Russia confirms web sensation Natalya Poklonskaya as prosecutor in Crimea

March 26, 2014 3:23 am0 comments
Russia confirms web sensation Natalya Poklonskaya as prosecutor in Crimea

MOSCOW: Russia on Tuesday confirmed a young female lawyer who has won a huge Internet following for her attractive looks, especially in Japan, as prosecutor for Crimea after Moscow incorporated the region into its territory from Ukraine. Natalya Poklonskaya, 34, has become a web sensation around the world for her […]

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Doha dismisses Baghdad charge of funding ‘terror’

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Doha dismisses Baghdad charge of funding ‘terror’

KUWAIT: Qatar signaled its irritation on Tuesday with Iraq’s accusation that it backed insurgents fighting Baghdad’s rule, saying it was not appropriate for countries which failed to preserve national unity to accuse other Arab states of supporting “terrorism.” The comments by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani were the […]

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Saudi Arabia bans ‘The 99’ animated series

March 25, 2014 3:57 am0 comments
Saudi Arabia bans ‘The 99’ animated series

Manama: Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta [religious edicts] has banned “The 99”, the world’s first animated series of superheroes based on Islamic culture and society. The committee said that the series, by Kuwaiti Nayef Al Mutawa screened on Saudi-owned television channel MBC3, could not be tolerated […]

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Malaysia says missing plane crashed in Indian Ocean

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Malaysia says missing plane crashed in Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared over two weeks ago en route to Beijing, crashed thousands of miles away in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday, citing new satellite data. All 239 people on board were presumed dead, airline officials said. Analysis […]

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KSA women seek parity with men

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KSA women seek parity with men

A leading woman member of the Shoura Council has urged the government to provide women parity with men in terms of citizenship rights for their children, retirement benefits and home loans. Thoraya Obaid, the first Saudi Arabian to head a UN agency and former executive director of the UN Population […]

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Emirates to close Clark, Philippines route

March 24, 2014 3:53 am0 comments
Emirates to close Clark, Philippines route

Dubai: Emirates airline will no longer fly to Clark International Airport in the Philippines from May this year, the airline confirmed on Sunday, just months after launching the route. “Emirates can confirm that it is suspending its daily, non-stop service between Clark International Airport and Dubai from May 1, 2014,” […]

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Qatar says no differences with Saudi Arabia over Syria

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Qatar says no differences with Saudi Arabia over Syria

Doha: Qatar dismissed reports of rivalry with neighbouring Saudi Arabia over efforts to end Syria’s war, saying the two countries — the main Arab backers of rebel forces — had “the highest level of coordination”. Diplomats and opposition sources have reported strains between Qatari and Saudi-backed groups within Syria’s opposition […]

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Cricketing legend Sachin plans visit Bahrain

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Cricketing legend Sachin plans visit Bahrain

MANAMA: Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar will visit Bahrain next week to attend the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The Indian batsman will travel to Manama at the invitation of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier. Bahrain’s first-ever Formula […]

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Gunmen kill four in attack on Kenyan church

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Gunmen kill four in attack on Kenyan church

NAIROBI: Attackers shot dead four worshippers on Sunday when they burst into a church service near the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, spraying the congregation with bullets, police said. The attack, which also left about 17 people wounded, came amid heightened warnings of a threat of Islamist violence in Kenya […]

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Ex-envoy sees Al Assad as staying in power

March 23, 2014 3:28 am0 comments

Washington: The former US envoy for Syria has said that it was likely that President Bashar Al Assad of Syria would remain in power for the “medium term” and that a year from now the country would still be under the control of competing factions. “It is hard to imagine […]

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