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Turkey detains 13 Islamic State militants suspected of plotting attack

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says police in the southern city of Adana have detained 13 Islamic State suspects who were allegedly plotting attacks on a number of buildings in the city, including the U.S. Consulate. Anadolu Agency says police detained the suspects Wednesday in simultaneous dawn …

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Oldest message in a bottle found at remote Australian beach

Sydney, March 7, 2018 (AFP) -A message in a bottle written 132 years ago and found on an Australian beach by a group of walkers including the parents of Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has been verified as the world’s oldest known missive of its kind. The rectangular bottle was …

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Saudi women take the wheel, test-driving a new freedom

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Fatima Salem giggles with hesitation when it’s her turn to drive through a small parking lot lined with bright orange cones and arrows. Like millions of Saudi women, she plans on applying for a driver’s license when the kingdom lifts its ban on women driving …

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Syrian rebels say will defend Ghouta, not negotiating withdrawal

BEIRUT, March 7 (Reuters) – Syrian rebels in eastern Ghouta will defend the territory and there are no negotiations over a withdrawal that has been proposed by Russia, the military spokesman for one of the main eastern Ghouta rebel groups said on Wednesday. “There are no negotiations about this subject. …

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Empowering women is a must in bid to drive economic growth – Women represent 50 pc of Saudi community

RIYADH, March 6: HRH Princess Lamia Bint Majid AlSaud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies, chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz AlSaud, attends the Second Edition of Women Empowerment and Integration Forum in Jeddah as the main sponsor of the event, organized by Accor Hotels KSA in association …

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Violence halts aid to Syria’s Ghouta – Russian military plane crash kills 32

BEIRUT, March 6, (AP): The first aid delivery in weeks to reach the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus was cut short after Syrian government forces began shelling the area while aid workers were still inside, a local council said Tuesday, amid a renewed escalation in the government’s deadly aerial and …

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Pause in ‘Islamic State’ fight as SDF deploys to Afrin – 1,700 fighters redeploy

WASHINGTON, March 6, (Agencies): US-backed ground operations against Islamic State remnants in eastern Syria have been put on hold because Kurds who had spearheaded combat against the extremists have shifted to a separate fight with Turkish forces, US officials said Monday. The public acknowledgement of what Col Rob Manning, a …

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UAE tightens social media

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 6, (AP): The United Arab Emirates says it will now require anyone conducting “commercial activities” through social media to register for a government issued license. The new rules announced Tuesday target so-called “social media influencers,” who parlay their internet fame into advertising products. Officials said …

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Blockade impact on Qatar fading but risks remain: IMF

Dubai, March 6, 2018 (AFP) -The economic and financial impact on Qatar of a nine-month Saudi-led blockade is fading, but some risks for the Gulf emirate remain, the International Monetary Fund has said. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut all diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar …

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Sri Lanka deploys commandos to quell anti-Muslim riots

Colombo, March 6, 2018 (AFP) -Sri Lanka on Tuesday imposed fresh curfews and deployed heavily-armed police commandos to a central hill district popular with tourists where riots have left two dead and Muslim homes and businesses in ruins. Police extended a curfew in parts of Kandy, home to famous tea …

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