Trump denies trying to undermine US Postal Service as Democrats mount pressure

President Donald Trump on Monday denied trying to undermine the Postal Service’s ability to handle a flood of mail-in ballots ahead of the November US election, as Democrats prepared to move against changes hisadministration has set in motion. “No, we’re not tampering,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News amid an outcry from Democrats […]

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Norway arrests man suspected of providing state secrets to foreign power

Norway’s intelligence service said Monday its agents had arrested a Norwegian man suspected of providing state secrets to a foreign power. Contacted by AFP, the PST intelligence agency refused to disclose any details about the suspect, the nature of the information handed over, or the country that allegedly received the information. “The man is formally […]

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EU ‘appeasement’ of Turkey in exploration row will go nowhere, says Cyprus

Cyprus on Monday criticized European Union partners over what it said was diffidence amounting to “a policy of appeasement” in dealing with Turkey, locked in a stand-off with Cyprus and Greece over energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean. The Cypriot comments came after Greece failed to secure a strong commitment from fellow EU nations for […]

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Lebanon explosion: Customs chief Badri Daher formally arrested over Beirut blast

The head of Lebanon’s customs authority was formally arrested on Monday after being questioned over the massive explosion in Beirut earlier this month, the state-run National News Agency reported. For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app. The investigation is focused on why nearly 3,000 tons of explosive […]

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As tourism faces ‘worst challenge’ yet, Dubai transforms obstacle to opportunity

Despite a grim outlook for the global tourism industry amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one city is making every effort to beat predictions of a dangerous decline. Dubai successfully reopened to tourists on July 7 after closing its borders for four months, rolling out a series of new initiatives and partnerships to help the city’s […]

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Belarus protests and a Mark Quinn statue: Monday's best photos

The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world including Indonesian independence day, protests in Minsk, pupils returning to school in Germany, and the Science Museum reopening in London Milan, Italy Passengers from Madrid arrive at Linate airport. The Lombardy regional government is setting up coronavirus testing stations across the region, including at […]

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Iraqi activists fight coronavirus, while Hashd al-Shaabi steps up propaganda campaign

The global coronavirus pandemic has provided the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), known also as al-Hashd al-Shaabi, with an opportunity to revive its reputation and to augment its propaganda campaign. Iraq’s poor health care infrastructure is unable to cope, and the PMU’s involvement in the health sector during the pandemic will further enable the group to […]

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New coronavirus strain 10x more infectious, vaccine hopes dashed: Malaysia scientists

Malaysian health authorities have identified that a new strain of the deadly COVID-19 virus, named D614G, is 10 times more infectious than previous strains, Deputy General of Health for Malaysia Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a Facebook post Saturday. Abdullah added that the finding might also mean that any vaccine under development currently would be […]

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince invited to Jerusalem by Israel’s president

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has invited Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Jerusalem, following last week’s historic agreement between the two countries. Rivlin expressed the invitation in a letter, written in Arabic, which was released to Israeli media on Monday. “I’m full of hope that this step will contribute to building […]

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US analyst says President Trump to stay in NATO following UNSC Iran embargo rejection

United States President Donald Trump isn’t expected to leave NATO due of the presence of “allies such as Poland and other Eastern European countries” that are going against Russia, Michael Pregent, a former US intelligence officer, told Al Arabiya on Sunday. For all the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the […]

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Indian politicians go after Facebook content policies that allegedly favor PM Modi

Indian politicians are trading barbs over a media report that Facebook Inc’s content policies favored Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, putting the social network at the center of a political storm in its biggest market by users. Lawmakers of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have accused the social media giant of censoring nationalist voices, after […]

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Beirut blast: Residents told to front repair costs by Lebanon’s landlords

Some Beirut residents, now with shattered homes, are being asked by their landlords to front the costs of repairs following the deadly explosion at the port in Lebanon’s capital. The Beirut port explosion left tens of thousands of apartments damaged and potentially hundreds of thousands of residents at least temporarily displaced. With some 47,000 apartments […]

