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Philippines demands explanation as Kuwait expels envoy

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Manila demanded an explanation Thursday after its ambassador to Kuwait was expelled, shocking Philippine authorities and deepening a diplomatic row over the treatment of domestic workers in the Gulf state. The two nations had been working to resolve differences sparked by the murder of a Philippine maid, whose body was found stuffed in her employer’s freezer in Kuwait earlier this year. But relations plunged after the Philippines released videos last week of embassy staff helping Filipino ...

Lieberman says Israel will hit Tehran if Iran attacks Tel Aviv

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Israel would retaliate against any Iranian attack on Tel Aviv by striking Tehran, Israel’s defense minister said in remarks published on Thursday, as the arch-foes faced off over Syria. The comments by Avigdor Lieberman were an unusually explicit Israeli threat to take military action within Iranian territory, and followed a surge of unprecedented confrontations between the countries’ forces in civil war-torn Syria. “Israel doesn’t want war ... ...

Iran media confirms arrest of British-Iranian scientist

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Iranian media confirmed on Thursday that Abbas Edalat, a British-Iranian scientist and peace campaigner, has been arrested for his alleged role in an “infiltration network”. “Recently, members of an infiltration network affiliated to Britain have been arrested,” an unnamed source told the Fars news agency, which is considered close to the powerful Revolutionary Guards. The report named Edalat a professor of computer science and mathematics at Imperial College in London. ...

Malaysia releases photo of 1 assailant in Palestinian murder

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Malaysian police on Wednesday released a photo of one of the two alleged assailants who gunned down a Palestinian engineer over the weekend, and said they are believed to still be in the country. Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group has described the victim, Fadi al-Batsh, as a “commander” in its military wing and accused Israel of being behind Saturday’s shooting. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied involvement. Based on eyewitness description, Malaysian police earlier ...

Khamenei affirms continued Iranian resistance in face of US ‘bullying’

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Iran’s supreme leader called on Muslim nations to unite against the United States, saying Tehran would never yield to “bullying”, state television reported on Thursday. “The Iranian nation has successfully resisted bullying attempts by America and other arrogant powers and we will continue to resist... All Muslim nations should stand united against America and other enemies,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. Iran’s top authority criticized Trump for saying on ...

Lebanon parliamentary candidates charged as much as $240,000 for airtime

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Six thousand dollars can buy a minute of air time, but a talk show episode can cost $240,000. In Lebanon, media outlets are charging parliamentary candidates exorbitant prices for coverage. Whether beamed into living rooms on television screens or heard over the radio, legislative hopefuls are keen to get their messages out to their constituents before the May 6 election. The long-awaited vote is the first since 2009, and marks the end of a years-long political stalemate that had paralysed ...

Saudi Arabia to get first 4DX movie theaters in the region

Thursday, 26 April 2018

South Korea-based CJ 4DPLEX has signed a new partnership with Cinemacity to open three locations in Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh, and other major Saudi cities by the end of 2018, according to Variety. Al-Qasr Mall will be the first CJ 4DPLEX multiplex in Riyadh, featuring 19 screens. Cinemacity’s parent company, Xclusive Cinemas SAL Holding, says it will operate 116 screens by the end of 2018 in five countries including Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia. 4DX is ...

Kim Jong Un will walk across border for summit with South Korean president

Thursday, 26 April 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon-Jae-in will plant a commemorative tree and inspect an honor guard together after Kim walks across the border Friday for their historic summit, Seoul officials said Thursday.The talks on the southern side of the border village of Panmunjom are expected to focus on North Korea’s nuclear program, but there will be plenty of symbolism when Kim becomes the first North Korean leader to be in the southern section of the border since ...

School bus collision with train leaves 13 children dead in northern India

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Thirteen children were killed on Thursday when a school van collided with a train at an unmanned railway crossing in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a police official said. Eight children were injured and taken hospital, said the official, adding there were 22 children in the vehicle. The accident took place early in the morning when the children were on their way to school. The van collided with the Siwan-Gorakhpur Passenger Train, but the cause of the ...

WATCH: Armed man arrested at Iranian interests section in Washington

Thursday, 26 April 2018

A man with a weapon was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the Iranian interests section in Washington, the Secret Service said. The incident took place at Pakistan’s embassy, which houses the Iranian interests section after Iran and the US severed diplomatic relations in 1979. The Secret Service said in a statement that agents responded to reports of shots fired. The agents determined that no shots had been fired, but they arrested a man in possession of a weapon. He was charged with assault ...

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