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UK authorities investigate Qatar-owned bank over money laundering controls

  • Probe into Al Rayan by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) was launched last year
  • Al Rayan, headquartered in Birmingham in central England, is the UK’s largest and oldest Islamic bank
By Arab News ·

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Syrian army pushes into encircled rebel pocket in northwest

  • Syrian soldiers captured a dozen of hills in the area
  • Erdogan told Putin on Friday that Syrian army attacks in northwest Syria threaten Turkey's national security
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France and Britain aim to show unity on Iran as G7 looms

  • A British diplomatic source said on Friday that Britain was unlikely to alter its approach on Iran despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting US President Donald Trump
  • A French official also said that the so-called “E3” major European powers of France, Britain and Germany needed to stay united on Iran
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Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

  • Chechen president hails Kingdom’s support for Islamic unity, moderation
  • Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the Friday sermon
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Homemade bomb kills Israeli teen, wounds two others in West Bank

  • Israeli security forces deployed throughout the area where the attack took place near the settlement of Dolev, northwest of Ramallah, to search for suspects
  • Palestinians sporadically clash with Israeli settlers and security forces in the West Bank, occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967, but bomb blasts have been rare in recent years
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Al-Qaeda claims Pakistan detained wife of its chief Zawahiri

  • Zawahiri, an Egyptian, became leader of Al-Qaeda following the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan
  • He is believed to be hiding somewhere in the region
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Powell: No clear hint on rates but says Fed will aid economy

  • The outlook for the US economy, Powell said, remains favorable but continues to face risks
  • Trump, who has relentlessly attacked Powell and the Fed over its rate policies, kept up his verbal assaults on Twitter
By AP ·

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Boult, Southee rattle Sri Lanka in second Test

  • Weather permitting, extended playing time is planned for the day after only 36.3 overs were possible on Thursday due to rain in the Sri Lankan capital
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Bollywood to make movie on Pakistan air strikes

  • The new movie is set to be produced by Vivek Oberoi
  • Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947
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A taste of the high life at the Hilton

By RACHEL MCARTHUR ·