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King Salman: A true visionary with resolute policies

Saudi Arabia has always remained the favorite subject of foreign journalists and academics. A multitude of books, articles and commentaries have appeared in the world press, unfortunately, defaming Saudi Arabia by using an unbalanced and biased approach. The number of ...

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Mataf bridge removal from Feb. 9

MAKKAH: The temporary bridges over the mataf, the circumambulation area around the Kaaba, would be removed over a period from Feb. 9 to March 9. This plan is contained in a technical report filed by a government-appointed committee to Crown ...

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American police fatally shoot nearly 1,000 people in 2015

Nearly a thousand times this year, an American police officer has shot and killed a civilian. When the people hired to protect their communities end up killing someone, they can be called heroes or criminals — a judgment that has ...

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US police shootings of blacks continue with two deaths in Chicago

A Chicago police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call accidentally shot and killed a 55-year-old woman, who was among two people fatally wounded by police gunfire, the department said late Saturday. Relatives said Bettie Jones lived downstairs from Quintonio ...

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Russian warplanes never hit civilian targets in Syria – Air Force chief

The head of the Russian Air and Space Forces denied reports that Russian warplanes had hit civilian targets during its two-month counter-terrorism campaign in Syria. The allegations were previously voiced by some rights groups. “I want to say this with ...

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Start-Up India plan on Jan 16: Modi on Mann ki Baat

‘Start-up India Stand Up India’, a new initiative that Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about during his Independence Day speech this year, will be the government’s New Year gift to “young people” who want to set up new businesses or ...

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Turkey President Erdogan ‘talks man out of suicide’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked a man out of jumping off a bridge in Istanbul, his office says. The man had climbed over a railing on the Bosphorus bridge linking Europe with Asia and was threatening to kill himself. ...

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Christmas Day blaze guts Australia homes

A Christmas Day bushfire has destroyed more than 100 homes in Australia’s Victoria state, officials say. Officials said 98 homes had been razed in Wye River and 18 at Separation Creek. No injuries are reported. Hundreds of firefighters have been ...

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Turkey Istanbul airport blast kills cleaner

An explosion on the tarmac at Sabiha Gokcen airport in the Turkish city of Istanbul has killed a female cleaner. The woman who died was working on a Pegasus airlines plane overnight when the blast took place. A colleague who ...

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Tunisian govt extends state of emergency

Tunisia’s government has extended a state of emergency imposed after a November suicide bombing, from Dec. 24 to Feb. 21, the presidency said in a statement on Tuesday. The state of emergency grants the presidency and armed forces more powers ...

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Best country in the world to live? Still Norway, according to the U.N.

(CNN)When it comes to health and prosperity, there’s no topping Norway. For the 12th year in a row, the land of lefse and lutefisk has earned the number one spot on the United Nations’ 2015 Human Development Index (HDI), released as part ...

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Australia Spy Chief Says ‘Tone Down Islam Criticism’: Report

SYDNEY: Australia’s spy chief has told politicians from the ruling conservative party to tone down their criticism of Islam as it could pose a national security risk, according to reports. Debate over anti-Muslim rhetoric in Australia has spiked after ousted ...

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Six Indians have dormant Swiss bank accounts

The names of at least six individuals with an Indian connection figure in the list of unclaimed bank accounts made public by Switzerland on Wednesday. Besides names and addresses, one entry also lists the date of birth and account number ...

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Flour millers take Rs 6 cr hit per month post Maggi woes

New Delhi, Dec 15 (PTI) Millers suffered a revenue loss of Rs 6 crore per month as flour demand from noodle makers was significantly impacted by the ban on Maggi, an industry body said today. Roller Flour Millers Federation of ...

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