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Within hours of the United States assassination of Qassem Soleimani, a top general in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the country's Supreme Leader named a successor to head the elite Quds Force he had commanded. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's choice of Esmail Qaani, who served as Soleimani's deputy for more than a decade, was aimed at ensuring a smooth and swift transition in the strategic foreign unit's leadership at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran, according to analysts. Soleimani's assassination in a US air strike in Baghdad on January 3 pushed the US and Iran to the brink of war, but fears of an all-out conflict eased when retaliatory Iranian strikes against US targets in Iraq on January 8 concluded without any fatalities. Under Soleimani, dubbed Iran's "shadow commander" by some media, the Quds Force helped boost Iranian influence across the Middle East by building up a vast network of proxies.
Dubai's biggest bank is going after a plot of land in the city's financial hub that belongs to debt-laden Al Jaber Group. Emirates NBD PJSC is seeking to seize or sell the undeveloped land in the Dubai International Financial Centre after becoming frustrated by the pace of assets sales under Al Jaber's debt restructuring, according to people familiar with the matter and an enforcement letter sent by the bank.
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Britain's Prince Harry spoke on Sunday of his "great sadness" that he and his wife Meghan had to give up their royal titles as part of a separation agreement with Queen Elizabeth II and senior members of the royal family. Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday that Harry and Meghan would no longer be working members of Britain's monarchy, no longer use their "Royal Highness" titles and would now pay their own way in life, freeing them to forge new careers. More: With Harry out, the royal family may have to change its ways British royal Meghan Markle sues tabloid over personal letter Harry and Meghan to stop being 'working' members of the British royal family The new arrangement was struck to
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Liverpool on Sunday took another step closer to its first Premier League title in 30 years by beating Manchester United 2 - 0, moving the Reds 16 points clear and topping the table. Virgil van Dijk scored the first goal with a header in the first half, while Mohamed Salah added the second goal in extra time during the second half. “Good game, really good game. One of the best derbies we played for sure so far. Very dominant in most periods of the game. We played outstandingly well, we dominated the opponent,” the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said. As a result of the victory, Liverpool now has 64 points from 22 league matches while second-place Manchester United has 48 points from 23 games. Liverpool
US President Donald Trump's legal team on Saturday issued a resounding rejection of the House of Representatives' impeachment of him, proclaiming his innocence and calling the charges against Trump a “dangerous attack” on Americans. In a six-page document to be released on Saturday, Trump's lawyers for the first time formally addressed the merits of the two articles of impeachment - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - that the Democratic-led House approved late last year. The two articles, aimed at ousting Trump from office, form the basis of a trial that will begin in earnest on Tuesday in the Republican-controlled Senate. “We are on strong legal footing. The president has done nothing
Sonam Kapoor recently pulled out of the prestigious World Economic Forum (WEF) 2020. Sonam was invited as the speaker at the global event, which has seen influential world leaders in attendance in the past. However, even though the actress was keen on being part of the forum, she could not make it to the event. But then Deepika who had confirmed her participation in the event in November itself is attending it for sure and she left for the Switzerland location over the weekend. Karan Johar too left by the same flight. Interestingly the Indian delegation is being led by Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal. “U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, David Solomon and teenage climate
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Ain al-Asad base is home to about 1,500 US and coalition troops. US soldiers say the attack destroyed several facilities, but that they had a warning. They had hours to prepare and moved personnel, weaponry and aircraft to fortified bunkers. No one was killed or injured in the attack. Iran targeted al-Asad base in response to the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a US drone attack in Baghdad on January 3. Source: Al Jazeera News