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New Iraqi prime minister says military and militias will soon take on ISIS

New Iraqi prime minister says military and militias will soon take on ISIS

SHAREfacebook sharesMustafa Al Kadhimi tells militia leaders supported by Tehran they will play a main role in coming offensiveSHAREfacebook sharesIraq’s new Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi has said the military will soon begin a major offensive against ISIS and that militias backed by Iran will be part of the operation.In an attempt to placate the pro-Iranian militias, Mr Al Kadhimi made the announcement during a visit to the Baghdad headquarters of the Popular Mobilisation Forces on Saturday.Also known as the Hashed Al Shaabi, the PMF is an umbrella group of many militias in Iraq.Mr Al...

May 17, 2020
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Egypt-Ethiopia dispute over giant Nile dam reaches critical point

Egypt-Ethiopia dispute over giant Nile dam reaches critical point

SHAREfacebook sharesAddis Ababa intends to start filling reservoir in July despite lack of agreement from Egypt and SudanSHAREfacebook sharesWith the world’s attention focused on the coronavirus pandemic, a long-simmering water dispute in Africa may be nearing boiling point.Ethiopia says it will not wait for an agreement with downstream nations Egypt and Sudan before it goes ahead in July with filling the reservoir behind the giant Nile dam it has been building since 2011. Egypt, which fears disastrous consequences if its vital share of the river’s water is reduced, has protested against...

May 17, 2020
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Luxembourg blocks US bid for $1.6 billion 9/11 compensation from Iran

Luxembourg blocks US bid for $1.6 billion 9/11 compensation from Iran

SHAREfacebook sharesIran celebrated the legal victory after the court ruled the US demand was 'inadmissible'SHAREfacebook sharesA Luxembourg court has blocked a long-running US request to transfer $1.6 billion (Dh 5.88 billion) in Iranian assets to victims of the September 11 attacks, an official statement said late on Monday.The decision confirmed a claim by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani who on Sunday said the country had won a legal victory over the assets that had long been frozen on a US request in Luxembourg.Opinion:The official statement in Luxembourg said that an appeals court on...

April 14, 2020
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Coronavirus: how a WhatsApp group is helping feed thousands in Abu Dhabi

Coronavirus: how a WhatsApp group is helping feed thousands in Abu Dhabi

SHAREfacebook sharesUAE Relief Initiative has helped feed people who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemicSHAREfacebook sharesAn Emirati is using social media to unite communities who wish to help others during the coronavirus outbreak.Now, hundreds of individuals, who are part of a WhatsApp group, are helping the most vulnerable survive the pandemic by feeding them.It all started a couple of months ago when pangs of guilt began to haunt Aamer Al Yafei.He was safe and healthy, in a secure and well-paid job, while thousands had lost theirs due to restrictions imposed in response...

May 19, 2020
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The India-China dispute adds a troubling dimension to the region's geopolitics

The India-China dispute adds a troubling dimension to the region's geopolitics

SHAREfacebook sharesNeighbours with large populations and economies, they need to resolve their differences before the tensions take on an even greater significanceSHAREfacebook sharesNormally, when border clashes occur in remote areas of the Himalayas, the hostilities are between India and Pakistan, two nuclear-armed states whose enmity dates back to the religious violence that occurred during Partition in 1947. So the fact that the latest eruption of tensions has taken place between India and China, countries that between them boast , adds an entirely new – and troubling – dimension to...

June 18, 2020
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Seven dead in attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi

Seven dead in attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi

SHAREfacebook sharesVideos show people on stretchers being rushed to ambulances after militants stormed the building in Pakistan's financial centreSHAREfacebook sharesAt least seven people including four attackers are dead after gunmen attacked Karachi's stock exchange building on Monday morning.Police said four militants stormed the building in Pakistan's financial centre and were killed after paramilitary rangers responded.Two guards and a policeman were killed in the attack, which was later claimed by the Baluchistan Liberation Army, a separatist militant group from a neighbouring...

June 29, 2020
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Nigerian Instagram celebrity Hushpuppi arrested in Dubai

Nigerian Instagram celebrity Hushpuppi arrested in Dubai

SHAREfacebook sharesSecurity officers in the emirate arrested Raymond Abbas and 12 others for online fraudSHAREfacebook sharesLatest:A famous Nigerian Instagram celebrity has been arrested in Dubai on multiple fraud charges.Raymond Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police on June 10.The 38-year-old was referred to the Dubai public prosecution and is currently being questioned by prosecutors at the Bur Dubai section.The prosecutors have charged him for “obtaining money from others through fraudulent means.”Security officers in the emirate arrested Mr Abbas and 12 others...

June 17, 2020
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Afghan government increases pressure on Taliban at peace talks

Afghan government increases pressure on Taliban at peace talks

SHAREfacebook sharesThe two sides are in the early stages of talks in QatarSHAREfacebook sharesThe Afghan government ratcheted up pressure for a truce with the Taliban on Monday, reiterating calls for a long-term ceasefire at talks in Qatar.The two sides are in the in an effort to hammer out a deal bringing to a close 19 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan.A slick opening ceremony on Saturday saw the Afghan government and allies, including the US, call for a ceasefire.We will undoubtedly encounter many challenges in the talks over the coming days, weeks and monthsUS Secretary of State Mike...

September 14, 2020
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Human rights groups condemn Iran’s decision to execute three protesters

Human rights groups condemn Iran’s decision to execute three protesters

SHAREfacebook sharesAmnesty International urges supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to revoke rulingsSHAREfacebook sharesHuman rights groups say Iran’s decision to uphold and schedule the execution of three protesters is unfair and should be repealed.Iran's judiciary announced on Tuesday that a court had upheld death sentences for three people linked to deadly protests last November.It is the first statement by Tehran on the trial of protesters Amirhossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi and Saeed Tamjidi.The sentences were "confirmed by the Supreme Court after the defendants and their attorneys...

July 14, 2020
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Phoenix Commodities now in liquidation was valued at more than $1bn in January

Phoenix Commodities now in liquidation was valued at more than $1bn in January

SHAREfacebook sharesRapid decline of the defunct company was caused by currency trading losses incurred in February and March, according to liquidators' reportSHAREfacebook sharesPhoenix Commodities, the trading and distribution group that was placed into liquidation last month with debts of more than $400 million (Dh1.47 billion), was valued at $1.1bn-$1.24bn as recently as January, according to a document filed by its provisional liquidators.The valuation, provided by Deloitte India based on the company's June 2019 accounts, show the speed at which currency trading losses incurred by the...

May 13, 2020
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