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IS developing ‘new weapons’ despite losses: arms monitor

ERBIL, Iraq, April 26, (Agencies): Islamic State militants have developed an improvised explosive device (IED) that can be launched from rifles or dropped from an aerial drone, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the Sunni militant group was “promoting the development of ‘own-brand’ weapons” …

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Nation-state seen behind hack of Saudi

RIYADH, April 26, (Agencies): Increasingly sophisticated hackers possibly linked to a foreign nation aimed to disrupt key organisations in Saudi Arabia, the US-based cyber security firm McAfee said. It did not name the possible attacker but US intelligence officials said they suspected a link to the kingdom’s regional rival Iran …

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Kuwait pledges $100m to Yemen – $1.1b raised

GENEVA, April 25, (Agencies): The State of Kuwait is earmarking $100 million as a contribution to international relief aid for the Yemeni people. Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister Khaled Suleiman Al-Jarallah, who declared the financial allocation at a high-profile international pledging conference for Yemen, held here on Tuesday, indicated that the …

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Horrific wounds, gruesome accounts offer window on hell – Victims filling frontline clinic in west Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq, April 25, (AFP): The horrific wounds and gruesome accounts of the victims filling a frontline clinic in west Mosul in Iraq offer a window on the hell inside the last jihadist strongholds. Dozens of wounded are rushed in every day to receive emergency assistance from the staff at …

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Tax plan faces deficit challenge – Trump seeks to slash corporate tax rate from 35 pct to 15%

WASHINGTON, April 25, (AP): President Donald Trump plans to stick with his campaign pledge to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, but the dramatic cut raises a problematic question for the White House: How can the president deliver the “massive” tax cut he promised without …

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Dubai Mall plunges into darkness by power outage – Electricity restored after two hours

DUBAI, April 25, (RTRS): A power outage briefly plunged the glitzy Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping centres, into darkness on Monday, Dubai’s government media office and a local newspaper reported. The English-language Gulf News said the outage began at 7:13 pm (1513 GMT) and it posted photos …

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US carrier group heads for Korean waters – China calls for ‘restraint’

BEIJING/SEOUL, April 24, (RTRS): Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint on Monday in a call about North Korea with US President Donald Trump, as Japan conducted joint drills with a US aircraft carrier strike group headed for Korean waters. The carrier group was sent by …

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$50 mln partnership to protect kids from measles, Rubella – AP, UNICEF join hands to save children

RIYADH, April 24: Alwaleed Philanthropies Global, chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and UNICEF announce today a $50 million partnership to help achieve a world where no child dies from measles or is born with severe disabilities caused by rubella. The investment from Alwaleed Philanthropies provides …

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From aspiring stylist to jihadist widow – One woman’s Syria story

QAMISHLI, Syria, April 24, (AFP): Islam Maytat thought marrying an Afghan-British businessman was her ticket to a new life as a fashionista in London. Instead she became a widow living under jihadist rule in Syria. At just 23, the young Moroccan spent three traumatic years in northern Syria under the …

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Environmental activists awarded ‘Goldman’ prizes – 6 win amid murders, violence

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 24, (RTRS): A Congolese park ranger, a Guatemalan indigenous land rights activist and an octogenarian Australian who blocked a coal mining fi rm from taking her family’s farm were among the six winners of one of the world’s most prestigious environmental prizes on Monday. Announced in …

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