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Hindus recount massacre – UN confronts Myanmar crisis

UNITED NATIONS, United States, Sept 27, (AFP): The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss the violence in Myanmar, moving to step up its response to the exodus of 480,000 Rohingya Muslims in what has been condemned as “ethnic cleansing.” The meeting sets the stage for …

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Kuwait 5th regionally, 52nd globally in competitiveness – Drop in index

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 26, (Agencies): Kuwait’s ranking in the Global Competitiveness Index dropped from 38th with a score of 4.53 in 2016-2017 to 52nd out of 137 countries with a score of 4.4 in 2017-2018. According to the report released by World Economic Forum, competitiveness is defined as the set …

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Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive in a historic decision

Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from next June, state media said Tuesday, in a historic decision that makes the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to permit women behind the wheel. The longstanding driving ban was seen globally as a symbol of repression of women in …

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UAE issues law to safeguard migrant workers against forced labour and sexual harassment

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates, criticised globally for its treatment of migrant workers, issued a law on Tuesday to combat abuse of domestic staff, state news agency WAM said. It includes prohibitions on sexual harassment, forced labour, and the employment of domestic workers under 18. It also stipulates that workers …

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Erdogan warns of ethnic war risk – Damascus open to Kurd autonomy

ANKARA, Sept 26, (AFP): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the Iraqi Kurdish leader against pushing for independence after holding a non-binding referendum, saying such a move risked sparking an “ethnic war” in the region. “If (Massud) Barzani and the Kurdish Regional Government do not go back on …

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Bangladesh seeks $250m for aid – Rohingya toll mounts

COX’s BAZAR, Bangladesh, Sept 26, (AFP):With no money even to bury his eight-year-old daughter, Ali Hossain broke down as he recounted her final moments, the latest Rohingya refugee to die in Bangladesh as fears mount over outbreaks of disease. The little girl was among some 436,000 Rohingya Muslims who fl …

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Benghazi trial opens Oct 2 – Trial could undercut Sessions’ push for tribunals

WASHINGTON, Sept 26, (AP): The trial of the suspected mastermind of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks will be one of the biggest terrorism cases yet for the US Justice Department under a leader who has said it shouldn’t be handling such cases. Since his time as a US senator, Jeff …

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IRAQI MPs DEMAND TROOPS RETAKE DISPUTED AREAS – Kurds vote in push for independence

Erdogan says Turkey to close border, warns on oil ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 25, (Agencies): Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict. The …

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Millions of medicines seized in largest INTERPOL ‘operation’ – Illicit online pharmacies targeted

LYON, France, Sept 25: In the largest action of its kind, INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea X targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices saw some 400 arrests worldwide and the seizure of more than $51 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines. Kuwait is one of the participating countries …

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Raqqa retake seen within month – ‘Russia hits US-backed militia’

RAQQA, Syria, Sept 25, (Agencies): US-backed militias expect to push all Islamic State fighters out of their former Syrian headquarters of Raqqa in less than a month, a Kurdish commander told Reuters on Monday. Under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the militias have hemmed the jihadists into …

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