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Japan backs Kuwait Gulf mediation

DOHA, Aug 6, (KUNA): Japan on Saturday reiterated its support of Kuwait’s ongoing mediation efforts to resolve the dispute between Qatar and another three Gulf Arab countries plus Egypt, urging the need for diplomacy as a solution. During talks with Qatar’s foreign minister in Doha, a Japanese official stressed the …

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Another fire in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug 6, (Agencies): A fire broke out Sunday at another high-rise tower in the Dubai Marina, just days after a blaze struck one of the world’s tallest residential towers in the same neighborhood. Authorities quickly extinguished Sunday’s fire at the Tiger Tower and said it injured …

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UK prepared to pay 40b-euro Brexit bill: report

LONDON, Aug 6, (AFP): Britain is prepared to pay up to 40 billion euros to the European Union to settle its accounts when it leaves the bloc, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported. It is the first time the British side has put a figure even unofficially on the socalled divorce …

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FBI investigators seek suspects in Minnesota mosque bombing

FBI investigators are seeking suspects after an explosive device tore through part of a suburban Minneapolis mosque as people were preparing for morning prayers, damaging a room but not causing any injuries, authorities and witnesses said. The blast happened at around 5 am Saturday at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center …

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Syria army advances against IS, approaches Deir Ezzor: monitor

Saudi stance on Syria’s future firm, no place for Assad: Al-Jubeir BEIRUT, Aug 6, (Agencies): Syrian government troops advanced overnight against the Islamic State group in the country’s north and centre, drawing closer to the key battleground of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a …

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IS behind bomb plot in Australia

SYDNEY, Aug 5, (RTRS): An Australian man sent his unsuspecting brother to Sydney airport to catch an Etihad Airways flight carrying a home-made bomb disguised as a meatmincer built at the direction of a senior Islamic State commander, police said on Friday. Detailing one of Australia’s “most sophisticated” militant plots, …

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Blaze at 87-story Torch Tower put out

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug 5, (AP): Police in Dubai reopened the streets around one of the world’s tallest residential skyscrapers after firefighters put out a blaze that erupted early Friday in the high-rise, forcing residents to evacuate in the middle of the night and sending chunks of debris plummeting …

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Huge Trump murals appear on W. Bank barrier – UN chief to visit Israel, Palestine

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 5, (Agencies): UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will pay his first visit since taking the UN helm to Israel and the Palestinian territories, including the Gaza Strip, at the end of the month, diplomats said Thursday. The UN chief will hold talks with Israeli leaders, travel to …

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China warns India with live-fire drill – ‘Restraint has limits’

BEIJING, Aug 5, (Agencies): Beijing is intensifying its warnings to Indian troops to get out of a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet, saying China’s “restraint has its limits” and publicizing livefire drills in Tibet. Indian troops entered the area in the Doklam Plateau …

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New assembly dividing Venezuela starts work

‘Body breaching democratic order’ CARACAS, Aug 5, (AFP): A new assembly packed with allies of unpopular President Nicolas Maduro and with sweeping powers was to begin work on Saturday, deepening divisions in a crisis-wracked Venezuela. The Constituent Assembly, headed by a former foreign minister, Delcy Rodriguez, is tasked with rewriting …

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