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Arab Times

France sees 100,000 asylum claims in ’17

PARIS, Jan 8, (AFP): Asylum claims in France hit a record 100,000 last year, official figures showed Monday, as President Emmanuel Macron’s government draws up hotly-debated new legislation on immigration. Officials said the rate of arrivals was “historic”, with Albanians forming the biggest group of applicants despite their country being …

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Kuwait Energy in merger talks with London-listed SOCO Int’l

DUBAI, Jan 8, (RTRS): SOCO International, an oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the London Stock Exchange, said on Monday it was evaluating a merger with Middle East oil and gas firm Kuwait Energy. Its statement confirmed a Reuters report earlier on Monday that the two companies …

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Jordan cracks ISIS cell of 17

AMMAN, Jan 8, (AFP): Jordan’s intelligence service said Monday it has arrested 17 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group and of planning attacks in the kingdom. The service “foiled … a major destructive terrorist plot planned by a terrorist cell loyal to DAESH during November 2017,” it …

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Poisonous, running out: Pakistan’s water crisis – Deaths, diseases tied to H2O

ISLAMABAD, Jan 8, (AFP): Barely 15 days old, Kinza whimpers at an Islamabad hospital where she is suffering from diarrhoea and a blood infection, a tiny victim among thousands affl icted by Pakistan’s severely polluted and decreasing water supplies. Cloaked in a colourful blanket, Kinza moves in slow motion, like …

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Winfrey declares ‘new day’ for women in powerful speech

Oprah claims lifetime Golden Globes Oprah Winfrey earned multiple standing ovations at Sunday’s Golden Globes as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award with a moving speech referencing civil rights and the #MeToo movement, declaring that the reign of abusive men was coming to an end: “Their time is up!” …

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Bahrain raises gasoline prices to improve finances

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Jan 8, (RTRS): Bahrain raised gasoline prices on Monday to bring them closer to international levels, state news agency BNA reported, quoting the National Oil and Gas Authority. Octane 91 sold for 140 fils (37 US cents) a litre, up from 125 fils, while Octane 95 sold …

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Saudi invites bankers to pitch for Aramco listing roles

LONDON/DUBAI, Jan 8, (RTRS): Saudi Aramco has invited banks pitching for roles in its stock market listing, including Citi and Goldman Sachs, for meetings in the kingdom in the coming weeks to make their case, according to three banking sources familiar with the matter. The meetings are an indication that …

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Saudi stadiums to open ‘doors’ to women on Friday

RIYADH, Jan 8, (AFP): Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced. “The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday January 12,” the …

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Aussies complete rout of England – Hosts win series 4-0

SYDNEY, Jan 8, (AFP): Australia ruthlessly extinguished England’s resistance to claim an innings victory in the fifth Ashes Test and complete a 4-0 series rout on the final day in Sydney on Monday. The beleaguered tourists, with skipper Joe Root weakened by a stomach bug and unable to continue batting, …

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Philander blasts S. Africa to victory over India

Tourists bowled out for 135 in 72-run defeat CAPE TOWN, Jan 8, (AFP): South Africa’s fast bowlers, led by Vernon Philander, blasted through India’s batting as the host nation gained a 72-run win on the fourth day of the first Test at Newlands on Monday. Set 208 to win the …

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