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Pompeo says ‘time for peace’ as Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban


August 20, 2018

WASHINGTON: The United States is ready to support and facilitate direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday, welcoming a Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire announced by President Ashraf Ghani. “The United States welcomes the announcement by the Afghan government of a ceasefire conditioned on Taliban participation,” Pompeo said in …

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Qatar and Turkey central banks sign swap agreement


August 20, 2018

DUBAI: Qatar and Turkey´s central banks have signed a currency swap agreement to provide liquidity and support for financial stability, Qatar´s central bank said on Sunday, days after Turkey´s Gulf ally pledged $15 billion in support. The agreement, which was signed by the heads of the two central banks on Friday, will establish a two-way currency exchange line, the Qatar …

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Ghilaf-e-Kaaba changing ceremony begins in Makkah


August 20, 2018

MAKKAH: The annual ceremony to change the Ghilaf-e-Kaaba began in early morning today (Thursday) in Saudi Arabia, where millions of Muslims have gathered to perform the Hajj. The new cover has been prepared with estimated 120 kg pure gold, 100 kg silver and 670 kg silk fiber. The covering cloth of the Kaaba, known as Kiswa, is changed on 9th …

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to run again in 2019


August 20, 2018

Montreal: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Sunday he will run for re-election in 2019 legislative polls. The Liberal Party leader was officially nominated by his party in the central Montreal district of Papineau, a centrist stronghold he has represented since 2008. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He spoke of his “deep conviction that despite the politics of …

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US government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger


August 18, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO: The US government is trying to force Facebook Inc to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect´s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance. The previously unreported …

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Saudi Arabia tests Japan-inspired ´nap pods´ for hajj


August 18, 2018

RIYADH: Mansour al-Amer swipes a card to reveal a narrow sleep pod, reminiscent of Japan´s famed capsule hotels. But this pod is in Saudi Arabia, where the Muslim hajj pilgrimage begins Sunday. The kingdom has plans to introduce capsule rooms in the western city of Mina in the coming days, as an estimated two million Muslim faithful gather for the …

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Megan Markle’s father slammed over self-promotion


August 18, 2018

Thomas Markle, father of Meghan Markle got slammed for claims that he was unable to reach the Princess of Sussex. While Thomas Markle had been publicly acclaiming of not being able to speak with Meghan ever since the day she got married, a friend of Ms. Markle stated that a letter could be handed to Meghan’s mother Doria Markle, Daily …

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Imran Khan to take oath as PM on Saturday


August 17, 2018

Imran Khan to take oath as PM on Saturday ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan is set to take oath of office on Saturday morning, a day after the National Assembly elected him as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan. The oath-taking ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (President House) in Islamabad at 9:30 AM, where …

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Trump says ´Space Force´ to dominate foes, cites China


August 14, 2018

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump signed an almost $750 billion defense spending bill Monday, while vowing a new “Space Force” would give America dominance over rivals in China and elsewhere. “Our competitors have begun weaponizing space,” Trump warned troops at Fort Drum in New York state, as he signed a National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress earlier this month. …

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Pedestrians injured after car hits barriers at UK parliament


August 14, 2018

LONDON: A man was arrested after a car collided with security barriers outside London´s parliament building and a number of pedestrians were injured, police said on Tuesday. “The male driver of the car was detained by officers at the scene. A number of pedestrians have been injured. Officers remain at the scene. We will issue further info when we have …

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