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    Gargash: Qatar paid up to $1 bln in funds to terrorist groups

    The Qatari government paid between $700 million to $1 billion in funding terrorist groups, said the

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    US-South Korea military drills to resume despite thaw with Pyongyang

    US, South Korea to hold joint air force drill in early December SEOUL: The US and South Korea announced Tuesday that their annual joint military drills would go ahead next month, with no significant downsize in scale despite an ongoing diplomatic thaw with North Korea. The large-scale exercises involving tens of thousands of ground troops are a perennial source of tension between the two Koreas, with Pyongyang condemning them as provocative rehearsals for an invasion of the North. With talks under way to set up a North-South summit, followed by a proposed face-to-face meet between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, there was speculation that this year’s drills might be scaled back to avoid derailing the discussions. They had already been delayed to avoid clashing with the Pyeongchang Winter Games in the South last month.

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    Saudi Crown Prince says black abayas not obligatory ‘decent attire’ for women

    In his first televised interview with a US media outlet, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed women’s rights and the black gown, or “abaya,” traditionally worn by Saudi women. The young royal told CBS This Morning’s Norah O’Donnell that women should be free to choose their interpretation of decent attire, and that this should not be limited to the black abaya. This, however, does not particularly specify a black abaya or a black head cover. O’Donnell had asked the crown prince to elaborate on earlier remarks he had made on taking Saudi Arabia back to a time of ‘moderate Islam’.

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    Toddler crushed to death by school bus in the UAE

    DUBAI: A toddler was crushed to death by a school bus in the UAE on Sunday, Gulf daily Gulf News reported. The 18-months old was waiting with his family’s house maid for his brother to return from school when the horrific incident happened at about 3 pm. It is thought the driver of the school bus had not seen child, the report added. The toddler was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. An investigation has been launched into the incident.

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    UK teacher wins global best teacher prize

    A teacher from north London has been announced as winner of a competition to find the world's best teacher. Andria Zafirakou, who teaches art and textiles in a Brent secondary school, has won a prize worth $1m (£720,000). She has spoken of the hardship and overcrowded housing conditions facing many of her pupils. But in accepting the prize, she called for more support for the "power of the arts" in school, particularly for the "poorest communities". First UK winner Mrs Zafirakou becomes the first UK winner of the Global Teacher Prize, beating teachers nominated from more than 170 countries. The prize, launched in 2015 by an education charity, the Varkey Foundation, was created to give more status

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    Egypt’s General Prosecutor demands medical reports of Egyptian girl beaten to death in UK

    Egypt’s General Prosecutor Nabil Sadek requested the release on Saturday of medical reports of the 18-year-old Egyptian girl who died in the UK after being assaulted by a group of 10 British girls. According to a statement released from Sadek’s office, he also asked for the presence of all the information available with the UK authorities regarding the deadly assault against Mariam Abdel Salam and the perpetrators. He further asked UK authorities to reveal to the Egyptian prosecution the type of the medical care delivered to Mariam in the wake of the assault until her death, in addition to all the necessary measures being undertaken to investigate the incident. The statement noted that the International

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    Saudi crown prince gives first US television interview

    Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed’s much-anticipated interview on CBS’ 60 minutes is being aired in which the royal is expected to talk on a wide-range of topics. The television interview, the first in which he is addressing an American audience, is being broadcast two days before the crown prince’s meeting with United States President Donald Trump. Co-host of CBS This Morning Norah O'Donnell bagged the exclusive interview in which the crown prince said Saudi Arabia country will build its own nuclear capabilities immediately if Iran develops a bomb. In a preview of the interview posted by CBS online a week before the full sit-down aired, the crown prince also likened Iran's supreme leader to Adolf Hitler during the rise of Nazi Germany.