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Indonesian stampede toll hits 41, officials 'race against time' JAKARTA: The number of Indonesians killed in a stampede at the hajj rose to 41 Monday with scores more still missing, an official said, warning Jakarta faces a "race against time" to identify its citizens who died.The stampede on Thursday during a ritual stoning of the devil near the holy Saudi city of Mecca killed 769 people, the worst disaster to strike the annual Muslim pilgrimage in a quarter of a century.At least 144 Iranians died in the crush -- the highest confirmed toll among foreign nationalities -- sparking a war of words between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, initially indicated only a handful of its citizens died in the stampede but the death toll crept up over the weekend, and the religious affairs ministry confirmed Monday that it now stood at 41.In addition, 10 Indonesians were being treated for their injuries in ...

Maldives president unhurt in blast on his speed boat MALÉ: An explosion ripped through a speed boat carrying Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday, injuring his wife and two others but leaving him unhurt, a minister said.It is not clear what caused the blast on the presidential craft as it docked in the capital island Male.Authorities have launched an investigation, said Mohamed Hussain Shareef, minister at the President's Office."The first lady Fathimath Ibrahim, a senior protocol officer and a bodyguard of the president were ...

Venezuela, Guyana agree to normalize ties after territorial dispute UNITED NATIONS: Venezuela and Guyana have agreed to return their respective ambassadors to their posts, normalizing ties after months of a bitter territorial dispute.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro acknowledged that his meeting with his Guyanese counterpart David Granger at the United Nations was "tense and difficult," a statement from his Foreign Ministry read.Maduro said a technical committee would tackle the territorial dispute between the two countries.Venezuela has been pressing claims to Guyana's Essequibo region, which encompasses ...

US support for Syria rebels illegal, Putin says ahead of Obama meeting MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday branded U.S. support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective, saying US-trained rebels were leaving to join Islamic State with weapons supplied by Washington.In an interview with U.S. networks recorded ahead of a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deserved international support as he was fighting terrorist organisations.Obama and Putin are scheduled to talk on Monday after Putin addresses the ...

German minister denies plagiarism allegations: report BERLIN: Germany's Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen fiercely rejected allegations revealed Saturday in media reports that she plagiarised portions of her doctoral thesis, a charge that has already brought down other high-level German leaders.According to a report in Der Spiegel weekly, dozens of passages in her dissertation clash with academic standards, with over 40 percent of the document allegedly containing plagiarised text.However, von der Leyen "not only rejects these accusations she has... asked the ...

Hungary's Orban to visit Austria over migrant crisis BUDAPEST: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will meet with his Austrian counterpart Werner Faymann in Vienna on Friday, his office said, amid tensions between the two over how to respond to Europe's migrant crisis.Aside from Faymann, Orban will also meet Heinz-Christian Strache, head of far-right party FPO, for talks that will focus on "the European crisis situation caused by illegal immigration," it said on its website on Thursday.The visit comes after Orban and Faymann engaged ...

UN court says it can rule in Bolivia vs Chile row THE HAGUE: The UN's highest court Thursday agreed to take up a century-old dispute between Chile and Bolivia, saying it could rule in the case as La Paz seeks to regain access to the Pacific.The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ), which oversees disputes between countries, said it "has jurisdiction... to entertain the application filed by Bolivia."A hearing dealing with the substance of the case however is not expected to open for several months.Bolivia -- ...


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