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Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Seize Saudi Arabian Ship in Red Sea

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RIYADH – Yemeni Houthi rebels captured a Saudi Arabia tugboat on Sunday, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency SPA. Saudi military spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki told a news conference that the ship was towing a South Korean drilling rig in the south of the Red Sea when it “went …

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Hong Kong Leader Calls for Peaceful End to University Standoff

Hong Kong

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam called for a peaceful resolution Tuesday to a standoff between police and pro-democracy protesters still trapped within a university. Lam said during a news conference that roughly 100 protesters were still holed up in Hong Kong Polytechnic University after 600 had …

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Ex-Pakistani PM Leaves for Medical Treatment

Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has left the country to receive medical treatment in London, serving a prison sentence for corruption. Sharif, a three-time prime minister, has a disease of the immune system and other health issues. On Saturday, the Lahore High Court lifted a travel ban …

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Russia Begins Military Exercises in Black Sea

Black Sea

MOSCOW – Russia has begun military exercises in the Black Sea, which involves more than 10 ships and aircraft, the press service of the Black Sea Fleet reported Tuesday. The message states that ships’ companies will conduct training “on trawling, naval combat, search and destruction of the submarine, detecting and …

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Netherlands’ Queen to Visit Pakistan from Nov 25-27

Netherlands

ISLAMABAD – The Netherlands Queen Maxima is scheduled to visit Pakistan from 25-27 November in her capacity as Special Advocate of the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSGSA) for inclusive development finance, the Pakistani Foreign Office (FO) announced on Sunday. The Pakistani foreign office said in a press release that during her …

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Saudi Arabia, China Kick off Naval Drill

Naval

JEDDAH – Saudi Arabia and China kicked off on Sunday mixed naval drill Blue Sword 2019. The three-week exercise aims to boost cooperation between the Saudi Royal Navy and the Chinese People’s Navy and train forces on countering maritime terrorism and piracy. Commander of the Western Fleet Vice Admiral Faleh …

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