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International

Rift said to risk Dubai status as financial hub – 3,000 Turkish troops for Doha

LONDON, Aug 7, (RTRS): The boss of Standard Chartered has warned that Dubai risks damaging its status as a financial centre as a result of the trade boycott of Qatar by a Saudi-led bloc, which includes the United Arab Emirates. Standard Chartered is a major lender across the Middle East …

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Chicago sues Trump administration – Sanctuary city funding threat

CHICAGO, Aug 7, (RTRS): Chicago on Monday sued to prevent the Trump administration from enacting new policies that would withhold money from so-called sanctuary cities that deny US immigration officials access to local jails. The lawsuit filed in US District Court claims that the federal policies force the city to …

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Pakistani teen sheds light on militant web – Would-be bomber testifies

SHIKARPUR, Pakistan, Aug 7, (RTRS): The confession of a Pakistani teenager who was captured moments before carrying out a suicide attack has given police a rare glimpse into a militant network they say is behind the recent surge in sectarian violence. Usman’s testimony, a copy of which has been seen …

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Watch on military for signs of fraying loyalty

2 killed as Venezuela Army repels attack on base CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug 7, (Agencies): As Venezuela’s political crisis spins further out of control, many are looking to the military to see if its once-unfl inching loyalty to the socialist revolution might be fraying. On Sunday morning, Venezuelans awoke to news …

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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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