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Saudi border guards foil plot to smuggle 1,117kgs of hashish, arrest 30

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards thwarted several attempts to smuggle 1,117 kilograms of hashish through land and sea borders during the period from May 7th until May 19th. Border patrols arrested 30 suspects from different nationalities, after they were spotted crossing the Kingdom’s southern borders. According to the border guards’ spokesman, Col. Saher Al-Harbi, those involved, […]

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More than 100 volunteers support Makkah’s Civil Defense

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Gulf Countries, Religion  /  No Comments

JEDDAH: More than a hundred men and women have signed up to render volunteer service in support of the Civil Defense Department inside the Grand Mosque of Makkah for the duration of Ramadan. The volunteers have been trained to help carry out tasks such as first aid, transporting the injured, and assisting the elderly or whoever […]

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Russian air defenses destroy “unknown drone” targeting its military base in Syria: reports

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

MOSCOW, May 22 (Xinhua) — Russia’s air defenses intercepted and destroyed an “unknown drone” targeting its Hmeimim airbase in Syria, according to Russian media reports. The airspace monitoring facilities at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase on Monday detected a small-size unidentified airborne target approaching the base, a spokesman of the airbase was quoted by Sputnik news agency […]

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Israeli forces attack Hamas observation post in retaliation

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Gulf Countries, Religion  /  No Comments

JERUSALEM, May 22 (Xinhua) — The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) attacked an observation post belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. The move is in retaliation to the infiltration into Israel from the Gaza Strip by a number of Palestinians who later […]

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Palestine asks ICC to investigate Israel’s ‘war crimes’

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Gulf Countries, Religion  /  No Comments

RAMALLAH, Palestine : Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki on Tuesday requested the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Israel’s settlement building and alleged war crimes. Al-Malki has submitted a so-called “referral” to the Office of the ICC Prosecutor in The Hague to start an investigation into “Israel’s settlements and war crimes in the Palestinian territories”, according […]

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Iraqi court sentences Daesh militant to death

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi criminal court on Tuesday sentenced a senior Daesh militant to death, according to a judicial spokesman. Tarek Jadoun, a Moroccan, was sentenced to death for his involvement in a number of Daesh attacks, Abdul Sattar Birqdar, a spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council, said in a statement. He said Jadoun was among the […]

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Graffiti artist in Syria’s Idlib shows support for Gaza

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Gulf Countries, Religion  /  No Comments

IDLIB, Syria: A Syrian graffiti artist is showing his solidarity with the people of the blockaded Gaza Strip by spray-painting pro-Gaza slogans and images on the ruins of opposition-held Idlib. Aziz al-Asmar, 35, from Idlib’s Binnish district, spray-paints his art on structures that have been damaged — or completely leveled — by regime bombardments. “The cruelty […]

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Heavy rains, flooding kill 6 in Somalia’s capital

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

MOGADISHU, Somalia: At least six people have been killed and hundreds of homes destroyed following record rains and flooding in the Somali capital, an official said Monday. “The rains have caused the deaths of at least six people, including three children, in the last 48 hours in Mogadishu,” the city’s mayor, Abdirahman Omar Osman Yarisow, told […]

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Dubai Int’l Airport to slash annual energy bill by 20 pct

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

DUBAI (Xinhua) — Dubai International Airport (DXB) will use Siemens’ data analytics and smart building technology to guarantee annual energy savings of about 20 percent per year, United Arab Emirates (UAE) state news agency WAM reported Monday. The airport aims to slash energy consumption by implementing energy efficiency measures at Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal […]

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Iran slams Pompeo’s remarks as “interventionist”

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

TEHRAN (Xinhua) — Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday rejected the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s threatening remarks as “absurd and interventionist.” In a statement, the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said that the United States seeks to distract the global attention from its “illegal moves” concerning Iran’s nuclear deal by threatening and insulting the […]

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