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Riyadh offers berets for Syria as US prods anti-IS coalition

RABAT, Feb 10, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia would be willing to commit special forces to Syria should the international coalition decide to deploy ground troops against Islamic State, the country’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. It was the Saudi minister’s second reference to sending special forces since he met US Secretary …

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‘Ethnic’ Albanians face terror charges

SKOPJE, Feb 10, (AFP): Twentynine ethnic Albanians went on trial Tuesday in Macedonia on terrorism charges over clashes last May with security forces that left 18 people dead, including eight policemen. In the heavily packed courtroom and under tight security, each defendant pleaded “not guilty” to the accusations of their …

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Senior Afghan Taleban member dies in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Feb 10, (AFP): A senior Afghan Taleban member has died in Pakistan after an illness, militant sources said Tuesday, potentially embarassing Islamabad which denies harbouring the insurgent group’s leadership on its soil. Mullah Muhammad Hassan Rahmani, who was in his mid-fifties and a member of the group’s Leadership Council, …

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Ministry for happy – UAE in first

DUBAI, Feb 10, (AFP): The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday named women to the newly created posts of state ministers for happiness and tolerance, and a 22-year-old female for youth affairs. Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum named eight women as he revealed his latest cabinet line-up of 29 …

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Iraq retakes areas around Ramadi from IS

BAGHDAD, Feb 9, (Agencies): Iraq said Tuesday that its forces have completely retaken areas surrounding Ramadi from the Islamic State group and reopened the road linking the city to Baghdad. Iraq announced in late December the recapture of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province west of Baghdad, but daily fighting …

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IS car bomb kills 10 in Syria

BEIRUT, Feb 9, (Agencies): A suicide car bomber dispatched by the Islamic State group struck near a police officers’ club in the Syrian capital, killing at least 10 people and destroying a number of cars. Syrian state TV reported the toll and showed footage of the blast scene, including several …

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At least 10 killed in German rail crash

BAD AIBLING, Germany, Feb 9, (AP): Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday in southern Germany, killing 10 people and injuring 80 as they slammed into each other on a curve after an automatic safety braking system apparently failed, the transport minister said. The regional trains collided before 7 am on …

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Al Habtoor discuss UAE progress with Alsowaidi

Al Habtoor Group Chairman Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor received today His Excellency Nasser Ahmed Alsowaidi at the Al Habtoor Group headquarters on Al Wasl. Alsowaidi is member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Department of Energy, Chairman of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi …

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IS claims Riyadh bomb – No injuries in Saudi capital

DUBAI, Feb 8, (Agencies): An explosion damaged a car in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Monday, the Saudi Press Agency reported, an incident the Islamic State militant group said was caused by a bomb one of its members had affixed to the vehicle. Saudi Arabia in 2014 declared Islamic State …

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UAE set to outsource government services

DUBAI, UAE, Feb 8, (AP): Dubai’s ruler said Monday the United Arab Emirates will privatize some government services in the oil-rich country, as well as create a state minister position devoted to ensuring the happiness of its citizens. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as the UAE’s …

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