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Turkish, US military chiefs discuss Syria safe zone

ANKARA (AA): Turkey’s chief of general staff and his U.S. counterpart discussed a safe zone in Syria along Turkey’s border on the sidelines of a NATO conference in Slovenia, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Saturday. Yasar Guler and Joseph Dunford held a bilateral meeting in capital Ljubljana where a two-day NATO Military Committee Conference is…

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Drones strike Saudi oil facilities

RIYADH (AA): Fire erupted in two facilities of Saudi Arabia’s oil company Aramco following strikes by armed drones, the country’s official press agency reported Saturday. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), an anonymous spokesman from the country’s Interior Ministry said the fire broke out in the oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais of Aramco early…

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Trump says he discussed ‘mutual defense’ treaty with Netanyahu

WASHINGTON (AFP): United States President Donald Trump said on Saturday he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the possibility of moving forward on a “mutual defense” treaty between the allies, just three days before Israeli voters go to the polls. “I had a call today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility…

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Gates Foundation under fire over award to Indian PM Modi

(Web Desk): The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has once again come under fire, this time from three Nobel Peace Laureates over the foundation’s decision to honour Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mairead Maguire (Nobel Peace Laureate, 1976), Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman (Nobel Peace Laureate, 2011) and Shirin Ebadi (Nobel Peace Laureate, 2003) have called on…

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Somalia: 3 killed in attacks targeting prime minister

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AA): At least three people were killed on Saturday in twin attacks allegedly targeting Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire, police said. Mustaf Abdirahman, a police officer in Lower Shabelle region told Anadolu Agency over the phone, the first attack was a grenade explosion which took place while Khaire was addressing a large…

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Drones attacks spark fires at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities

Monitoring Desk RIYADH: Drone attacks sparked fires at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities early Saturday, the interior ministry said, in the latest assault on the state-owned energy giant as it prepares for a much-anticipated stock listing. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks on Abqaiq and Khurais, two major Aramco facilities in…

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‘I am deeply ashamed’: Felicity Huffman weeps as judge hands down sentence in admissions scandal

Monitoring Desk BOSTON: A Boston judge sentenced Felicity Huffman to two weeks behind bars on Friday for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughter’s SAT scores in the sweeping college admissions scandal. The former “Desperate Housewives” star wept as she apologized to the court and her two daughters for her shameful actions before Judge Indira Talwani…

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War in Gaza could start before elections – Netanyahu

Monitoring Desk TEL AVIV: The statement comes amid an escalation on the Gaza border after Hamas launched several attacks against Israel, while the IDF responded with airstrikes against the militants. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday morning that war against armed groups in the Gaza Strip could break out at any moment, even before…

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Moscow, Kiev prepare new list to exchange prisoners

Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Friday that Russia and Ukraine are preparing a fresh list to exchange prisoners. The topic is on the agenda of the Minsk group meetings and at the consultations in the Normandy Four — Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia — format, Zelensky said, speaking at the Yalta European…

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