally of eastern based...

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Top US Intelligence Officials Wary as Ever of Russia

04 August 2017 23:55:59 WN.com - Europe News

Top U.S. intelligence officials are refusing to back down over concerns about Russia, even as U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian officials lament what they describe as deteriorating relations between the two countries. "Our values and our interests are not aligned naturally," Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told a small group of reporters this week. "Russia desires to be the center of influence in the European theater," Stewart said. "There will be a perpetual contest between us and the Russian state...

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Juergen Klopp had Hoffenheim playoff premonition

04 August 2017 23:55:58 The Daily Star >> Sports

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said he had a feeling his side would draw German opposition after they were paired with Hoffenheim in the Champions League playoff round Friday.

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Chelsea must sign more players: Conte

04 August 2017 23:55:58 The Daily Star >> Sports

Premier League champions Chelsea need to sign players to improve squad depth for the new season, manager Antonio Conte said ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield match against Arsenal at Wembley.

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What’s next for cash-rich but Neymar-less Barcelona?

04 August 2017 23:55:58 The Daily Star >> Sports

Barcelona find themselves flush with 222 million euros ($264 million), but faced with replacing one of the world’s best players after Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain smashed the world transfer record.

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Neymar: Followed my heart, not money

04 August 2017 23:55:58 The Daily Star >> Sports

Money was never the motivating factor for Neymar’s record 222 million euro ($261 million) transfer from Barcelona, the world’s most expensive footballer said on his arrival at Paris St. Germain Friday.

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Venezuela Seats Powerful Assembly Many Say Is a Fraud

04 August 2017 23:53:53 WN.com - World News

President Nicolás Maduro brushed aside international condemnation and installed a powerful new assembly on Friday that critics worry will crush the last traces of Venezuelan democracy. ......

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EU Sanctions Russians Connected to Transfer of Gas Turbines to Crimea

04 August 2017 23:53:53 WN.com - World News

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russian officials and firms connected to the illegal transfer of gas turbines purchased to the annexed peninsula of Crimea. ......

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Canada's Jobless Rate Hits Near Nine-Year Low in July

04 August 2017 23:53:53 WN.com - World News

Canada’s unemployment rate fell in July to its lowest level in nearly nine years as the economy added jobs for an eighth straight month, although at a slower pace compared to recent months. ......

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Trump administration reviewing policy on media subpoenas

04 August 2017 23:53:53 WN.com - World News

, August 5 (ANI): United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions, while detailing plans to combat leaks of classified information on Friday, said that the administration is reviewing the policies on media subpoenas....

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Buddhist nationalists raise new fears among Rohingyas

04 August 2017 23:53:53 WN.com - World News

Author: Reuters Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871812009375300 YANGON: Religious tensions are on the rise again in Myanmar, after masked assailants attacked young Muslims and nationalists led by Buddhist monks set up protest camps in major cities this week. While the Muslim minority is buffeted by outbreaks of mob violence and places of worship have been shuttered, a small but vocal group of nationalists say the fledgling government of Aung San Suu Kyi is failing to stand up for the Buddhist majority. In the...

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Pakistan’s new PM backs sex harassment probe against Imran Khan

04 August 2017 23:53:53 WN.com - World News

Author: Agence France PresseP Fri, 2017-08-04 23:30 ID: 1501867713838966600 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new prime minister Friday backed a parliamentary investigation into allegations of sexual harassment leveled by a female lawmaker against firebrand opposition leader Imran Khan, in a scandal that has gripped the conservative country. The scandal erupted after Ayesha Gulalai, a National Assembly member from conservative Khyber...

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Trump talked tersely with leaders of Mexico, Australia

04 August 2017 23:53:53 WN.com - World News

Author: AP Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871785939365900 WASHINGTON: Transcripts of US President Donald Trump’s conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia in January offer new details on how the president parried with the leaders over the politics of the border wall and refugee policy — with random asides on such subjects as drug abuse in New Hampshire. The president’s exchanges with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull just a week after the inauguration were widely reported upon at the time. But transcripts published Friday by The Washington Post offer new detail on the new president’s blunt exchanges with the US allies. The White...

