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US officials seize Egyptian mummy linens coming from Canada

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 09:03 AM PDT

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Wed, 2019-06-26 18:56

PORT HURON, Michigan, US: US border officials say they have seized ancient Egyptian mummy linens during enforcement operations at the Blue Water Bridge that connects Michigan with the Canadian province of Ontario.
The US Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday officers seized a package of five jars containing the artifacts found May 25 on a Canadian mail truck. The truck had been selected for examination at a nearby station in Marysville, Michigan.

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Iraq must not be dragged into another regional war: president

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 08:26 AM PDT

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Wed, 2019-06-26 18:20

LONDON: Iraqi President Barham Salih said Wednesday his country must not be dragged into another conflict in the Middle East, as tensions rise over its neighbor Iran.
"We have had four decades of challenge and turmoil. We do not want to be embroiled in another war," he said at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs think-tank in London.
"We cannot afford our country to be dragged into conflict."
With tensions high between Iran and the United States, Salih insisted his country would not become "a staging post for belligerents."

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Fears of new ‘deep state’ in Iraq as factions fight for key jobs

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 08:13 AM PDT

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Suadad Al-Salhy
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Wed, 2019-06-26 18:04

BAGHDAD: Political factions in Iraq are waging a secret battle to gain control of thousands of key government and agency jobs in a bid to tighten their grip on power and exert as much political influence as possible, according to lawmakers and analysts.
About 5,000 high-profile positions, including heads of independent government agencies, deputy ministers, heads of universities, deans, ambassadors, diplomats, and commanders of military divisions and security services, are supposed to be filled by nominees who will act independently of political parties.

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Saudi Arabia: Palestinian initiative ‘a great opportunity to bring prosperity and opportunities’

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 07:54 AM PDT

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Wed, 2019-06-26 17:46

MANAMA: Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said Wednesday the Kingdom will support whatever economic plan will bring prosperity to the Palestinians.

Speaking on the second day of an international conference on a US initiative to improve the economic plight of Gaza and the West Bank, Al-Jadaan said he was "very, very optimistic" about the plan. 

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Saudi film industry heralds new dawn with opening of first arthouse cinema

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 06:25 AM PDT

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Deema Al-Khudair
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Wed, 2019-06-26 16:19

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's blossoming film industry on Tuesday heralded a new dawn with the launch of the Kingdom's first arthouse cinema.

The outdoor Cinema El-Housh opened in the historic city of Jeddah with the screening of director Stanley Kubrick's celebrated "2001: A Space Odyssey" to mark the movie's 51st anniversary.

The project is the brainchild of Saudi film director, producer and screenwriter Mahmoud Sabbagh and the event will continue until July 25 as part of the Jeddah Season festival.

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Trump says war with Iran 'would not last very long'

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 06:18 AM PDT

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Wed, 2019-06-26 16:16

WASHINGTON/GENEVA: US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was "not talking boots on the ground" should military action be necessary against Iran, and said any conflict would not last long.
Asked if a war was brewing, Trump told Fox Business Network: "I hope we don't but we're in a very strong position if something should happen."
"I'm not talking boots on the ground," Trump said. "I'm just saying if something would happen, it wouldn't last very long."

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Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 05:49 AM PDT

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Wed, 2019-06-26 15:13

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world's most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic "The Scream" painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled "Landscapes of the Soul," is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

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Russia to deliver first S-400 missile to Turkey in July: reports

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 04:31 AM PDT

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Wed, 2019-06-26 11:25

MOSCOW: Russia will make first delivery of the S-400 missile systems to Turkey in July, Russian news agencies cited the head of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport saying on Wednesday, in accordance with the earlier-stated plans.
"We are making first delivery in July as part of out plans," Alexander Mikheev is quoted as saying by RIA news agency.
The plans of Turkey, a NATO member, have irked Washington, which threatened with sanctions against Ankara if it goes ahead with the purchase.

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10 dead in militant attack on security forces in Egypt’s Sinai

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 03:56 AM PDT

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Wed, 2019-06-26 10:17

CAIRO: Seven Egyptian police officers and four militants were killed in a clash in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.
The clash took place late on Tuesday when militants attacked forces stationed southwest of the city of Arish, the ministry said in a statement.
Daesh claimed the attack, saying it had carried out simultaneous raids on military positions in Arish, according to a statement carried on the group's Amaq news agency.

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Pompeo pledges close cooperation with India but trade, defense issues unresolved

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 03:38 AM PDT

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Wed, 2019-06-26 10:29

NEW DELHI: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to reduce heightened trade tension with India on Wednesday, promising a renewed focus on negotiating improved trade and investment ties between the two nations.
But Pompeo, on a visit to India, gave few specifics of how they would overcome disputes on issues ranging from access to Indian markets for leading American companies to New Delhi's demands for foreign firms to store Indian data in the country, and exports of steel and aluminum to the United States.

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