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Tensions in the Middle East have escalated following drone attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. The pre-dawn strikes on Saturday knocked out more than half of crude output from the world's top exporter - five percent of the global oil supply - and cut output by 5.7 million barrels per day. Yemen's Houthi rebels, who have been locked in a war with a Saudi-UAE-led coalition since 2015, claimed responsibility for the attacks, warning Saudi Arabia that their targets "will keep expanding". But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo swiftly accused Iran of being behind the assault, without providing any evidence. The claim was rejected by Tehran which said the allegations were meant to justify
President Trump's claim the US is “locked and loaded” may not refer to military action, the vice president's chief of staff said Monday, calling the term tweeted by Trump “broad.” “I think that locked and loaded is a broad term and talks about the realities that we're all far safer and more secure domestically from energy independence,” Marc Short told reporters on the White House lawn. “This is not the 1970s oil embargo. It's not 1990 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. We're now a net oil exporter which means that the American market is much better protected.” Short said he's “quite confident” that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will release evidence backing up his claim that Iran was behind the attack
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A senior pro-India Kashmiri politician was arrested under a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial. Farooq Abdullah, 82, a former chief minister of Indian-administered part of the disputed region who ruled Jammu and Kashmir for three terms and was a minister in different federal governments, was on Monday arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in Srinagar, the capital of the disputed Himalayan region. Abdullah has been under house arrest since August 5 when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government stripped Kashmir of its special status and imposed a security lockdown. "We have arrested him, and a
A drone violated Kuwait's airspace early on Saturday, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai reported, and hovered at nearly 250 meters above group close to the Dar Salwa presidential palace. “The drone was large at about three meters in length and the size of a small car,” al-Rai quoted a source as saying. The newspaper said and the drone hovered over Dar Salwa presidential palace for a period, ignited its headlights for one minute and then entered Kuwait City airspace. The incident appears to have taken place at the same time drone attacks caused fires at two Saudi Aramco facilities before dawn on Saturday. Last Update: Sunday, 15 September 2019 KSA 01:19 - GMT 22:19
- Egypt Independent
A school headmaster on Sunday uncovered a Ptolemaic temple beneath his house at al-Mansha in Sohag, after he and another six people were illegally excavating antiquities, according to the Tourism and Antiquities Police in Sohag. The police raided the house following a notification on the excavation, arresting the head master and his six accomplices. The police then discovered a hole one meter and 60 cm wide, and nine meters deep, leading to two basements containing limestone floors and walls stacked in a systematic manner, one of which contained a limestone room with drawings, writings and decorations. The prosecution seized the house and filed a report to the police to complete investigations.
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Over the next 10 days, hundreds of thousands of people will be heading to the Frankfurt motor show in Germany and this year's theme - like most car shows these days - is electric vehicles. But it is not the only green technology on show. Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports from Frankfurt.
Iran has always been ready for a “full-fledged” war, semi-official press agency Tasnim cited the commander of the Iranian Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Amir Ali Hajizadeh as saying on Sunday. The senior commander also said that US bases and aircraft carriers “stationed up to 2,000 kilometers” around Iran are within the range of Iranian missiles. Last Update: Sunday, 15 September 2019 KSA 09:55 - GMT 06:55