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US ‘locked and loaded’ to respond to Saudi oil attack, says Trump
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US ‘locked and loaded’ to respond to Saudi oil attack, says Trump

16 Sep 2019 | 8:44 AM

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Sunday the US is “locked and loaded” to respond to an attack on Saudi oil infrastructure that Washington had blamed on Iran, as Riyadh raced to restart operations at plants hit by drone attacks.

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Washington, September 16

President Donald Trump said on Sunday the US is “locked and loaded” to respond to an attack on Saudi oil infrastructure that Washington had blamed on Iran, as Riyadh raced to restart operations at plants hit by drone attacks.

It is the first time the President has hinted at a potential American military response to the attack, which slashed Saudi oil production by half and led both the Kingdom and the United States to announce they might tap their strategic reserves.

“Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!” Trump tweeted.

The Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, claimed Saturday’s strikes on two plants owned by state energy giant Aramco.

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed the finger squarely at Tehran, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen.

“The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression,” the top US diplomat said.

That drew an angry response from Tehran, where foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said: “Such fruitless and blind accusations and remarks are incomprehensible and meaningless.”

The remarks were designed to damage Iran’s reputation and provide a pretext for “future actions” against the Islamic republic, he added. AFP 

5-month-old Pak child kidnapped, smuggled to Dubai in handbag

5-month-old Pak child kidnapped, smuggled to Dubai in handbag

16 Sep 2019 | 2:16 PM

CHANDIGARH: A five-month-old Pakistani child was allegedly kidnapped and smuggled to Dubai from Karachi in a bag.

Saudi oil firm Aramco could delay IPO after attacks: Sources

Saudi oil firm Aramco could delay IPO after attacks: Sources

16 Sep 2019 | 8:03 PM

NEW YORK: Saudi authorities are considering whether to delay an IPO for oil giant Aramco after this weekend's attack on its oil facilities shut down a major chunk of global production, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Oil prices soar over 10 per cent after attacks on 2 Saudi Arabian plants

Oil prices soar over 10 per cent after attacks on 2 Saudi Arabian plants

16 Sep 2019 | 1:35 PM

HONG KONG: Oil prices surged more than 10 per cent on Monday after attacks on two Saudi Arabian plants that slashed output in the world's top producer by half, with Donald Trump blaming Iran.

Rohingya still in Myanmar face 'threat of genocide': United Nations

Rohingya still in Myanmar face 'threat of genocide': United Nations

16 Sep 2019 | 10:00 PM

YANGON/GENEVA: Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who remain inside Myanmar face systematic persecution and are living under the threat of genocide, a UN fact-finding mission said on Monday, repeating calls for top generals to face trial.

Whites ‘can never fully understand’: Joe Biden on racism

Whites ‘can never fully understand’: Joe Biden on racism

16 Sep 2019 | 11:16 AM

BIRMINGHAM: Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation.

Pakistan committed to sending first astronaut to space by 2022: Minister

Pakistan committed to sending first astronaut to space by 2022: Minister

16 Sep 2019 | 8:48 AM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that the country is committed to sending its first astronaut to space by 2022.

7 killed as plane crashes in Colombia

7 killed as plane crashes in Colombia

16 Sep 2019 | 8:36 AM

BOGOTA: At least seven people were killed and another three injured when a small plane crashed in southwestern Colombia on Sunday, a firefighter said.

Six Cameroon soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

Six Cameroon soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

16 Sep 2019 | 8:39 AM

YAOUNDE: Six Cameroonian soldiers were killed on Friday in an attack by Boko Haram jihadists in the far north of the country, authorities said on Sunday.

Post Saudi attacks, oil may touch $100

Post Saudi attacks, oil may touch $100

16 Sep 2019 | 9:40 AM

LONDON:The oil market will rally by $5-10 per barrel when it opens on Monday and may spike to as high as $100 per barrel if Saudi Arabia fails to quickly resume oil supply lost after attacks over the weekend, traders and analysts said.

2 injured in shooting at youth football game in Texas

2 injured in shooting at youth football game in Texas

16 Sep 2019 | 8:33 AM

FORT WORTH (TEXAS): Police in Texas say two people were injured when gunfire erupted at a youth football game. Authorities say a woman was struck in the leg and a girl was grazed in the back when shots rang out during the game among elementary school-aged children on Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth.

