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Emirates chairman says firefighter died in plane disaster DUBAI: A firefighter was killed while battling flames that erupted when an Emirates airline plane flying from India crash-landed in Dubai, the carrier's chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said on Wednesday. Sheikh Ahmed said authorities were still investigating the incident, in which 14 other people were admitted to hospitals with mainly minor or moderate injuries.He said the crash-landing was not caused by any security breach. He said the plane, which had entered service in 2003, had undergone maintenance in 2015 and that the United Arab Emirates pilot had over 7,000 hours of flying experience.Emirates always follows international standards and is strict in implementing safety and maintenance rules, Sheikh Ahmed told a news conference in Dubai, which was carried by Dubai television. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Thousands of jobless Asians stranded in Saudi MANILA: Thousands of jobless Indians, Filipinos and Pakistanis are stranded and destitute in Saudi Arabia after the plunge in oil prices sparked construction layoffs, activists and officials said Tuesday.Some Filipinos are forced to beg or sift through garbage to survive after going unpaid for months, said Garry Martinez, chairman of the Migrante group which works for the millions of Filipino overseas workers worldwide."Some of them have nothing to eat and have to go through the ...

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Iraq PM bans travel by officials accused of corruption BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has imposed a travel ban on several parliamentary officials accused of corruption, his office said Tuesday, but the parliament speaker rejected the order.Defence Minister Khalid al-Obeidi on Monday told parliament that speaker Salim al-Juburi and several lawmakers were corrupt and had sought to blackmail him.Abadi ordered a "temporary travel ban" against those accused, in order "to investigate the validity of the allegations", a statement from his office said.But Juburi ...

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US warplanes launch bombing campaign on Islamic State in Libya SIRTE: US planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the UN-backed government's request to help push the militants from their former stronghold in the city of Sirte. "The first air strikes were carried out at specific locations in Sirte today causing severe losses to enemy ranks," Prime Minster Fayez Seraj said on state TV. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the strikes did not have "an end point at this particular moment ...

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Iraqi PM orders probe into corruption allegations over weapons deals BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered an investigation on Monday into allegations of corruption in weapons deals that risk re-igniting a political crisis ahead of planned military moves to retake Mosul from Islamic State. Infighting over anti-corruption measures, which stalled government activity for several months and sparked clashes between protesters and security forces in Baghdad earlier this year, threatens to slow momentum to recapture Mosul and capitalise on battlefield gains against the ultra-hardline militants. ...

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UN deputy Syria envoy in Damascus for talks on proposed new peace round DAMASCUS: The UN Deputy Special Envoy for Syria on Sunday held talks with Syrian officials in Damascus to sound out their position on how to break an impasse hindering the proposed resumption of peace talks around the end of August. Ramzy E. Ramzy said he and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moulem discussed the subject of political transition -- a major sticking point in negotiations between the government of President Bashar al-Assad and opposition groups. "We ...

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Attacks on Iraq gas facility, oil field kill five KIRKUK: Militants assaulted a gas facility and a nearby oil field in north Iraq on Sunday, killing five people in rare attacks inside Kurdish-controlled areas of Kirkuk province, officials said.Gunmen travelling on motorbikes opened fire on the gas facility's guards, then killed four of its employees and planted multiple bombs before escaping, officials from Iraq's North Oil Company and the Kurdish peshmerga forces said.Militants also attacked the nearby Bai Hassan oil field, the largest in ...