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Al Habtoor receives Sheikh Al-Kubaisi – ‘Islam a religion of peace and tolerance’

DUBAI, UAE, April 14: Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman, Al Habtoor Group welcomed Sheikh Ahmad Al-Kubaisi, at the Al Habtoor Group head office on Al Wasl Road on April 7, 2016. Dr Ahmad Al-Kubaisi, a longterm friend of Al Habtoor, is the founder of the Ulama Organization in Iraq, a …

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Islamists behead 2 hostages in Philippines

MANILA, April 13, (AFP): Philippine militants that want to ally with Islamic State jihadists have beheaded two local hostages, police said Wednesday. Police on the southern island of Mindanao recovered the decapitated corpses of the two men on Tuesday, nine days after they were taken, said the police chief of …

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Alarming rise in child suicide bombers by Boko Haram – UN

LIBREVILLE, April 13, (AFP): The number of children used by Nigeria’s Boko Haram to stage suicide bombings has risen more than 10-fold in one of the most “horrific” aspects of the Islamist insurgency, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Experts said the group, which has been weakened by a multinational …

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UAE ranks ‘last’ in openness, accountability of aid donations

LONDON, April 13, (RTRS): United Arab Emirates ranked last in an index gauging openness and accountability among nations and organizations that are major donors of global aid, according to a London-based group that said effectiveness of aid is limited when information is not shared. Most major donors worldwide are not …

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Kuwait and Saudi Arabia stop sending students to US varsity – Decision tied to alarming increase in bigotry, discrimination

KUWAIT CITY, April 13: Kuwait’s Ministry of Education recently decided to stop sending Kuwaiti students to Idaho State University, says Minister of Education and Higher Education Minister Dr Bader Al-Essa. Gulfnews.com published a report Wednesday saying Kuwait and Saudi Arabia took this decision due to the alleged racism and discrimination …

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US, India up coordination – Bid to balance China’s military ambitions

NEW DELHI, April 12, (Agencies): The US and India have reached a preliminary agreement that will make it easier for the two countries’ militaries to work together in disasters or other emergencies, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday. During a joint news conference with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, Carter …

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Germany indicts Islamic extremist over ‘terror’

BERLIN, April 12, (AP): German prosecutors say they have formally indicted one of the country’s most prominent Islamic extremists on suspicion of supporting a foreign terror group. Federal prosecutors say Sven Lau is accused of four counts of supporting the group Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, or JAMWA, which was designated as …

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Egypt’s surrender of islands to Saudi deepens its woes – Blow dealt to pride of many Egyptians

CAIRO, April 12, (AP): Egypt’s declared intention to hand over control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia has kicked off a storm of vociferous opposition, laced with stinging satire, and dealt a blow to the pride of many Egyptians at a time when they feel their country …

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King Salman receives Speaker

CAIRO, April 11, (Agencies): Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his residence on Sunday Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al- Ghanim and his accompanying delegation. Al-Ghanim conveyed to King Salman the regards and greetings of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. King …

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‘Beginning of end for DAESH’ – IS bastions ‘must fall’ in 2016: French defence chief

BAGHDAD, April 11, (AFP): The Islamic State group strongholds Raqa and Mosul “must fall” this year, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said during a speech in Baghdad on Monday. The battles to retake Raqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq are expected to be the most difficult of the …

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