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Envoy thanks King Salman for additional $160m aid for Maldives

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Author: RODOLFO C. ESTIMO JR.Sat, 2018-02-17 22:55ID: 1518886588540824800RIYADH: The ambassador of the crisis-hit Maldives thanked Saudi Arabia on Saturday for the grant of a new $160 million facility for projects in the Indian Ocean island republic. “I thank King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi people for the new financing facility. King Salman has […]

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Construction commences on Maldives mosque donated by Kingdom

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Author: RODOLFO ESTIMO JR.Sat, 2018-02-17 13:43ID: 1518853627157388000RIYADH: The construction of the $24.95 million ($6.65 million) King Salman Abdul Aziz Mosque, which is a donation from Saudi Arabia, started in the Maldives on Thursday, according to Maldives Ambassador to the Kingdom Abdullah Hameed. Hameed said that Minister of Housing and Infrastructure of Maldives Dr. Mohamed Muizz announced on […]

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Journalist’s release helps German-Turkish ties to thaw

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Author: MENEKSE TOKYAYSat, 2018-02-17 03:00ID: 1518819910782863000ANKARA: The decision to free the Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yucel on Friday has removed one of the stumbling blocks to the normalization of relations between Germany and Turkey. The surprise decision came 16 hours after Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday, when Yildirim […]

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Promising money, EU tries to woo Assad into peace talks

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Reuters SOFIA: A top EU diplomat on Friday raised the prospect of collecting money for rebuilding Syria but only if fighting abates and Russia makes sure its ally President Bashar Assad engages in the stalled UN peace talks. The EU wants to leverage its top aid donor role to revive the UN-led talks that have […]

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UN approves Martin Griffiths as envoy to Yemen

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Author: AFPSat, 2018-02-17 03:00ID: 1518819659362848400NEW YORK: The UN Security Council has approved the appointment of Martin Griffiths of Britain as the new envoy for Yemen, the third mediator to take on the mission over the past seven years. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday informed the council of his intention to appoint Griffiths and no council member […]

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‘Harassed, detained, prosecuted’: Western anti-Daesh fighters feel betrayed

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Author: OLIVIA CUTHBERTSat, 2018-02-17 03:00ID: 1518819345032822100LONDON: To some, they are freedom fighters, willing to risk their lives in defense of a persecuted people, but others take a dimmer view of the Western volunteers battling Daesh alongside Kurdish forces in Syria. On Wednesday, James Matthews, a former British soldier who fought with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) […]

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UN urges Iran to stop executions of juveniles on death row

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Author: REUTERSSat, 2018-02-17 03:00ID: 1518819344822821800GENEVA: The top UN human rights official has called on Iran to halt executions of young people convicted of carrying out crimes when they were under the age of 18. In a “surge” in January, three people were executed for murders committed at 15 or 16, while some of the 80 juvenile offenders […]

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Morocco acquits ex-Guantanamo detainee

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Author: AFPFri, 2018-02-16 22:29ID: 1518810207122047000RABAT: Morocco has acquitted a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, held without charge by the US military for over 13 years, of “undermining state security,” his lawyer said Friday. Yunis Chekkouri was arrested by Pakistani forces in late December 2001 with a group of several dozen alleged fighters who had fled the Tora Bora […]

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Palestinians hope Omani visit boosts Jerusalem tourism

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Author: DAOUD KUTTABFri, 2018-02-16 22:34ID: 1518799049370768400AMMAN: Palestinian religious and tourism officials have welcomed a visit by the Omani foreign minister to East Jerusalem and called for steps to support tourism to the city. Yusuf bin Alawi prayed at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday in a rare visit to Islam’s third holiest site by a senior Arab dignitary. Palestinian […]

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Writing project helps young Syrian refugees connect with New York kids

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Author: REUTERSFri, 2018-02-16 17:47ID: 1518792989450154300BEIRUT: Syrian child refugees in Lebanon are using hand-written letters and drawings to bridge the vast gap between their experiences and the lives of other children in New York. The 1,000 Letter Project allows the young refugees to share their hopes and dreams. So far about 700 letters have been exchanged between the […]

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