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US reviews military plans against Iran, in echoes of Iraq war

The high-level review of the Pentagon’s plans was presented during a meeting about broader Iran policy. It was held days after what the Trump administration described, without evidence, as new intelligence indicating that Iran was mobilizing proxy groups in Iraq and Syria to attack US forces. At a meeting of President Donald Trump’s top national […]

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An election that wasn’t meant to happen in U.K.

With Brexit getting delayed, British citizens will vote for EU Parliament on May 23 Just under three years since the Brexit referendum that irrevocably changed British politics, another election is set to take place later this month that could fundamentally impact the political landscape again. On May 23, British citizens and European and Commonwealth citizens […]

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No Brexit consensus without new referendum: Labour

London: Serious doubts have been raised over the success of ongoing cross-party talks on Brexit after Labour’s chief negotiator on Monday insisted that any deal is unlikely to be passed on the House of Commons without another referendum, which is opposed by the ruling dispensation. Called a ‘confirmatory referendum’, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer […]

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Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks

Emirati officials have declined to elaborate on the nature of the sabotage or say who might have been responsible. Saudi Arabia said on Monday two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was en […]

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Saudi educated trainer of Easter bombing kingpin held in Sri Lanka

Aliyar founded Islamic centre in Zahran’s hometown Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a Saudi-educated scholar for what they claim are links with Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings, throwing a spotlight on the rising influence of Salafi-Wahabi Islam on the island’s Muslims. Mohamed Aliyar, 60, is the founder of the Centre […]

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Podcasters find niche audience in Arab world

It is gaining traction around the region Rana Nawas left the corporate world nearly two years ago to produce and host a podcast — one that is now considered the most popular in the Arab world. The English-language series, When Women Win, tells the stories of successful women from all over the world and, according […]

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70 years on, Berlin recalls ‘candy bombers’

In 1948, pilots flew supplies to West Berlin’s 2.5 mn people during Soviet blockade of the ruined city When in 1948 U.S. bombers started dropping tiny, improvised parachutes loaded with sweets into Berlin during the Soviet blockade, one little German girl wrote to complain. Mercedes Wild, now 78, recalled how she protested that the constant […]