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Italian Senate pres. says Lebanon’s role “strong point” in Mideast

Italian Senate pres. says Lebanon’s role “strong point” in Mideast BEIRUT: Visiting Italian Senate President Pietro Grasso applauded here on Monday Lebanon’s regional role, deeming it as a “strong point” in the Middle East. During a meeting with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Grasso said in a press remark that the work of the United Nations […]

EU announces emergency aid for Libya, South Sudan BRUSSELS: The European Commission Monday announced that it is giving 2 million euro in emergency funding to assist scores of Libyans who have been forced to flee their homes because of worsening violence in the country. The funding will provide essential humanitarian assistance and protection to the […]

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Russia concerned over Mideast deadlock MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said here on Monday that his country was concerned by the current deadlock in the Middle East conflict settlement. During his meeting with visiting Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat, Lavrov said that Moscow is deeply concerned by the deadlock in the peace process between […]

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North Korea denies Sony hack, wants joint US North Korea probe A cyber-attack on Sony Pictures is at the centre of attraction with the controversy raised over it yet to die. North Korea has been offended by the claim made by the United States that it was behind the attack. It appears that deeply hurt […]

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Iran shows support to ending Syria’s conflict AMMAN: Iran continues to give full support to all efforts, based on democracy and peoples’ decision, to end the three-year conflict in Syria, the Iranian parliament speaker said here on Sunday. Iran’s Shura Council Speaker Ali Larijani made this remark to the press after meeting his Syrian counterpart […]

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Bahrain welcomes positive steps on Qatari-Egyptian cooperation track MANAMA: The Kingdom of Bahrain welcomed the blessed and positive steps on the track of bilateral cooperation between Qatar and Egypt. In a press statement published by Bahrain News Agency (BNA), the Bahraini government commended here on Sunday the keenness of the leaders of Egypt and Qatar […]

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Saudi Arabia, Spain discuss boosting fields of defense RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud received here Sunday visiting Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes and his accompanying delegation. During the meeting, they discussed the ties of cooperation in the fields of defense for the common interests of the two […]

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France to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by year end PARIS: France is to withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, ending a 13-year deployment with international forces there that began in 2001, the Defence Ministry announced Friday in a briefing. France was the first country to offer troops after […]

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China opposes US. arms sale to Taiwan TOKYO: China on Friday expressed resolute opposition after US President Barack Obama signed into law legislation authorizing the sale of four Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taiwan, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. “This seriously violates the three China-US joint communiques, particularly the US commitments specified in the […]

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Turkey, Qatar mull closer ties ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed in Ankara on Friday Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The two sides held talks on means of bolstering bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional issues, Turkey’s news agency reported. Both leaders are expected to sign setting up a supreme […]

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US designates Egyptian militant group, AQAP leader as terrorists WASHINGTON: The US on Thursday designated as terrorists an Egyptian militant group and a senior leader from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), according to a press release from the Department of State. “Ajnad Misr is an Egyptian violent extremist group that splintered from Ansar Bayt […]

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UNSC renews Syrian humanitarian resolution NEW YORK: UN Security Council Wednesday adopted unanimously resolution 2191, renewing Syria humanitarian resolution 2165, for a period of 12 months, until January 10, 2016. The Council noted with grave concern that impunity in Syria contributed to widespread violations and abuses of human rights, as well as violations of international […]

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China vows no change in developing ties with Taiwan TOKYO: China said Wedneaday it will not change its policies regarding the promotion of relations with Taiwan, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported, desipite the pro-China ruling party’s crushing defeat in local elections last month. Fan Liqing, spokeswoman with the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, made the […]

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#PeshawarAttack leaves 141 school kids dead  ISLAMABAD: The terrorist attack that killed at least 141 people including 132 children has ended as security forces killed all seven militants that attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, northern Pakistan, on Tuesday. The spokesperson for Pakistan military, Gen. Asim Bajwa in a news conference in Peshawar said the […]

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