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Qatar’s emir arrives in Beirut for Arab economic summit

Qatar’s emir arrives in Beirut for Arab economic summit

Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has arrived in Beirut to attend an Arab economic summit marred by divisions over readmitting Syria into the Arab League. Qatar’s government has been one of the main backers of Syrian insurgents who have tried, since the beginning of the civil...

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Syria says air defence responds to Israeli raids

Syria says air defence responds to Israeli raids

Syrian air defences on Sunday responded to Israeli air raids in the south of the country, state news agency SANA reported quoting a military source. The air defence systems "prevented Israeli air strikes from achieving their objectives in the south" of the country, the report said without...

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Sudan police tear gas protesters ahead of parliament march: witnesses

Sudan police tear gas protesters ahead of parliament march: witnesses

Sudanese police fired tear gas on Sunday at protesters ahead of a planned march on parliament in Omdurman, the twin city of Khartoum, witnesses said. Demonstrators chanting "freedom, peace and justice" began gathering in some areas of Omdurman but were quickly confronted by riot police with...

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Philippines: Historic Bangsamoro vote starting Monday

Philippines: Historic Bangsamoro vote starting Monday

A referendum set to shape the future of Muslims in the southern Philippines will start on Monday. The Bangsamoro Muslims, long deprived of freedom under the U.S. and the modern Philippine state, reached the final phase in an autonomy agreement signed with the government in Manila in July...

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Afghanistan: Taliban bombing kills 8 police officers

Afghanistan: Taliban bombing kills 8 police officers

A suicide car bomb attack Sunday on the convoy of a provincial governor in Afghanistan killed at least eight police officers, an official confirmed. Shah Pur Ahmadzai, spokesman for the provincial governor in Logar, told Anadolu Agency the convoy was hit by a suicide car bomber at around...

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Israeli PM visits Chad to restore relations

Israeli PM visits Chad to restore relations

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Chad on Sunday for talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations between Tel Aviv and N'Djamena.  "I am now leaving on another historic and important breakthrough, to Chad, a huge Muslim country bordering Libya and Sudan," The...

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Qatar emir attends Arab economic summit in Lebanon

Qatar emir attends Arab economic summit in Lebanon

Qatar's emir has taken part in a regional economic summit in Lebanon amid sharp divisions in the country and among neighbouring Arab nations. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrived in Beirut on Sunday and left after attending the opening session of the Arab Economic and Social...

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Explosion kills 3 mine clearance experts in Yemen

Explosion kills 3 mine clearance experts in Yemen

Three foreign mine clearance experts were killed in an explosion in Yemen’s eastern Marib city on Sunday, according to a local source.  A number of mines exploded inside the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance MASAM in the city, the source with the center told Anadolu Agency. ...

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Two dead, 14 hurt in French ski resort fire

Two dead, 14 hurt in French ski resort fire

Two people died Sunday and 14 more were injured, four seriously, in a major fire at the ski resort of Courchevel in the French Alps, officials said. The pre-dawn blaze forced the evacuation of some 60 resort workers, including foreigners, from a three-storey accommodation building....

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Anarchist group claims December attack on Athens church

Anarchist group claims December attack on Athens church

An anarchist group on Saturday said it was responsible for an explosive device that wounded a police officer and a civilian outside a church in central Athens last month. The group, which calls itself the 'Iconoclastic Sect', made the claim on a Spanish web page, and said December's attack...

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Wall Street wary of progressive Democrats on the House finance committee

Wall Street wary of progressive Democrats on the House finance committee

Wall Street is bunkering down for a wave of intense scrutiny as a group of progressive Democrats, including social media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have joined a powerful House of Representatives committee overseeing banking activities. "It's a huge victory," said Ocasio-Cortez, at 29...

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Democratic transition in Venezuela seems possible, analysts say

Democratic transition in Venezuela seems possible, analysts say

After an election victory slammed as fraudulent by the opposition and international community, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has begun a new term that will see him in office until 2025, his grip on power seemingly firmer than ever. So why are analysts talking up a hope for political...

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Corruption takes centre stage in Nigerian election campaign

Corruption takes centre stage in Nigerian election campaign

Corruption is taking centre stage in the run-up to Nigeria's presidential elections, with the incumbent accused of failing to tackle the scourge of graft and his challenger facing claims about his past. Muhammadu Buhari, an austere and pious former general, will take on wealthy former...

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Trump offers expanded migrant protections for wall

Trump offers expanded migrant protections for wall

President Donald Trump offered Democrats Saturday expanded temporary legal protections for some migrant groups in exchange for the $5.7 billion he is seeking to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as he sought a way out from the ongoing government shutdown.  Addressing the...

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Car bomb explodes in Northern Irish city

Car bomb explodes in Northern Irish city

A suspected car bomb rocked Northern Ireland’s Londonderry city centre Saturday night, local police said. The explosion took place outside a courthouse on central Bishop Street, the Police Service in Northern Ireland (PSNI) said. The PSNI tweeted a picture of a car on fire amid...

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Hungary’s new labor law sparks backlash

Hungary’s new labor law sparks backlash

Thousands of Hungarians went to the streets on Saturday to protest against a controversial labor law, local media reported. The law on overtime, dubbed “slave law” increases the amount of overtime that employers can request from 250 to 400 hours. Young workers “don’t want to...

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Muslim group's assets in Greece being sold illegally

Muslim group's assets in Greece being sold illegally

The assets owned by a Muslim Turkish foundation on the Greek island of Kos are being sold off "illegally," the head of an NGO told Anadolu Agency. According to an official announcement seen by Anadolu Agency, a plot of land spanning over 34,000 square meters (some 366,000 square feet)...

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Man says students wound up singing with him

Man says students wound up singing with him

Marcus Frejo, a member of the Pawnee and Seminole tribes who is also known as Chief Quese Imc, said he had been a part of the march and was among a small group of people remaining after the rally when the boisterous students began chanting slogans such as “Make America great” and then...

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