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Oil truck explosion kills 146 people in Pakistan

Sunday 25 June, 2017   REUTERS | By Mubasher Bukhari | LAHORE, PAKISTAN An oil tanker crashed and exploded on a road in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 146 people, many of whom were collecting leaking fuel before it ignited, government officials and rescue workers said. The speeding tanker overturned on a sharp bend on a highway on the outskirts of ...

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UPDATED: Sisi ratifies Egyptian-Saudi maritime border demarcation deal

Sunday 24 June 2017 Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Reuters)   Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ratified on Saturday the Egyptian-Saudi maritime border demarcation deal that hands over the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia, after the parliament recent vote in favour of the agreement. The strait also overlooks the Ras Hamid headland along the coast of ...

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Don’t bully Ireland on tax after UK leaves EU – Coveney

By Colm Kelpie | June 24, 2017   Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. Picture: PA Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has warned against any attempt at EU level to “bully” Ireland into accepting a proposal to standardise corporation tax after Britain leaves the bloc. In an interview with the Irish Independent, the minister warned that a Europe dominated by two or ...

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Eid Al Fitr announced in UAE, Shawwal moon sighted

Saturday June 24, 2017 By Khaleej Times | Web Report/Abu Dhabi First day of Shawwal will be on Sunday, June 25   The moon-sighting committee in UAE has announced that tomorrow, Sunday (June 25), will be the first day of the month of Shawwal and the first day of Eid Al Fitr. The committee, headed by Sultan bin Saeed Al ...

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Turkey, Saudi Arabia to try to reduce tensions over Qatar

June 24, 2017 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Photo: AFP)   Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the new crown prince to “increase efforts” to end tensions in the region related to the dispute with Qatar, Turkish officials said Thursday. Erdogan’s spokesman meanwhile, said that Kuwait — which is mediating between Qatar and ...

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Canadian sniper hits ISIS target from 3.54km away, military says

JUNE 23, 2017 A soldier stands guard at the Taji base complex.PHOTO: AFP   WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) – A Canadian Special Operations sniper shot an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighter from 3.54km away in Iraq, the Toronto-based Globe and Mail newspaper reported Thursday (June 22). The shot, according to the report, happened within the last month. In ...

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US soon to have permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOGADISHU, Somalia — Jun 23, 2017, 9:46 AM ET     The United States ambassador to Somalia says the U.S. once again will have a permanent diplomatic presence in the country after it opens offices in Mogadishu later this year. The U.S. embassy was closed in 1991 as the Horn of Africa nation slid into decades ...

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Reward refugee-hosting communities, says Museveni

The New Vision | By Wilson Manishimwe | Added 23rd June 2017 01:48 PM He said if the international community could work on some road projects, the host communities would understand that their hospitality was not in vain. President Yoweri Museveni has said there are a number of pressing issues such as infrastructure that should be worked on. He said ...

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UAE warns Qatar to take neighbours’ demands ‘seriously’

AFP , Friday 23 June 2017     The United Arab Emirates on Friday advised Qatar to take the demands of neighbouring states seriously or the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf would turn into a “divorce” with Doha. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash also accused Qatar of leaking a document containing the demands by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, ...

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Daesh blows up Mosul mosque where it declared so-called ‘caliphate’

Friday June 23, 2017 MOSUL — Daesh militants blew up on Wednesday the Grand Al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, an Iraqi military statement said. It was from this medieval mosque that the militants’ leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled “caliphate’” spanning parts of Syria and Iraq three years ago. “The Daesh terror gangs committed another ...

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