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Trump welcomes Arab ambassadors to his first White House iftar

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WASHINGTON, DC: US President Donald Trump welcomed Arab ambassadors on Wednesday to an iftar dinner hosted at the White House, the first he has hosted since taking office 17 months ago, where he referred to his time in Saudi Arabia as “one of the great two days of my life.” An hour to sunset, the […]

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Vladimir Putin says military operation in Syria is “unique opportunity to test and train troops”

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MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia was not planning to withdraw from Syria for now, adding that the military would stay there for as long as it was in Russia’s interest. Putin added that the military operation in the country was a “unique opportunity” to test and train Russian troops. “We are not […]

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NATO rejects Qatar membership ambition

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BRUSSELS: NATO on Wednesday declined an overture by Qatar to join the Western military defense alliance, saying membership was reserved to the United States and Europe. It was responding to a comment by Qatar’s defense minister on Tuesday that his country’s long-term strategic “ambition” was to join NATO. “According to Article 10 of the Washington […]

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Britain proposes one-year Brexit backstop plan to EU

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LONDON: The British government set out its plans for a one-year backstop plan for the Irish border on Thursday, finding an agreement on only part of what has become Prime Minister Theresa May’s biggest Brexit stumbling block — customs. But by setting a date on the plan for the standby arrangement to ensure no return […]

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Singaporean official arrives in DPRK ahead of Kim-Trump summit

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PYONGYANG, June 7 (Xinhua) — Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan arrived here Thursday, according to Korean Central News Agency. The visit comes days ahead of a historic summit between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States to be held in the city state. DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un will meet […]

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Jordan’s new prime minister withdraws controversial tax bill after protests

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AMMAN: Jordan’s new prime minister on Thursday announced a controversial IMF-backed income tax bill will be withdrawn, after it sparked a week of angry protests in the kingdom. Crowds have taken to the streets to demand the government drop the unpopular reforms, in some of the biggest economic protests to hit Jordan over the past […]

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Egypt’s Sisi orders housing minister to form new gov’t

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CAIRO  – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday instructed Housing Minister Mustafa Madbouli to draw up a new government to succeed that of Sharif Ismail, who stepped down earlier this week. According to Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency, al-Sisi — only days after being sworn in for a second presidential term — commissioned Madbouli to […]

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Global food prices on rise in May: UN food body

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ANKARA : Global food prices in May rose to their highest level since October last year, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday. The food price index averaged 176.2 points in the month, up 2.2 percentage points or 1.2 percent from April, the FAO said in a statement. The FAO Food Price […]

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UK Conservative Party faces accusations of Islamophobia

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LONDON: The UK’s ruling Conservative Party is facing fresh allegations of Islamophobia — this time from its own members. The Conservative Muslim Forum, which is made up of party members, has joined the call for a full independent inquiry into anti-Muslim attitudes among its fellow Conservatives. The forum’s chairman, Mohammed Amin, said that it was […]

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UK Christian women don hijab in solidarity with Muslims

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LONDON: Many Christian women across the world have started wearing the hijab as part of the Ramadan Hijab Challenge to show solidarity with Muslim women during the Islamic holy month. The initiative, created by the World Hijab Day organization, encourages non-Muslim women to wear the hijab and fast for during Ramadan. “This event is for those […]

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