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US tensions bring Xi, Putin closer

Manila protests China seizure of Filipinos’ fish catch BEIJING, June 9, (Agencies): President Xi Jinping gave China’s first friendship medal to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday as the neighbouring giants touted their close ties amid diplomatic and economic challenges from the US. Xi placed the large golden medal around …

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Kuwait installs solar street ‘lights’ in Yemen’s island

‘90 volunteers at Grand Mosque’ KUWAIT, June 9, (KUNA): Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) announced Friday the launch of solar street lights in Daba Karajah village in Yemen’s Socotra Island, northwest Indian Ocean near the Gulf of Aden. The village suffers lack of street lights due to the devastating impacts …

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120 firefighters tackle blaze at luxury London hotel

A fire broke out at London’s luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel on Wednesday, with dozens of firefighters deployed to tackle the blaze that pumped thick smoke high into the air. The 12-storey hotel was evacuated and crowds quickly built up outside as around 120 firefighters and 20 fire engines tackled the …

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Kuwait, China discuss investments on Kuwaiti islands

‘Kuwait is doing a great job through its non-permanent seat in UNSC’ KUWAIT CITY, June 7, (Agencies): Officials of Kuwait’s department for developing the Silk City and Boubyan island have held talks with Chinese officials who expressed readiness to cooperate for investing on the Kuwaiti islands. The meeting, held in …

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Kuwait, Sudan discuss boost in bilateral ties

Talks held with Paris on oil cooperation KUWAIT CITY, June 7, (KUNA): Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al- Sabah met with visiting Sudanese Foreign Minister Dirdiri Al-Dakheri on Thursday. They discussed distinguished and close relations between both brotherly countries, ways of promoting and developing …

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Boeing will not deliver aircraft to Iran

NEW YORK, June 6, (AFP): Boeing will not deliver aircraft to Iran in light of US sanctions, effectively aborting a pair of large contracts with Iranian carriers, a Boeing spokesman said Wednesday. “We have not delivered any aircraft to Iran, and given we no longer have a license to sell …

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Pakistan extends curfew in border region

Journo critic of military freed after abduction PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 6, (Agencies): Authorities in Pakistan’s restive tribal region expanded a 24-hour curfew along the Afghan border to avert further clashes between tribesmen and militants after at least three people were killed and dozens injured in recent days, officials said Wednesday. …

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Regulator suspends TV network linked to PM – Power struggle worsens in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, June 6, (Agencies): A television network owned by the family of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was suspended by the island’s telecom regulator Tuesday, worsening a power struggle in the fractious ruling coalition. The closure of Telshan Network comes days after the station criticised President Maithripala Sirisena, who …

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Kuwait willing to help Jordan – Economist to form government

AMMAN, June 5, (Agencies): Jordan’s King Abdullah tasked a former World Bank economist on Tuesday with forming a new government and called for broad talks on a planned income tax law that has provoked the country’s biggest protests in years. The king appointed Harvard-educated Omar al-Razzaz after accepting Hani Mulki’s …

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Myanmar targeted educated: Rohingya

BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh, June 5, (AP): The last time Mohammed Hashim saw his brother alive, he begged for his life, his arms bound behind his back as soldiers marched the 35-year-old teacher away. It was Aug 26, the day after Rohingya Muslim separatist attacks on military outposts in the …

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