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U.S. call for Israeli sovereignty on Golan ‘contravenes international law’ – Iraqi foreign ministry tweet

FILE PHOTO: An Israeli soldier stands next to signs pointing out distances to different cities, on Mount Bental, an observation post in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that overlooks the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing, Israel May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo DUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement recognising Israel’s sovereignty over the […]

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Pakistan call for peace with India as it shows off its military might

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan wants peace with India and they should focus on health and education, the Pakistani president said on Saturday during a parade to show off its military might following a tense standoff between the nuclear-armed neighbours. FILE PHOTO: A Pakistani soldier ties his national flag upside down on a watchtower as seen […]

Money

Citi fires eight Hong Kong traders after review finds misconduct: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Citigroup Inc has fired eight bankers and suspended three others from its equities trading desk in Hong Kong after an internal probe revealed misconduct in their dealings with clients, people with knowledge of the matter said. FILE PHOTO: The Citigroup Inc (Citi) logo is seen at the SIBOS banking and financial […]

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Somali ministry in Mogadishu hit by al Shabaab car bomb attack

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Central Mogadishu was shaken on Saturday by a car bomb blast at a government ministry building, with Islamist group al Shabaab claiming responsibility for the attack in the Somali capital. “The first blast took place at the Ministry of Labour … there are also other ministry buildings near the scene. It was […]

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Two blasts kill four at Afghan stadium celebration

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Two explosions went off at a celebration in a stadium in the Afghan city of Lashkar Gah on Saturday, killing four people and wounding 31, government officials said. The blasts came during a Farmers Day celebration in the southern city that was attended by nearly 1,000 people. The governor of […]

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Indonesia detains Russian suspected of drugging, smuggling orang-utan

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – A Russian man was detained at Indonesia’s Ngurah Rai airport in Bali as he was caught trying to smuggle a young orang-utan in a suitcase, authorities said on Saturday. The two-year old male orang-utan appeared to have been drugged, officials said, and was detected during an X-ray security screening. “We suspect […]

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Big explosion heard in Somali capital Mogadishu – Reuters witness

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A big explosion was heard in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday, with a plume of smoke seen above the scene of blast, a Reuters witness reported. It was not clear who was responsible for the blast and what exactly had been detonated although Islamist group al Shabaab frequently carries […]

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Islamic State defeated, ‘caliphate’ eliminated says U.S. ally in Syria

BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) – U.S.-backed forces said they had captured Islamic State’s last shred of territory in eastern Syria at Baghouz on Saturday, ending the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate after years of fighting. A Syrian Democratic Forces flag flutters on a damaged building in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, March 23, 2019. […]

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Islamic State defeated, ‘caliphate’ eliminated says U.S. ally in Syria

BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) – U.S.-backed forces said they had captured Islamic State’s last shred of territory in eastern Syria at Baghouz on Saturday, ending the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate after years of fighting. A Syrian Democratic Forces flag flutters on a damaged building in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, March 23, 2019. […]

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Explainer – Does Islamic State still pose a threat?

BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.S.-backed fighters say they have captured Islamic State’s last shred of ground in eastern Syria – but while its era of territorial rule may be over for now, there is near universal agreement that IS remains a threat. A Syrian Democratic Forces flag flutters on a damaged building in the village of […]

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Explosions kill two at Afghan celebration, wound governor

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Two explosions went off at a public celebration in the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah on Saturday, killing two people and wounding the governor of Helmand province, security and hospital officials said. The blasts came during a Farmers Day celebration at an outdoor stadium that was attended by nearly […]

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Explosions hit Afghan celebration, Helmand governor hurt

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Two explosions went off at a public celebration in the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah on Saturday, wounding the governor of Helmand province, security officials said. The blast came during a Farmers Day celebration. The provincial governor, Mohammad Yasin Khan, was knocked over by the blasts before he was […]

Technology

Apple’s Cook to China: keep opening for sake of global economy

FILE PHOTO: Apple CEO Tim Cook attends the China Development Forum in Beijing, China, March 18, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter BEIJING (Reuters) – Apple chief executive Tim Cook nudged China on Saturday to open up and said the future would depend on global collaboration, as the United States and China remained locked in a bitter trade […]

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Iraqi PM seeks sacking of local governor after Mosul boat capsize

Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi visits the people injured after a ferry sank in the Tigris river, at Salam hospital in Mosul, Iraq March 21, 2019. Picture taken March 21, 2019. Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office/Handout via REUTERS BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has formally requested that parliament sack Nineveh […]

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U.S. ally declares Islamic State defeated, ‘caliphate’ eliminated

BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) – Islamic State has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing the end of its self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria. FILE PHOTO: Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand together […]

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U.S. ally declares Islamic State defeated, ‘caliphate’ eliminated

BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) – Islamic State has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing the end of its self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria. FILE PHOTO: Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand together […]

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RBS aims to wind down 1 billion pounds in local council loans: The Guardian

FILE PHOTO: Royal Bank of Scotland signs are seen at a branch of the bank, in London, Britain December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo (Reuters) – Britain’s Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc is aiming to wind down 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) of bank loans held by local councils across the country, The Guardian […]

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Islamic State defeated, ‘caliphate’ eliminated – U.S.-backed SDF

FILE PHOTO: Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand together in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rodi Said BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing the […]

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Islamic State defeated, ‘caliphate’ eliminated – U.S.-backed SDF

FILE PHOTO: Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand together in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rodi Said BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing the […]

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Timeline – The rise and fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

(Reuters) – Islamic State fighters have been defeated at the final shred of territory they held in eastern Syria, marking the end of jihadist rule that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) sit in the bucket of […]