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Russia Says Will Deliver New Air Defense Systems to Syria Soon, Escalating Tensions With Israel

Russia plans to deliver new air defense systems to Syria in the near future, RIA news agency cited Russia‘s Defense Ministry as saying on Wednesday. The ministry added it plans to study a U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile captured by Syrian forces in a recent attack, in order to improve Russia‘s own missiles, RIA reported. The announcement …

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Saudi issues drone restrictions following palace incident

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry on Sunday instructed drone enthusiasts to obtain permission to fly the devices until regulations were finalised, a day after security forces shot down a recreational drone near the king’s palace in Riyadh. Amateur online videos of heavy gunfire in the capital’s Khozama district on Saturday sparked …

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Philippine embassy in Kuwait helps workers run away

Kuwait has protested to the Philippines following “serious offences” that included conducting operations to whisk domestic workers away from their employers’ homes in diplomatic vans. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it summoned on Friday the Philippines ambassador to Kuwait and handed him two protest notes. A spokesperson for the …

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Iraq restarts war reparations to Kuwait

Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain has been dead for more than a decade but Kuwait is still receiving reparations for his 1990 invasion, with the latest tranche of $90 million (Dh330 million) approved on Friday. The payment was the first authorised by the United Nations Compensation Commission since 2014 when there …

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D.N.C. Lawsuit Alleges Trump-Russia Conspiracy

The Democratic National Committee opened a new legal assault on President Trump on Friday by filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the organization was the victim of a conspiracy by Russian officials, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. The 66-page lawsuit, filed in …

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Scientists find way to bend, stretch diamonds

An international team of researchers has found that diamond, the strongest of all natural materials, can bend and stretch much like rubber and snap back to its original shape. A study published on Thursday in the journal Science opened the door to a variety of diamond-based devices for applications such …

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