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Fuel to become cheaper in July

Motorists will be paying less at the petrol stations in July as the UAE’s fuel price committee has reduced the prices. Petrol will become cheaper by more than two per cent next month, according to an announcement on Thursday. The new per-litre fuel prices for July are: Super 98 Dh2.56 …

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Damascus: The Charm of an Ancient City

by Ibaa Younis*   Damascus is the capital of Syria and one of the most ancient and continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city is clearly divided into two parts; old and new. In this sense, it combines the present time features and the deep-rootedness of the past. The charm …

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The Latest: Syria says it expelled IS from eastern desert

The Latest on the situation in Syria (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Syria’s military says it has expelled the Islamic State group from the country’s vast eastern desert. The military says it’s cleared about 5,800 square kilometers — or 2,200 square miles — of the expanse linking its heartland to …

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Maradona appears to collapse as Argentina win

Paramedics tended to Argentina legend Diego Maradona after he fell ill after cheering on his country as they scored late against Nigeria to stay in the World Cup on Tuesday, according to reports. Maradona, 57, had been visibly emotional during the match in Saint Petersburg that Argentina had to win …

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11 Daesh terrorists arrested in Iraq’s Nineveh province

At least 11 Daesh terrorists were arrested Tuesday in different parts of Iraq’s northern Nineveh province, according to local police sources. Nineveh Police Chief Hamad Namis al-Jubouri told Anadolu Agency that security forces had managed to capture Hussein Salim Yassin Mustafa, who had been in charge of recruitment for the …

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Erdogan says Turkey will continue advancing in Syria

Turkey will continue to “liberate Syrian lands” so that refugees can return to Syria safely, President Tayyip Erdogan said in an election victory speech on Monday. Speaking to supporters from the balcony of his ruling AK Party’s headquarters in Ankara after Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections, Erdogan said Turkey would …

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Riyadh shoots down Al Houthi missiles

Saudi air defences intercepted two missiles over Riyadh Sunday that had been fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen. “Two ballistic missiles fired by Al Houthi rebels were intercepted over Riyadh,” state-run Al Ekhbariya television said, without specifying whether there were any casualties or damage. An AFP journalist heard at …

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Jared Kushner says Mideast peace plan happening soon, with or without Abbas

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In an interview published in the Arabic language Al-Quds newspaper, Jared Kushner appealed directly to Palestinians and criticized Abbas, …

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Erdogan declares victory in Turkish election

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared himself the winner of a high-stakes election, in which he sought to cement his power on the nation he has ruled for 15 years. But the opposition has cried foul, claiming that state media and the election commission have manipulated the results. The …

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Blast as Zimbabwe president campaigns, Mnangagwa not hurt

An explosion rocked a stadium where Zimbabwe’s president was addressing a campaign rally on Saturday, state media reported, saying he was not injured and had been evacuated from the scene. President Emmerson Mnangagwa was safely at a state house in the city of Bulawayo, where he had been speaking ahead …

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