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Last Kuwaiti Guantanamo inmate returns home KUWAIT CITY: The last Kuwaiti prisoner in the US Guantanamo Bay prison returned home Saturday to a family reception after 14 years of detention, the head of a detainee group said.Faez Mohammed Ahmed Al-Kandari became the last of 12 Kuwaitis held for long terms in the prison as the United States prepares to close the facility."He looked tired but his morale was very high. He was welcomed at the airport by his father, two brothers and uncle," Khalid al-Oudah, head of the society of families of Kuwaiti prisoners in Guantanamo, who was also present, told AFP.Kandari was immediately taken to a military hospital for medical examination where dozens of relatives led by his mother were allowed to greet and talk to him freely, Oudah said.The former prisoner was brought back to the Gulf state aboard a private jet which flew from Guantanamo to the emirate via Casablanca, Morocco.He had been ...

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Syria government to allow aid into besieged Madaya: UN DAMASCUS: Syria's government gave permission Thursday for UN aid deliveries to three besieged towns, including Madaya near Damascus where people are reportedly starving to death, the UN said."The UN welcomes today's approval from the Government of Syria to access Madaya, Fuaa and Kafraya and is preparing to deliver humanitarian assistance in the coming days," a UN statement said. It said there were "credible reports of people dying from starvation" in Madaya, including a 53-year-old man ...

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US-led air strikes have cut IS oil revenues: US military WASHINGTON: US-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State oil facilities have cut the militant group's oil revenues by about 30 percent since October, a coalition spokesman said on Wednesday.In October, the U.S. military launched an intensified effort to go after oil infrastructure controlled by Islamic State, dubbed "Tidal Wave II."That effort has consisted so far of 65 air strikes, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led campaign, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, said in a news ...

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Qatar recalls ambassador to Iran DOHA: Qatar has recalled its ambassador to Iran following an attack on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran, state media in Doha said on Wednesday."Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalled today Qatar's Ambassador to Tehran following the attacks on the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and general consulate in Mashhad," said foreign ministry director, Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Hamar, quoted by the Qatar News Agency.The response by Doha is similar to action ...

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Iranian diplomats have left Saudi Arabia: state media RIYADH: Iranian diplomats have left Saudi Arabia after the kingdom severed all ties with Tehran following attacks on its mission in the Islamic republic, Saudi state media said on Wednesday.The staff of the Iranian embassy in Riyadh and those of the consulate in Jeddah left "on board a private Iranian plane," state news agency SPA reported.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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25 Iraq fighters killed thwarting IS assault: commander BAGHDAD: At least 25 Iraqi fighters have been killed repelling a major three-day offensive by the Islamic State group in the western region of Haditha, security sources said Tuesday."We have given 25 martyrs in 72 hours," a tribal commander, Sheikh Abdallah Atallah, told AFP by phone from Haditha, an area that includes a key dam and has held off IS since 2014."It was one of the biggest offensives we have seen. It came from three ...

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Arab League to hold emergency talks on Iran-Saudi row CAIRO: The Arab League will hold emergency talks at the request of Saudi Arabia on Sunday to discuss attacks in Iran on the kingdom's embassy and consulate, its deputy head said.The weekend talks are aimed at "condemning the violations committed by Iran against the sanctity of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad," Ahmed Ben Helli told reporters on Monday.The meeting, which comes after Saudi Arabia broke off ties with the Islamic ...