Sabotage of oil tankers stirs concerns over Gulf shipping

Sabotage of oil tankers stirs concerns over Gulf shipping

DUBAI: Amid rising tensions between the US and Iran, sabotage attacks on four commercial vessels off the coast of the UAE’s Fujairah port have raised serious questions about maritime security in the Gulf. The incidents, which included attacks on two Saudi oil tankers, were revealed by the UAE government on May 12, drawing strong condemnation […]

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US suspects Syria in new chemical attack, threatens reprisal

US suspects Syria in new chemical attack, threatens reprisal

WASHINGTON: The United States said Tuesday it suspected that Syrian government forces have carried out a fresh chemical attack and it threatened reprisals.The State Department said it was assessing indications that the regime used chemical weapons on Sunday during its offensive in Idlib, the most significant remaining holdout in Syria of jihadist rebels.“We are still gathering […]

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Will Europe's populist leaders make a breakthrough? | European Elections 2019

Will Europe’s populist leaders make a breakthrough? | European Elections 2019

Elections for the European Parliament get under way on Thursday. Immigration and the economy are dominating the political agenda, and the rise of the far right is dominating the headlines. On Saturday, right-wing leaders from nearly a dozen EU countries, including France, Germany and the Netherlands gathered for a rally in Milan to show their […]

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Bahrain says conference co-hosted with US aimed at helping Palestinians

Bahrain says conference co-hosted with US aimed at helping Palestinians

DUBAI: Bahrain said Tuesday a peace conference it is co-hosting next month with the US is aimed at helping the Palestinians, who have criticized the kingdom for failing to consult them about the event.The conference “serves no other purpose” than to help the Palestinian people “through developing their abilities and enhancing their resources,” said Foreign […]

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In Sri Lanka, Muslims say Sinhala neighbours turned against them | Sri Lanka bombings News

In Sri Lanka, Muslims say Sinhala neighbours turned against them | Sri Lanka bombings News

Kottaramulla, Sri Lanka – The stench of turpentine overpowered Jiffriya Ameer as she cradled her husband against her lap on the front porch of her home and watched the blood drain from the gaping wound on his head and neck. Her three children watched in horror as their father gasped for breath. She screamed for […]

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Myanmar's political prisoners struggle with life after jail | News

Myanmar’s political prisoners struggle with life after jail | News

Yangon, Myanmar – In 2013, after spending more than eight years in jail for owning an independent newspaper during the military government’s decades-long rule in Myanmar, Sonny Swe was granted his freedom in a prisoner amnesty. Once out, he was greeted by an emotional crowd of friends and family, many of whom had campaigned for […]

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Beirut praises ‘progress’ on maritime border dispute

Beirut praises ‘progress’ on maritime border dispute

BEIRUT: Lebanon has hinted that progress is being made in efforts to resolve its maritime border dispute with Israel following the return of a US mediator from talks with Israeli officials. US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield returned to Lebanon following talks in Israel where he outlined Lebanese demands […]

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Trump loses lawsuit challenging subpoena for financial records | Trump News

Trump loses lawsuit challenging subpoena for financial records | Trump News

A US judge on Monday ruled in favour of a US House of Representatives committee seeking President Donald Trump‘s financial records from his accounting firm, dealing an early setback to the Trump administration in its legal battle with Congress. US District Judge Amit Mehta also denied a request by Trump to stay his decision pending […]

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Lebanese budget protesters clash with security in Beirut

Lebanese budget protesters clash with security in Beirut

BEIRUT: Security forces opened water cannons on Lebanese anti-austerity protesters in the country’s capital on Monday, as the government continued to hold marathon meetings to discuss severe budget cuts.Lebanon faces a looming fiscal crisis as the economy struggles with soaring debt, rising unemployment and slow growth. The government’s tightened budget and key reforms aim to […]

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World Food Programme considers ending aid to Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen after ‘interference’

World Food Programme considers ending aid to Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen after ‘interference’

BEIRUT: Lebanon has hinted that progress is being made in efforts to resolve its maritime border dispute with Israel following the return of a US mediator from talks with Israeli officials. US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield returned to Lebanon following talks in Israel where he outlined Lebanese demands […]

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