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Pilgrims to Mina on first day of Hajj – Arafat ‘Standing’ today

MINA, Aug 30, (Agencies): Pilgrims headed to Mina on Wednesday to perform the rituals of the first day of Hajj called “Yawm Al-Tarwiyah”, meaning the day of quenching thirst before heading to Mount Arafat on Thursday. Pilgrims would stay in Mina until Thursday’s sunrise, where they start heading to Mount …

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UN chief calls for lifting Gaza blockade

Midnight rush for power in electricity-starved strip JABALIA, Palestinian Territories, Aug 30, (AFP): UN chief Antonio Guterres called for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted Wednesday as he visited the Palestinian enclave enduring “one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises” he had seen. The secretary general’s comments came as …

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Six die in rains lashing India’s business hub

Two toddlers were among at least six people who died after floods caused by heavy seasonal monsoon rains destroyed homes and disrupted traffic in India’s financial capital, police said on Wednesday. Train services resumed slowly and dozens of commuters began walking to work in Mumbai, a city of 20 million …

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Harvey horror

BEAUMONT, Texas, Aug 30, (AP): Authorities found a shivering toddler clinging to the body of her drowned mother in a rain-swollen canal in Southeast Texas after the woman tried to carry her child to safety from Harvey’s floods. Capt Brad Penisson of the fire-rescue department in Beaumont said the woman’s …

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Iran pilgrims to Hajj in diplomatic ice-breaker – ‘Set to handle stampede, diseases’

TEHRAN, Aug 29, (Agencies): In a diplomatic icebreaker between political foes, tens of thousands of Muslim Faithful from Iran have flocked to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj to Islam’s holiest sites. This week’s Hajj marks Iran’s return after their absence last year following a massive stampede in 2015 that …

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Kirkuk to vote on Kurd independence – DAESH finance chief blacklisted

KIRKUK, Aug 29, (Agencies): The council in Kirkuk, an ethnically mixed region of northern Iraq under Baghdad’s control, voted Tuesday to take part in next month’s Kurdish independence referendum, councillors said. The central government in Baghdad is strongly opposed to Iraqi Kurdistan’s planned Sept 25 referendum, which is non-binding but …

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Lebanon’s negotiated IS evacuation angers many, provokes controversy – ‘Take into consideration security of Iraq’

BEIRUT, Aug 29, (Agencies): Buses carrying hundreds of Islamic State (IS) militants and their families arrived in eastern Syria on Tuesday following a negotiated evacuation from the Lebanon-Syria border, where the US-backed Lebanese army deployed for the first time in years. The evacuation agreement, the first such publicized deal concluded …

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North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan – Trump says ‘all options on the table’; Russia, UAE tell North to stop ‘provocations’

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 29, (Agencies): In a first, North Korea on Tuesday fired a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean, officials said. The aggressive missile launch — likely the longest ever from North Korea — over …

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Criminal suits vs Lankan envoy – Groups cite 2009 war crimes

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 29, (AP): Human rights groups in South America are alleging war crimes violations in lawsuits filed against a former Sri Lankan general who is now his Asian nation’s ambassador to Brazil and five other countries in Latin America. The suits against Jagath Jayasuriya are based on …

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Two million pilgrims converge on Makkah for Hajj – ‘Journey of a lifetime’

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug 28, (AFP): Two million Muslims from across the globe are converging on Makkah in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty and for some pilgrims the journey of a lifetime. This year sees the return of pilgrims from Shiite Iran, regional rival to Sunni …

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