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Airstrikes, shelling strain Syria truce – US role key in post-IS Syria, say Kurds

BEIRUT, July 25, (Agencies): Air strikes killed at least nine people in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus overnight and insurgent shelling from the rebel-held area landed near the Russian embassy on Tuesday, a war monitor reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths in the air strikes …

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‘Iran-linked cyber spies use simple yet effective hacks’ – Global ransomware attacks on the rise: Europol

TEL AVIV, July 25, (Agencies): A cyber spying group with links to Iran and active for the past four years is targeting countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Germany and the United States, security researchers said on Tuesday. A new report by Tokyo-based Trend Micro and ClearSky of Israel detailed incidents …

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Spending to save time makes people happy – ‘Yes, you can buy happiness’

WASHINGTON, July 25, (AP): Yes, you can buy happiness — especially if the money saves you time. People who dole out cash to save time on things like housekeeping, delivery services and taxis are a little bit happier than those who don’t, new research finds. Researchers surveyed more than 6,000 …

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Qatar, Turkey ‘hail’ Kuwait’s mediation

DOHA, July 24, (Agencies): Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan on Monday both backed Kuwait’s mediation efforts to resolve Doha’s dispute with another three Gulf countries and Egypt. Both leaders expressed the sentiments at talks in Doha aimed at discussing regional and international developments, …

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China warns India, ‘don’t harbour illusions’ – ‘Shaking People’s Liberation Army is hard’

BEIJING, July 24, (Agencies): China’s defence ministry on Monday warned India not to harbour any illusions about the Chinese military’s ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute. The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension …

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Israel embassy shooting complicates holy site crisis – Two Jordanians killed, Israeli wounded

JERUSALEM, July 24, (Agencies): A deadly shooting at Israel’s Embassy in Jordan further complicated Israeli government efforts on Monday to find a way out of an escalating crisis over Jerusalem’s most contested holy site, including mass Muslim prayer protests and Israeli-Palestinian violence. The shooting, in which an Israeli security guard …

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Iran says envoy to remain in Kuwait despite row – ‘Talks continue’

DUBAI, July 24, (Agencies): Iran on Monday denied reports that Kuwait had expelled its ambassador, saying it would maintain a dialogue with the Gulf Arab state after a diplomatic row over Tehran’s alleged links to a “spy and terror” cell. Iranian and Kuwaiti media reported on Thursday that Kuwait had …

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Saudi CP takes charge of office – King on holiday

RIYADH, July 24, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia’s King Salman left for holiday abroad on Monday and appointed his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to run the affairs of the world’s top oil exporter in his absence, a royal decree said. It is standard practice for Gulf leaders to hand over …

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Trump ‘faults’ NYT over Baghdadi slip

WASHINGTON, July 23, (AFP): US President Donald Trump on Saturday attacked The New York Times and its “sick agenda,” alleging that one of the paper’s reports thwarted a US bid to take out Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “The Failing New York Times foiled US attempt to kill the …

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Syrian army, allies advance against DAESH east of Raqqa – Syria strikes hit near Damascus

BEIRUT, July 23, (Agencies): Syrian government forces and their allies have recaptured territory from Islamic State in countryside southeast of its stronghold Raqqa after air strikes in the area, a pro-Damascus military media unit and war monitors reported. The advances towards the provincial boundary between Raqqa and Deir al-Zor took …

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