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From Yemen war to dissident journalist’s disappearance: Saudi controversies under Prince Mohammed

RIYADH (SAUDI ARABIA) Saudi Arabia has been engulfed by several controversies since Mohammed bin Salman was named crown prince and heir to the throne in June 2017. Despite moves by the young prince to modernise the economy and society — including lifting a ban on women driving — the kingdom …

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Syrian rebels complete withdrawal of heavy weapons from Idlib frontline: Report

ISTANBUL Syrian rebels completed the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the frontline in Idlib on Monday, under the deal between Russia and Turkey to create a demilitarized zone, the state-owned Anadolu news agency said. Under the agreement struck last month between Turkey and Moscow, the main backer of Syrian President …

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Pakistan Islamists warn of ‘terrible consequences’ of Christian woman’s blasphemy appeal

ISLAMABAD A hardline Pakistani Islamist group has warned of “terrible consequences” if a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy is granted leniency in an appeal heard on Monday, a case that has drawn global headlines and indignation. Asia Bibi, a mother of four, in 2010 became the first woman …

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WATCH | Pakistan cleric claims to be ’11th Imam of Islam’, ‘guardian’ of Imam Mahdi’s return, arrested for blasphemy

LAHORE Police in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Monday arrested a cleric, who claimed himself to be the 11th Imam of Islam, and booked him under blasphemy laws. Police booked Farhan Ahmed, who is in his late 40s, on the charges of blasphemy after a video in which he claimed himself to be the 11th Imam of Islam went …

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Pakistan’s new government to open talks with IMF for financial assistance

ISLAMABAD Pakistan’s new government will open talks with the International Monetary Fund for emergency financial assistance to ease a mounting balance of payments crisis, the finance ministry said on Monday. New Prime Minister Imran Khan spent nearly two months since taking office looking for alternatives to a second IMF bailout …

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Bulgaria under pressure after brutal rape and murder of TV journalist Viktoria Marinova

Corruption-plagued EU member Bulgaria found itself under pressure Monday to find the killer of a television journalist whose brutal murder at the weekend has shocked the country and sparked international condemnation. The body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova — who presented a current affairs talk programme called “Detector” for the small …

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Iran has ‘unclean hands’, says US in world court battle

THE HAGUE The United States accused Tehran Monday of having “unclean hands” as it fought an Iranian court bid to unfreeze $2.0 billion dollars earmarked by Washington for terror victims. Washington said Iran’s “support for international terrorism”, including bombings and airline hijackings, should disqualify it from being heard at the …

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Blasphemy case: Pakistan SC reserves verdict on Asia Bibi’s final appeal against her execution

ISLAMABAD Pakistan’s Supreme Court Monday reserved its judgement on the final appeal against the execution of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death in a blasphemy case. Asia Bibi was accused of committing blasphemy in 2009 and was convicted in 2010. Her appeal against the death sentence was rejected by the Lahore High Court. She had filed the final appeal to …

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