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Xi gets second term with ally as VP
BEIJING: China’s rubber-stamp parliament unanimously handed President Xi Jinping a second term on Saturday and elevated his right-hand man to the vice presidency, giving him a strong ally to consolidate power and handle US trade threats. Xi’s reappointment by the Communist Party-controlled legislature was a foregone conclusion, but all eyes had been on whether his former anti-corruption enforcer, Wang Qishan, would become his
Taliban claim deadly car bomb attack in Kabul
KABUL: A car bomb explosion claimed by the Taliban in Kabul on Saturday killed at least two civilians, as the militants maintain pressure on the capital amid growing calls for peace talks. Several others were wounded in the morning rush-hour suicide blast in an industrial area of the city that the Afghan interior ministry said had intended to strike global security company G4S. It was the fourth suicide attack in Kabul in three
Duterte not yet off the hook in case, says ICC
MANILA: Despite the country’s withdrawal, the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Saturday said President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte was not yet off the hook, pointing out it would continue hearing the alleged crimes against humanity complaint filed against him. In a statement, the ICC also confirmed the withdrawal would not affect the status of a Filipino member in the tribunal, Raul Pangalangan, the former dean of the College of
US signs Taiwan travel bill, angering China
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views the self-ruled island as a wayward province. The bill, which is non-binding, would have gone into effect on Saturday morning, even if Trump had not signed it, said the White House. The move adds to strains between the two
‘Rohingya crisis could pose security risk’
SYDNEY: Malaysia’s prime minister on Saturday warned his Southeast Asian neighbours that the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar could become a serious security threat for the region. Hundreds of thousands of the Muslim-minority Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state after authorities launched a brutal crackdown on insurgents six months ago that the UN has called “ethnic cleansing.” Myanmar has vehemently denied the
10 killed in Philippines plane crash
MANILA: A light plane on Saturday crashed immediately after take-off from an airstrip in Bulacan province in Central Luzon, killing five of its passengers including the pilot and co-pilot, a civil aviation agency official and the police reported. Eric Apolonio, the spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), confirmed the death of the five passengers in the tragedy that occurred shortly before noon on
Mass arrests as Maldives activists defy emergency
COLOMBO: Maldivian authorities arrested more than 140 activists who defied a ban on rallies and demonstrated against a state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen, the opposition said on Saturday. Thousands of supporters poured into the streets of the capital island Male on Friday night and continued their protest rally till early Saturday, the joint opposition said in a statement issued in Colombo. “Ignoring President
Salman Khan to shoot month-long 'Race 3' scenes in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is back! The Indian fil..
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Snapchat CEO's net worth tanks $150m after Rihanna's rant
LOS ANGELES: After singer Rihanna blasted Snapchat for running an ad t..
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Weinstein would prefer it if I were dead: McGowan
LOS ANGELES: Actress Rose McGowan, who alleged that Hollywood producer..
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Actor Jacqueline Fernandez visits Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
ABU DHABI: Bollywood superstar Jacqueline Fernandez visited the UAE’s ..
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Backstreet Boys want to open restaurant
LOS ANGELES: Vocal group Backstreet Boys are ready to foray into the r..
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UAE Ambassador to India distributes ERC assistance
NEW DELHI: The UAE Ambassador to India Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Banna..
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3 astronauts to blast off for space station on March 21
WASHINGTON: A Soyuz capsule carrying two NASA astronauts and a Russian..
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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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