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JEDDAH: Qatar’s new emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was to visit Saudi Arabia on Friday on his first foreign foray since acceding to the throne in June, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. Sheikh Tamim “will meet King Abdullah and perform the omra” pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, the…

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TEHRAN: Iran’s outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned arch-foe Israel on Friday in one of his last public speeches that a regional storm was brewing that would “uproot” the Jewish state. “I will inform you with God as my witness, a devastating storm is on the way that will uproot the…

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BEIRUT: Two rockets fired from an unknown location exploded on Friday outside Beirut, with one landing just meters from an entrance to the presidential palace. “Two rockets landed in Baabda but there were no casualties,” a source said, without offering further details. One rocket fell in the garden of a…

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PARIS: European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has delivered the first of its new long-awaited A400M military transport planes to France, the defense ministry said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). The giant plane can carry helicopters, people or armoured vehicles weighing up to 37 tons over 3,300 kilometers (2,050 miles) and is…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: United States (US) President Barack Obama on Thursday (Friday in Manila) pledged support for Yemen’s leader as he praised his visitor’s cooperation against Al-Qaeda and the country’s comparatively smooth political transition. Obama welcomed President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi hours after a deadly US drone strike in Yemen, where Washington…

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COLOMBO: Sri Lankan security forces shot dead one protester and wounded dozens more when they fired on villagers at a demonstration over contaminated drinking water. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said the army had been called in on Thursday night to assist the police when a mob threw petrol bombs…

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NEW DELHI: Doctors allowed a one-year-old Indian baby to go home on Friday after nearly four months of treatment to correct a rare disorder that caused her head to double in size. Roona Begum, whose plight captured international sympathy, has battled through several life-saving surgical procedures which saw doctors drain…

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SRINAGAR, INDIA: The Indian army said on Friday it had killed 12 suspected militants in Kashmir in a forested area along the de facto border that divides the territory between India and Pakistan. Five rebels were killed during a fierce gun battle with the army on Thursday in Hafrada forests,…

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SYDNEY: An Australian mining firm was convicted on Friday of desecrating a sacred outback Aboriginal site in the first ruling of its kind aimed at protecting one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures. OM (Manganese) Limited, an Australian subsidiary of Singapore-based OM Holdings Limited, was fined Aus$150,000 ($133,600) for damaging…

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TOKYO: Japan’s gaffe-prone deputy prime minister on Friday rejected calls for his resignation after stoking international condemnation by saying Tokyo could learn from the Nazis’ swift overhaul of Germany’s constitution. Taro Aso, who is also Japan’s finance minister, added that he had no plan to apologize, as he repeated a…