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KABUL: Talks between Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates have stalled again, in part over when and how to release the final results of an election that both say was rigged by the other side, officials said on Wednesday.
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KIEV, Ukraine: Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko will cast Russia as a global menace on Thursday when he meets US President Barack Obama in the hope of winning a “special status” guaranteeing his troubled nation’s security.
The pro-Western ...
 
 

DUBAI: Nine-year-old Palestinian Salwa Hesham has nothing but gratitude in her heart. Her Dubai visit has given her new hope.
Salwa, from Nur Shams Refugee Camp in Tulkarem in the West Bank, was born with an underdeveloped left arm. She was ...
 
 

OCCUPIED-AL-QUDS: Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz on Wednesday urged the European Union not to make a “bad deal” with Iran over its nuclear programme, ahead of crucial talks.
Steinitz suggested outgoing EU foreign policy chief ...
 
 

EDINBURGH: The campaign for Scotland’s independence referendum went down to the wire on Wednesday ahead of a knife-edge vote that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers.
The “Yes” and “No” camps ...
 
 

The strange country I inhabit is not where I thought it was at all. My England. I keep being told that whatever I may feel, I am part of a glorious union – with Scotland. It is like accidentally joining a guided tour to which I never signed up. ...
 
 

SINGAPORE: Asia’s billionaires led by Chinese tycoons enjoyed the fastest increase in their wealth this year compared to their peers in the rest of the world, a report said on Wednesday.
The combined wealth of Asia’s billionaires grew 18.7 ...
 
 

KANO, Nigeria: Gunmen stormed a higher education college in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an attack that killed at least 15 people and wounded 35, police said.
There was no immediate ...
 
 

URUMQI, China: Chinese authorities put a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority on trial for separatism on Wednesday as critics warned the prosecution will worsen tensions in violence-wracked Xinjiang.
Ilham Tohti, a former ...
 
 

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s highest court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence on a top Islamic preacher, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police.
In a surprise ruling, the Supreme ...
 
 

REYKJAVIK: China refuses to clarify the status of its ambassador to Iceland, who left the country mysteriously in January, the Icelandic foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after a news report that he has been arrested for spying for Japan.
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BANGKOK: Thailand’s military ruler on Wednesday questioned whether tourists in bikinis are safe in the kingdom, in comments following the murder of two Britons whose battered bodies were found on a Thai island.
David Miller, 24, and Hannah ...
 
 

Few places are as important in Scottish history as Scone, where no less than 42 of the country’s kings were crowned.
But like the rest of Scotland, this quiet corner of rural Perthshire, north of Edinburgh, is split down the middle on ...
 
 

WASHINGTON: As Iran and world powers prepare to resume nuclear talks, a new poll on Wednesday revealed most Iranians back a deal but consider unacceptable some of the toughest demands to rein in their atomic programme.
About 94 percent of ...
 
 

BENGHAZI, Libya: Islamist fighters launched another offensive on Wednesday on the airport in Libya’s Benghazi, the final redoubt in the eastern city of an ex-general who has been waging war on them, an AFP correspondent said.
The fighters of the ...
 
 

NEW YORK: Disasters last year displaced three times more people than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to improve resilience for vulnerable people when fighting climate change, according to a study issued on Wednesday.
The Norwegian ...