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  • Lebanon’s Hariri lands in Paris

    November 18, 2017 7:06 AM 2

    This file photo taken on September 1, 2017 shows French President Emmanuel Macron shaking hands with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. — AFP pic PARIS, Nov 18 — Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived today in France from Saudi Arabia, where his resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will. A source

  • Pentagon accidentally retweets call for Trump to resign

    November 17, 2017 2:53 PM 7

    WASHINGTON: The United States Department of Defense had to beat a hasty retreat after "an authorised operator" of its official Twitter account accidentally retweeted a post calling for US President Donald Trump to resign. Sharp-eyed netizens posted screenshots of the Pentagon's retweet of Twitter user @ProudResister's original message, which was posted

  • Fire in seniors' home injures 20 in Pennsylvania

    November 17, 2017 2:10 PM 5

    WEST CHESTER, US: About 20 people were injured in a fire at a home for seniors in the Philadelphia area late on Thursday (Nov 16), local media reported. The fire was reported at about 11pm local time at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania, about 56km west of Philadelphia, local ABC affiliate WPVI-TV reported. About 20 people

  • Man found dead in Sweden with package with cables taped to body

    November 16, 2017 2:40 PM 7

    STOCKHOLM: A man was found dead on Thursday in a flat near Stockholm with a "package with cables taped to the body", the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet reported, citing sources. The body was found in a flat in Tensta, a suburb of the capital, and the police bomb squad was investigating an "object that could be dangerous", a Stockholm police spokeswoman

  • Two Turkish soldiers killed in northern Iraq

    November 16, 2017 1:30 PM 9

    ISTANBUL: Two Turkish soldiers were killed and one was wounded on Thursday in northern Iraq's Avasin Basyan region by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, Turkey's military said. Separately, four militants were killed in the southeastern Turkish province of Tunceli, Dogan news agency said. A ceasefire between the Turkish state and PKK militants broke

  • UN pleads for end of Yemen blockade or 'untold thousands' will die

    November 16, 2017 1:15 PM 7

    GENEVA: The heads of three U.N. agencies issued a fresh plea on Thursday for the Saudi-led military coalition to lift its blockade on Yemen, saying that without aid shipments "untold thousands of innocent victims, among them many children, will die". One million children are at risk from a fast-spreading diphtheria outbreak, and even if the blockade

  • Lebanon's Hariri to fly to Paris within 48 hours

    November 16, 2017 12:10 PM 6

    BEIRUT: Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France within 48 hours, before flying home to Beirut to officially submit his resignation as Lebanese prime minister, a source close to Hariri told Reuters on Thursday. Hariri announced his resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, and has not yet returned

  • Turkey expects EU to provide total 6 billion euros under migrant deal by end-2018

    November 16, 2017 8:05 AM 7

    ANKARA: Turkey expects the European Union to provide the remaining portion of the 3 billion euros (2.68 billion pounds) which the bloc pledged under a migrant deal by end-2017, according to the text of a speech by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday. In the text of the speech, which he was making to a parliamentary budget commission, Cavusoglu

  • US poll: Background checks, assault weapons ban gain support

    November 16, 2017 12:19 AM 8

    Ninety-five per cent of the 1,577 people surveyed in the Quinnipiac University poll said they support requiring background checks for all gun buyers. This was the highest level of support for background checks since Quinnipiac first asked the question in February 2013 following the December 2012 massacre of 20 schoolchildren in Sandy Hook, Connecticut

  • Trump defends Asia trip, vows 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

    November 15, 2017 10:08 PM 8

    WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump vowed a global campaign of "maximum pressure" on North Korea on Wednesday (Nov 15), warning Pyongyang will not subject the world to "nuclear blackmail." Lauding an almost two week trip to Asia that was long on pomp but - critics say - short on achievements, Trump said he had successfully galvanised opposition to North