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Suicide bomber kills 12 in Afghan capital

A suicide bomber struck outside a government ministry in the Afghan capital on Monday, killing 12 people and wounding 31 days before the start of a holiday ceasefire with the Taliban. Kabul Police Spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said a suicide bomber on foot struck outside the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry as employees were leaving work. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid …

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Yemen rebel fire kills 3 civilians in Saudi: coalition

RIYADH: Huthi rebels in Yemen fired a “projectile” at the southwestern Saudi province of Jazan killing three civilians Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the insurgents said. “The terrorist Iranian-Huthi militia has targeted civilians with a projectile” killing three civilians in Jazan, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. Malki, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency, did not identify the type …

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Syria’s Assad denies Russia makes decisions for him

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied that military ally Russia was making decisions for him, but said it was natural for there to be differences of opinion between allies, in an interview published on Sunday by state media. In an interview with British newspaper the Mail on Sunday, carried in full by Syrian state news agency SANA, Assad was responding to …

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Britain’s Prince Philip turns 97 in characteristic no-fuss style

LONDON: Britain’s royal patriarch Prince Philip, turns 97 on Sunday, his first birthday since retiring after a lifetime of public service. Never one for a fuss — least of all over himself — Queen Elizabeth II´s husband has no plans for celebrations as he moves a step nearer to 100. “He will be spending it privately,” a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman …

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Kim Jong Un: the young leader taking centre stage

SEOUL: North Korea has been isolated and ostracised for decades, but leader Kim Jong Un will share centre spot on the world stage on Tuesday at his Singapore summit with US President Donald Trump. His father and grandfather restricted their overseas trips to the Communist bloc or non-aligned countries — with his father Kim Jong Il having a notorious fear of flying. …

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Heavy clashes near Yemen’s Hodeidah as UN seeks ceasefire

ADEN: Clashes between troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-aligned Houthis intensified near Yemen’s Hodeidah over the weekend as the United Nations tries to negotiate a ceasefire to avert a possible assault on the main port city, military sources said. A military attack or siege on the Houthi-held western city, long a target in the war, could cost up …

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Iran says time for Europe to save nuke deal almost over

Tehran: Iran´s powerful parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday that the time for Europe to show it can save the nuclear deal was coming to an end. “This issue must be clear that Iran´s officials will not wait for Europe´s endless promises,” Larijani, a key establishment figure, told parliament in a televised address. “The time for negotiations is coming to …

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Trump, Kim land in Singapore ahead of high-stakes summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived on Sunday in Singapore ahead of one of the most unusual and highly anticipated summits in recent world history — a sit-down with President Donald Trump meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear bomb arsenal. A few hours later, Trump also arrived in Singapore at the island city-state’s Paya Lebar Air Base, traveling from …

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Eight months on, #MeToo conquering the US

A “Miss America” pageant without swimsuits, tougher sexual harassment laws, more women running for office: Eight months after the downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement reverberates across America. At first, #MeToo, a social media movement against sexual misconduct, made its mark through accusations against high-profile men accused of sexual abuse in a range of sectors from entertainment …

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Egyptian professor dismissed over belly dance video

A female professor at an Egyptian university lost her job after posting a videos of herself belly dancing on Facebook, local media reported on Thursday. Mona al-Prince, a Professor of English literature at the Suez University, had to face an investigation last year too when she posted a similar video on the social networking site, according to Egypt Independent. Several …

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