International

Kuwait, Saudis struggle to restart Khafji oilfield

DUBAI/RIYADH, April 26, (RTRS): Kuwait and Saudi Arabia appear no closer to restarting their jointly operated Khafji oilfield, industry sources said, despite Kuwait saying the sides had agreed to ramp up output after an 18-month shutdown. Any delay in the restart of the Neutral Zone field that produced 280,000 to …

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Qaeda wing says killed activist in Bangladesh – LGBT people targeted

DHAKA, April 26, (Agencies): A group affiliated to al-Qaeda claimed responsibility on Tuesday for killing a Bangladeshi gay rights campaigner and his friend, the latest in a string of murders of liberal activists and other minorities in the South Asian nation. The slaying of Xulhaz Mannan, editor of Bangladesh’s first …

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IS infiltration claims jolt Swedish Greens

STOCKHOLM, April 26, (AP): One refused to shake hands with a female journalist. Another compared Israel to Nazi Germany. A third was seen doing hand signs associated with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in the background of a live TV broadcast. The behavior of some Muslim members of Sweden’s Green Party, which …

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‘Panic button mandatory for all cellphones sold in India’ – Bid to avert sexual assault, make life better

KUWAIT CITY, April 26: The government of India is planning to make ‘panic button’ mandatory for all mobile phone handsets sold in India from 2017 considering it an effective tool for self-protection, especially for women who are victims of sexual assaults in one of the most populous nation. A reliable …

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Expat ‘green card’ in Saudi ‘Vision 2030’

RIYADH/DUBAI, April 25, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia will introduce a “green card” system within five years to allow resident expatriates in the kingdom to have more rights in order to improve its investment climate, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Monday. Speaking in a television interview, he said planned …

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Muslims for Trump, though few, see past rhetoric – ‘He’s got the good heart’

DETROIT, April 25, (AP): As a Donald Trump supporter, Nedal Tamer feels he’s in the minority among Muslim-Americans, comfortable with his choice yet somewhat confounded that he doesn’t have more company. Small numbers of Muslims find comfort, not concern, in Trump’s strong stance on immigrants. They see it as proof …

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Pakistan holds 6 in Sikh assassination

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, April 25, (RTRS): Police in northwestern Pakistan on Monday arrested six people accused of gunning down a Sikh political figure, attributing the killing to rivalry rather than a Taleban attack, as the militants had claimed. Gunmen shot and killed Soran Singh, a prominent leader of Pakistan’s tiny Sikh …

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Afghan leader urges Pakistan to wipe out Taleban

KABUL, April 25, (Agencies): President Ashraf Ghani said Afghanistan faced a terrorist enemy led by Taleban “slaves” in Pakistan in a sombre speech to parliament on Monday that nonetheless left the door open to resuming peace talks with parts of the Taleban. Addressing a joint session of the two houses …

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Yemeni parties in another bid to break deadlock

KUWAIT CITY, April 24, (Agencies): Yemeni parties, holding UN-brokered peace consultations in Kuwait, resumed meetings on Sunday in yet another bid to break the deadlock over thorny issues. Representatives from the Yemeni government, the General People’s Congress and Ansarullah group were scheduled to meet at 4:00 pm but delayed for …

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Saudi King sacks utilities minister – Dismissal tied to public anger over price hikes

RIYADH, April 24, (Agencies): The king of Saudi Arabia has sacked the country’s water and electricity minister, Abdullah al-Hussayen, amid public anger over price hikes, state media reported. King Salman issued a decree on Saturday ordering his dismissal and replacement in the interim by Agriculture Minister Abdel Rahman al-Fadli, said …

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