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Army reinforcements roll into Yemen’s Hodeidah for port battle

  • Yemen's armed forces announced capture of Hodeidah airport on Wednesday.
  • Iran-backed Houthi militia have refused to cede control of port, the entry point of three quarters of imports to impoverished Yemen.
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UN report on Assad crimes in Syria’s Ghouta watered down: NYT

  • UN draft report: 'Assad Government forces and/or affiliated militias continued to use chemical weapons in densely populated civilian areas'.
  • The dead showed 'an array of symptoms consistent with exposure to a choking agent'.
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Germany’s Merkel calls for solutions to Iran’s ‘aggressive tendencies’

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Iran’s aggressive tendencies must not only be discussed, but rather we need solutions urgently.
  • Germany remained party to the Iran nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbing its atomic program, after US President Donald Trump withdrew from it in May.
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OIC, MWL welcome Saudi support for Afghan peace

  • The MWL also hailed the statement issued by King Salman in this regard
  • On Wednesday, King Salman expressed his hope that Afghanistan would extend the truce that was announced at the end of Ramadan
By Arab News ·

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UAE regulators ask corporates to declare exposure to Abraaj

  • Air Arabia admits $336 million exposure to Abraaj funds.
  • Abraaj sells its Latam, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Turkey Funds to Colony Capital.
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Australia get crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup

  • 38th-minute penalty was set up after Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen was penalized for a handball
  • Going into the tournament, world No. 36 Australia were the lowest-ranked team in Group C with the others all in the top 12
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Ancient musical instruments get an airing in Athens

  • The phorminx, the kitharis, the krotala and the aulos — string and wind instruments reconstructed by musical group Lyravlos — echoed among marble statues in Athens’s National Archaeological Museum.
  • Music was an integral part of almost every aspect of ancient Greek society, from religious, to social to athletic events.
By Reuters ·