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Jennifer Lawrence called Kris Jenner's 'favorite daughter' in birthday wish from TV star

The Kardashian family needs to make room for one more. On Saturday, Jennifer Lawrence celebrated her 30th birthday and received a sweet message from Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the media personalities. According to Entertainment Tonight, Jenner took to her Instagram story to share a birthday wish for the Oscar winner. JENNIFER LAWRENCE SELLS PENTHOUSE […]

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Pelosi calls Democrat lawmakers back to Washington in move against US postal cuts

US Democrats stepped up pressure on Sunday against a cost-cutting campaign by President Donald Trump’s appointed Postal Service chief that they fear will hold up mail-in ballots in November’s election, with HouseSpeaker Nancy Pelosi calling lawmakers back and several statesconsidering legal action. Top Democrats in Congress called on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and another top […]

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New Zealand PM Ardern postpones election by four weeks amid coronavirus outbreak

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday delayed New Zealand’s looming election by four weeks to October 17 after a renewed coronavirus outbreak hampered campaigning “This decision gives all parties time over the next nine weeks to campaign and the Electoral Commission enough time to ensure an election can go ahead,” she said. For more coronavirus […]

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Ethiopian PM congratulates UAE’s Mohammed bin Zayed on peace treaty with Israel

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abyi Ahmed congratulated Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on the UAE’s announcing a peace treaty with Israel, reported Emirates News Agency (WAM). In a statement he posted on his Twitter account, the Ethiopian Prime Minister said: “On […]

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Coronavirus: UAE extends grace period for residency violators, waives all fines

The United Arab Emirates has extended the grace period for residency violators for another three months, including fine exemptions, announced the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) late on Sunday, in the latest measures related to the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “The grace period extension runs from August 18 to November 17 […]

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Gulf Cooperation Council secretary general condemns ‘threats’ by Iran to UAE

The secretary general of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, on Sunday condemned “threats” by Iran’s president and other Iranian officials towards the United Arab Emirates over its agreement with Israel to normalize relations, the GCC said in a statement. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday the UAE has made […]

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Talks on Ethiopia’s controversial dam pushed to Tuesday

Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia agreed Sunday to present draft proposals over the management of Addis Ababa’s massive and controversial Nile dam within two days, Sudan’s water ministry said. “After lengthy discussions, the attendees decided to resume negotiations on Tuesday… to work on unifying the texts of the agreements submitted by the three countries,” the ministry […]

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US supports Cyprus, wants closer eastern Mediterranean gas cooperation

The US wants tighter cooperation on developing gas finds in the “strategically significant” eastern Mediterranean and supports Cyprus’ right to exploit hydrocarbon deposits discovered in its waters, a senior US State Department official said Sunday. US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale said hydrocarbon development would aim to “provide durable energy security […]

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King inaugurates Emergency Hospital at Al Bashir Public Hospital

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah, accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Rania, on Sunday inaugurated the new Emergency Hospital affiliated with Al Bashir Public Hospital, established to accommodate the growing number of patients. Work on the Emergency Hospital had begun in 2018, following Royal directives to improve medical services and enhance the hospital’s infrastructure and […]

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31 local infections, 8 cases from abroad recorded Sunday

AMMAN — Thirty-nine COVID-19 cases, including 31 local infections, were registered in the Kingdom on Sunday, increasing the caseload to 1,378, according to the government. The local cases included 19 infections reported from Ramtha, 11 from Amman — 10 who contracted the virus after “socialising” with COVID-19 positive individuals and another person whose source of […]

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Israel shuts Gaza fishing zone after overnight cross-border fighting

Israel closed the Gaza Strip’s offshore fishing zone on Sunday following a night of cross-border fighting with Palestinian militants, the most intense escalation of hostilities in recent months. Palestinian militants in Gaza fired two rockets into southern Israel after Israeli airstrikes targeted sites belonging to the territory’s militant Hamas rulers. The military said the Iron […]

