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Trump to announce important tax reform next week

April 22, 2017

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will make an important announcement about his awaited plan for tax reform next Wednesday. "We'll be having a big announcement on Wednesday having to do with tax reform. The process has begun long ago but the reform will begin on Wednesday," Efe news service quoted Trump as saying. Trump signed an executive or...

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Chemical attack in Syria fabricated: Assad

April 22, 2017

'Syria President Bashar al-Assad' DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stressed that the alleged chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun town was fabricated, and a bunch of lies. There was no toxic attack in Khan Sheikhoun town, Xinhua news agency quoted Assad as saying. Charging that the US and the Western powers have prevented an investigatio...

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Evacuation of Syrian villages resumes after 2 days

April 21, 2017

DAMASCUS: The evacuation of three villages in Syria resumed on Friday after two days of blockade, a British war monitor said. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 10 buses carrying people from Foah and Kefraya arrived in Aleppo city, as a preliminary step to the transfer to Jibrin camp, Efe news reported. These vehicles ar...

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IS claims responsibility for Paris shooting

April 21, 2017

PARIS: Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed responsibility for the shooting here in the French capital that saw a gunman open fire on a police van, killing one officer and injuring two, media reports said. The terrorist network's news agency identified the attacker as Belgian man Abu Yusuf al-Baljiki in a tweet taking credit for the Thursda...

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Woman hurled racist abuse at Indian passengers in Ireland

April 20, 2017

DUBLIN: A Woman hurled racist abuse at Indian passengers on a train in Ireland, telling one of them to "f*** off back to India", in a row over a bag being placed on a seat. A video of the incident on the train travelling from Limerick Colbert to Limerick Junction on Sunday was described as "shocking and disgraceful" by the rail operator. Multiple...

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Scientists discover "super-Earth" that could harbour life

April 20, 2017

LONDON: An international team of astronomers has discovered a so-called "super-Earth" that could contain liquid water, a situation that would make it a very good candidate for harbouring life. Super-Earth is a rocky, temperate planet orbiting a red dwarf star, Efe news agency reported. In an article published on Wednesday in Nature magazine, the ...

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Italian mayor wins Unesco Peace Prize

April 20, 2017

ROME: The Unesco has awarded its Peace Prize to Giuseppina (Giusi) Nicolini, the mayor of the Italian island of Lampedusa, for her commitment to saving the lives of migrants and refugees, media reported. Nicolini was bestowed with the honour on Wednesday for her effort that saved thousands who fled across the Mediterranean often on unseaworthy boa...

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Russia assures no more US strikes on Syrian army

April 20, 2017

'Tomahawk missile' DAMASCUS: Syria’s presidential advisor Buthaina Shaba’an said on Wednesday that her government’s main ally, Russia, assured the Syrian government that there will be no more US strikes on Syrian military positions. Her remarks came a couple of weeks after the US launched 59 Tomahawk missiles on the Shayrat Air...

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New Zealand to raise ‘quality’ of immigrants

April 19, 2017

WELLINGTON: Immigrants to New Zealand will need to meet a higher bar for residency after the government on Wednesday unveiled new rules to “improve the quality” of migrants. People coming to New Zealand on low-skilled work visas would be allowed to stay for a maximum of three years before having a “stand down period” and be...

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China gives six Arunachal places its own names

April 19, 2017

BEIJING: China has given its own names to six places in Arunachal Pradesh, which it calls "South Tibet", in a move to reaffirm its territorial sovereignty over the Indian state. The Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on April 14 on its website that it had standardised in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabet the names of six places, the ...

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