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US Senate slaps new sanctions on Russia; Putin vows retaliation
US Senate slaps new sanctions on Russia; Putin vows retaliation

The US Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Russia despite President Donald Trump`s objections to the legislation, which has angered Russian President Vladimir Putin

Yemeni rebel missile shot down near Mecca: Arab coalition
Yemeni rebel missile shot down near Mecca: Arab coalition

A ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels was shot down late Thursday close to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, just a month before the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Islam`s holiest site, the Arab military coalition fighting in Yemen said.

Hillary Clinton to release book on 2016 presidential election defeat
Hillary Clinton to release book on 2016 presidential election defeat

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would soon release a book titled "What Happened" in which she would opens up on her stunning 2016 election defeat to her Republican rival Donald Trump.

Thousands of worshippers surge into Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, 113 injured

Thousands of Muslim worshippers surged into Jerusalem`s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and at least 113 were hurt in scuffles with police after Israel lifted security measures imposed at the sacred site in the face of days of violent protests.

No policy change on transgender ban yet, say top US general
No policy change on transgender ban yet, say top US general

The US military`s top officer directed military heads on Thursday not to implement any changes to current policy on transgender personnel, a day after President Donald Trump tweeted they would be banned from serving.

EU to face UK migration curbs with Brexit deadline

Migrants from the European Union (EU) will face similar visa requirements as non-EU migrants at the end of the Brexit deadline, a UK government minister said on Thursday.

Russia ready to work with non-NATO states that border the Baltic: Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia was ready to cooperate with neutral countries that bordered the Baltic Sea like Finland which is not part of the NATO military alliance. 

Death toll rises as Venezuela strike enters second day

Venezuela`s opposition kicked off a second day of a general strike on Thursday after a day of street protests left three people dead, in an intensifying showdown over President Nicolas Maduro`s plan to rewrite the nation`s constitution.

Russia's response to US sanctions to hinge on final bill text: Vladimir Putin
Russia's response to US sanctions to hinge on final bill text: Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia would be forced to retaliate at some point if Washington pressed ahead with new sanctions against Moscow, but said his response would depend on the final text of the proposed law.

Iran in `successful` test of satellite-launch rocket: Report

Iran announced on Thursday that it has "successfully" tested a satellite-launch rocket, days after warning Washington of a response to new US sanctions over the Islamic republic`s ballistic missiles programme.

Istanbul police detain 26 suspected Islamic State members

Anti-terror officers in Istanbul detained 26 suspected members of the Islamic State jihadist group, Turkish media reported on Thursday.

Donald Trump could seek 'tougher' Russia sanctions: White House aide
Donald Trump could seek 'tougher' Russia sanctions: White House aide

U.S. President Donald Trump could veto pending legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia in order to push for a tougher deal than the one winding through Congress, a top White House aide said on Thursday. 

EU's top negotiator warns of possible delays to Brexit talks

Talks between Britain and the European Union on their future relationship are now less likely to start in October, the EU`s top negotiator has said, because of lack of progress on Brexit divorce issues so far, EU officials said.

French lawmakers approve law banning nepotism

French lawmakers on Thursday approved a law aimed at preventing elected officials from recruiting their family members as part of President Emmanuel Macron`s "moralisation law" after many fake job scandals tainted politics in recent months.

Pakistan SC may not deliver verdict in Panama case before Aug 15

Pakistan's Supreme Court may not announce the verdict before August 15 in the Panamagate case against beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Lost Ukraine citizenship due to president's fear of opposition: Ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili
Lost Ukraine citizenship due to president's fear of opposition: Ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili

Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship on Wednesday for allegedly providing false information on his citizenship registration form in 2015. 

Jordan says Israel holy site move 'step towards calm'

Jordan is the official custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem and is one of only two Arab governments to have signed a peace treaty with Israel.

Japan's main opposition party chief steps down

The Japan-born Renho apologised at the time, but issues surrounding her former Taiwan status deriving from her father's origins on the island, a former Japanese colony, refused to go away.

 

Hezbollah and rebels agree ceasefire at Lebanese-Syrian border
Hezbollah and rebels agree ceasefire at Lebanese-Syrian border

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said talks had begun between Lebanese officials and the Nusra Front on Tuesday.

Japan's defence minister expected to resign on Friday: Reports

Japan`s embattled Defence Minister Tomomi Inada will resign on Friday over the suspected cover-up of information related to a UN peacekeeping mission and a former defence minister is already lined up to take her place, media said.

France's President Emmanuel Macron eyes special centres in Libya to handle asylum requests
France's President Emmanuel Macron eyes special centres in Libya to handle asylum requests

Earlier this week, Macron chaired talks between Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the divided country`s eastern commander Khalifa Haftar.

Top German court backs deporting suspected Islamic extremist

A lower court already rejected an appeal on condition that Algeria provide assurances the man won't face treatment that violates his human rights.

Chinese police detain 18 persons for 'cult activities'
Chinese police detain 18 persons for 'cult activities'

In August 2016, police in Anhui detained 36 members accused of creating and spreading video content for the cult.

Pakistani council orders 'revenge rape' of 16-year-old girl to punish brother
Pakistani council orders 'revenge rape' of 16-year-old girl to punish brother

The Supreme Court also requested a report on the case, which echoed a notorious case from 2002 in which another teenager was gang-raped on a local council`s order. 

Two abducted Pakistan diplomatic officials rescued in Afghanistan

The Taliban and militants linked to the ISIS operate in eastern Afghanistan. 

Sweden PM Stefan Lofven reshuffles cabinet over data scandal
Sweden PM Stefan Lofven reshuffles cabinet over data scandal

Interior Minister Anders Ygeman, who reportedly knew about the leak but failed to inform the premier.

Israel removes all security apparatus from holy site after unrest
Israel removes all security apparatus from holy site after unrest

The government had already dismantled metal detectors it installed in the area after the killing of two Israeli policemen on July 14, hoping the move would calm 10 days of often-violent protests that have put the city on edge.

 

MQM-L founder Altaf Hussain's nephew arrested in Karachi

 Hussain`s cousin, Khalid is reportedly missing since he was arrested during a raid in Karachi on July 19.

China's exiled tycoon Guo ''fabricated'' corruption claims: Report

In an online video stream last month, Guo produced a corporate tree diagram which he said showed companies linked to Yao, including GI Technologies (Beijing) Co.

Four of six Japanese detained in China return to Japan

A maritime territorial dispute over small islands in the East China Sea has in recent years added to the suspicion between the two sides.