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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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Around-the-globe mission

A team of six naval officers are starting a historic and gruelling around-the-world mission on Sunday — the first circumnavigation of the globe by an Indian all-female crew. Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, who is leading the voyage which will begin in the western state of Goa, told AFP the project …

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China tightens restrictions on religious freedom

China has tightened regulations on religious freedom, intensifying punishments for unsanctioned activities and increasing its supervision of certain groups in a bid to “block extremism” and tackle what it sees as internal threats. The updated rules, released by China’s cabinet the State Council on Thursday, come as the country ratchets …

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Equifax hack hits 143mn – Breach sows chaos

NEW YORK, Sept 9, (AP): A day after credit-reporting company Equifax disclosed that “criminals” had stolen vital data of about 143 million Americans, it had somehow managed to leave much of the public in the dark about their exposure, how they should protect themselves and what Equifax planned to do …

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‘End differences, unite against terror’ – Trump hails Kuwait mediation

WASHINGTON, Sept 7, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, accompanied by National Guard Deputy Chief Sheikh Mishal Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, met US President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday. Their talks at the Oval Office dealt with the long-standing historical relations between the …

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Al-Roudhan to lure Chinese investments on Beijing visit

Both countries keen to boost bilateral relations KUWAIT CITY, Sept 7, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al-Roudhan arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for talks focused on attracting Chinese investments in Kuwait. Al-Roudhan, who doubles as State Youth Minister, is expected to meet CEOs of China’s biggest state-owned …

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‘Rohingya’ camps hit breaking point – Iran prepares aid

TEKNAF, Bangladesh, Sept 7, (AFP): Once-lush hillsides have been stripped bare and transformed into squalid tent cities as Rohingya refugees pour into Bangladesh, joining thousands enduring hunger and disease after fl eeing violence in Myanmar. After dangerous boat crossings or gruelling journeys on foot with little food or water, they …

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25 men in Bahrain charged over attack on police station

DUBAI: Bahrain announced Thursday it has pressed charges against 25 men over an attack on police in the Gulf kingdom, where a crackdown on dissent has drawn criticism from rights groups. Lawyers for the defendants said all of them were Shiite Muslims, who form the majority of the population in …

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