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London needs a new mayor, Khan is a disaster: Trump

US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack Saturday on London Mayor Sadiq Khan, backing a right-wing British columnist who has been widely accused of Islamophobia and once called migrants "cockroaches." Trump attached his latest denunciation of the mayor to a retweet by Katie Hopkins about crime in "Khan's Londonistan" - using a term widely perceived as a pejorative reference to the British capital's Muslim population and Khan's Pakistan ancestry. "LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster - will only get worse!" Trump wrote in response to Hopkins' tweet, later adding the mayor was "a national disgrace...


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Death toll rises in attack on Turkish diplomat in Iraq

IRBIL, IRAQ: The death toll from Wednesday’s attack on Turkish consular employees in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region has risen to three after one victim died of his wounds, his family told AFP. The Turkish vice consul and one Iraqi citizen were shot dead by at least one attacker on Wednesday in a restaurant in the northern regional capital of Irbil, a police source told AFP. The shooting also wounded another Iraqi, 26-year-old Bashdar Ramadan, who died overnight, his cousin told AFP on Thursday. According to Turkish state media, the lone attacker was dressed in plainclothes and carried two guns when...
18/07/2019

From Iraq to Yemen, drones raise US alarm over Iranian plans

GENEVA, WASHINGTON: The increased use of drones by Iran and its allies for surveillance and attacks across the Middle East is raising alarms in Washington. The US believes that Iran-linked militia in Iraq have recently increased their surveillance of American troops and bases in the country by using off-the-shelf, commercially available drones, US officials say. The disclosure comes at a time of heightened tensions with Iran and underscores the many ways in which Tehran and the forces it backs are increasingly relying on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in places like Yemen, Syria, the Strait of Hormuz and Iraq. Beyond surveillance,...

18/07/2019

Three Moroccans get death sentence for killing Scandinavian women

SALE, Morocco: Three Daesh supporters were sentenced to death by a court in Morocco on Thursday over the beheadings of two Scandinavian women on a hiking trip in the High Atlas Mountains. The defendants had asked God for forgiveness during their final statements at a packed courtroom in Sale, near the capital Rabat, following an 11-week trial of 24 suspects. His expressionless face framed by a beard and a traditional kufi cap, alleged ringleader Abdessamad Ejjoud appealed to God to “forgive” him. The 25-year-old street vendor has confessed to orchestrating the attack with two other radicalized Moroccans last December. He...
18/07/2019

Sudan political turmoil drives fears of economic collapse

KHARTOUM: Sales have tumbled at Hashem Abul Fadel’s shopping centers in Sudan, where he and fellow business owners fear that months of political turmoil could bring on a full-scale economic collapse. Sudan’s ruling generals and protesters inked a deal on Wednesday aimed at installing a civilian administration and breaking months of political deadlock. But the country’s fragile economy has already been hard hit by months of mass protests which led to the military council’s toppling of longtime president Omar Al-Bashir in April. Demonstrators have continued to demand a transition to civilian rule, keeping up their campaign despite a June 3...
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UAE seeks to enhance dialogue with Russia: Fahim Al Qasimi

SHARJAH, 18th July, 2019 (WAM) -- Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Department of Government Relations,DGR, has reaffirmed the continually strengthening relationship between the UAE and the Russian Federation, resulting from common interests in a variety of fields. The statement was made during ‘Sharjah Week’ celebrations, which launched in the historic Russian city of St. Petersburg, Wednesday. The iconic St. Petersburg Museum is hosting this weeklong Sharjah cultural showcase, which is a continuation of ‘Sharjah Cultural Days in the World’. The international cultural activity was launched by Sharjah in 2002 to promote knowledge and expertise exchange with cities worldwide....