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Kerry tackles Yemen, Syrian conflicts in Saudi Arabia talks JEDDAH: Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the country's powerful deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday to discuss ways to end conflict in Yemen and resume peace talks between the warring sides.Kerry arrived in Jeddah late on Wednesday from Nigeria for discussions with Saudi leaders and other Gulf Arab states and will also update them on US meetings with Russia on military cooperation in Syria, a senior US official said ahead of the talks.Backing by Gulf Arab states for the Syria plan is vital because they wield influence over Syrian opposition groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Russia and Iran support Assad.The talks come as Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border, in Turkey's first major US-backed incursion into its southern neighbour.The State Department said Kerry will meet ...

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Drone strikes kill 7 Qaeda suspects in Yemen: security ADEN: Drone strikes killed seven Al-Qaeda suspects travelling in cars in provinces of southern and eastern Yemen on Wednesday, security sources said.Three people died when a rocket fired from a drone struck their vehicle in a desert area of Marib province, east of Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa, a security source said.Another security official said a separate drone attack in the southern province of Shabwa killed four suspects in a car on a road leading from ...

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Syrian Kurdish YPG calls Turkish operation ‘blatant aggression’ BEIRUT: Turkey's military intervention in Syria is a "blatant aggression in Syrian internal affairs", and results from an agreement between it, Iran and Syria's government, Redur Xelil, the spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Wednesday. Asked about Turkish demands for the YPG to pull back east of the Euphrates, Xelil said only the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance including the Kurdish militia, was authorized to give a response to this type ...

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Saudi prince to discuss reform drive in visits to China, Japan DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's powerful Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will discuss the kingdom's drive to cut its reliance on oil exports in visits to China and Japan that begin next week, Saudi media and sources said on Wednesday.In April, Prince Mohammed launched radical economic reforms designed to develop non-oil industries in Saudi Arabia and attract billions of dollars of foreign investment. Chinese and Japanese banks and companies are expected to play major roles.The prince ...

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Turkey launches anti-IS operation in Syria ISTANBUL: Turkey's army backed by international coalition air strikes on Wednesday launched an operation involving fighter jets and elite ground troops to drive Islamic State militants out of a key Syrian border town.The operation, the most ambitious launched by Turkey in Syria conflict, is aimed at clearing militants from the town of Jarabulus which lies directly opposite the Turkish town of Karakamis, the prime minister's office said.The operation began around 4:00 am local time (0100 ...

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Iraq resumes pumping oil through Kurdish pipeline BAGHDAD: Iraq has resumed pumping oil from fields operated by state-run North Oil Company (NOC) via a Kurdish pipeline to Turkey, a spokesman for the oil ministry in Baghdad said on Thursday. About 70,000 barrels per day (bpd) are being pumped through the pipeline controlled by the Kurdish regional authorities, spokesman Asim Jihad told Reuters, giving no further details. Pumping stopped in March due to a dispute between the government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan ...

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Solar-powered Umbrella invented to facilitate Hujjaj ISLAMABAD: A Saudi-Palestinian firm has invented a solar-powered umbrella having a small fan, flashlight, and Global Positioning System (GPS) to assist Hajj pilgrims during the days of religious activity in Saudi Arabia.Co-founder of smart umbrella, Manal Dandis said this solar umbrella is specially designed for the pilgrims. The built-in navigation system in this device quickly shows the location of the user, reported Saudi media.The umbrella's solar panels absorb solar energy and transform it into electrical ...