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Trump and Modi hail friendship – Combating terrorism, defence ties tackled

WASHINGTON, June 27, (Agencies): US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraced each other as friends and partners Monday, pledging their quest for economic growth would strengthen rather than undermine ties between the world’s two largest democracies. While Trump’s relations with some traditional allies had a rocky …

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Doha’s hotels ‘suffer’ in Eid holidays due to Arab boycott

Airport flights down by a quarter: analysts DOHA, June 27, (RTRS): A boycott imposed by four Arab nations that accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism is squeezing the tourism sector and Doha’s hotels which would normally be full in the Eid Al-Fitr holiday have seen steep falls in their occupancy rates. …

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Amir condemns Makkah terror plot – Suicide bomber blows himself up

KUWAIT CITY, June 24, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent Friday a cable to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to express Kuwait’s strong condemnation of the terrorist scheme against the Grand Mosque of Makkah. In his cable, His Highness the Amir said that this terrorist …

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Demands presented unreasonable: Doha

Amir hopes Gulf rift heals DOHA, June 24, (Agencies): Qatar said Saturday that a 13-point list of demands made by Saudi Arabia and its allies impinged on its sovereignty and failed to meet US expectations they be “reasonable”. Meanwhile, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed hope …

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IS funded siege: Philippines

Australia to send spy planes to help Manila fi ght militants MARAWI, Philippines, June 24, (Agencies): The Islamic State group helped fund the monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city through a Malaysian militant who was reportedly killed by troops, the Philippine military chief said Friday. Gen Eduardo Ano told …

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Pakistan attacks kill 85 – US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan quits

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 24, (Agencies): The death toll from twin blasts in the northwestern town of Parachinar climbed to 67 overnight, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks in Pakistan on Friday to 85, with several others in critical condition, officials said. Shahid Khan, a government official in …

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15 dead, over 100 missing in China landslide

BEIJING, June 24, (AFP): Rescuers pulled 15 bodies from an avalanche of rocks that buried a mountain village in southwest China on Saturday as an increasingly bleak search for some 100 people carried into the night. Only three survivors — a couple and their one-month-old baby — have been found …

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UAE denies, US no knowledge of secret prisons, torture in Yemen

MUKALLA, Yemen, June 22, (AP): Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaeda militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme — including the “grill,” in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast …

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‘Probable Baghdadi killed in May’ – DAESH destroys Al-Nuri mosque

MOSCOW, June 22, (Agencies): A senior Russian diplomat says the head of the Islamic State group has most likely been killed in a Russian airstrike. Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Thursday that “according to the Defense Ministry’s information, there is a high probability …

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Qatar sovereign fund moves stakes to govt

India to run extra Eid flights to Qatar due to embargo DOHA, June 22, (Agencies): Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has transferred over $30 billion worth of its domestic equity holdings to the finance ministry and may sell other assets as part of a restructuring drive, people familiar with the matter …

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