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Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Italian Embassy is celebrating the 20th annual Week of the Italian Language with the aim of demonstrating the richness of the language. The Italian language week, from Oct. 19-25, is a flagship initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to promote the use of the Italian language worldwide, in…

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Suicide bomber kills 18 in Afghan capital

KABUL: A security campaign spearheaded by Afghanistan Vice President Amrullah Saleh has been launched in Kabul following an outcry among residents over a recent surge in violent crime. Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Aryan said a mass manhunt began on Friday involving over 20,000 posters and photographs of hundreds of wanted criminals in the capital. “These…

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    Saudi Arabia announces 17 more COVID-19 deaths

    RIYADH: The Italian Embassy is celebrating the 20th annual Week of the Italian Language with the aim of demonstrating the richness of the language. The Italian language week, from Oct. 19-25, is a flagship initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to promote the use of the Italian language worldwide, in…

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          Kapil Dev: Indian cricket legend recovering after heart surgery

          The 61-year-old suffered a heart attack but is now in a stable condition, hospital says.Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev is “well on the road to recovery” after undergoing emergency cardiac surgery in New Delhi. The 61-year-old, who led India to their first World Cup title in 1983, was rushed to a hospital in the capital…

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            Egypt starts voting in first stage of parliament elections

            More than 4,500 candidates are running as independents and on lists of party alliances for polls that critics says will establish ‘rubber-stamp’ parliament.Egyptians are voting to elect a new parliament which critics say will just replicate a “rubber-stamp” body in place since 2015 under hardline President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. In the second national elections this…

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              Women of Belarus: A fearless cry for change

              25:50 From: Talk to Al JazeeraAs calls for President Lukashenko’s resignation resonate around Belarus, we meet some of the women marching for change.24 Oct 2020|Updated: 7 hours agoMore episodes from Talk to Al Jazeera Sadyr Japarov: Kyrgyzstan needs to change ‘political culture’play24:00President of Seychelles: The politics behind paradiseplay24:30Dutch FM: International cooperation is worth fighting forplay24:40Nikol Pashinyan:…

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                A Refugee’s Tale

                49:34 From: Al Jazeera CorrespondentA personal look at the current refugee crisis through the eyes of a journalist who fled war-torn Kosovo as a young boy 30 years ago.24 Oct 2020|Updated: 9 hours agoMore episodes from Al Jazeera Correspondent Fascism in the Familyplay49:27The Soviet Scar: Legacy of USSR Architecture in Georgiaplay47:44We Are Still Here: A Story…

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                  Seychelles votes to elect president, parliament

                  Voters go to polls amid economic downturn as restrictions on global travel bottom out the tourism industry.Voters in Seychelles are casting their ballot on the main day of the presidential and parliamentary elections spanning three days. On Saturday, polling stations opened at 7am local time (03:00 GMT) on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, the three…

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                    India PM Modi holds first election rally since COVID-19 outbreak

                    DHAKA: The newly appointed Bangladesh ambassador to Saudi Arabia has vowed to “elevate” his country's relationship with the Kingdom, as well as sending better-trained workers to tap into its post-coronavirus labor market. Dr. Mohammed Javed Patwary, who is a former police chief, became ambassador to Saudi Arabia in late August. “Bangladesh, rather than becoming only…

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                      Iran reports record 6,134 new daily COVID-19 cases

                      Syrians spruce up famed Crusader castle after years of war Many centuries later, after civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, the fortress again became a battleground, this time between government forces and rebels Updated 3 min 16 sec ago AFP October 24, 2020 23:32 HOMS: Clutching a small saw, Syrian volunteer Rana Jreij…

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                        US suspends Turkey visa services after reports on potential attacks

                        ANKARA: Turkey is facing the specter of a growing terror threat after the US Embassy in Ankara suspended its visa services on Friday and issued a security alert to foreign citizens in the country. The US mission cited “credible reports” of potential attacks and kidnappings of foreign nationals, and urged US citizens to “exercise heightened…

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                        Australia to ease cap on citizens returning amid increasing anger

                        Government under fire over policy that has left at least 26,000 people stranded overseas.Australia will allow a few hundred more citizens and permanent residents to return home from overseas each week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, in slight relaxation of a policy that has become the target of increasing criticism. Since July, the…

