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  • Earthquake jolts Iran’s Gilangharb city

    Tehran: At least 31 people were injured in a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that shook Gilangharb city in Kermanshah province in the west of Iran on Sunday, Iran Emergency Organization was quoted as saying…

  • Egypt church bomb kills policeman

    Cairo: A policeman has been killed trying to defuse a bomb outside a church in Egypt, security officials said. The explosion injured two other officers and an onlooker. The device was hidden…

  • Iran, Russia plan joint naval drills in Caspian Sea

    Tehran: Iran and Russia are planning to hold naval exercises in the Caspian Sea, the commander of the Iranian navy said on Sunday. “Tactical, rescue and anti-piracy war games between Iranian and…

  • Death toll mounts to 40 in Afghanistan mine collapse

    Kabul: The death toll in the gold mine collapse here on Sunday rose to 40, while 10 miners were reportedly injured. CNN quoted Afghan parliament member Fawzia Koofi saying in a statement,…

  • Pakistan rolls out red carpet welcome for UAE crown prince

    ISLAMABAD: The red carpet was rolled out for Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in Islamabad Sunday, just weeks after his country offered $3 billion to support Pakistan’s battered…

  • In historic first, Malaysia’s king Sultan Muhammad V abdicates

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia‘s king has abdicated, royal officials said Sunday, ending weeks of speculation about his future after he took a leave of absence and amid rumours, he married a Russian former…

  • Hamas arrests 5 over Palestinian government media raid

    GAZA CITY: Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip arrested five men Saturday over a raid at the Palestinian Authority’s media headquarters, in which valuable equipment was destroyed. Five armed men attacked the…

  • Erdogan hopes Imran Khan will be as successful in politics as he was in cricket

    Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan struggled for a long time to bring about change in Pakistan. He told this while addressing a joint press…

  • Iran approves anti-money laundering bill

    Tehran: An Iranian arbitration body gave its approval on Saturday to an anti-money laundering bill seen as crucial to maintaining international trade and banking ties, the official IRNA news agency reported. “The…

  • No olive branches: Export ban dimming Libya’s ‘green gold’

    Stretching as far as the eye can see, groves of gnarled olive trees in northwest Libya have proudly withstood the country’s devastating conflicts. But the industry of extracting olive oil, often dubbed…

  • Iran to deploy warships to Atlantic: media

    Tehran: Iran is to deploy its newest warship to the Atlantic Ocean on a five-month mission — the navy’s longest in a decade, the conservative Fars news agency reported on Saturday. “The…

  • US says Saudis still lack credible account of Khashoggi murder

    WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s investigation and handling of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi still lacks full credibility and accountability, a senior US official said Friday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will continue…

  • Pak PM calls for friendly ties with India, says Kashmir basic problem

    Ankara [Turkey]: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has pitched for friendly relations with India while opining that the “basic problem” between the two countries is Kashmir. “We are trying to have a…

  • Khashoggi case: Death sentences sought for 5 accused

    Saudi Arabia’s attorney general sought the death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as their trial opened in Riyadh on Thursday. All 11 accused…

  • Taliban blames US, Afghan forces for most civilian casualties in 2018

    Kabul:The Taliban blamed US and Afghan forces for almost 90 percent of civilian casualties in 2018, in a report released Friday that suggested Afghanistan’s largest militant group was not responsible for a…

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