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December 11, 2017 3:56 PM China fails to block UN meeting on North Korea human rights

UNITED NATIONS, United States: China on Monday failed to block a UN Security Council meeting on the human rights crisis in North Korea as Pyongyang already faces international condemnation over its missile and nuclear tests. Chinese Deputy Ambassador Wu Haitao said the council's discussion of rights abuses in North Korea was "counterproductive" at a time when tensions 28

December 9, 2017 1:59 PM Egypt’s Coptic Pope rejects Pence meeting over Jerusalem

US Vice President Mike Pence. ― file picCAIRO, Dec 9 ― Egypt’s Coptic Church head Pope Tawadros II cancelled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence in Cairo later this month in protest at Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the church said today. US President Donald Trump’s decision “did not take into account the feelings 37

December 8, 2017 6:31 PM Leave Lebanon alone, world powers tell Saudi, Iran

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron led calls on Friday (Dec 8) for countries to stop meddling in Lebanon at an international meeting aimed at preventing the fragile nation becoming a pawn in the power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended the eight-nation talks in Paris with Lebanese Prime Minister 27

December 7, 2017 11:08 AM Qatar, France sign fighter jet deal amid Gulf crisis

DOHA: Qatar announced Thursday (Dec 7) a deal to buy 12 French-built Rafale fighter jets, as it faces a boycott by neighbouring Gulf states in the region's worst political crisis in years. The €1.1 billion (US$1.3 billion) order, announced during an official visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, allows for an option to buy a further 36 jets. It comes 22

December 5, 2017 2:58 PM Lebanon’s Hariri: From resignation to U-turn

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri speaks after a cabinet meeting in Baabda near Beirut, Lebanon December 5, 2017. — Reuters picBEIRUT, Dec 5 — Events since the surprise announcement a month ago by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri that he was resigning, up to his U-turn today. On November 4, Hariri announces from Saudi Arabia that he is resigning 20

November 25, 2017 11:23 AM Egypt mosque attack death toll rises to 305, including 27 children: Prosecution

CAIRO: The death toll from an attack on a mosque in Egypt's Sinai rose to 305 including 27 children, the state prosecution said Saturday in a statement detailing the gruesome massacre. It said there were between 25 and 30 attackers with long hair and beards, dressed in camouflage and flying a black banner with the Muslim profession of faith on it, which 20

November 24, 2017 12:32 PM At least 75 wounded in Egypt mosque attack: Ministry official

CAIRO: Gunmen attacked a packed mosque in Egypt's restive North Sinai province on Friday and set off a bomb, wounding at least 75 people, health and police officials said. Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told AFP at least 75 people were wounded in the attack and no deaths had been reported yet. The Islamic State group's Egypt branch has killed 38

November 1, 2017 9:50 PM Salah, Can, Sturridge keep Liverpool on course

LIVERPOOL: Second-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge moved Liverpool closer to the Champions League knockout phase after the five-time European champions beat Maribor 3-0 on Wednesday. Liverpool had crushed Maribor 7-0 in the reverse fixture two weeks ago, but had to be content with three goals at Anfield as the Slovenian champions 24

October 26, 2017 11:29 PM New Saudi mega-city will be listed publicly, crown prince says

The futuristic high tech hub looks set to become a flagship of reforms to create jobs, encourage entrepreneurs and permit new freedoms among Saudis steeped in religious puritanism and dependence on the state. RIYADH: The US$500 billion mega-city planned by Saudi Arabia will be floated on financial markets alongside oil giant Saudi Aramco as part of the kingdom’s 31

October 24, 2017 6:24 PM Saudi Arabia's NEOM: Oasis or Sand Castle?

The promotional video for NEOM, Saudi Arabia's proposed $500 billion city of the future announced on Tuesday, errs toward the dreamy and inspirational end of the artistic spectrum. But I couldn't shake the feeling it might also be perfect as the happy prelude to some dystopian movie where society drowns in its own hubris. NEOM debuted at a conference 29