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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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UAE minister lashes out at pro-Iran media

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, has lashed out at pro-Iran media for continuing to disseminate false news about Saudi Arabia and the UAE. “False news from Iranian sources, such as the Fars News Agency and Al Akhbar newspaper, against the UAE and Saudi Arabia, continue,” he posted on his …

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Turkish president calls snap polls in June

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called early presidential and parliamentary elections for June, a move that will usher in a new political system increasing the powers of the president earlier than scheduled. Erdogan announced, following a meeting with Devlet Bahceli, the leader of Turkey’s main nationalist party, that elections originally scheduled for November 2019 will now …

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FNC passes anti-begging draft law

Members of the Federal National Council on Tuesday passed an anti-begging draft law. The new legislation, which requires final approval of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, carries three-month jail term and a Dh5,000 fine for those found guilty of begging. Able-bodied offenders and those with a …

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