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North Korea calls Trump ‘barking dog’


SEOUL: South Korea approved a plan on Thursday to send $8 million worth of aid to North Korea, as China warned the crisis on the Korean peninsula was getting more serious by the day and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington continued. North Korea’s foreign minister on Thursday …

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Puerto Rico may be without power for months

HURRICANE MARIA  PUERTO RICO: Hurricane Maria has knocked out power across the island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people, officials have said. Flash flood warnings cover the entire island, which continues to be lashed by heavy rain in the storm’s wake. Meanwhile more pictures are emerging of widespread destruction …

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Soldier dead in Mali UN base attack

BAMAKO: A Malian soldier was killed and a number of others were injured Wednesday in an ambush in northern Mali, where gunmen also attacked two military camps, including a UN mission, a military source said. The ambush took place 55 kilometres (34 miles) from Menaka, when one of the unit’s …

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Afghanistan arms civilians to protect mosques during Muharram


KABUL: Afghanistan is arming hundreds of civilians nationwide to help protect mosques during one of the holiest months on the Islamic calendar after several deadly attacks on Shia religious sites. The government’s move comes as it considers a similar proposal to arm 20,000 villagers to fight militants, highlighting the impotence …

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Saudia Arabia lifting Skype, WhatsApp ban

RIYADH: The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps yesterday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said. All online voice and video call services — like Microsoft’s Skype, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, and Rakuten’s Viber — which satisfy regulatory requirements were set …

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Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico


AFTER KILLING SEVEN IN DOMINICA  SAN JUAN: Hurricane Maria, the devastating storm pushing north-west through the Caribbean, has landed in Puerto Rico. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it arrived in Yabucoa in the east of the US territory, producing winds of 150 mph (250 km/h). The hurricane is …

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