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Turkish army targets Kurdish militia in Syria

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Democrats 'holding citizens hostage:' White House
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s administration accused the opposition Democrats of holding American citizens hostage on Saturday after lawmakers failed to agree a stop-gap spending deal before a midnight deadline. "We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
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Masdar, Department of Transport sign MoU
ABU DHABI: The Department of Transport – Abu Dhabi, DoT, and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to cooperate in the study, testing and evaluation of sustainable, electrical and autonomous transport technologies. Khalifa Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Department of Transport, and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Masdar’s Chief Executive Officer, signed
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US VP Pence heads to Mideast amid Israel embassy storm
WASHINGTON: US Vice President Mike Pence set off for the Middle East on Friday for a trip overshadowed by controversy over plans to move the American embassy in Israel to occupied Jerusalem. Pence had been due to travel in December last year, but Arab anger over President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital saw many planned meetings cancelled. The deadly protests that erupted at the time have subsided,
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Pak shuts Radio Free Europe's Pashto-language station
Islamabad: Pakistan shut down the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Pashto-language station in the country on Friday night for airing content "against the interest of Pakistan." The office of RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal in the capital Islamabad was ordered closed by the ministry of interior, which said Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) — Pakistan's top spy agency — had found its programmes to be "in-line with (a) hostile inte
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Dubai to host first Arab Land Conference
DUBAI: The Dubai Land Department, DLD, has announced that Dubai has been chosen to host the First Arab Land Conference, which will run on 26th - 28th February 2018. The conference will address many of the most-challenging land-related issues in Arab countries, including how to manage land to reduce conflicts, and how to maximise the use of land and real estate for individuals, states, and society as a whole. In addition to being
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Tom Hanks was afraid of Meryl Streep
LOS ANGELES: Actor Tom Hanks says he was "afraid" of his "The Post" co-star Meryl Streep. The Steven Spielberg directorial has marked the first time the two Oscar winners have worked together, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "I'm in awe of Meryl Streep. I was afraid of Meryl Streep. I did not know what to say to Meryl Streep," Hanks told The I Paper. The film follows Katharine Graham (Streep) who, as the first female publisher of The
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New Facebook update to prioritise 'trustworthy news'
SAN FRANCISCO: After tweaking its News Feed to allow users to see more updates from family and friends than posts from businesses, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has now announced to prioritise news that is trustworthy, informative and local. In a Facebook post on Saturday, Zuckerberg said it's important that News Feed promotes high-quality news that helps build a sense of common ground for its over two billion users. Here's how
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Britain wants comprehensive trade deal with EU: PM May
BERLIN: Britain wants to have a comprehensive trade deal with the European Union as well as a defence pact in place once its leaves the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said in remarks published in a German newspaper on Saturday. May added that her government was not seeking to “cherry pick” in the negotiations and that it wanted a trade deal that goes further than that which the EU has with Norway or Canada simply because Britain
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'Potentially hazardous asteroid' to safely fly past earth on Feb.4
WASHINGTON: An intermediate-sized asteroid, categorised as a "potentially hazardous asteroid", will make a close approach to earth on Feb.4, but has zero chances of colliding with our planet in over the next 100 years, NASA said in a statement. Discovered in January 2002, the asteroid 2002 AJ129 is somewhere between 0.3 miles (0.5 km) and 0.75 miles (1.2 km) across. The asteroid will be no closer than 10 times the distance
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Rohingya rebels say Myanmar refugee return plan 'deceitful'
YANGON: Rohingya rebels on Saturday hit out at a repatriation plan for refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar set to begin next week, saying it aims to trap the Muslim minority in long-term camps while their ancestral lands are seized. Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to send back around 750,000 refugees who arrived since October 2016 over the next two years, a process set to begin as early as Tuesday. But the deal has been
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Australian Open 2018: Halep endures marathon to reach last 16
MELBOURNE: Top seed Simona Halep saved three match points as she won a marathon third round encounter 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 against Lauren Davis on Saturday. American Davis lost a toenail in a third set lasting more than two hours and Halep served for the match four times before finally getting across the line on her very first match point. "I never played a third set so long. I’m almost dead," said the Romanian.
