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Qatar hires for DC ‘pull’

DUBAI, UAE, July 27, (Agencies): Qatar has hired a Washington influence firm founded by former top campaign aides to US President Donald Trump and another specialized in digging up dirt on US politicians, signaling it wants to challenge Saudi Arabia’s massive lobbying efforts in America’s capital amid a diplomatic dispute …

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IRAN SAT-LAUNCH ROCKET ‘SUCCESSFUL’ – Inspection push to test N-deal

WASHINGTON, July 27, (Agencies): The Trump administration is pushing for inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in a bid to test the strength of the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump desperately wants to cancel, senior US officials said. The inspections are one element of what is designed to be …

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Coalition airstrikes kill several senior Islamic State ‘leaders’ – US-trained Iraqi unit carried out Mosul executions: HRW

WASHINGTON, July 27, (Agencies): Coalition airstrikes recently killed several senior propagandists and facilitators of the so-called Islamic State, according to a statement from US Central Command (CENTCOM). “The removal of these key ISIS leaders disrupts ISIS’s propaganda production, distribution, and the ability to fund ISIS’ terrorist activities,” it said. Abu …

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Dubai bans website, magazine over ‘false news’ allegations

DUBAI, July 27, (AFP): Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have banned a leading business website and magazine for one month for allegedly publishing “false news” on failed real estate projects in Dubai. Arabian Business has withdrawn the report, entitled “51 Dubai projects under liquidation process,” and posted an apology …

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China, India locked in high-stakes border row – Modi boosts power grip

BEIJING, July 27, (AFP): A border stand-off between Chinese and Indian troops on a remote Himalayan plateau has heightened long-standing tensions while ensnaring a tiny kingdom, Bhutan, between the two nuclear-armed powers. The row has festered for more than a month as India and China refuse to back down in …

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EU, Iran, Moscow warn US on new sanctions – ‘AMERICA FIRST CANNOT MEAN EUROPE’S INTERESTS COME LAST’

BEIRUT, July 26, (Agencies): Iran will reciprocate if the United States imposes new sanctions on it, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday according to state media, casting further doubt over the outlook for the 2015 Iran nuclear accord. The US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to slap new sanctions …

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Doha disappointed, shuns Egypt ‘deals’ – No recommendation on listed Kuwaiti

DOHA, July 26, (Agencies): Qatar said on Wednesday a decision by four Arab states to add 18 groups and individuals allegedly linked to Doha to their “terrorist” lists was “a disappointing surprise” and that it was doing all it could to fight extremism. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates …

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Iraq museum safeguards artifacts

Nasiriyah Museum, the second largest museum in Iraq after the National Museum, is a facility that safeguards priceless artifacts from seven human civilizations. The museum, located near to the archaeological city of Ur, contains a huge collection of Sumerian, Assyrian, Babylonian, and Abbasid artifacts as well as other items. It …

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‘Assad committing horrible crimes’ – Trump, Lebanese leader vow solidarity vs terrorism

WASHINGTON, July 26, (Agencies): US President Donald Trump accused Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday of committing “horrible” crimes against humanity and vowed to prevent his regime from carrying out any more chemical attacks. Speaking at a White House press conference with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Trump also called …

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Taleban kill 26 Afghan soldiers – Shebako governor killed by roadside mine

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 26, (Agencies): At least 26 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taleban attack on a military base in southern Kandahar province, the defence ministry said Wednesday, the latest blow to the country’s struggling security forces. The Afghan air force said it carried out strikes backing up …

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