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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 of demand from Turkey. The SDF is the alliance that has been waging the campaign against Islamic State in northern Syria, most recently west of the Euphrates river. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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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 ...

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Seven civilians dead as Yemen rocket hits Saudi: civil defence RIYADH: A rocket fired by Yemeni rebels killed seven civilians inside Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the civil defence agency said.It was the highest reported number of civilian casualties in the kingdom's south since a Saudi-led coalition intervened 17 months ago in Yemen."It killed four citizens and three residents," the civil defence spokesman in Najran city said of the rocket strike, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 9 Yemeni civilians: residents DUBAI: An air strike by the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen killed nine civilians east of Sanaa on Tuesday, residents said, a day after aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres said an air strike hit one of its hospitals and killed 11 people.The attack hit the home of a local leader of Yemen's armed Houthi group while he was not home and instead killed his father and eight members of the family, residents added.Saudi Arabia's foes ...