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One dead as accident mars fourth leg of Volvo Ocean Race
HONG KONG: A collision between a fishing boat and the American-Danish team during the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race left one man dead, police said on Saturday, overshadowing a historic victory for the Hong Kong team as the city hosted the race for the first time. Local group Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag triumphed despite some significant setbacks in the gruelling 5,800 nautical mile stage from Melbourne, Australia, closely followed
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Trump ends year as 'most unpopular' president
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump ended his first year in office more unpopular than any President in modern history, various polls have said. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Friday found that just 39 per cent of Americans approve of Trump's performance. This was the lowest figure the poll has found for a modern President completing one year in office, according to NBC News. Trump's overall approval
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Average British dinner lasts 21 minutes: Survey
LONDON: The average British dinner lasts just 21 minutes, according to a survey published on Saturday which found increasingly busy schedules a barrier to eating together. A total of 55 per cent of families have a smartphone, computer or television present when eating together, according to the survey for supermarket chain Co-op Food. People said increasingly busy lives and conflicting schedules got in the way of dinner.
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Hundreds of police in Thailand block anti-junta march
BANGKOK: Hundreds of police in Thailand on Saturday blocked protestors planning to march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen in the northeast of the country in a rare display of public discontent in the junta-ruled country. Thailand has been ruled by the military since 2014. Demonstrations have since become a rarity, partly because of junta orders banning public assembly. The United Nations has expressed concern over what it calls
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South Korea asks North Korea to explain canceled visit
SEOUL: South Korea on Saturday requested North Korea to explain why it abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation over the weekend to prepare for a visit by an art troupe during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said that the countries could hopefully reschedule a visit soon. North Korea also hasn’t responded to the South Korean proposal to send a 12-member delegation
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Chinese human rights lawyer’s detention ‘absurd’: Attorney
BEIJING: The lawyer of a prominent Chinese human rights attorney detained in Beijing said on Saturday that the allegations against his client, who has been charged with disrupting public service, were “absurd.” Yu Wensheng was seized as he left his Beijing apartment to walk his child to school by roughly a dozen people, including a SWAT team, sources told AFP on Friday. Hours before his detention, Yu had circulated an open
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US singer Tom Petty died of 'accidental drug overdose'
LOS ANGELES: American rocker Tom Petty died in October of an accidental drug overdose after taking a variety of medications for his ailments including a mix of opioid painkillers, his family and the Los Angeles county medical examiner said on Friday. The autopsy report says the 66-year-old Petty had fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam and other drugs in his system when he died of cardiac arrest. Petty’s wife Dana and daughter
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Thai police arrest ‘kingpin’ in Asian wildlife trafficking
BANGKOK: Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia’s illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.
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Five killed in arson attack on Seoul motel
SEOUL: Five people were killed and four others were hospitalised on Saturday in an arson attack on a motel in downtown Seoul, police said. A 53-year-old man who said he started the blaze was arrested. Witnesses said a delivery man carried out the attack in a fit of anger after being denied a room at the two-story motel for allegedly being drunk. The man, identified only by his surname Yu, bought 10 litres (around two gallons)
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Pak shuts Radio Free Europe's Pashto-language station
Islamabad: Pakistan shut down the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Li..
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Turkish army targets Kurdish militia in Syria
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'Potentially hazardous asteroid' to safely fly past earth on Feb.4
WASHINGTON: An intermediate-sized asteroid, categorised as a "potentia..
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Dubai to host first Arab Land Conference
DUBAI: The Dubai Land Department, DLD, has announced that Dubai has be..
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Thai police arrest ‘kingpin’ in Asian wildlife trafficking
BANGKOK: Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia’s illega..
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Masdar, Department of Transport sign MoU
ABU DHABI: The Department of Transport – Abu Dhabi, DoT, and the Abu D..
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Trump ends year as 'most unpopular' president
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump ended his first year in office m..
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Chinese human rights lawyer’s detention ‘absurd’: Attorney
BEIJING: The lawyer of a prominent Chinese human rights attorney detai..
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US VP Pence heads to Mideast amid Israel embassy storm
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South Korea asks North Korea to explain canceled visit
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