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Thousands demand Catalan ‘independence’ before vote – Spike in migrant arrivals

BARCELONA, Sept 11, (Agencies): Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were poised to rally on Monday to demand their region break away from Spain, in a show of strength three weeks ahead of an independence referendum banned by Madrid. Nearly 400,000 people have signed up to join the demonstration in Barcelona, …

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Referendum as planned

IRBIL, Sept 11, (Agencies): The leader of Iraq’s Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani underlined on Monday that a referendum for the region’s independence will “go ahead as planned” on Sept 25. His remarks came during talks with the UN chief’s Special Representative for Iraq and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) …

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Russia backs Kuwait Gulf crisis mediation

JEDDAH, Sept 10, (Agencies): Russia fully supports Kuwait in its efforts to defuse tensions amid an ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis involving Qatar and a quartet of Arab nations, its foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said on Sunday. In a press conference alongside his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir, Lavrov expressed hope that …

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Syrians gain on IS

BEIRUT, Sept 10, (Agencies): Syrian government forces and US-backed militias converged on Islamic State in separate offensives against the militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor on Sunday. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance of mostly Kurdish and Arab militias (SDF) said it had reached Deir al-Zor’s industrial …

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Cyprus rescues 305 Syrian refugees in two boats

Cypriot authorities brought ashore more than 300 Syrian refugees early on Sunday after spotting two boats in open water off the northwest coast of the Mediterranean island, police said. It was one of the largest waves of migrants to be received by Cypriot authorities in a single day since civil …

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Rebels call one-month Myanmar ceasefire as exodus grows

Rohingya violence may help recruit extremists DHAKA, Sept 10, (Agencies): Bangladeshi security forces were on alert for attempts by homegrown Islamist militants to use the violence against Rohingya Muslims in neighbouring Myanmar to recruit new fighters, a top official said Saturday. Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state …

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Hurricane Irma slams into Florida Keys

Trump speaks to governors & senators, approves disaster areas MIAMI, Sept 10, (AFP): Hurricane Irma’s eyewall slammed into the Florida Keys Sunday, lashing the island chain with fearsome wind gusts as it bears down on the state’s west coast where a mass exodus has turned cities into ghost towns. Irma, …

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Sides to promote security, stability – Roadmap set for bilateral ties in coming year WASHINGTON, Sept 9, (KUNA): The United States and Kuwait renewed on Friday their commitments to promoting stability and security during the second round of their annual Strategic Dialogue. The meeting was co-chaired by US Secretary of …

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Qatar giving $30 mln to help Harvey victims in Texas

Floridians hustle to flee Irma MIAMI, Sept 9, (AP): With the window closing fast for anyone wanting to escape, Irma hurtled toward Florida with 130 mph winds Saturday on a shifting course that threatened the first direct hit on the Tampa area from a major hurricane in nearly a century. …

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Rohingya exodus nears 300K – Little US pressure amid ethnic cleansing

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Sept 9, (AFP): Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted and the United Nations is braced for a further surge, officials said Saturday. The exodus figure has jumped about 20,000 in a day and from …

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