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Turkish parliament backs bill boosting Erdogan powers

Turkish parliament backs bill boosting Erdogan powers

ANKARA: Turkey’s parliament early Saturday backed a controversial bill that would dramatically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The parliament in a late-night session approved the seven final sections of the 18-article constitution and in a final vote the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) received 339 “yes” votes for the bill as […]

Your Karan-Arjun have arrived: Salman, Shah Rukh reunite on Big Boss 10

Your Karan-Arjun have arrived: Salman, Shah Rukh reunite on Big Boss 10

‘Mere Karan-Arjun aengay..’ For quite a long time Sallu bhai and SRK fans have been waiting for this magical phrase to come true. So, brace yourself to behold the bromance of SRK and Dabangg’s Chulbul Panday as once again Karan-Arjun reunited on the famous Indian reality tv show Big Boss 10 which is being hosted […]

Militants blow themselves up in Jeddah: media reports

Militants blow themselves up in Jeddah: media reports

Two suspected militants blew themselves up following a confrontation with security forces in Saudi Arabia’s city of Jeddah on Saturday, Saudi media reported. Saudi security forces surrounded a house in Jeddah and exchanged fire with the men, who blew themselves up, Sabq.org, a website affiliated with the monarchy’s interior ministry, said. UAE-based Sky News Arabia […]

End ban on women driving, UN expert tells Saudi govt

End ban on women driving, UN expert tells Saudi govt

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s government should end the kingdom’s ban on women driving and reform the male guardianship system, a United Nations independent expert said on Thursday. Philip Alston spoke at the end of a 12-day visit during which he met cabinet ministers, people living in poverty, activists, Islamic experts and others. “My concern is that […]

Raees: I become obsessive about my character, says Shah Rukh Khan

Raees: I become obsessive about my character, says Shah Rukh Khan

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is super excited for his movie Raees. With his excitement, Khan shares what he thinks is essential while playing a movie’s character. According to Shah Rukh Khan, even if he relates to the character in real life or not, he understands its essence and becomes obsessive to portray the character […]

Deepika lungi dances with James Corden after Vin Diesel

Deepika lungi dances with James Corden after Vin Diesel

If you have been a lungi dance fan then brace yourself as Deepika Padukone teaches James Corden to lungi dance at The Late Late Show. After appearing at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Deepika appeared at The Late Late Show of James Corden with Vin Diesel, her co-star from xXx: Return of Xander Cage. The actors […]

Daesh destroys ancient Roman monument in Syria’s Palmyra

Daesh destroys ancient Roman monument in Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT: Daesh militants have destroyed one of the most famous monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tetrapylon, and the facade of its Roman Theatre, Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters on Friday. Daesh control the Palmyra site after capturing it in December for a second time from Syrian government forces. Government forces […]

More than 40 militants killed in western Aleppo air strikes: monitor

More than 40 militants killed in western Aleppo air strikes: monitor

BEIRUT: More than 40 fighters of former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front were killed in air strikes on their camp in northern Syria late on Thursday, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it could not immediately specify who carried out the strikes in the western part of Aleppo province. A […]

Iraq announces ‘liberation’ of east Mosul

Iraq announces ‘liberation’ of east Mosul

MOSUL: Iraqi forces have retaken control of east Mosul from Daesh, commanders said on Wednesday, three months after a huge offensive against the militant bastion was launched. Elite forces have in recent days entered the last neighbourhoods on the eastern side of Mosul, on the left bank of the Tigris River that runs through the […]

Turkish military losing public’s trust after failed coup: poll

Turkish military losing public’s trust after failed coup: poll

The Turkish military has lost its position as the public’s most trusted body – a status it had enjoyed since 2000 – following the failed coup of July 15, a recent poll revealed. As per the latest figures from Kadir Has University study, the military lost its popularity by a whopping 15 percent, down from 62.4 percent […]

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