Tuesday, 2 March 2021

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Spain’s king leaving country amid financial scandal

MADRID: Spain’s former monarch, King Juan Carlos I, says he is leaving Spain to live in another country amid a financial scandal. The royal family’s website published a letter from Juan Carlos to his son, King Felipe VI, saying “I am informing you of my considered decision to move, during ...

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Second Rwanda war crimes suspect, found in France

France has opened an investigation after a former Rwandan spy chief, wanted for alleged crimes against humanity, was found in France by an investigative news organisation. Aloys Ntiwiragabo was tracked down by Mediapart to Orleans, a city about 100km south-west of Paris, after the international agencies failed to find him. Ntiwiragabo is ...

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Muslims begin downsized Hajj

MAKKAH: Muslim pilgrims on July 29 begin the annual Hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage. The Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually ...

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Mel Gibson has recovered after hospitalization

HOLLYWOOD: Mel Gibson spent a week in a Los Angeles hospital in April after testing positive for COVID-19, his representative said Friday. The 64-year-old actor and director has completely recovered and is doing “great” according to the rep. He also said Gibson has tested negative “numerous times” since then. Gibson ...

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United States orders China to close its consulate in Houston

BEIJING: The United States said that it has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston “to protect American intellectual property” and the private information of Americans. China strongly condemned the move, the latest in a series of steps by the Trump administration as it ratchets up pressure on the ...

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Taliban explosives truck kills 8 Afghan soldiers

KABUL: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed truck near an Afghan military convoy, killing eight soldiers, the defence ministry said, in the latest attack claimed by the Taliban. The attack, which took place in Sayed Abad district of Wardak province near the capital Kabul, also wounded nine soldiers, the ministry ...

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China says it’s not trying to replace US, won’t be bullied

BEIJING: China isn’t seeking to confront or replace the United States as the world’s top technological power but will fight back against “malicious slander” and attacks from Washington, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Friday, responding to a litany of recent accusations from the Trump administration. Hua Chunying said China’s chief ...

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UN Needs Billions More to Give Coronavirus Aid Across the World

LONDON: The United Nations is increasing to $10.3 billion its appeal for humanitarian aid funding to handle the fallout from the coronavirus crisis around the world. Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said in Geneva on Friday that “the number of people ...

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Johnny Depp’s bodyguard says Amber Heard abused the Hollywood star

LONDON: Johnny Depp’s security chief alleged that Amber Heard physically abused Depp during the couple’s tempestuous marriage, giving testimony to support Depp’s libel suit against a British tabloid that accused him of assaulting his former spouse. Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive ...

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US to Hit Huawei Employees With Visa Bans

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration said Wednesday it will impose travel bans on employees of the Chinese technology giant Huawei and other Chinese companies the U.S. determines are assisting authoritarian governments in cracking down on human rights, including in China’s western Xinjiang province. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said the ...

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