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Malaysia recalls envoy


KIM JONG-NAM KILLING  KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has stepped up diplomatic measures against North Korea in an escalating row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Kim Jong-nam died in mysterious circumstances last week at an airport in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. Police …

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Turkish soldiers trial begins


PRESIDENT ERDOGAN ASSASSINATION BID  MUGLA: The trial of more than 40 Turkish soldiers accused of attempting to assassinate President Tayyip Erdogan during last year’s failed coup started yesterday, with prosecutors seeking life sentences, according to the indictment documents. Under tight security, the defendants were bussed in to a courthouse in …

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Philippine bus crash kills 14 on camping trip


MANILA: Thirteen Philippine college students on a camping holiday and a bus driver were killed and dozens injured yesterday when their bus slammed into an electricity post in a mountainous region, police said. The bus, rented by a Manila private school, was taking over 50 teenage students and an instructor …

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Scuffle at Thai temple as police hunt for monk


BANGKOK: Monks and police scuffled yesterday at a Buddhist temple in Thailand where security forces are trying to arrest an influential former abbot on money-laundering charges. The standoff at the scandal-hit Dhammakaya Temple represents one of the biggest challenges to the authority of Thailand’s junta since it took power in …

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US ‘not in Iraq to seize anybody’s oil’, says Jim Mattis


BAGHDAD: The United States is not about to plunder Iraq’s petroleum reserves, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who arrived in Baghdad yesterday, said as he sought to soothe partners rattled by remarks President Donald Trump made. Trump has repeatedly said that both while campaigning and since his election that America, whose …

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Pence takes charm offensive to EU and NATO


BRUSSELS: US Vice President Mike Pence meets EU and NATO leaders on Monday at the end of a European trip aimed at reassuring allies worried that President Donald Trump might abandon them. Upon arrival in Brussels on Sunday, Pence said he looked “very much forward” to his meetings with EU …

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Blizzards, rainstorms kill dozens in Afghanistan


KABUL: At least 50 people lost their lives over a three-day span owing to deadly storms, including 25 shepherds who are lost in a blizzard. Eleven people were killed in separate incidents as roofs collapsed in Kabul, said Omar Mohammadi, a spokesperson for the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Agency. Forty-four …

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Iraqi forces retake Mosul airport


AMID CONTINUING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS  BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces have cleared the Mosul airport on the second day of ground operations amid heavy fighting with the Islamic State (IS) yesterday. The ongoing offensive on IS aims to free the western side of the city, which is the last remaining stronghold of the …

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25 civilians killed in DR Congo ethnic attack


GOMA (DR CONGO): Militiamen from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Nande ethnic group have killed 25 civilians in the country’s violence-torn east, almost all of them hacked to death with machetes, local officials and activists said Saturday. “In total 25 people were killed, decapitated by machete by the Mai-Mai Mazembe …

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