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Trump says US will pull out of nuclear deal with Russia

The three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, was signed in 1987 by president Ronald Reagan.

Trump unsatisfied with Saudi response to journalist death, backs arms deal

ELKO, Nevada: US President Donald Trump said on Saturday (Oct 20) he was not satisfied with Saudi Arabia's response to a dissident journalist's death, but warned against scrapping a multibillion-dollar deal with the conservative kingdom.

Riyadh admits Khashoggi died in Istanbul mission as world powers demand answers

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia admitted on Saturday (Oct 20) that critic Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its Istanbul consulate, as world powers demanded answers and mystery surrounded the whereabouts of his body.

Mexico allows caravan women and children in, but thousands still stranded

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico: Mexican authorities allowed dozens of women and children from a US-bound Honduran migrant caravan to enter the country on Saturday (Oct 20) but thousands remain stranded on a border bridge between Guatemala and…

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'Dark-skinned people' targeted in Thailand immigrant crackdown

Allegedly aimed at busting visa abusers and illegal migrants, a Thai police operation called "X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner" has raised questions about racial profiling and fears for asylum-seekers caught in its web.


China's top Macau representative dead after falling from his building

BEIJING: China's top representative to Macau died late on Saturday after falling from the building where he lived, the Chinese government said on Sunday.


Thousands of caravan migrants take shelter in southern Mexico

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala: Thousands of Central American migrants travelling together to enter the United States have hunkered down in shelters in a southern Mexico city along its border with Guatemala, according to local officials.


Polish regional vote a test for eurosceptic PiS government

Poles vote in a regional election on Sunday with gains expected for the ruling eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party, whose nationalist rhetoric and institutional reforms have fuelled a deepening rift with the European Union.

KDP comes first in Iraqi Kurdistan election

ERBIL, Iraq: The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) came first in a parliamentary election in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, winning 45 seats, the election commission said on Sunday, positioning it to lead the next…

Trump would prefer to pick a woman for UN envoy

President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would prefer to pick a woman to take over the job of Washington's United Nations ambassador.


55 dead after market row in northern Nigeria

ABUJA: Fifty-five people were killed this week in clashes between young Christians and Muslims in northern Nigeria following a dispute in a market, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday (Oct 20).

Trump says not satisfied with Saudi handling of Khashoggi death

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is not satisfied with Saudi Arabia's handling of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, and said questions remain unanswered.


'Half million' rally in London for new Brexit vote

LONDON: EU flag waving Britons rejecting a future outside Europe packed the heart of London on Saturday (Oct 20) for an anti-Brexit protest organisers said drew more than half a million people.


Icelandair jet in Canada emergency landing as window 'shattered'

MONTREAL: An Icelandair flight made an emergency landing in Canada after a cockpit window shattered during flight, a passenger said on Twitter.

Afghan voters brave attacks, delays on election day

Afghans vote on Saturday in parliamentary elections overshadowed by chaotic organisation, allegations of corruption and the threat of violence after decades of war.


Saudi Arabia says Khashoggi killed in fight at Istanbul consulate

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Saturday (Oct 20) admitted that critic Jamal Khashoggi was killed during a "brawl" inside its Istanbul consulate, an explanation that President Donald Trump said he found credible but failed to convince top US…

African billionaire returns home unharmed after release by kidnappers

DAR ES SALAAM/NAIROBI: Africa's youngest billionaire, snatched a week ago off the street outside a luxury hotel in Tanzania, has returned home unharmed after being released by his kidnappers, police said on Saturday (Oct 20).


'We've paid a big price': Australia government loses crucial by-election

SYDNEY: Australia's embattled conservative coalition was Saturday (Oct 20) dealt a spectacular defeat in a crucial by-election two months after it turfed out its latest prime minister, sending it in into minority government.


Trump a reluctant critic of Saudi Arabia despite pressure to act

WASHINGTON: Six days after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, US President Donald Trump tried to play down the crisis, saying "hopefully that will sort itself out".


