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China tests hypersonic aircraft that can carry nukes, evade missile defense systems, officials say

As trade tensions between the U.S. and China continue to escalate, Chinese officials announced Friday the country tested its first hypersonic flight vehicle capable of carrying nuclear weapons — and allegedly able to penetrate any missile defense system. The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics, run by state-owned space contractor China …

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Indonesia earthquake death toll rises to more than 345

The death toll from Sunday’s devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen to 347, according to the state-run Antara news agency. The majority of people died in Kayangan, on the north side of the island, Antara reported. Another 1,447 people were injured and 165,003 were displaced by …

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Europe: World must hold end of bargain with Iran

The European Union says the international community has an obligation to maintain economic relations with Iran, despite the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from a multilateral deal with the Islamic Republic that could hamper such relations. Referring to a 2015 deal between Iran and originally six world powers, EU foreign policy …

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Rusal profits surge despite US sanctions

Russian aluminium giant Rusal’s quarterly profit surged thanks to higher market prices for the metal, despite sanctions imposed by Washington. Recurring net profit of Hong Kong-listed Rusal, the world’s largest aluminium producer outside China, was up 75 per cent from a year ago in the second quarter, but 17 per …

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EGA launches its first sustainability report

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has launched its first sustainability report, charting its progress in emissions, safety, innovation, waste management, social responsibility and community engagement. The firm – the largest non-oil industrial firm in the UAE – said in a press statement that it aspires to be among the world’s leading …

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My son, Osama: Bin Laden’s mother speaks out

On the corner couch of a spacious room, a woman wearing a brightly patterned robe sits expectantly. The red hijab that covers her hair is reflected in a glass-fronted cabinet; inside, a framed photograph of her firstborn son takes pride of place between family heirlooms and valuables. A smiling, bearded …

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Moody’s downgrades Bahrain to B2

Moody’s has downgraded the Bahrain government’s long-term issuer ratings to B2 from B1, and maintained its negative outlook. The ratings firm said on Thursday evening that the new rating assumes Gulf Cooperation Council members will provide some financial support to Bahrain, but the negative outlook reflects the risk that the …

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Kuwait plans domestic labour pact with India

Kuwait plans pacts with four Asian countries to recruit domestic labour under clear regulations, Kuwaiti Minister of Social Affairs and State for Economic Affairs Hend Al Sabeeh has said. The move comes amid a reported dispute over rules for employing domestic helpers from the Philippines. Al Sabeeh named India, Bangladesh …

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Russia to deploy military police on Golan Heights

Russia will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, its defense ministry said on Thursday, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s sweeping away of rebels in southwestern Syria has worried Israel, which believes it could allow his Iranian …

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