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Current epidemiological situation demands ‘utmost vigilance’ — PM

AMMAN — The Kingdom’s current epidemiological situation requires “utmost vigilance”, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Omar Razzaz said on Sunday. In his weekly address to the nation, the premier said that schools will reopen on September 1, “what will change is the occupational safety and health measures”, Razzaz said. The premier noted that the […]

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Nationwide campaign launched to promote skilled crafts careers among local youth

AMMAN — Education for Employment-Jordan (EFE-Jordan), a non-profit organisation leading a national initiative to create economic opportunities for unemployed youth across the Kingdom, has kicked off a three-month image campaign promoting skilled crafts under the slogan “My Craft is My Mark”. The nationwide campaign was launched together with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) […]

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Timing of Tawjihi results announcement draws mixed reactions from citizens

AMMAN — Saturday’s announcement of Tawjihi results drew mixed reactions from citizens. Education Minister Tayseer Nueimi was initially scheduled to announce the results of 2020’s session at 10am the same day. However, the results were released on the Education’s Ministry’s online platform at 5am on Saturday. A total of 78 regular students scored 100 per […]

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Coronavirus: UNRWA reports four new deaths in Lebanon Palestinian refugee camps

The UN Palestinian refugee agency Sunday confirmed four new COVID-19 deaths in camps in Lebanon, calling for vigilance in observing hygiene measures as infections rise across the country. “During the past 24 hours, four deaths have been recorded among Palestine refugees” in Lebanon, UNRWA said in a statement. This brings to eight the total number […]

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No significant losses reported as rocket lands near Baghdad’s Green Zone

A Katyusha rocket landed in the vicinity of Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone which houses the US embassy, other diplomatic missions, and government buildings, according to Iraq’s state news agency quoting the military. There were no significant losses, the reported added. The security forces found a rocket pad launcher and dismantled two missiles that were […]

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Bahrain charges woman with insulting Hindu religious symbol

A woman in Bahrain seen smashing Hindu religious statues in a video published online has been charged with intentional damage and publicly insulting “religious idols,” said the interior ministry. The police said on Sunday that the 54-year-old woman was summoned after the video on social media showed her “intentionally damaging a shop… and breaking religious […]

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Chris D'Elia replaced by Tig Notaro in upcoming Netflix movie following sexual misconduct allegations

Following allegations of sexual misconduct, comedian Chris D’Elia will be replaced in post-production of a new Zack Snyder movie by fellow comedian Tig Notaro. D’Elia was recently dropped by CAA following multiple sexual harassment allegations made against him, which the 40-year-old comic has denied. Now it seems he’s being removed from a role he already […]

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Arab Coalition intercepts, destroys Houthi ballistic missile targeting Saudi Arabia

The Arab Coalition intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched on Sunday toward Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed Houthi militia, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app. Spokesman for the Arab Coalition forces, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, confirmed in a statement carried […]

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US protests: Portland police declare riot, push demonstrators from building

A riot was declared in Oregon’s biggest city as protesters demonstrated outside a law enforcement building early Sunday, continuing a nightly ritual in Portland. Officers used crowd control munitions to disperse the gathering outside the Penumbra Kelly building, news outlets reported. Protesters had thrown “softball size” rocks, glass bottles and other objects at officers, police […]

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Tens of thousands of Belarus protesters take to the streets over re-election

Tens of thousands of Belarusian opposition supporters gathered in Minsk on Sunday to join a “March for Freedom” over President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election. For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app. Chanting “Leave!”, the protesters marched down Independence Avenue following an opposition call for the biggest rally […]

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Lebanon faces ‘biggest danger’, needs elections: Maronite Patriarch

Lebanon’s top Christian cleric called on Sunday for early parliamentary elections and a government formed to rescue the country rather than the ruling “political class” after the vast explosion in Beirut’s port threw the nation into turmoil. The now-caretaker cabinet resigned amid protests over the August 4 blast that killed more than 172 people, injured […]

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