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UAE to reopen Damascus embassy after 7 years: official

DAMASCUS: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will reopen its embassy in Damascus Thursday, an official said, seven years after it severed ties with Syria over the violent repression that triggered the war. An official at the information ministry invited journalists "to cover the reopening of the Emirati embassy in Damascus today". The move is seen as another step in efforts to bring the regime of President Bashar al-Assad back into the Arab fold after years of diplomatic isolation. A visit to Damascus by Sudanese…

Senior US admiral found dead in Bahrain: official

WASHINGTON: The admiral leading US Navy operations in the Middle East was found dead Saturday in Bahrain, the military branch said, adding that no foul play was suspected in the case. Vice admiral Scott Stearney, who began his post as commander of US Naval Forces Central Command -- including the US Fifth Fleet -- and Combined Maritime Forces in May, was found dead at his residence in the Gulf country. "This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at Fifth Fleet and for the entire Navy. Scott Stearney…

Farhan Saeed to sing PTI’s offical election campaign song

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Singer Farhan Saeed has lent his voice to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) official election song for the General Election 2018 campaign. The singer took to Twitter to announce this news and posted pictures with PTI’s Chairman Imran Khan. I am thankful to @ImranKhanPTI and #PTI for trusting me to sing their official song of #Elections2018 campaign. Further, I commend the efforts of PTI SMT & their support throughout. pic.twitter.com/QpTf5lut6W — Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed) June 26, 2018…

Suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan kills 14: official

KABUL: A suicide attack in restive eastern Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least 14 people and wounded 45, an official said, the second attack in as many days to mar an unprecedented ceasefire. The explosion happened outside the Nangarhar provincial governor's office in the capital Jalalabad, his spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP. It was also close to the Indian consulate. Read More: Afghanistan Eid car bomb, claimed by Islamic State, kills 26 Khogyani said 14 people had been killed and 45 wounded. An Afghan…

Ailing Kohli to cut short English county stint: official

NEW DELHI: India captain Virat Kohli will cut short his stint with English county Surrey from next month because of exhaustion, an Indian cricket board official told AFP on Thursday. “Kohli will miss some of the county games. It has not been decided how many games he will miss or whether it will be the whole month,” said the senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement. Indian media reports said Kohli had a disc injury and went to a…

US wasted billions in failed Afghan stabilization efforts: official

KABUL: The United States wasted billions of dollars trying to stabilize fragile parts of Afghanistan from 2001-2017 and some efforts caused more harm than good, a US government watchdog said Thursday. A report by the office of the Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that Washington had set unrealistic expectations for itself after the US-led invasion in 2001 and overestimated its ability to build and reform government institutions. "Despite some heroic efforts to stabilize insecure and contested…

Iran official says Europe has 60 days to give nuclear ‘guarantees’

BRUSSELS: European countries have 60 days to provide "guarantees" to safeguard Iran's interests after the United States withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal, parliament's website said quoting an Iranian official. "The Europeans have between 45 and 60 days to give the necessary guarantees to safeguard Iranian interests and compensate the damages caused by the US pullout," Icana.ir reported. The website attributed the remarks to Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi as reported by Seyyed Hossein Naghavi, spokesman of…