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  • Pompeo on diplomatic tightrope in Saudi talks over Khashoggi murder

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced a tough balancing act Monday as he pressed Saudi Arabia's crown prince over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder while seeking to shore up strategic ties with Riyadh. The top US diplomat, on an extensive Middle East tour, held talks with King Salman and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Pompeo walked

  • White House sought military strike against Iran

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    WASHINGTON: The White House demanded that the military draft plans for strikes on Iran after attacks in Iraq last year, sparking concern at the Pentagon and State Department, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The report said the move came after a mortar attack launched by an Iran-linked group on the Baghdad diplomatic quarters home to the US embassy

  • Jordan king visits Iraq

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    BAGHDAD: Jordanian King Abdullah II met Iraq’s president and prime minister in Baghdad on Monday, in the monarch’s first trip to Iraq in more than a decade. It is the latest in a string of top-level visits to Iraq in recent weeks, which kicked off with a surprise Christmas trip by US President Donald Trump. King Abdullah met separately with Iraqi President

  • Students, police clash in Athens

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    ATHENS: Police in Athens used tear gas on Monday to disperse students and teachers protesting against changes in the way educators are appointed in the public school system. The clashes broke out as hundreds of protesters tried to break through lines of riot police stationed near parliament, banging on a police van barricade with clubs. "I’m a full-time

  • Polish mayor dies of stab wounds

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    GDANSK, Poland: The centrist mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday, a day after a man stabbed him in the heart in front of hundreds of people at a charity event. "Despite all our efforts, we failed to save him," Doctor Tomasz Stefaniak, director of Gdansk University hospital, told Polish media. Anti-violence rallies are being planned

  • ‘Japan must recognise all Kurils as Russian’

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday after meeting his Japanese counterpart that Tokyo must recognise Moscow’s sovereignty over all of the disputed south Kuril islands in order for peace talks to continue. The two diplomats met for the first time since leaders of Japan and Russia agreed last year to increase efforts to sign a treaty

  • Iran summons Polish diplomat to protest US summit

    January 14, 2019 12:00 AM 2

    TEHRAN: Iran's foreign ministry summoned Poland's top diplomat in the country to protest its decision to host what it called an "anti-Iranian" summit, a spokesman said Sunday. Poland's charge d'affaires was summoned to "protest the anti-Iranian so-called peace and security conference," said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on his Telegram channel

  • Female student expelled for hugging male friend

    January 14, 2019 12:00 AM 2

    CAIRO: Egypt's Al-Azhar university on Sunday said it had expelled a female student after she appeared in a video hugging a male colleague, accusing her of undermining the school's reputation.The video, which went viral earlier this month, showed a young man carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a young woman and then hugging her in what appeared

  • Iran summons Polish envoy to protest US summit

    January 14, 2019 12:00 AM 2

    TEHRAN: Iran’s foreign ministry summoned Poland’s top diplomat in the country to protest its decision to host what it called an “anti-Iranian” summit, a spokesman said Sunday. Poland’s charge d’affaires was summoned to “protest the anti-Iranian so-called peace and security conference,” said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on his Telegram channel

  • Fazl vows to bring PPP, PML-N closer soon

    January 13, 2019 12:00 AM

    PESHAWAR: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman Saturday vowed to bring the country’s two major opposition parties, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), closer soon. Talking to journalists, Fazlur Rehman asserted that he would end differences between the leadership of PPP and PML-N within 5 months