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Jordan in push at the UN for Palestine resolution UNITED NATIONS: Jordan on Tuesday launched a bid to win backing for a UN resolution on a final Israeli-Palestinian settlement that could be presented to the Security Council in the coming weeks.Jordan's Ambassador Dina Kawar said she would be meeting with representatives from Arab countries and council members to gauge whether there is support for a "unified text" on advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace.If a consensus can be reached, a draft resolution could be presented to the council later this month or in January, she said."We are going to try to make it before Christmas, if not it will be in January," Kawar told reporters."We really want to get everybody on board. That's our intention."The Palestinians, backed by the Arab League, circulated a draft resolution at the end of September that called for ending the Israeli occupation by November 2016.The text ran into opposition from the United States and other members of ...

119 nationalities sing UAE national anthem to set world record ISLAMABAD: The UAE has once again entered the record books, this time for most nationalities singing a national anthem at a time. Bringing together students from more than 119 nationalities to sing the UAE national anthem, students from GEMS schools set the new record."Our world record-breaking rendition of the UAE national anthem is a celebration of unity through diversity represented by 119 of the 200 nationalities who call the UAE home, and who are eager ...
Syria says US-led strikes have not weakened Islamic State BEIRUT: Syria's foreign minister said US-led air strikes had failed to weaken Islamic State it in Syria and the jihadist group would not be tackled unless Turkey was forced to tighten border controls.A U.S.-led alliance started attacking Islamic State targets in Syria in September as part of a wider effort to destroy the al Qaeda offshoot that has seized large areas of the country and neighbouring Iraq."All the indications say that (Islamic State) today, after ...
Saudi detainee sent home from Guantanamo: Pentagon WASHINGTON: A Saudi Arabian inmate at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was repatriated Saturday, leaving 142 prisoners still at the jail President Barack Obama has pledged to close, the Pentagon said.Last month, Mohammed al-Zahrani was approved for transfer by the special review board, created by Obama in his efforts to shutter the controversial jail, the statement said, adding that Congress was duly informed of the transfer.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Voting underway in Bahrain amid Shia opposition boycott MANAMA: Bahrainis went to the polls Saturday for the first legislative elections since a 2011 uprising, but the vote is being boycotted by the Shiite opposition that led Gulf kingdom's pro-democracy movement.The electorate of almost 350,000 is being called to choose 40 deputies, with Sunnis making up most of the 266 candidates.The polls are being contested without a compromise in sight between authorities in the Sunni-ruled monarchy and the opposition.Al-Wefaq, the main opposition group, has ...
Bahrain opposition urges end to power 'monopoly' MANAMA: Bahrain holds legislative elections Saturday for the first time since a 2011 uprising, despite a boycott by the Shia opposition that led the pro-democracy movement.The polls are being contested without a compromise in sight between authorities in the Sunni-ruled monarchy and the opposition, as highlighted by the two sides in interviews Friday.The Gulf state's electorate of almost 350,000 is being called to choose 40 deputies, with most of the 266 candidates being Sunnis.Al-Wefaq, the ...
Suicide car bomb hits Iraqi Kurdish capital ARBIL: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near the provincial government headquarters in the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday, a spokesman said.The bomber hit the main checkpoint on the way to the headquarters in the usually quiet city of Arbil just before noon (0900 GMT), provincial council spokesman Hamza Hamed told AFP.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...


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