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UAE announces discovery of millennium-old mosque

ABU DHABI, Sept 9, (KUNA): UAE’s Department of Culture and Tourism announced on Saturday the discovery of the oldest mosque in the city of Al-Ain, east of the capital Abu Dhabi, adding that archaeologists in the department have studied the discovery dating back more than 1,000 years. Archaeologists from the …

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Russian, regime air strikes resume on Idlib

US lacks leverage to stop assault on rebel bastion AMMAN, Sept 9, (Agencies): Russian and Syrian jets resumed intensive strikes in Idlib and Hama on Sunday, residents and rescuers said, as Damascus stepped up its assault on the rebels’ last major stronghold after a Russian- Iranian-Turkish summit failed to agree …

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Rouhani evokes Iran-Iraq war in appeal to defy US pressure

Tehran lets money exchanges import foreign bills as rial sinks TEHRAN, Sept 8, (Agencies): Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani evoked memories of the devastating Iran-Iraq war on Saturday to call for unity in the face of economic hardships and US pressure. “Today, the government is on the frontlines. This is an …

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Protests to take on India’s PM Modi over record-high fuel

India’s opposition will launch nationwide strikes and protests next week over record-high fuel prices, looking to tap rising public anger to hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of a series of elections. Since Modi came to power in the world’s third biggest oil consumer in May 2014, he …

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Filipinos’ ‘trust’ in Duterte falls

MANILA, Sept 8, (RTRS): Public trust in Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte dropped to the lowest of his presidency, a survey showed on Saturday, although he still maintained a rating of “very good”. Trust is used by independent pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) to gauge public opinion with a president’s personality. …

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Egypt sentences 75 to death

CAIRO, Sept 8, (AFP): An Egyptian court handed a fiveyear jail sentence to award-winning photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid on Saturday and confirmed death sentences against 75 people in one of the largest mass trials since the 2011 uprising. Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, who earlier this year received UNESCO’s …

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Iraq’s parliamentary groups urge PM to resign

BAGHDAD, Sept 8, (Agencies): Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al- Abadi faced calls to resign Saturday as his alliance with a populist cleric who won May elections crumbled over deadly unrest shaking the country’s south. The two leading groups in parliament called on Abadi to step down, after lawmakers held an …

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Main Iraqi port closed as one dies 25 injured on 4th day of Basra protests

BASRA, Iraq, Sept 6, (RTRS): Iraq’s main seaport closed down on Thursday following clashes between protestors and security forces in the nearby southern city of Basra in which one demonstrator died and 25 were injured the previous night. Several hundred protesters took to Basra’s streets again on Thursday afternoon. As …

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Hundreds flee as Syria, Russia hit Idlib

France ready to strike Syria if chem-weps used IDLIB, Syria, Sept 6, (Agencies): Hundreds of Syrian civilians fled Idlib province on Thursday as the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey readied for last ditch talks on the fate of the last rebel bastion. Government forces and their allies have been …

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Hokkaido quake kills 9 – Japan’s northern island paralysed

TOKYO, Sept 6, (RTRS): A powerful earthquake paralysed Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, killing at least nine people, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents. The death toll from the 6.7-magnitude, pre-dawn quake was likely to rise as rescuers searched houses buried by landslides. …

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