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January 23, 2018 1:52 AM Malala, Apple join hands to work for girls education

NEW YORK: Malala Girls Education Fund and computer giant Apple have teamed up to support girls’ education, Tech Crunch magazine reported on Monday. Founded by Malala Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin, the Fund aims to empower young girls and help them access the quality education they deserve. Malala is due to speak at the World Economic Forum in Davos

January 10, 2018 12:00 AM Syria says Israel hits its territory

BEIRUT: Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria early on Tuesday, Syria´s army said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hizbullah gaining "game-changing" Iranian weapons. The Syrian army said in a statement carried by state television that Israeli jets fired missiles at the al-Qutaifa 2

January 3, 2018 12:00 AM Salah named Arab player of the year

CAIRO: Liverpool and Egypt striker Mohamed Salah was named Arab Player of the Year for 2017 on Monday in a poll of around 100 sports journalists from several Arab countries. Salah, 25, has been an instant success at Liverpool since joining from AS Roma, scoring 17 goals in the Premier League already and 23 in all competitions. He also helped Egypt to qualify 1

December 28, 2017 12:00 AM Erdogan calls Assad a terrorist

TUNIS: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a terrorist and said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with him. Turkey has demanded the removal of Assad from power and backed rebels fighting to overthrow him, but it has toned down its demands since it started working with Assad’s allies 3

December 27, 2017 12:00 AM Syrian refugees in Lebanon drop below one million: UN

BEIRUT: The number of registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon has dropped to below one million for the first time since 2014, the United Nations told AFP on Tuesday. As of the end of November, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) counted 997,905 Syrian refugees -- a vast majority of them women and children -- registered in Lebanon. "The number reached one million 2

December 16, 2017 2:10 AM Pakistan-born woman tried to use bitcoin to aid IS, say prosecutors

NEW YORK: A suburban New York hospital technician accused of using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to launder money meant for the militant Islamic State (IS) group was arrested on charges of money laundering in support of a foreign terrorist organisation and bank fraud, prosecutors said on Thursday. Federal prosecutors in New York’s Suffolk County 4

December 12, 2017 12:00 AM Putin orders partial Russia troop withdrawal from Syria

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during a surprise visit to the war-torn country. “I order the defence minister and the chief of general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases,” Putin said in a televised speech as he visited Russia’s Hmeimim 3

December 8, 2017 12:00 AM Swiss guard convicted over refugee’s miscarriage

GENEVA: A Swiss military court on Thursday convicted a border guard for refusing medical assistance to a heavily pregnant Syrian refugee who miscarried while being sent back to Italy. The guard was found guilty of causing bodily harm through negligence, attempting to interrupt a pregnancy and repeated failure to carry out his duty, Swiss news agency 2

December 7, 2017 12:00 AM UAE to send astronauts into space

UAE to send astronauts into space DUBAI: Dubai’s ruler on Wednesday launched the United Arab Emirates’ first space programme aimed at sending four Emirati astronauts to the International Space Station within five years. "On this day, a new chapter in our history begins with the launch of the first UAE Astronaut Programme," within the next five years 1

November 28, 2017 12:00 AM Moscow denies deadly strikes on Syrian village

Moscow denies deadly strikes on Syrian village MOSCOW: Russia´s Defence Ministry on Monday denied a report that alleged Moscow´s air strikes had killed 34 civilians in the Syrian village of Al-Shafah. It called the report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights "another falsehood," adding the Russian military targets "only unpopulated areas and international 3