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Cyclone Mekunu heads for popular Omani resort after pummeling UNESCO-protected Socotra island

  • Cyclone Mekunu hit the Yemeni island of Socotra Wednesday night, causing severe flooding and damage to houses
  • Six boats lost, at least 11 people missing as cyclone Mekunu heads towards Oman
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Lebanon President Michel Aoun has designated Saad Al-Hariri as PM: Presidency Office

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White House announces President Trump's withdrawal from the summit with North Korean President

  • Pompeo: North Korea did not respond to repeated requests from US officials to discuss logistics for the now-canceled summit.
  • Guterres: All parties must continue their dialogue to “find a path to the peaceful and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
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Malaysia court sentences Australian woman to death for drug-trafficking

  • Tania Scivetti, a lawyer representing Exposto, who hails from Sydney, said her team had filed an appeal in a federal court
  • Malaysia, like other countries in Southeast Asia, imposes harsh penalties for drug offenses
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UAE sovereign wealth fund Mubadala pays $271m for stake in Gazprom oil subsidiary

  • Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Mubadala Investment Company (MIC) has agreed to pay $271 million for a 44 percent stake
  • Move underpins a strengthening alliance between Moscow and Opec’s Middle East countries
By Richard Wachman ·