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Biden faces criticism from Democrats over Israel

KABUL: He served as an interpreter alongside US soldiers on hundreds of patrols and dozens of firefights in eastern Afghanistan, earning a glowing letter of recommendation from an American platoon commander and a medal of commendation.Still, Ayazudin Hilal was turned down when he applied for one of the scarce special visas that would allow him…

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Pro-Palestinian protests held throughout Italy

KABUL: For generations, the pelts of newborn karakul lambs were one of Afghanistan’s major export items, sought after at home and abroad to produce the iconic caps worn by rulers, statesmen and trend-setters — prized fashion items that sold for up to $3,000 each. However, in recent years, there has been a drastic decline in…

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Pope Francis denounces violence between Israel, Hamas

KABUL: For generations, the pelts of newborn karakul lambs were one of Afghanistan’s major export items, sought after at home and abroad to produce the iconic caps worn by rulers, statesmen and trend-setters — prized fashion items that sold for up to $3,000 each. However, in recent years, there has been a drastic decline in…

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Macron’s party pulls support from woman in Muslim headscarf

Experts warned on Wednesday that the lack of recognition and inclusion in the US Census continues to undermine the strength of the Arab American community. Because the demographics of their community are not precisely measured, Arabs in the US fail to benefit from more than $80 billion in Federal grants, and they are excluded from…

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UK PM urges Israel, Palestinians to ‘step back from the brink’

NEW DELHI: Local authorities in the Buxar district of India’s eastern state of Bihar on Tuesday confirmed the discovery of 71 dead bodies, suspected to be of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims, after they washed ashore along the banks of the river Ganges.  The discovery sent shock waves and panic among locals in the Chausa town of…

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Sweden reports 13,812 new COVID-19 cases, 44 deaths since Friday

BENGALURU: India’s coronavirus crisis showed scant sign of easing on Tuesday, with a seven-day average of new cases at a record high and international heath authorities warning the country’s variant of the virus poses a global concern.India’s daily coronavirus cases rose by 329,942, while deaths from the disease rose by 3,876, according to the health…

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At least 9 dead in Russian high school shooting

BENGALURU: India’s coronavirus crisis showed scant sign of easing on Tuesday, with a seven-day average of new cases at a record high and international heath authorities warning the country’s variant of the virus poses a global concern.India’s daily coronavirus cases rose by 329,942, while deaths from the disease rose by 3,876, according to the health…

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India’s seven-day COVID-19 average at new high, WHO issues warning on strain

MANILA: The Philippine military on Monday said that close cooperation with Malaysia’s security forces led to the arrest of two notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) sub-leaders involved in high-profile crimes. The Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) identified the two arrested ASG sub-leaders as Sansibar Bensio and Mabar Binda, who led the kidnapping of several local and…

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British Muslim ‘grateful’ after baby born during coma

LONDON: A British Muslim woman said she is “grateful” for safely having a baby after she was placed in a coma due to complications from contracting COVID-19, describing it as a “miracle.” Marriam Ahmad, 27, from the Welsh city of Newport, went into hospital in January after testing positive for the disease.  Ahmad, who was 29…

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UK to introduce checks to prevent terrorists hiring vans

JUBA: South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, opening the way for lawmakers from opposing sides of the country’s civil war to be appointed under a 2018 peace accord. Kiir’s decision was announced on public television but no date was given as to when the new parliament will begin working. The setting up of a…

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India’s COVID-19 cases dip from peak, calls for shutdown mount

NEW DELHI: Facing a wave of criticism following an announcement to set up help desks to protect cows in the wake of a pandemic crisis, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was on Sunday forced to deny the plan.   The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, known as a hardline Hindu politician of the country’s…

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Afghanistan mourns 60 schoolgirls killed in deadliest attack in years

BEIJING: A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following fevered speculation over where the 18-ton object would come down. Officials in Beijing had said there was little risk from the freefalling segment of the Long March-5B rocket, which…

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Blasts targeting Afghan school in Kabul kill 40, injures dozens

LONDON: A Libyan coastguard vessel involved in the shooting of a Sicilian fisherman on May 6 was given to Tripoli by Italy to stop the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean, it has emerged. Col. Massoud Abdalsamad of the Libyan coastguard told Italian media that the ship “fired warning shots into the air against vessels…

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Greece to reopen beaches, museums after long lockdown

LONDON: An Irish woman alleged to be a so-called Daesh bride has won a court case which will let her challenge an exclusion order blocking her from entering the UK. Lisa Smith, 38, traveled to Syria several years ago to allegedly become the second wife of British Daesh soldier Sajid Aslam, with whom she had…

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Sweden passes one million cases as virus spread tops EU

LONDON: The Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU) has urged the UK government and the international community to take political action to prevent the forced eviction, displacement and dispossession of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. “The UK government is well aware that the forcible transfer of an occupied population constitutes a war crime under international law,”…

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Delhi’s popular autorickshaws become COVID-19 ambulances

LONDON: The Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU) has urged the UK government and the international community to take political action to prevent the forced eviction, displacement and dispossession of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. “The UK government is well aware that the forcible transfer of an occupied population constitutes a war crime under international law,”…

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Manchester bomber’s brother, Parsons Green bomber fail to engage with court hearing

LONDON: Tourists arriving in the UK from countries with high coronavirus infection rates are bypassing mandatory quarantine periods in airport hotels by staying in Turkey before arriving, The Times newspaper has revealed. Travel agencies are selling “quarantine packages” to travelers from countries on Britain’s “red list,” such as India and Pakistan. As part of the…

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Switzerland’s Covid death toll passes 10,000

LONDON: Tourists arriving in the UK from countries with high coronavirus infection rates are bypassing mandatory quarantine periods in airport hotels by staying in Turkey before arriving, The Times newspaper has revealed. Travel agencies are selling “quarantine packages” to travelers from countries on Britain’s “red list,” such as India and Pakistan. As part of the…

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