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  • Israel’s parliament sworn in without new govt

    Israel’s parliament was sworn yesterday without a new government formed as a deadlocked general election left Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambling to find a path to extend his long tenure in power.

  • Landmines killed 41 kids in 2019

    At least 173 civilians, including 41 children, have been killed in Syria by landmines and explosive remnants of war since the start of the year, a monitor said yesterday.

  • Iraq protests turn deadly

    Several thousand Iraqi protesters faced off against security forces in central Baghdad on Thursday, the third day of mass rallies that have left 19 dead as they engulf the country’s south.

  • Taliban, US envoy visit Pakistan

    Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar was due in Pakistan yesterday as US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad also visited, officials said, though it was unclear if they would meet for the first time since Donald Trump scuttled talks between Washington and the insurgents.

  • Netanyahu fights for political life

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his final attempt to fend off a corruption indictment yesterday when his lawyers argued against looming charges that have combined with election stalemate to threaten his long hold on power. The pre-trial hearings, scheduled to

  • Rights groups demand justice

    International human rights groups demanded justice yesterday for slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that a year after his brutal murder, Saudi authorities had yet to provide any “meaningful accountability”.

  • Huthis free 290 prisoners in Yemen

    Yemen’s Huthi rebels have freed 290 prisoners, including dozens of survivors from a Saudi-led coalition strike on a detention centre earlier this month, the ICRC said yesterday.

  • Abdullah claims victory

    Afghanistan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory yesterday over incumbent Ashraf Ghani in the weekend’s presidential election, far ahead of the release of any official results.

  • Indonesia quake death toll rises to 30

    The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked Indonesia’s remote Maluku islands rose to 30 yesterday, including several

  • Bodyguard of Saudi king shot dead

    A prominent bodyguard of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been shot and killed at a friend’s house in what has been described as a