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                        International donors pledge nearly $600m to support Rohingya

                        International donors pledged nearly $600m in humanitarian support to hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim Rohingya on Thursday, succeeding in bridging a huge gap in funding for the Myanmar minority who fled their homes in 2017 amid a brutal military crackdown that is now the subject of a genocide investigation. The United Kingdom, the United…

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                        US approves sale of air-to-ground missiles to Taiwan

                        The US government on Wednesday said it had approved the sale of $1 billion worth of advanced air-to-ground missiles to Taiwan as the island tries to shore up its defenses against China.The State Department said it had agreed to sell 135 of the precision-guided, air-launched AGM-84H SLAM-ER cruise missiles.For all the latest headlines follow our…

                        Afghan Taliban driven out of Helmand capital, governor says

                        KABUL: Afghan troops have pushed back the Taliban from the outskirts of Helmand’s provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, in the south of the country, with the insurgent group losing 300 men in recent days, Helmand’s governor said on Saturday. “The Taliban have been driven (out) from the limits of the city and have lost over 300…

                        24 million Egyptian students begin school year amid virus precautions

                        Senior Palestinian official Erekat taken to Israeli hospital after COVID-19 condition worsens Erekat, 65, was taken on a stretcher from his home in Jericho into an Israeli ambulance Updated 18 October 2020 Reuters October 18, 2020 12:43 JERICHO, West Bank: Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Israel on…

                        Yemen’s warring sides complete largest prisoner swap in 5 years

                        More than 1,000 people released following prisoner exchange between government and Houthi fighters.Yemen’s warring parties have completed the largest prisoner-swap in the country’s five-year war, with rebels releasing fighters affiliated with influential pro-government armed groups. More than 1,000 people were released and transported to their homes over the two-day exchange – completed on Friday –…

                        Cambodia’s opposition staggers on in face of Hun Sen crackdown

                        Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Outside a Cambodian provincial court late last month, Kong Mouyly pleaded with journalists and civil society to help secure her father’s release. Just minutes before, Kong Sam An had been among five opposition supporters sentenced to seven years in prison for allegedly plotting to overthrow Cambodia’s government. “My father is not guilty.…

                        Azerbaijan says civilians killed by Armenia in Ganja: Live

                        Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire from midnight, both countries said on Saturday night. The move came after Azerbaijan said 13 civilians were killed in an Armenian missile attack on its second-biggest city, Ganja. The overnight missile raid also wounded dozens of people in their sleep and destroyed a row of homes.…

                        Trudeau says Canada will not be cowed by China on human rights

                        Canadian prime minister defiant after China’s ambassador to Ottawa, Cong Peiwu, warned against the granting asylum to Hong Kong activists.Canada will continue to defend human rights in China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said after a top Chinese diplomat warned Ottawa against welcoming Hong Kong pro-democracy activists. “We will stand up loudly and clearly for…

                        Take your seat in the theatre of happiness

                        Jay Shetty’s path to becoming a best-selling author, media superstar and imparter of wisdom was not an obvious one. First, he became a monk. “The worst thing was having to make sure you have the discipline to wake up at 4 a.m. every day, that was tough, that was really, really difficult. It got easier…

                        Turkey survey ship resumes Mediterranean operations, prompting outcry

                        Turkey has sent a survey ship back to waters contested with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, prompting an outcry from Athens and its Western allies. The Oruc Reis survey vessel reached an area near the Greek island of Kastellorizo “in the Eastern Mediterranean where it will carry out its activities,” Turkey’s Energy Minister Fatih…

                        Israel razes EU-funded Palestinian school in occupied West Bank

                        The Israeli military has demolished a European Union-funded Palestinian primary school in the central part of the occupied West Bank as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its land theft policies and settlement expansion on the occupied territories.  The Palestinian Information Center reported Thursday that the bulldozers escorted by Israeli forces tore down the…

                        Top Saudi court gives prison sentences to two anti-regime dissidents

                        Saudi authorities have reportedly passed prison sentences against two more political dissidents as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman widens despite the kingdom’s much-touted social reforms. The Prisoners of Conscience, an independent non-governmental organization advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a series of posts on its official Twitter page that the…

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