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April 17, 2024

Dubai airport diverts flights as ‘exceptional weather’ hits Gulf

DUBAI: Dubai’s major international airport diverted scores of incoming flights on Tuesday as heavy rains lashed the United Arab Emirates, causing widespread flooding around the desert country. The world’s busiest air hub for international passengers confirmed a halt to arrivals at 7:26 pm (1526 GMT) before announcing a “gradual resumption” more than two hours later. […]

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April 17, 2024

Wealthy Indian couple donates INR2b, embraces monkhood

An affluent Jain couple from the Indian state of Gujarat, Bhavesh Bhandari and his wife, have made a substantial donation of nearly INR2 billion and embarked on a journey of spiritual enlightenment by embracing monkhood. According to The Economic Times, they relinquished their wealth in February and are scheduled to formally embrace renunciation at an […]

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April 16, 2024

Xi meets German chancellor, calls for achieving mutual success

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, calling on the two sides to carry forward the distinctive characteristics of mutual benefit and win-win outcomes and achieve mutual success. Noting that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the all-round […]

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April 16, 2024

Heavy floods hit Dubai, airport as Oman toll rises to 18

DUBAI: Torrential rain flooded roads, homes and malls and briefly halted operations at Dubai’s airport as storms lashed the Gulf on Tuesday, after leaving at least 18 dead in Oman. Dubai, the Middle East’s financial centre, was paralysed by the heavy storms that caused widespread flooding around the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Flagship shopping […]

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April 16, 2024

Israeli tanks push back in northern Gaza, warplanes hit Rafah

CAIRO: Israeli tanks pushed back into some areas of the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday which they had left weeks ago, while warplanes conducted air strikes on Rafah, the Palestinians’ last refuge in the south of the territory, killing and wounding several people, medics and residents said. Residents reported an internet outage in the areas […]

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April 16, 2024

Israeli war cabinet to hold 3rd meeting on Iran’s attack response

JERUSALEM: Israel’s war cabinet was set to meet for the third time in three days on Tuesday, an official said, to decide on a response to Iran’s first-ever direct attack, amid international pressure to avoid further escalating Middle East conflicts. Military chief of staff Herzi Halevi had promised that Saturday night’s launch of more than […]

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April 16, 2024

Putin tells Middle East to pull back from catastrophic clash

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday urged all sides in the Middle East to refrain from action that would trigger a new confrontation which he warned would be fraught with catastrophic consequences for the region, the Kremlin said. Putin, who has forged much closer ties with the Islamic Republic since sending troops into Ukraine […]

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April 16, 2024

US will use sanctions to disrupt Iran’s ‘malign’ activity

WASHINGTON: US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday said Iran’s attack on Israel last weekend and its financing of militant groups in Gaza, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq threatened stability in the Middle East and could cause economic spillovers. Yellen began remarks prepared for a news conference by addressing what she called an unprecedented attack on […]

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April 16, 2024

‘Israel needs to be shown that its actions have costs’

NEW YORK: Munir Akram, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, called on the international community to act together, saying Israel’s activities should not go unpunished and should be shown to have costs. Speaking to Anadolu on Monday about the UN Security Council resolution demanding an urgent cease-fire in Gaza on March 25, Akram expressed concern […]

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April 16, 2024

UN commission accuses Israel of obstructing Oct. 7 probe

GENEVA: A UN-mandated commission of inquiry that probes violations of international human rights law on Tuesday accused Israel of obstructing its efforts to collect evidence from the victims of the attack by Hamas in southern Israel on Oct. 7. “So far as the government of Israel is concerned, we have not only seen a lack […]