Friday, 20 September 2019

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‘Hopeful Australian cricket team will travel to Pakistan in 2022’

SYDNEY: Cricket Australia Chief Executive Kevin Roberts has said he is hopeful the cricket team will tour Pakistan in 2022 but won’t rush a decision. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Robertson said his visit was aimed at strengthening relationships with the Pakistan Cricket Board rather than assessing whether Australia’s ...

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Kuwait army prepares as regional tensions soar

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait s army said it was raising its readiness levels and carrying out military exercises, amid soaring regional tensions after neighbouring Iran was accused of attacking Saudi oil infrastructure. Kuwait also said it was investigating accounts that a drone intruded into its airspace and flew over the royal ...

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Fire at school outside Liberia’s capital kills at least 27

PAYNESVILLE: A fire at a Quranic school outside Liberia’s capital has killed at least 27 people and many are thought to be children, police said Wednesday. The fire around midnight gutted a dormitory and school building where students slept about 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Monrovia, police spokesman Moses ...

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Sri Lankan doctors strike over salary ‘injustice’

COLOMBO: Doctors at start-run hospitals across Sri Lanka began a 24-hour strike, demanding that the government resolve what they say is a salary “injustice.” Two years ago, the government gave an unusually high salary increase to legal officers in the government sector, creating what Dr. Haritha Aluthge, secretary of the ...

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Yemen’s rebels threaten to attack UAE

Yemen’s Houthi rebels are threatening to attack the United Arab Emirates, days after they claimed attacks on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Yahia Sarie, a spokesman for the Houthi forces, told a press conference Wednesday that they have “dozens of targets” in the UAE that “could be targeted at ...

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Norway mosque shooter who killed step-sister had racist motive

OSLO: A Norwegian man accused of killing his step-sister before opening fire in a mosque near Oslo in August had racist motives, police said, confirming he shot her because of her Chinese origin. Philip Manshaus, 22, was arrested after opening fire in the Al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb ...

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EU urges India, Pakistan to seek peaceful solution of Kashmir issue

BRUSSELS: The European Union has urged India and Pakistan to engage in a direct dialogue with a view to a peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute in full respect of the international human rights obligations. Opening the debate on behalf of the High Representative of European Union for Foreign Affairs and ...

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Police test ‘Spider-Man’ device as alternative to Taser

LOS ANGELES: With 49 people killed last year after being shocked by Tasers, police departments across the United States are trying out a “Spider-Man”-like device that fires a tether that entangles and restrains the suspect. Called Bolawrap, the device fires an eight-foot (2.4 meters) bola-style tether at a suspect to ...

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US justice department sues Edward Snowden over new book

The US filed a lawsuit against former NSA contractor, Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who in 2013 leaked secret documents about US telephone and internet surveillance, saying his new book violates non-disclosure agreements. The US justice department said Mr Snowden published his book, “Permanent Record,” without submitting it to intelligence agencies for review, ...

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Iran rules out talks as Trump links Tehran to Saudi oil attack

TEHRAN/WASHINGTON: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ruled out talks with Washington after President Donald Trump blamed Tehran for an attack on Saudi oil facilities that knocked out half the kingdom’s output. Trump said that it looked like Iran was behind the weekend strike at the heart of the Saudi oil ...

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