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Kuwait votes as opposition ends boycott

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwaitis went to the polls on Saturday for the first election contested by the opposition in nearly four years amid fresh disputes over cuts in subsidies due to falling oil revenues. Turnout was high at many of the 100 polling stations with some centres reporting 70 per cent ...

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Eight killed as car bomb hits Mogadishu market

MOGADISHU: A car bomb exploded near a busy market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday killing at least eight people, police said, as medical sources warned the toll could be far higher. “We have counted about eight civilians so far who were killed in the blast and more than 10 ...

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Rouhani urges Iran-Turkey efforts in Iraq, Syria

DUBAI: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for greater cooperation between regional rivals Iran and Turkey to help establish stability in Syria and Iraq. “Today when the region is in a critical condition, cooperation and consultation by Tehran and Ankara in resolving issues can make a difference,” Rouhani told ...

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Trump says Castro was ‘brutal dictator’ who oppressed his people

PALM BEACH, UNITED STATES: President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday called Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro a “brutal dictator who oppressed his people for six decades.” Castro died Friday night aged 90 after defying the United States during a half-century of iron-fisted rule. Fidel Castro is dead! — Donald J. Trump ...

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Blasts hit coalition arms depot in north Syria

HASAKEH, SYRIA: A string of explosions Saturday rocked a munitions storage site in northeastern Syria used by the US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group, a monitor and a local official said. “At least five explosions occurred on Saturday morning at the arms and munitions depots in a base close ...

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Swiss probe top Muslim leader over extremist propaganda

GENEVA: Swiss federal prosecutors said Saturday a criminal probe into suspected extremist propaganda has been expanded to include the leader of the country’s largest Islamic organisation. The office of Switzerland’s attorney general confirmed in an email to AFP that Nicolas Blancho, of the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS), was ...

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China says air force again carries out drills in Pacific

Chinese air force jets have again carried out drills in the Western Pacific, flying through the Bashi Channel that separates Taiwan and the Philippines and the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa island, the air force said on Saturday. The air force described the exercises as part of normal annual planned ...

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Scotland sets out legal case to have a say on Brexit trigger

LONDON: The Scottish government on Friday published legal arguments it will use to try to persuade Britain’s highest court that the devolved Scottish parliament must give its approval before Prime Minister Theresa May can trigger the Brexit process. A High Court ruled earlier this month that the government must seek ...

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Here’s everything you need to know about Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied US efforts to topple him, died at the age of 90 on Friday. The following are some facts about former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. * Fidel Castro ...

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Vietnam, China lament loss of ‘comrade’ Castro

HANOI: Communist heavyweights China and Vietnam were swift Saturday to lament the death of Fidel Castro, with Hanoi’s state media leading tributes to the loss of a “great friend and comrade”. Under the stewardship of Castro, the cigar-chomping socialist figurehead who died Saturday aged 90, Cuba showed solidarity with communist ...

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