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Jordan cracks ISIS cell of 17

AMMAN, Jan 8, (AFP): Jordan’s intelligence service said Monday it has arrested 17 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group and of planning attacks in the kingdom. The service “foiled … a major destructive terrorist plot planned by a terrorist cell loyal to DAESH during November 2017,” it …

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Poisonous, running out: Pakistan’s water crisis – Deaths, diseases tied to H2O

ISLAMABAD, Jan 8, (AFP): Barely 15 days old, Kinza whimpers at an Islamabad hospital where she is suffering from diarrhoea and a blood infection, a tiny victim among thousands affl icted by Pakistan’s severely polluted and decreasing water supplies. Cloaked in a colourful blanket, Kinza moves in slow motion, like …

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Pilots survive Yemen plane crash

RIYADH, Jan 7, (AFP): A Saudi warplane from the coalition battling rebels in Yemen crashed on Sunday because of “technical failure”, the coalition and state media said, adding that both crew were rescued. The plane “had a technical failure at 15:40 (1840 GMT) and crashed … in an area of …

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Iran declares victory

TEHRAN, Iran, Jan 7, (Agencies): Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said on Sunday that the nation and its security forces have ended the wave of unrest linked to anti-government protests that erupted last month. In a statement on its website, the force blamed the unrest on the United States, Israel and Saudi …

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Arab League to lobby for UN Palestine recognition

AMMAN, Jan 7, (Agencies): Arab states will soon embark on a diplomatic drive to persuade the United Nations to recognise a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said. Six Arab foreign ministers met in …

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Trump says he’s smart, & very stable ‘genius’ – ‘Fire & Fury’ book released

WASHINGTON, Jan 6, (AP): President Donald Trump wants people to know he’s “like, really smart” and “a very stable genius.” He’s taking to Twitter to defend his mental fitness and boast about his intelligence. It’s his latest pushback against a book that portrays him as a leader who doesn’t understand …

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US weighs Pak blowback – $2bn at risk in aid suspension

WASHINGTON, Jan 6, (Agencies): The United States is examining ways to mitigate any Pakistani retaliation as it piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants, a senior US official said on Friday, cautioning that US action could extend beyond a new freeze in aid. Pakistan is a crucial gateway …

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Mysterious, ancient Nine Domes Mosque – Mosque in Afghanistan highly valuable, highly vulnerable

BALKH, Afghanistan, Jan 6, (AFP): In the white dusty plains of northern Afghanistan, archaeologists are seeking to unravel the secrets of one of the oldest mosques in the world, whose structure is still standing after a thousand years of solitude. The Nine Domes Mosque, named for the cupolas that once …

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Army offers help to quell unrest – Iranians rally

DUBAI, Jan 4, (RTRS): Iran’s army chief declared on Thursday that police had already quelled anti-government unrest that has killed 21 people but that his troops were ready to intervene if needed, as Tehran staged more pro-government rallies. The protests, which seem spontaneous and without a unifying leader, erupted a …

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Qatari-owned jewels stolen in Venice

ROME, Jan 4, (Agencies): Thieves made off with several items of Indian maharajahs’ treasures owned by a member of the Qatari royal family after an audacious heist Wednesday at the Doge’s Palace in Venice, police said. Italian authorities investigating the theft put at around a million euros ($1.2 million) the …

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