China is poised to open a new mega-airport to the south of Beijing, already home to the world's second-busiest aviation hub, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic. Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) will see its first commercial flight take off around September 20, according to Chinese state media, with main tenant China Southern planning to deploy an Airbus A380, the world's biggest airliner, for the maiden journey. The greatly anticipated airport ushers in a new era for air travel to and from the Chinese capital, which has been in desperate need of a second global gateway. The existing Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is hitting full capacity, making it nearly impossible for airlines to add flights at desirable times.
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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned citizens against joining the fight in Kashmir, saying the Indian authorities were waiting for "any excuse" to crack down on the residents in the Himalayan territory. "If someone from Pakistan goes to India and he thinks he will fight in Kashmir ... the first person he will be inflicting cruelty on is the Kashmiris. He will have acted as an enemy of the Kashmiris," Khan said during a speech in Torkham on the border with Afghanistan on Wednesday. Tensions have soared between the two nuclear-armed nations over Kashmir, parts of which is administered by both India and Pakistan, since New Delhi revoked the autonomy of the territory it controls on August
Yemen's Houthi militia, which claims it was behind the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities, said on Wednesday it has dozens of sites located in the United Arab Emirates listed as possible targets for attacks. A military spokesman of the Iran-back militia group said the Houthis have new drones, powered by “normal and jet engines” that can reach targets deep in Saudi Arabia. Arab Coalition Spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Maliki said on Wednesday that Saturday's attacks on two of Saudi Arabia's oil facilities were “unquestionably sponsored by Iran” and “did not originate from Yemen despite Iran's best efforts to make it appear so.” On Saturday drone attacks caused fires at two Saudi Aramco facilities,
Saudi Arabian fighter jets participated in a recent operation targeting Iranian militia positions in the eastern Syrian city of Albu Kamal across from the Iraqi border, according to a report by Independent Arabia citing a western source. The source told the news outlet that the operations resulted in the killing and wounding of several militants as well as the destruction of several weapons depots, including missiles and drones. Saudi fighter jets, including jets [from other countries] monitored changes in the positions of Iranian militias, especially those of the Quds Force in Albu Kamal and other areas in the Iraqi-Syrian border, destroying warehouses, batteries, missiles and a drone base all
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman assures Russian President Vladimir Putin of the Kingdom's desire for international participation in the investigation into the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities. For his part, Russia's Putin, in a phone call with the Saudi Crown Prince, expressed his strong condemnation against the recent attacks and said his country is ready to participate with other international experts in the investigation.
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Saudi Arabia said it will unveil the results later Wednesday of its probe into attacks on key oil installations, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to the kingdom to discuss possible retaliation. Riyadh, which is bogged down in a five-year war against Tehran-aligned rebels in neighboring Yemen, has said that the weapons used were Iranian-made, but has not directly blamed its arch rival. However, the Saudi defence ministry said its spokesman would present evidence from the site of the weekend attacks that halved Saudi oil production, sending global energy markets into a tailspin. He “will announce the final results of the investigation and present material evidence and Iranian weapons
Iran will one day put US President Donald Trump on trial, a senior Iranian official said Tuesday, adding that Iran is not “convinced” by the dismissal of former US National Security adviser John Bolton. “We are not convinced by the dismissal of Bolton, and there will be a day where we will try Trump,” the semi-official Mehr news agency quoted the Secretary of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council and former chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Mohsen Rezaei as saying.