8 countries including US, China support multilateral air encounter code 'in-principle'

SINGAPORE: Eight nations have expressed in-principle support for a set of guidelines on military aircraft encounters, a day after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) declared its member countries would adopt the guidelines.

Saturday, Oct 20

Khashoggi: From Saudi royal insider to open critic

A complex man of contradictions, journalist Jamal Khashoggi went from being a Saudi royal family insider to an outspoken critic of the ultra-conservative kingdom's government, and was ultimately killed inside its consulate in Istanbul.

Friday, Oct 19

Turkey widens Khashoggi search, quizzes consulate staff

WASHINGTON: The United States warned on Friday (Oct 19) of a "wide range" of responses should it determine that Saudi Arabia is behind the disappearance and apparent death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Turkey widened its investigation…

US says Russia, China, Iran seek to disrupt elections

WASHINGTON: The U.S. government warned on Friday that Russia, China and Iran were seeking to influence next month's congressional elections as federal prosecutors unveiled charges against a Russian national accused of participating in such…

US, South Korea suspend additional military exercise: Pentagon

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo have canceled the "Vigilant Ace" military exercise that was slated for December, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Friday.

Turkey denies giving 'any kind of audio tape' on Khashoggi to US

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Friday (Oct 19) denied giving "any kind of audio tape" from the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or any American…

Thursday, Oct 18

Trump says Saudi journalist likely dead, warns of 'severe' response

Four prominent human rights and press freedom groups urged Turkey to request a United Nations investigation to prevent a "whitewash" of the alleged crime.

Trump threatens to send military against immigrant 'onslaught'

President Donald Trump blamed Democrats for an "assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador" with a caravan "INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS."

US gives Saudis 'few more days' on Khashoggi probe; consulate searched again

Saudi Arabia has committed to conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday before departing the kingdom for Turkey.

Turkey yet to share Khashoggi audio, video evidence with US: Sources

WASHINGTON: Turkey has not shared with the US government or key European allies graphic audio or video evidence it allegedly collected on US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's visit to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, seven US…

Wednesday, Oct 17

18 dead in Crimea college rampage

SIMFERAPOL: Eighteen people died and dozens more were wounded, mostly teenagers, on Wednesday (Oct 17) when a student opened fire at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea.

Lifespan 2040 ranking: US down, China up, Spain on top

With a projected average lifespan of nearly 85.8 years, Spain - formerly in fourth place - will dethrone Japan, which sits atop the rankings today with a lifespan of 83.7 years, and will drop to second place in 2040.

Suspects in Saudi journalist case tied to top prince: Report

A suspect identified by Turkey in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

US tops global competitiveness rating, Singapore takes 2nd spot: WEF

GENEVA: The US economy topped the World Economic Forum's annual global competitiveness survey for the first time since the 2007-2009 financial crisis, benefiting from a new ranking methodology this year, the Swiss body said on Tuesday (Oct…

Tuesday, Oct 16

US says Saudis deny killing writer but back probe in top-level visit

Turkish officials say that Jamal Khashoggi, who lived in the United States and contributed to The Washington Post, was killed inside the consulate.

US senators launch tirade against Riyadh, vow action over Khashoggi debacle

WASHINGTON: An influential US Senate ally of President Donald Trump pledged on Tuesday (Oct 16) that Congress would take decisive action against Saudi Arabia over a missing writer, calling for the ouster of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudis agree need for 'thorough' probe into missing writer, US says

RIYADH: US top diplomat Mike Pompeo met on Tuesday (Oct 16) with Saudi King Salman and the crown prince seeking to defuse a crisis over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with American officials saying Riyadh had agreed the need for a …

North Korea slams US for 'evil' sanctions push

North Korea's state media on Tuesday slammed the United States for an "evil" attempt to maintain sanctions against Pyongyang, accusing President Donald Trump of blocking progress in inter-Korean relations.