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DOHA: Children from America, Canada, China and Egypt were among the dead from a fire that killed 19 people when it tore through a shopping mall in Qatar, an official said on Tuesday. Captain Mubarak al-Bouainain, head of information at the interior ministry, also confirmed New Zealand triplets, four Spanish children and a South African boy were killed by Monday's blaze in expat-dominated Doha. All of those who perished in the fire were foreigners, including two firefighters who were from Morocco and Iran. Among the others who died was the American girl of Arab origin, the Chinese boy, and an Egyptian girl and boy, who also held French citizenship, according to the French embassy in Doha. Bouainain confirmed to AFP that three women from the Philippines who worked at the nursery were among the dead, as well as a South African teacher. He said two firefighters, a Moroccan and an Iranian, also died in the ...

AMMAN: Syrian insurgents killed 20 soldiers in heavy fighting around a northern Syrian town close to the border with Turkey, opposition sources said on Tuesday. They said six civilians and six rebels, including two rebel commanders, were also killed over the past 24 hours in the fighting after the army launched an offensive with tanks and helicopters to retake the region around Atareb in Aleppo province, 18 km (11 miles) east of the Turkish border. Copyright Reuters, ...
DOHA: Qatar's interior ministry said on Monday the authorities were counting the casualties after a large fire broke out in the capital's main Villagio shopping centre, but did not disclose any numbers. Authorities are "counting the losses caused by the fire, whether human or material," the ministry said on its Twitter feed. It said that civil defence teams have managed to contain the blaze, and that a news conference will be held later on Monday to "elaborate ...
DUBAI: Jailed Bahraini activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja will end a more than three-month-long hunger strike on Monday evening because he has managed to draw attention to the issue of imprisoned activists, his lawyer said. Mohammed al-Jishi said a detailed statement by Khawaja was to be issued later on Monday. "Starting this evening he will stop his hunger strike the strike has generally achieved its results to shed the light on the case of the detainees in Bahrain," Jishi ...
DAMASCUS: UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan will hold talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Tuesday, a Syrian official said. "Annan will arrive in Damascus on Monday and will meet Foreign Minister Walid Muallem," the official said, asking not to be identified. "Then he will be received by President Assad on Tuesday." It was to be Annan's second visit to Syria since the start of his mission three months ago and came after the UN ...
DUBAI: Amnesty International on Monday urged Saudi Arabia to free Shia prisoners arrested for taking part in "peaceful" protests and those detained without charge in the kingdom's Eastern province. In a report called "Dissident Voices Stifled in the Eastern Province," where most of the country's minority Shias live, the rights group said hundreds of individuals, mainly men, but also children, had been arrested since March 2011. Though "many of those arrested have been released some continue to ...
UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Sunday condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the Syrian government for the Houla massacre in which at least 108 people were killed. A statement agreed by the 15-nation council, including Syrian ally Russia, said the attacks "involved a series of government artillery and tank shellings on a residential neighborhood" and again demanded that President Bashar al-Assad withdraw heavy weapons from Syrian towns. "The members of the Security Council reiterated that ...

 



 
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