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36 rebels killed in south Yemen attacks, air strikes ADEN: Yemeni fighters allied with exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi killed 15 rebels in a Thursday attack on their checkpoints in the country's southern Abyan province, a military source said.In second city Aden, 17 rebels were killed in air strikes by Saudi-led coalition warplanes, according to pro-Hadi military sources.Fighters belonging to the pro-government Popular Resistance Committees in Abyan's Zinjibar attacked checkpoints of the 15th Infantry Brigade, which has defected and joined Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels, the military source said.The southern fighters also besieged the headquarters of the brigade, which was later hit by warplanes from the coalition that launched an air campaign in March backing Hadi.Southern tribesmen meanwhile killed four Huthi rebels in an ambush Thursday near Ataq, in Shabwa province, a local security source said. Troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have sided with the Huthis, who overran the capital in September and went on to seize ...

Kuwait fiscal reserves hit record $592bn: report KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait's financial reserves defied a slump in oil prices to hit a record 179.2 billion dinars ($592 billion) at the end of the 2014-15 financial year, a report said Thursday.They grew by $53 billion in the year to March 31, Al-Qabas newspaper reported, citing figures released by Finance Minister Anas al-Saleh to a closed session of parliament last week.Kuwait normally does not reveal the size of its assets most of which are invested ...
Dubai achieved goal to become capital of Islamic economy: Mohammed ISLAMABAD: Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has said that the first goal of the strategy launched two years ago to develop and promote Dubai as the global capital of Islamic economy has been achieved.Shaikh Mohammed hailed the achievement made by Dubai that has overtaken other financial centres in listing Islamic bonds on its exchanges. Shaikh Mohammed made these remarks as he chaired a ...
Car bombs kill 11 in Baghdad at end of Ramadan fast BAGHDAD: Two car bombs killed 11 people in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday, police and medical sources said, striking as many people were ending their daily Ramadan fast.One bomb hit the mainly Shia Amil district in the southwest of the city around dusk, killing eight people and wounding 27. The other hit a bus garage in Doura in the south of the capital, killing three people.Northeast of Baghdad, in the town of Balad Roz, ...
Israel must tackle 'stubbornly high' budget deficit: IMF JERUSALEM: Israel's government needs to immediately address lowering the budget deficit or face a growing debt burden, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. It expects a deficit of 2.75 percent of gross domestic product in 2015 and urged the government bring it down to 2.25 percent next year. "The fiscal deficit remains stubbornly high," the IMF said at the end of its week-long visit to Israel. "Current levels leave few buffers to deal with ...
Palestinians to submit first file to ICC next week JERUSALEM: The Palestinians will next week submit their first file to the International Criminal Court in their bid to open criminal proceedings against Israel, an official said on Thursday.The move is part of an increased focus on diplomatic manoeuvring and appeals to international bodies by the Palestinians, who have been frustrated by a lack of progress in ending the Israeli occupation and creating their own independent state. The file is to be handed to ICC ...
1,600 buses to transport 25mn worshipers in Makkah ISLAMABAD: Emir of Makkah Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has assigned five transport companies to temporally provide public transport services to about 25 million pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque during the Holy month of Ramadan, which officially starts today (Thursday).The public transport vehicles are expected to make about 5 million trips during the fasting month.Prince Khaled asked the transport companies to facilitate the transportation of pilgrims so that they are able to perform their rituals ...


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