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Iraqi PM rules out fresh polls amid rigging allegations

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BAGHDAD, NINEVEH, Iraq – Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Tuesday said an agreement had been reached between his al-Nasr coalition and influential Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr-led coalition on forming a government. Addressing a news conference in the capital Baghdad, al-Abadi ruled out any possibility of a re-election over complaints of rigging. He called on all the […]

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Trump-Kim summit in play as Moon visits White House

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump holds a high-stakes meeting with South Korea’s president at the White House Tuesday, talks that could decide whether the US president’s much-vaunted summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un goes ahead. Moon Jae-in jets into Washington on a mission to salvage a rare diplomatic opening between the US and North Korea […]

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Israel says first country to use US-made F-35 in combat

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Religion, World  /  No Comments

JERUSALEM: Israel is the first country to have used the US-made F-35 stealth fighter in combat, the Israeli air force chief said on Tuesday in remarks carried by the military’s official Twitter account. Israeli media further quoted Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin as saying: “We are flying the F-35 all of the Middle East and have […]

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Israel snubs EU request to probe abuse of Arab activist

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Religion, World  /  No Comments

JERUSALEM: The Israeli authorities on Tuesday refused a request by the EU to investigate the alleged beating and arrest of an Arab-Israeli activist during a pro-Gaza demonstration in Haifa last weekend. Describing his country as “the only democracy in the Middle East”, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Israel “does not need lessons in morality from […]

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Lebanon’s Saad Hariri asked to lead caretaker govt

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

BEIRUT: Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Saad Hariri to continue leading his cabinet until a new government can be drawn up. In a statement, Aoun thanked Hariri and his cabinet ministers for remaining at their positions until a new cabinet can be formed following Lebanon’s May 6 parliamentary poll. The newly elected […]

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8,700 electric cars, wheelchairs for pilgrims arranged in Makkah

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Religion, World  /  No Comments

RIYADH: About 8,700 electric cars and wheelchairs will be provided for the elderly, sick and pilgrims with special needs to use free of charge in the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has announced. The presidency will also supervise the wheelchair […]

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Palestinians ask ICC for ‘immediate’ probe against Israel

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Religion, World  /  No Comments

THE HAGUE: The Palestinian foreign minister asked the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to open an “immediate investigation” into alleged Israeli “crimes” committed against the Palestinian people. The step was sure to worsen the already troubled relations between the internationally backed Palestinian Authority and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Peace talks have been frozen […]

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Iranian people will punch US Secretary of State in the mouth: Iranian commander

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

BEIRUT: A senior Iranian military commander poured scorn on US threats to tighten sanctions on Tuesday, saying the Islamic Republic’s people would respond by punching US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the mouth. Pompeo on Monday demanded Iran make sweeping changes that would effectively force it to reverse the recent spread of its military and political […]

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Yemen’s President Hadi praises Arab coalition’s role in maintaining country’s unification

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

DUBAI: Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi praised on Tuesday the Saudi-led Arab coalition’s role in defending the nation against the Houthi militia as the country marked 28 years of unification between north and south. Hadi said that after the Iran-backed Houthi militia incited the war, the Saudi-led Arab coalition had prevented the country from collapsing, […]

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Palestinian leader’s health apparently improving in hospital

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appears to be making a swift recovery in hospital from his latest health troubles. His office released a photo and a brief video clip late on Monday showing him walking in the hospital hallway, dressed in a blue bathrobe and flanked by aides. Another photo showed him sitting […]

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