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US, China to step up cooperation on North Korea

US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed on Monday to step up cooperation in the United Nations Security Council and in law-enforcement channels after North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, the White House said. China and the United States are also targeting the finances of Liaoning Hongxiang Industrial, a Chinese conglomerate headed by a Communist Party cadre, that ...

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Haj sermon calls for unity as pilgrims fill Arafat

Sunday 11 September 2016 ARAFAT: Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, imam of the Grand Mosque, led the multitude of pilgrims gathered in Arafat, in prayers after delivering the Haj sermon. Delivering the wide-ranging sermon, Al-Sudais called on muslim leaders to work together to solve the many issues that are confronting the Ummah. The imam said that “terrorism doesn’t belong to any ...

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North Korea nuclear test: South would reduce Pyongyang ‘to ashes’

  South Korea has a plan to annihilate the North Korean capital if it shows any signs of mounting a nuclear attack, according to reports from Seoul. A military source told the Yonhap news agency every part of Pyongyang “will be completely destroyed by ballistic missiles and high-explosives shells”. Yonhap has close ties to South Korea’s government and is publicly ...

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Trump closes in on Clinton’s projected electoral lead: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

Republican Donald Trump appears to have carved out a wider path to the White House as a number of states including Florida and Ohio are no longer considered likely wins for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project released on Saturday. The project, which combines opinion polls with an analysis of voting patterns ...

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At least 7 killed in ISIS car bomb attack in Baghdad

A car bomb attack claimed by the ISIS group killed at least seven people near a hospital in central Baghdad late Monday, police said. The blast was close to the site of a July bombing that killed more than 300 people, in the worst single bomb attack to ever hit the Iraqi capital. An explosives-laden van exploded in Baghdad’s Karrada ...

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Cabinet updated on haj preparations

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman was reassured, during the weekly cabinet session, of the readiness of government and private sector agencies in providing services to pilgrims. The king thanked Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, who also heads the Haj Committee, for the continuing efforts of the Committee and as well as various other bodies to upgrade the ...

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Hajj: Saudi Arabia announces new measures to ensure pilgrims’ safety amid renewed safety fears

An estimated 2,411 people suffocated or were crushed to death last year during a stampede near the holy site of Mina   Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its commitment to keeping pilgrims safe during this year’s holy Muslim ritual of Hajj to prevent an accident like that of 2015, when approximately 2,000 people died during a stampede in the outskirts of Mecca. Interior ...

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India investigates damage caused by French submarine data leak

India is investigating the extent to which secrets about French Scorpene submarines being built in the country have been compromised, its defense ministry said on Wednesday, after a leak of documents relating to its combat capabilities. The leak, which was first reported in The Australian newspaper, contains more than 22,000 pages outlining the secret capabilities of six submarines that French ...

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Obama cancels meeting with Philippines’ Duterte after insult

US President Barack Obama cancelled his first meeting with Philippines counterpart Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday after the blunt-spoken Duterte described him as a “son of a bitch”, casting a shadow over a gathering of Asian leaders in Laos. Duterte, who has been roundly criticised abroad for a ‘war on drugs’ that has killed about 2,400 people since he took office ...

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