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Thousands more stream out of Syrian towns
BEIRUT: Thousands of civilians streamed out of their towns to escape battles in the north and south of Syria on Saturday, where two different offensives have prompted an exodus in recent days. A new wave of at least 10,000 people fled a rebel pocket to army lines in eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus in the southwest. Rescuers and a monitor said air strikes pounded the besieged zone. In the northern Afrin region, people
Arab Parliament chief seeks immediate ceasefire
CAIRO: The Arab Parliament President Meshal Al Selmi called for an immediate halt of the continued bombing in Eastern Ghouta and the rest of Syria. In an urgent cable sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Selmi said that the bombing of the city led to the killing and wounding of hundreds of civilians, mostly women and children, adding that the siege has led to the worsening of conditions, leading to more victims due to
UN failed to prevent Syria violence: Opposition
Riyadh: The head of Syria’s main opposition group on Saturday accused the United Nations of failing to prevent violence raging in the war-wracked country, including the assault on the Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave. “We hold the United Nations, the Security Council and the international community ... directly responsible for their silence around these crimes and for failing to take action to prevent these crimes,” Nasr Al Hariri,
16 dead as migrant boat sinks off Greece
Athens: At least 16 people, including six children, perished on Saturday after a migrant boat capsized in the Aegean Sea, the deadliest disaster in the area since a controversial deal between the EU and Turkey to try to stem the flow of migrants two years ago. The boat was ferrying migrants from Turkey to Greece when it went down overnight off the island of Agathonissi. Two women and a man who managed to swim to safety on the
Iran will not accept changes to nuclear deal, says official
Tehran: Iran will not accept any changes to the nuclear deal, a senior official insisted on Saturday, after the United States said it was seeking a “supplemental” accord with European powers. “We will not accept any changes, any interpretation or new measure aimed at limiting” the 2015 deal between Iran and major powers, said Ali Shamkhani in remarks carried by ISNA news agency. Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National
Hamas shuts mobile phone firm after attack on PM
Gaza City: Hamas on Saturday closed the Gaza offices of a major telecommunications firm, accusing it of failing to co-operate in a probe into the apparent assassination attempt against the Palestinian premier. Rami Hamdallah, the Palestinian prime minister based in the occupied West Bank, was unharmed on Tuesday when a roadside bomb blew up near his convoy during a rare visit to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Six of his bodyguards
Britain assures Egypt of probe into student’s death
London: London tried to reassure Cairo on Friday that Britain’s police were investigating the death of an Egyptian girl, the victim of a mob attack which triggered outrage in her homeland. Engineering student Mariam Moustafa, 18, was “punched several times,” in the street in Nottingham, central England, police said, by a group of “threatening and abusive” women, before being followed onto a bus by the same gang. Partial footage
Diphtheria infects more than 1,300 in Yemen: WHO
CAIRO: The World Health Organisation (WHO) said a diphtheria outbreak in Yemen has spread rapidly nationwide and infected more than 1,300 people. WHO said in a statement that children and young adults account for almost 80 per cent of cases and more than 70 people have died. Diphtheria, first reported in Yemen in October last year, is a contagious and potentially fatal disease that primarily infects the throat and airways.
Kuwait, Philippines sign agreement on domestic workers
Kuwait City: Kuwait and the Philippines have signed an agreement regulating some working conditions for domestic workers in the Gulf State, Kuwait’s state news agency KUNA reported on Saturday. The deal may end a two-month crisis sparked by reports that abuse by employers had driven several Filipinos to suicide. The Philippines stopped sending workers to Kuwait in January after a Filipino migrant worker was found dead in a freeze
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UAE Ambassador to India distributes ERC assistance
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3 astronauts to blast off for space station on March 21
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Myanmar's Suu Kyi pressed on Rohingya crisis at ASEAN summit
SYDNEY: Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about t..
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UAE goes green to celebrate St. Patricks's Day
DUBAI: Today as millions around the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day ..
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Four killed, 19 trapped in Philippine hotel fire
MANILA: A fire broke out at a hotel in the Philippine capital on Sunda..
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Russia goes to polls in presidential election
MOSCOW: Russians began voting on Sunday in the presidential election i..
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Snow hits London causing 115 flight cancellations at Heathrow
LONDON: More than 115 flights in and out of London Heathrow Airport we..
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UAE, Egypt accelerating joint co-operation in trade ties
CAIRO: Egypt and the UAE have agreed on enhancing joint co-operation i..
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30,000 civilians evacuate Syria's Eastern Ghouta: Report
DAMASCUS: Some 30,000 civilians have evacuated Syria's rebel-held East..
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