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China backs independent Palestine with East Jerusalem as capital

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China backs independent Palestine with East Jerusalem as capital

China supports an independent Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, the country’s foreign ministry spokesperson said Thursday. Speaking after an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Istanbul on Wednesday, Lu Kang said Beijing understood the concerns of Muslim countries over the status […]

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Dubai opens Dh40-million camel hospital First of its kind in the world, hospital can treat 20 camels at a time

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Dubai opens Dh40-million camel hospital First of its kind in the world, hospital can treat 20 camels at a time

The Dubai Camel Hospital intends to help in the research and development of camel medicine. Dubai: Pristine operating theatres and state-of-the-art medical equipment are featured in a new Dubai hospital that opened last week — exclusively for camels. Camels remain an important part of the Gulf Arab state’s heritage. Camel races and camel beauty pageants […]

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Russia former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev jailed for eight years for taking bribe from Vladimir Putin’s ally

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Russia former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev jailed for eight years for taking bribe from Vladimir Putin’s ally

A Russian court on Friday sentenced former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev to eight years in a penal colony for taking a US$2 million bribe from an ally of President Vladimir Putin. Ulyukayev is the highest-ranking official arrested in Putin’s 17 years in power. The Moscow court ruled he must also pay a fine of 130 […]

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China no longer willing to be a dumping ground for US waste

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China no longer willing to be a dumping ground for US waste

There have been many stories in US news media lately about how China’s ban on foreign waste has caused recycling chaos in their country. A National Public Radio story last week described the impact on Portland, Oregon, quoting a spokesman for local Rogue Waste as saying that the company had no choice but to take […]

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What we know about deadly crash between French school bus and train

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What we know about deadly crash between French school bus and train

Here’s what we know about the fatal collision between a train and school bus that has so far killed four in France. Photo: AFP What happened?  A school bus, which was carrying around 20 pupils from a local secondary school, was struck by the train in Millas about 18 kilometres west (11 miles) of the […]

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Russia won’t be part of ‘strangling’ North Korea, says US should do its part to start talks

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Russia won’t be part of ‘strangling’ North Korea, says US should do its part to start talks

The mounting pressure on North Korea over its rocket and nuclear programs is reaching a point at which there is a risk of strangling the country, Russia’s deputy Foreign Minister has said, warning that Russia does not support such a tactic. FILE PHOTO: People look from inside a bus in central Pyongyang © Damir Sagolj […]

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‘I’m not running’: Peru’s president Kucyznski refuses to resign over corruption allegations

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‘I’m not running’: Peru’s president Kucyznski refuses to resign over corruption allegations

© Peruvian Ministry of Defense | President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski during the Flag Parade in Tacna, Peru on August 28, 2017. Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kucyznski scrambled for his political survival Thursday as opponents demanded he resign over revelations of decade-old payments from a Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America’s biggest graft […]

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ISIL weapons traced to US and Saudi Arabia

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ISIL weapons traced to US and Saudi Arabia

Weapons supplied by the United States and Saudi Arabia to opposition fighters often fell into the hands of ISIL, significantly enhancing the “quantity and quality” of the group’s armaments, a new report alleges. Iraqi security forces display weapons confiscated from ISIL fighters [Wissm Al-Okili/Reuters] The number of weapons goes “far beyond those that would have been […]

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Oil ministry starts reconstruction of Baiji oil refinery

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Oil ministry starts reconstruction of Baiji oil refinery

Salahuddin (Iraqinews.com) The Iraqi Ministry of Oil started on Thursday reconstructing the country’s biggest oil refinery Baiji, which was completely destroyed in intense fighting between government forces and Islamic State group. The aim is to complete reconstruction work early next year on one of the units that will produce 70,000 barrels per day at the […]

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Nikki Haley: Houthi missile fired at Saudi Arabia was ‘made in Iran’

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Nikki Haley: Houthi missile fired at Saudi Arabia was ‘made in Iran’

US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday at a press conference befor the Security Council in New York that Iran’s behavior in the Middle East is getting worse, fanning flames of conflict. US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley. (Screengrab) Haley confirmed that the US has evidence that the missile fired […]

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