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One dead, 9 missing after quake hits Italy holiday island


ROME: A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Italian holiday island of Ischia on Monday, causing destruction that left at least one dead and nine missing at peak tourist season, authorities said. Some 25 people were hurt in the quake and…

Iran, Turkey form common front against Kurdish ‘militants’


ANKARA: Turkey and Iran are deepening military cooperation following a visit by the latter’s top military chief Mohammad Bagheri to Ankara last week with a high-level delegation. The two countries are discussing joint military action…

Trump to announce findings of Afghan policy review


WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver televised remarks Monday night in which he will inform the American public about the findings of a US policy review related to Afghanistan.

Syrian opposition seeks unified front in Riyadh talks


RIYADH: Three Syrian opposition camps met in Riyadh Monday to try to forge a unified front for what the UN hopes will be a substantive round of peace negotiations in October.

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Trump watches eclipse from White House


WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump squinted and pointed skyward before donning protective glasses to take in the solar eclipse at the White House. The president was joined by wife Melania, son Barron and top aides Monday afternoon to…


Russia boosts air campaign to help Syrian regime seize key city


MOSCOW: Russia said on Monday it has intensified its air campaign in Syria to help President Bashar Assad’s forces drive Daesh from Deir El-Zour, a major stronghold for the group, killing an estimated 800 militants across the country this…

Despite losing terrain, Daesh’s attacks rose in 2016: Study


WASHINGTON: Although Daesh is losing fighters and territory in Iraq and Syria, it remained the world’s deadliest militant organization last year, according to a report from the University of Maryland.


Lebanon helped foil bomb attack on Australia-UAE flight: Interior minister


BEIRUT: Lebanese intelligence helped to foil a Daesh plot last month to blow up a plane with 400 passengers flying from Australia to the UAE, Lebanon’s interior minister said on Monday.


Raqqa families make daring escapes from Daesh stronghold


RAQQA, SYRIA: As Shawakh Al-Omar huddled with 16 relatives in a single room in house in Daesh’s Syrian stronghold Raqqa, a mortar round slammed into the home next door, killing four people and shaking the building. The 57-year-old decided…


BARCELONA ATTACK: Spanish police confirm main suspect shot dead


MADRID/BARCELONA: Spanish police have confirmed the main suspect in the Barcelona attack has been shot dead in Subirats, west of Barcelona.


One dead after van hits people at Marseille bus stop


MARSEILLE: One person was killed and another seriously injured in the southern French city of Marseille on Monday after a van ploughed into people at two different bus stops, police sources, adding that the suspected driver had been…


800,000 more pilgrims due this year after Makkah grand mosque expansion


MAKKAH: Some 800,000 more pilgrims are expected this season following completion of expansion works at the Grand Mosque.

Over 120,000 illegal pilgrims turned back from Makkah


JEDDAH: Security forces turned back more than 120,000 people who were headed to Makkah without a Hajj permit, and seized 61,600 vehicles, as of Aug. 17.

Religious, social figures urge unity, rejection of fake news in Awamiyah


AWAMIYAH: Forty-six religious and social figures in the town of Awamiyah have issued a statement calling for unity and rejection of fake news.

4 ministries implement Saudization to create jobs


RIYADH: Four ministries are implementing the government’s job-Saudization program in various regions of the Kingdom.

Abusing govt agencies subject to strict penalties: Legal adviser


RIYADH: Social media users who abuse government agencies will face penalties of imprisonment and a fine, local media reported.

Media program launched to educate pilgrims


RIYADH: Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Saleh Al-Asheikh has launched the ministry’s plan for media programs to educate pilgrims for the current Hajj season.

‘Hajj Riders’ reach Madinah after five weeks in the saddle


JEDDAH: Cyclists in Madinah are a rare sight. It is even rarer to see eight of them arriving from the UK after a five-week journey in the saddle to take part in the Hajj pilgrimage.


Gulf hospitals urged to invest in better cybersecurity


DUBAI: A lack of proper cybersecurity training is making Gulf hospitals and medical providers among the most vulnerable targets for “catastrophic” attacks by hackers who have more than one way to breach their defenses, experts have warned.…

Dubai’s biggest theme park to launch ‘Hunger Games’ attractions


LONDON: Dubai’s biggest theme park is about to roll out a series of attractions inspired by “The Hunger Games” films, as it aims to boost visitor numbers and stem losses. Dubai Parks and Resorts said its new Lionsgate zone would feature…

Sunday, Aug 20

Saudia says Doha has failed to grant permission for its planes to land and fetch pilgrims


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Airlines had been unable to transport Qatari Hajj pilgrims from Doha as promised because Qatari authorities have failed to authorize its aircraft to land at the Hamad International Airport, the Kingdom’s national…

Muslims fear anti-Islam backlash in tolerant Barcelona


BARCELONA: Prayer time is approaching but Raja Miah, an imam at a tiny mosque in the heart of Barcelona does not expect a big turnout. Since the twin attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils claimed by the Daesh group…

Turkish political refugees flock to Germany, seeking safety


BERLIN: The Turkish judge sits in a busy cafe in a big German city. Thirteen months ago, he was a respected public servant in his homeland. Now he is heartbroken and angry over the nightmarish turn of events that brought him here. The day…

Wildfires hit Greenland after record temperatures


STOCKHOLM: Police in Greenland warned people to stay away from western areas of the island as wildfires scorched swathes of scrubland.

Saturday, Aug 19

Lebanese army attack Daesh militants in border with Syria


BEIRUT: The Lebanese military launched a massive ground and air attack at dawn on Saturday against 600 Daesh militants in 120 square km of the barren area straddling the northeast border with Syria.

Congo landslide death toll likely to rise over 200 — Ituri vice governor


CONGO: A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice governor of affected Ituri province said on Friday. The landslide struck…

Knife attacker in Russian city wounds 8, shot by police


MOSCOW: A knife attacker stabbed eight people on the street in Russia's far northern city of Surgut before being shot by police, investigators said Saturday.

South Africa has granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity — source


JOHANNESBURG: South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a security source said on Friday.

Friday, Aug 18

Strategist Steve Bannon leaves Trump’s turbulent White House


WASHINGTON: Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump’s White House, is leaving.

3 people dead, several injured after stabbings in Finland and Germany


HELSINKI/BERLIN: Three people have died and several others injured in separate stabbing attacks in Finland and Germany on Friday, police from the two countries said.

Spanish police shoot dead 5 men in another terror attack near Barcelona


BARCELONA Spanish police on Friday shot dead five suspected terrorists in a city south of Barcelona where a van mowed into pedestrians the day before, killing 13 people.

First eclipse in 99 years to sweep North America


MIAMI: The first total solar eclipse to sweep North America in nearly a century will march across the continent August 21, casting a shadow over millions of people from coast to coast.

Thursday, Aug 17

Saudi Arabia, world stand in solidarity with Spain in confronting terrorists


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia denounced in the strongest term the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain that killed at least 13 people and injured dozens more.

Residents in Dubai’s fire damaged Torch Tower evacuated for second time in 2 weeks


DUBAI: Residents in Dubai’s Torch Tower were evacuated for the second time in as many weeks, when the fire alarms sounded in the early hours of Thursday morning.

South Korea’s Moon: There will be no war on Korean peninsula


SEOUL: There will be no war on the Korean peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Thursday, despite high tensions over the North’s nuclear and missile programs.

King Salman orders Salwa border crossing opened to Qataris performing Hajj


JEDDAH: King Salman has approved a plan to open the Salwa border crossing to Qataris performing Hajj this year, the Saudi Press Agency said late Wednesday.