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German couple jailed for rape, murder of Chinese student

04 August 2017 23:53:53 WN.com - World News

Author: AFP Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871785939365300 BERLIN: A German couple received lengthy jail sentences Friday for brutally raping and killing a Chinese student in eastern Germany, in a shocking crime that caused outrage in both countries. The court in the city of Dessau found that the 21-year-old defendants, named only as Sebastian F. and Xenia I., lured the 25-year-old architecture student...

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Delay in Afghanistan policy points to White House rift

04 August 2017 23:53:53 WN.com - World News

Author: AFP Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871812009375100 WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has yet to announce a plan for Afghanistan, and delays in unveiling his strategy point to deep rifts in the White House on how to handle America’s longest war. Such is the uncertainty about what to do — send thousands more troops into a nearly 16-year conflict, or take the opposite tack and pull out — that Trump has reportedly even suggested firing the general in charge of the war effort. “We aren’t winning ... we are losing,” Trump complained to top officials while upbraiding his military advisers at a White House meeting last month, NBC News...

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With live-fire drill, China warns India not to test Beijing

04 August 2017 23:53:53 WN.com - World News

Author: LOUISE WATT | AP Sat, 2017-08-05 02:00 ID: 1501876032389826300 BEIJING: Beijing is intensifying its warnings to Indian troops to get out of a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet, saying China’s “restraint has its limits” and publicizing live-fire drills in Tibet. Indian troops entered the area in the Doklam Plateau in June after New Delhi’s ally, Bhutan, complained a Chinese military construction party was building a road inside Bhutan’s territory. Beijing says Doklam is located in Tibet and that the border dispute between China and Bhutan has nothing to do with India. It has demanded that Indian troops withdraw...

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Maduro installs controversial new Venezuela assembly

04 August 2017 23:53:53 WN.com - World News

Author: AFP Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871785939365500 CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro installed a powerful new assembly of his allies on Friday, dismissing an international outcry and opposition protests saying he is burying democracy in his country. The Constituent Assembly, elected last weekend in a vote marred by violence and allegations of fraud, will sit in a chamber in the Legislative Palace in Caracas, where the opposition-controlled legislature is located. The inaugural session of its 500-plus members — who include Maduro’s wife and son — will take place under high tension. The opposition has called a mass march in the...

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Brexit to impact ‘every aspect of life’ in N.Ireland: Irish PM

04 August 2017 23:53:53 WN.com - World News

Author: AFP Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501873313269550100 BELFAST: Brexit is “the challenge of our generation” with far-reaching consequences for all, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar warned Northern Ireland on Friday on his first visit to the British province. “Every single aspect of life in Northern Ireland could be affected by the outcome — jobs and the economy, the border, citizens’ rights, cross-border workers, travel, trade,...

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Pakistan’s new Cabinet takes oath after Nawaz Sharif’s removal

04 August 2017 23:53:52 WN.com - World News

Author: SIB KAIFEE | Special to Arab News Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00 ID: 1501871811999374600 ISLAMABAD: Forty-three members of new Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s Cabinet were sworn in on Friday by President Mamnoon Hussain. Abbasi was elected interim prime minister on Aug. 1, winning an unprecedented number of votes in Parliament after then-Prime Minister Mohammed Nawaz Sharif was ordered...

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Trump administration goes on the attack against leaks

04 August 2017 23:53:52 WN.com - World News

Author: Julia Edwards Ainsley | Reuters Fri, 2017-08-04 20:30 ID: 1501863690968627400 WASHINGTON: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, taking up an issue that has infuriated President Donald Trump, went on the attack against a “culture of leaking” on Friday, saying such leaks were hampering the government’s...

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Kids’ entertainer Rebecca Coriam who vanished from Disney cruise was having torrid lesbian affair with ...

04 August 2017 23:53:52 WN.com - World News

And The Sun can today reveal the identities of a man and woman the 22-year-old is said to have joined in a threesome just before she vanished from the ship in the early hours. Rebecca, known as Bex, failed to turn up for her 9am shift on the morning of March 22, 2011. A search of the ship yielded nothing bar her flip flops, found...

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