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89 militants killed in urban battle

MARAWI, Philippines, May 31, (Agencies): Philippine troops have killed 89 Islamist militants during more than a week of urban battles but a final showdown is expected to be fierce as the gunmen protect their leaders and hold hostages, authorities said Wednesday. Attack helicopters fired rockets on Wednesday morning into parts …

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Eating healthy food, jogging after breaking the fast ideal in Ramadan

Avoid consuming artificial drinks: Dr Bu-Hamad KUWAIT CITY, May 31, (KUNA): People tend, during the holy month of Ramadan, to spend hefty amounts of money to purchase all kinds of food, paving way for consumption all the way to ‘Sohoor’ (pre-dawn meal prior to fasting). This would cause weight increase …

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Thousands rally in Morocco for release of protest leader

Several thousand people took to the streets in Morocco after dark on Tuesday to demand the release of the leader of months of protests in the neglected northern Rif region. The region has been shaken by social unrest since the death in October of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri, 31, who was …

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Number of empty apartments increases from 20,000 to 37,000

KUWAIT CITY, May 30: With the fast-approaching summer and holiday seasons, the number of empty investment apartments in most parts of the country has been skyrocketing. Statistics reveal that this number, since the beginning of the year, has increased by 17,000 and many new buildings will enter the market shortly. …

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Philippine forces pound militants – ‘Surrender or die’

MARAWI, Philippines, May 30, (Agencies): Philippine authorities on Tuesday warned Islamist militants occupying parts of a southern city to surrender or die, as attack helicopters pounded the gunmen’s strongholds where up to 2,000 residents were feared trapped. More than 100 people have been confirmed killed in the conflict, which began …

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‘INTERPOL-led’ operation identifies new drug trafficking routes, methods

‘Smugglers swallow condoms packed with liquid cocaine’ SINGAPORE, May 30: An INTERPOL coordinated operation targeting drug trafficking across Asia and the Pacific has identified emerging smuggling routes and concealment methods. Operation Lionfish – ASEAN, which involved more than 2,000 police and customs officials across 14 countries, revealed a network of …

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UK’s ‘Big Brother’ anti-terror strategy is flawed: UN expert

GENEVA, May 30, (RTRS): Britain is undergoing a subtle but alarming shift towards criminalising peaceful protest and free expression, said a UN report on Monday that likened it to a “Big Brother” state of surveillance and suspicion. The highly critical report covers many policies overseen by Prime Minister Theresa May …

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Merkel hosts India’s Modi, looks to broaden world ties

BERLIN, May 30, (AP): The leaders of Germany and India heaped mutual praise upon each other Tuesday — each referring to the other as a “reliable partner” in a notable contrast to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent public doubts about Germany’s ties with the United States. Merkel suggested that Europe’s relationship …

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Rouhani faces pressure to improve rights

‘Expectations are running high’ BEIRUT, May 30, (Agencies): In the week before the May 19 presidential election in Iran, the eventual victor, Hassan Rouhani, criticised the judiciary and the powerful Revolutionary Guards with rhetoric rarely heard in public in the Islamic republic. Now, in the eyes of his supporters, it …

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Gulf alliance in crisis: UAE – ‘Urgent need to rebuild trust’

DUBAI, May 29, (RTRS): A United Arab Emirates government minister has warned that an alliance of Gulf Arab states was facing a major crisis and he said there was an urgent need to rebuild trust. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, made his comments on Twitter less …

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