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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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Turkey vows not to quit besieged army post in Syria

  • Calls for a ‘political solution’ to the crisis 
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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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Saudi books translated into Mandarin launched

  • Al-Madi expressed his happiness with the important step of translating Saudi literature into Mandarin

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Egypt’s creative solutions to the plastic menace

  • Egyptian social startups are taking alternative approaches to fostering awareness and reducing waste
By Mostafa Adel ·

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Turkey vows not to quit besieged army post in Syria

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Kashmir protesters defy restrictions, clash with security forces

  • Paramilitary police tried to enter Soura, which has emerged as a center of the protests, as hundreds demonstrated against Narendra Modi’s decision to withdraw autonomy
  • Posters appeared overnight in Srinagar, the Muslim-majority region’s main city, calling for a march to the office of the UN Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan
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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
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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
By AFP ·