Ethiopia’s war in uncertain phase after Abiy’s advance

  • ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia’s military this week regained control of territory previously claimed by Tigrayan rebels, a potential validation of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s decision to join soldiers in conflict-hit areas. Yet how the government scored its wins and what they mean for an eve...
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California man handed life sentence over hate attack on synagogue and mosque

  • CHICAGO: A California man convicted of attacking a synagogue and mosque in 2019 was sentenced to life in prison without parole, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Wednesday. John Earnest entered the Chabad of Poway synagogue on April 27, 2019 and opened fire, killing one woman an...
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Dance, music return to Bali but not foreign tourists

  • DENPASAR: Hypnotic chants accompanying the famous Kecak dance have become a symbol of the gradual recovery of the beleaguered tourism industry on Indonesia’s holiday island of Bali. Dancers have resumed regular performances of their routines, although only for domestic tourists. The Ke...
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Wounds of war cast pall on Ethiopia’s epiphany festival

  • GONDAR, Ethiopia: Growing up, Arega Tekeba’s fondest memories involved the feasts his father would prepare for Ethiopia’s Orthodox epiphany festival Timkat — the way he would lead their family in song while roasting a freshly slaughtered sheep. But those memories are now acutely painf...
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India’s first igloo café hopes to slide Kashmiri ski town onto world tourist map

  • NEW DELHI: An igloo café has become this winter’s tourist hotspot in Kashmir’s ski resort town of Gulmarg, offering a unique experience for travelers in the region.  The café, named Snowglu, boasts artistic carvings that adorn the interiors of the dome of snow. Guests sit on top of snow ...
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First pig heart transplant patient dies after two months

  • WASHINGTON: The first person to receive a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig has died two months after the medical milestone, the hospital that carried out the surgery said Wednesday. The procedure raised hopes that advances in cross-species organ donation could one day solve the...
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Turkish medical workers strike for better pay, safer work

  • ISTANBUL: Thousands of Turkish doctors and other medical workers began a two-day nationwide strike on Monday to demand better protection, improved work conditions and higher pay as Turkey suffers soaring inflation. The Turkish Medical Association said that emergency and intensive care, a...
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Some Syrian veterans ready for Ukraine fight, commanders say

  • AMMAN: Some Syrian paramilitary fighters say they are ready to deploy to Ukraine to fight in support of their ally Russia but have not yet received instructions to go, two of their commanders said. Nabil Abdallah, a commander in the paramilitary National Defense Forces, said he was ready...
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Pakistan minister says OIC meeting ‘a matter of national security’

  • ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Sunday that the upcoming meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Islamabad is a matter of national security, amid the threat of political turmoil that threatens to disrupt the intergovernmental conference. ...
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Fleeing invasion, Ukrainian wife reaches Gaza with Palestinian husband

  • BUREIJ, Palestinian Territories: After Russia invaded Ukraine, Viktoria Saidam knew she needed to find a “safer place” than Kyiv and ultimately chose her husband’s homeland — a Palestinian territory not typically associated with security: Gaza. Saidam, 21, was born Viktoria Breij in Vinn...
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