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Taiwan holds military drill after China repeats threats

  • TAIPEI: Taiwan’s army held another live-fire drill Thursday after Beijing ended its largest-ever military exercises around the island and repeated threats to bring the self-ruled democracy under its control. Beijing has raged at a trip to Taiwan last week by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — the...
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Alleged British Daesh ‘Beatle’ charged after arrest in UK: police

  • LONDON: A British man accused of being part of a Daesh kidnap-and-murder cell known as the “Beatles” has been charged with terrorism offenses after returning to the UK, police said Thursday. “A 38-year-old man has been charged with various terrorism offenses following an investigation by ...
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Saudi Astra Industrial H1 profit zooms 202% to $85m as sales rise

  • RIYADH: Saudi Astra Industrial Group saw its profit soar 202 percent to SR318 million ($85 million) during the first half of 2022, bolstered by a rise in sales. The company’s net profit almost tripled from SR105 million in the same period in 2021, driven by revenue growth of over 10 percent, ...
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UAE launches relief program in Pakistan’s flood-ravaged Balochistan province

  • ISLAMABAD: The United Arab Emirates has launched a relief program to provide food and shelter to those affected by recent floods in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, Emirates News Agency WAM reported on Wednesday. Monsoon rains in Pakistan have claimed 573 lives and injured 939 peo...
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Pakistani artisans seek to preserve ancient art of stonecraft

  • KARACHI: The practice of stonecraft in the area that makes up modern day Pakistan is as old as Buddhism itself but without government patronage and after decades of militant attacks that scared off foreign buyers and tanked exports, the ancient art was all but lost. Now, a handful of artists a...
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North Korea declares ‘shining victory’ over virus, blames Seoul

  • SEOUL, South Korea: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared victory over COVID-19 and ordered preventive measures eased just three months after acknowledging an outbreak, claiming the country’s widely disputed success would be recognized as a global health miracle. The North’s official Ko...
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Attrition in Ukraine a threat to EU’s unity

  • All the assessments of the ongoing war in Ukraine, nearly six months on from the Russian invasion, point to a state of attrition taking shape on all fronts. This makes a breakthrough and/or victory for any of the warring parties impossible, meaning the imminent cessation of military activity ha...
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Kerning Cultures’ new podcast tells ‘forgotten tales’ from around the region

  • DUBAI: Kerning Cultures Network has released a new show “Masafat” that aims to tell overlooked and forgotten stories spanning the Middle East region — from Jerusalem and Palestine to Egypt and Morocco. Inspired by the network’s first English show “Kerning Cultures,” “Masafat” was launched bec...
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Autohub marks four years with eye on expansion

  • Autohub celebrated four years of its success as one of the leading multi-brand auto care providers in Saudi Arabia — a one-stop shop for automotive repair solutions. Autohub, owned and operated by Abdul Latif Jameel Enterprises, is specialized in body and paint repairs, paint protection film, d...
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Ex-PM Khan says ‘conspiracy’ being hatched to pit his party against Pakistan army

  • ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday the government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had hatched a “conspiracy” to pit his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party against the country’s army. Khan’s comments come after his chief of staff, Dr. Shahbaz Gill, was arrested on...
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