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120 Saudis performing Haj on behalf of Syrian martyrs ISLAMABAD: One hundred and twenty young Saudis are performing Haj this year on behalf of Syrian martyrs, Mohammed Al-Nuaimi, supervisor of the Haj campaign for the Syrian martyrs, has said.The Saudi youth are part of the 450-strong contingent offering Haj on behalf of those who have laid down their lives in fighting against the brutal regime of President Bashar Al-Assad, Al-Nuaimi was quoted by Makkah daily as saying, Saudi Gazette Reported.About 100 Syrian extremists, have been barred from entering the Kingdom for the Haj, Makkah daily cited the founder of the relief organization for the Syrian refugees as saying."These terrorists tried to come to the Kingdom to perform the Haj but we obstructed their attempts," said Al-Nuaimi.He said a total of 12,800 Syrians from Syria itself and other countries of refuge will be performing Haj this year.He categorically refuted claims by the Syrian regime that the Kingdom had prevented the ...

New blow to Indonesia's Widodo at rowdy parliament opening JAKARTA: Indonesian opposition politicians won key posts in parliament Thursday after new leader Joko Widodo's supporters stormed out of a rowdy opening session, heightening fears a divided legislature will hinder his ambitious reforms.Parliament convened for a new term Wednesday, dominated by parties that backed ex-general Prabowo Subianto in July's presidential election, which he lost to Widodo, the country's first leader without deep roots in the autocratic past.Prabowo's backers had already flexed their muscles in the ...

US general says Syria rebel training could 'take years' WASHINGTON: Retired US general John Allen, who is leading the international effort against Islamic State (IS) extremists, said Wednesday that the training of Syrian rebels would be a slow process. "It is going to take a while, it could take years, actually," Allen said in an interview with CNN. "We have to manage our expectations."The US Congress has approved the training and equipping of moderate Syrian rebel units as part of an international plan to ...

Slowing inflation puts ECB in hot seat again NAPLES: Persistent and dangerously low eurozone inflation will keep the heat on the European Central Bank headed by Mario Draghi to inject more stimulus at its monthly policy meeting on Thursday, analysts said. But despite this pressure, and in view of a surprise rate cut last month, the ECB is not expected to announce any new policy moves.This meeting is being held in Naples, Italy, instead of at the bank's headquarters in Frankfurt as usual.Draghi ...

Protesters press HK leader to quit, China tells US to back off HONG KONG: Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters demanded that the city's embattled leader meet a deadline to resign on Thursday, as China warned the United States against meddling in its "internal affairs".Demonstrators, who have shut down central areas of the southern Chinese city for four days, have given chief executive Leung Chun-ying until midnight to step down, or face escalated action.In Washington, Beijing warned the United States to back off, in its strongest riposte yet to ...

China tells US to back off over Hong Kong WASHINGTON: The US and China openly clashed Wednesday over the pro-democracy protests sweeping Hong Kong, with Beijing warning Washington to back off and saying it would not tolerate "illegal acts."President Barack Obama told visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that the United States "was following developments in Hong Kong closely" when he dropped in on a meeting between Wang and national security advisor Susan Rice, the White House said.Obama also "expressed their hope that differences ...

Mexico captures most-wanted 'drug-cartel kingpin' MEXICO CITY: Mexican soldiers have captured Hector Beltran Leyva, one of the country's most-wanted men and a suspected drug-cartel kingpin who had a bounty of more than $7 million on his head, prosecutors said Wednesday.He had taken over the Beltran Leyva cartel in recent years after his brothers' deaths or arrests, but was nabbed in the city of San Miguel de Allende, investigating prosecutors' spokesman Tomas Zeron told reporters.Known as "H" (for Hector), authorities snared ...


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