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January 19, 2018 12:14 AM Nikki Haley voices regret to African UN envoys after Trump’s ‘shithole’ slur

This file photo taken on April 7, 2017 shows US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley during an United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria, at the UN headquarters in New York. — AFP picNEW YORK, Jan 19 — US Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed regret yesterday to African ambassadors who were outraged by President Donald Trump’s alleged description of African 5

January 16, 2018 9:49 AM Iran says planned US-backed force inside Syria would fan war

Female fighter from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk together in the village of Abu Fas, Hasaka province September 9, 2017. — Reuters picLONDON, Jan 16 — Iran said today a new US-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria would “fan the flames of war”, echoing the vehement response of Syria, Turkey and Russia to the plan. On Sunday, the US-led coalition 9

January 9, 2018 11:54 AM Israeli air strikes, rockets hit Syria: Syrian army

DAMASCUS: The Israeli army overnight carried out air strikes and fired rockets at targets in Syria, causing damage near a military position, the Syrian army said in a statement on Tuesday. Israel's army has carried out several attacks on the Syrian army and its ally Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011. The Israeli 22

January 5, 2018 9:59 AM Ankara-Paris partnership ‘vital’ for peace, says Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today said that a strong partnership between Ankara and Paris was vital for world peace. — Reuters picISTANBUL, Jan 5 — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today said that a strong partnership between Ankara and Paris was vital for world peace as he headed on a key visit to France. Erdogan’s one-day visit to Paris 9

January 4, 2018 9:15 AM Rubber tapper, seven relatives dead in Philippine blast

MANILA: A farmer and seven other people were killed in an explosion in the southern Philippines after he brought home a mortar shell he had found at work, police said Thursday. The explosion occurred Wednesday at a rubber plantation in Sirawai, a town about 800km south of Manila that was a former battleground of government forces and Islamic militants 8

January 4, 2018 12:04 AM DAP MP accuses minister of cherry-picking stats to paint rosy picture

DAP's Tony Pua said only an honest appraisal would allow the country to discover why it was no longer on par with the Asian Tigers of the 1980s. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 — Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak selectively compared the country to nations worse off instead of traditional rivals such as Singapore to suggest Malaysia was performing 21

January 3, 2018 8:35 PM Syrian war will be over in 1-2 years

BEIRUT: The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group said on Wednesday the Syrian war, now in its seventh year, will be finished in one or two years at most. In an interview with Lebanon's pro-Iran al-Mayadeen channel, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also said Israeli strikes on Hezbollah positions in Syria did not, and will not, prevent supplies of weapons 8

December 30, 2017 12:28 AM IS claims responsibility for St Petersburg supermarket bombing

An interior view of a supermarket is seen after an explosion in St Petersburg, Russia, in this photo released by Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee on December 28, 2017. ― Reuters picBEIRUT, Dec 30 ― The Islamic State group claimed responsibility yesterday for the bomb attack days earlier that tore through a Saint Petersburg supermarket and wounded 11

December 25, 2017 12:08 PM Tunisia says UAE attack fears behind female flyer row

TUNIS: Controversial security measures taken by the United Arab Emirates against Tunisian women trying to travel to the Gulf state were prompted by fears of a terrorist attack, Tunisia said Monday. Since Friday Tunisian women and girls have been delayed for hours as they look to board flights to the UAE, sparking outcry in the North African nation 21

December 24, 2017 11:15 AM Turkey wants to bring wounded from Syria's Ghouta for treatment

ISTANBUL: Turkey is working with Russia to evacuate around 500 people from the besieged Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday. "There are around 500 people, including 170 children and women who need urgent humanitarian aid," Erdogan said ahead of his departure on an official visit to Sudan. He said he had discussed 7