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  • Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:01

    Afghan grand assembly gathers to decide fate of Taliban prisoners

    KABUL - Thousands of Afghan elders, community leaders and politicians gathered on Friday to debate whether the government should release 400 hard-core Taliban prisoners, a move that would likely quickly clear the path for peace talks.

  • Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:58

    Factbox: Countries rally round Lebanon after Beirut blast

    - Countries and international organisations have lined up to help Lebanon after a massive warehouse explosion sent a blast wave across Beirut, killing at least 145 people and injuring nearly 5,000.

  • Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:54

    Spain's ex-king Juan Carlos is in Abu Dhabi, says ABC newspaper

    MADRID/DUBAI - Former Spanish king Juan Carlos has been staying at Abu Dhabi’s exclusive Emirates Palace Hotel since leaving Spain aboard a private jet on Monday under a cloud of financial scandal involving Saudi Arabia, newspaper ABC said on Friday.

  • Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:48

    Exclusive: Lebanon navigates food challenge with no grain silo and few stocks

    DUBAI/BEIRUT - Beirut’s blast destroyed Lebanon’s only large grain silo, with plans for another in the country’s second biggest port Tripoli shelved years ago due to a lack of funding, the U.N.’s FAO, Tripoli port director and a regional grain expert told Reuters.

  • Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:44

    Hostage taker surrenders outside French bank, all six captives unharmed

    LE HAVRE, France - A gunman who took six people hostage in a bank in northern France on Thursday surrendered to elite police after a six-hour operation to free his captives.

  • Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:39

    Death toll from Beirut port blast rises to 154, says Lebanon state news agency

    BEIRUT - The death toll from the Beirut port explosion has risen to 154, state news agency NNA cited Lebanon’s health minister as saying on Friday.

  • Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:35

    Malaysia's former finance minister charged with corruption

    KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia on Friday charged former finance minister and senior opposition leader Lim Guan Eng with corruption for seeking a bribe on a $1.5 billion infrastructure project.

  • Fri, 07 Aug 2020 08:24

    EU releases 33 mn euros emergency aid for Beirut blast

    BRUSSELS: The European Union announced Thursday that it had released 33 million euros to finance emergency aid for Lebanon and mobilized material resources, including an Italian hospital ship, to help relief efforts in Beirut after this week's devastating explosions.

  • Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:16

    Turkish aid group helps Beirut victims, Ankara offers field hospital

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) is among those searching for survivors in Beirut after a massive blast in the city killed 100 people and injured nearly 4,000, and Ankara has offered to build a field hospital and help as needed.