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Russia says two US diplomats expelled in tit-for-tat move

MOSCOW: Russia has said it had expelled two US diplomats as a retaliatory move after Washington turfed out two Russian officials over an attack on a US embassy worker last month. “After their unfriendly step two employees of the United States embassy had to leave Moscow,” Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said. “They were declared persona non grata for …

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19 including 12 Pakistani nationals arrested over Saudi attacks

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: Nineteen people, including 12 Pakistani nationals, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia following suicide attacks on Monday, including one near Islam’s second-holiest site in the city of Medina, the kingdom’s Interior Ministry said on Thursday. Seven people are believed to have been killed and two wounded in three separate attacks – in Medina, at a Shiite mosque …

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Japanese grapes crush auction record

A bunch of grapes has sold for a record-breaking $11,000 (£8,500) in Japan, where fruit often commands high prices and social prestige. A supermarket owner from western Japan walked away with 30 grapes, each worth about $360. They were the first Ruby Romans – a super sweet grape variety grown in Ishikawa prefecture – of the season. “We will display …

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Eid ul Fitar will will be marked in the USA on Wednesday July 6.

Riyadh: Media in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar are reporting that Eid al Fitr in the two oil rich countries will be celebrated on Wednesday July 06, 2016. The reports followed as Shawwal Crescent has not been sighted in the region today. You It is hence being reported that Tuesday, July 5, is the last day of the holy month …

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Suicide blast near mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia: residents

RIYADH,(AFP) – A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, without causing any other injuries, residents told AFP, in the second such attack Monday in the kingdom. “Suicide bomber for sure. I can see the body” torn apart, said a witness to the attack in the Shiite-populated city of Qatif. Nasima al-Sada, another resident, …

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Israeli minister says Facebook a ‘monster’, hindering security

Israel’s Minister of Internal Security on Saturday accused Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, of not doing enough to prevent incitement against Israel and said the social network was “sabotaging” Israeli police work. Israel has in the past said Facebook is used to encourage attacks and the government is drafting legislation to enable it to order Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and …

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UAE tells citizens to avoid national dress while abroad

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has urged men to avoid wearing the white robes, headscarf and headband of the national dress when travelling abroad, after a businessman visiting the United States was wrestled to the ground and held as an Islamic State suspect. UAE media reported that the Emirati man was detained in Avon, Ohio, last week after a female …

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Saudi-funded mosque opens in French city after long struggle

NICE: A Saudi-funded mosque in Nice opened its doors for the first time Saturday, after a 15-year tussle with the local town hall. The Nicois En-nour Institute mosque received authorisation to open early Saturday from the local prefect, substituting for town mayor Philippe Pradal, who recently took over from Christian Estrosi. Estrosi was implacably opposed to the construction of the …

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FBI interviews Hillary Clinton in private server probe

NEW YORK: The Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for three and a half hours on Saturday as part of the probe into her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state, her campaign said. The interview at FBI headquarters in Washington followed a week of intense public focus on the …

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At least 82 killed in overnight Baghdad bombings

BAGHDAD: At least 82 people were killed and 200 injured in two bombings that hit Baghdad around midnight Saturday, nearly all of them in a blast targeting a busy shopping area as they celebrated Ramazan, police and medical sources said Sunday. A truck-refrigerator packed with explosives blew up in Karrada, killing 80 people and injuring at least 200. Islamic State …

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