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Netanyahu quizzed as submarine graft probe witness

JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on Tuesday questioned as a police witness in a probe of alleged corruption over the state purchase of three German submarines, his office said. Netanyahu is the subject of several corruption investigations, but he is not under suspicion in the submarine affair, known as Case 3000. “The prime minister gave his testimony in …

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Trump says NKorea no longer a nuclear threat

Washington: US President Donald Trump Wednesday congratulated himself on his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, insisting that country is no longer a nuclear threat. The remark was part of a blast of tweets that Trump fired off even as Air Force One touched down at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland outside the US capital and brought Trump …

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Hindu group assaults Taj Mahal gate

NEW DELHI: A group of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members tried to vandalise the west gate of the Taj Mahal on Sunday alleging that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is blocking the way to a 400-year-old Shiva temple while constructing a closed area for the Taj Mahal, the Indian Express said on Tuesday. It said footage of the incident showed …

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Afghans walk hundreds of kilometres for peace

Hobbled by blisters and stalked by hunger, dozens of Afghan protesters are marching hundreds of kilometres across the war-torn country demanding an end to the nearly 17-year conflict. Nine people began the weeks-long anti-war march in May, but their numbers have since swollen to around 50, organizers say, as their demands for an end to fighting gain traction among ordinary …

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Saudis host four-nation meeting over Jordan crisis

RIYADH: Jordan´s King Abdullah II arrived in Saudi Arabia on Sunday for a crucial four-nation meeting focused on supporting Amman to tackle an economic crisis in the wake of anti-austerity protests. He landed in the Red Sea city of Jeddah ahead of his meeting later Sunday with leaders of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, the official Saudi …

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Austrian Muslims denounce mosque clampdown

VIENNA: Austria’s main federation of Muslim residents (IGGiOe) on Sunday voiced its “indignation” after Vienna announced the closure of seven mosques and said it would expel Turkish-funded imams. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had on Saturday strongly criticised the move as anti-Islamic and promised a response and the Muslim federation launched a broadside. Vienna wants to “discredit the religious community,” the group’s …

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Trudeau ‘stabbed us in the back’: Trump adviser

WASHINGTON: The top White House economic adviser accused Canada’s prime minister on Sunday of betraying US President Donald Trump with “polarising” statements on US trade policy that risked making the American leader look weak on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea. Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau …

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China’s Xi backs nuclear deal in talks with Iran leader

BEIJING: Chinese leader Xi Jinping called for the Iran nuclear deal to be “earnestly” implemented as he met the country’s president following the US withdrawal from the pact, state media said Monday. Xi met one-on-one with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday following a two-day regional security summit in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao that also included Russia and …

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US F-15 fighter jet crashes into sea off Okinawa

TOKYO: Japan´s Kyodo news agency and public broadcaster NHK reported on Monday that a US F-15 fighter jet crashed into the sea off Okinawa in southern Japan. The safety of the pilot, who ejected from the jet, was unclear. The jet was from the Kadena airbase in Okinawa, Kyodo reported, citing several government sources.

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