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UNGA likely to discuss Palestine resolution next week

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ANKARA/NEW YORK – The emergency special session will discuss and vote on the draft resolution seeking protection for the Palestinian civilian population, after a similar Kuwait-proposed resolution was vetoed by the U.S. last week at the UN Security Council, said the sources on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media. The draft […]

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Turkey, Algeria call for urgent UN session on Palestine

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NEW YORK – Turkey and Algeria have called for an emergency session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss and vote on a draft resolution on protection of Palestinians. The session was requested by Turkey as the term president of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Algeria in the name of Arab Union, a joint […]

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Trump pushes allies away, embraces US adversaries

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WASHINGTON: With enemies like these, who needs friends? Stepping onto the world stage for a pair of high-profile summits, President Donald Trump is scrambling the usual breakdown of allies and adversaries. In the span of a few days, he’s embraced Russia and North Korea while pushing away America’s closest friends, like France, Canada and Germany. […]

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UN Security Council elects five members for 2-year term

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UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations General Assembly voted on Friday to elect Germany, Belgium, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term in the Security Council starting on Jan. 1, 2019. The council is the only UN body that can make legally binding decisions and has the power to impose sanctions and […]

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Iraq election recount throws Al-Sadr’s plans into doubt

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BAGHDAD: Iraq’s election recount has left controversial Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr facing major difficulties in his efforts to form the biggest bloc in Parliament, Arab News can reveal. Al-Sadr seemed set to emerge as the main winner in last month’s parliamentary vote, winning 54 seats and becoming the unlikely kingmaker in the country’s turbulent political […]

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Singapore diplomat: ‘All systems go’ for Trump-Kim summit

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BEIJING: Singapore’s foreign minister says it’s “all systems go” for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be held in the Southeast Asian city-state next week. Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said Saturday in Beijing after returning from North Korea that “things will start happening within the next 24 […]

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Pakistan army denies abducting British activist

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  ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s army has denied abducting a British-Pakistani activist known for criticizing the military, in an incident that prompted a wave of condemnation and increased fears of a crackdown on free speech. Gul Bukhari, 52, was detained for several hours by unknown men in the eastern city of Lahore late Tuesday, one day after […]

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Rohingya upset UN agreement didn’t address citizenship

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KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh: Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled attacks in Myanmar said they were disappointed that a UN agreement signed earlier this week did not address one of their key demands: Citizenship. Most refugees say they are desperate to go home, but fear going back unless they are given protection and citizenship. On Wednesday, Myanmar and UN agencies […]

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No meeting between Mamnoon and Modi at summit

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ISLAMABAD: There is no formal meeting scheduled between President Mamnoon Hussain and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the two-day summit for Shanghai Cooperation Organization in China, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. “Nothing is scheduled, as no one has contacted or requested us for the meeting,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal told Arab […]

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Pope urges oil majors to combat global warming and aid poor

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VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis asked Saturday that major oil and gas companies respect the 2015 Paris climate agreement to help protect the poor from global warming. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 by 196 nations resolving to limit warming to no more than two degrees Celsius. In a meeting with industry executives at […]

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