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Fierce storms hit Greece killing six foreign nationals

ATHENS: Six foreign nationals, including two children, were killed and more than 100 other people injured after gale-force winds, rain and hailstorms lashed northern Greece late on Wednesday, uprooting trees and collapsing roofs, authorities said. Television footage showed strong winds sweeping through a restaurant in the Halkidiki peninsula, a region …

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US silence on Khashoggi ‘not an option’, says UN rapporteur

LONDON: The US must act on a report into Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death last October, a UN expert has warned. “Silence is not an option. Speaking up is required but not enough. We have to act,” Agnes Callamard said. Her inquiry concluded that Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi embassy …

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Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia festival after backlash

NEW YORK: Rapper Nicki Minaj has cancelled a scheduled performance in Saudi Arabia next week, citing her support for the rights of women and the LGBT community. Her headline billing at the festival in Jeddah triggered an outcry from critics of the country’s human rights record. Others questioned how her …

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US State Department unaware about PM Imran Khan’s visit

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has expressed ignorance about the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan this month, ARY News reported on Wednesday. “The White House would be reached for confirmation of the visit”, said State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, while addressing a press briefing here today. The spokesperson said …

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Nigeria police kill two Zakzaky supporters: Islamic group

ABUJA: Police in Nigeria have killed two supporters of jailed Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky, who were demanding his release in the capital, Abuja, according to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), an organization that he heads. The two, who were members of the IMN, were shot and killed outside …

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Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh battle monsoon landslides and floods

MYANMAR: Thousands of people have been relocated and at least one person has died after Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh were battered by heavy monsoon rain. Weather warnings suggest the downpour is likely to continue. According to UNICEF, more than 3,000 families have been affected. The International Organization for Migration …

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US approves $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan amid tensions with China

WASHINGTON: The US has approved sale of $2.2 billion worth of arms to Taiwan, including 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks, in the wake of Washington- Beijing trade tensions. The sale serves “US national, economic, and security interests by supporting” Taiwan’s “continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and to maintain a …

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Muslims boycott Hajj over Saudi crown prince’s policies: Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies have prompted large groups of Muslims across the world to boycott this year’s Hajj ceremony, a new report suggests, citing concerns that Riyadh may use the revenues from the pilgrimage to pursue the young prince’s destructive foreign policies, including his deadly …

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