Not behind Saudi attacks, but ready for war, says Iran

Not behind Saudi attacks, but ready for war, says Iran

16 Sep 2019 | 7:22 AM

DUBAI:Iran dismissed accusations by the United States that it was behind attacks on Saudi oil plants that risk disrupting global energy supplies and warned on Sunday that US bases and aircraft carriers in the region were in range of its missiles.

HK violence returns

HK violence returns

16 Sep 2019 | 7:22 AM

HONG KONG:Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannons at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs on Sunday, tipping the violence-plagued city back into chaos after a brief lull in clashes.

‘Hulk’ UK PM defiant on October 31 Brexit

‘Hulk’ UK PM defiant on October 31 Brexit

16 Sep 2019 | 7:22 AM

LONDON:British Prime Minister Boris Johnson likened himself to the comic book character ‘The Incredible Hulk’ in a newspaper interview where he stressed his determination to take Britain out of the European Union on October 31.

Hindu principal in Pak booked for blasphemy

16 Sep 2019 | 7:22 AM

LAHORE:Riots broke out in Pakistan's Sindh province on Sunday after a school principal from the minority Hindu community was booked for "blasphemy", according to a report.

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Malala urges UN to help Kashmiri kids return to school

16 Sep 2019 | 7:22 AM

London: Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani education rights activist Malala Yousafzai has urged the UN to help Kashmiri children to go back to school.Malala’s remarks drew sharp criticism from Indian Twitter members.

Riots break out in Pak’s Sindh over alleged blasphemy by Hindu school principal

Riots break out in Pak’s Sindh over alleged blasphemy by Hindu school principal

15 Sep 2019 | 10:48 PM

LAHORE: Riots broke out in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Sunday after a school principal from the minority Hindu community was booked on charges of alleged blasphemy, according to a media report.

Former UK PM Cameron slams Indian-origin minister Patel in memoirs

Former UK PM Cameron slams Indian-origin minister Patel in memoirs

15 Sep 2019 | 6:01 PM

LONDON: Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has slammed the UK’s senior-most Indian-origin Cabinet minister, Priti Patel, alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other prominent leaders who backed Brexit in the lead up to the June 2016 referendum.

Afghan, US forces kill Taliban governors, fighters

Afghan, US forces kill Taliban governors, fighters

15 Sep 2019 | 4:56 PM

KABUL: Afghan forces backed by US forces killed two senior Taliban leaders and at least 38 fighters of the hardline insurgent group in joint air strikes conducted in northern and western regions of Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.

Jeddah-bound PIA flight makes emergency landing after it catches fire

Jeddah-bound PIA flight makes emergency landing after it catches fire

15 Sep 2019 | 4:53 PM

LAHORE: A major tragedy was averted on Sunday when an agile pilot successfully landed a Pakistan International Airlines flight carrying about 200 passengers onboard after one of its engines caught fire minutes after take-off.

UAE regulator not optimistic on Boeing 737 MAX return this year

UAE regulator not optimistic on Boeing 737 MAX return this year

15 Sep 2019 | 2:49 PM

DUBAI: The head of the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority said on Sunday he was not optimistic that the Boeing 737 MAX would return to operations this year and that the first quarter of 2020 was more likely.

Iran says US bases and aircraft carriers within range of its missiles

Iran says US bases and aircraft carriers within range of its missiles

15 Sep 2019 | 12:39 PM

DUBAI: An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday that US bases and aircraft carriers in the region were within range of Iranian missiles after the US accused Iran of leading attacks on Saudi oil plants, raising tensions in the Middle East.

Embattled Israeli PM fights for survival in do-over election

Embattled Israeli PM fights for survival in do-over election

15 Sep 2019 | 12:28 PM

JERUSALEM: A visibly frantic Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the fight of his political life as the country heads to national elections for the second time this year.

No kites, pigeon flying as China preps for 70th anniversary

No kites, pigeon flying as China preps for 70th anniversary

15 Sep 2019 | 12:01 PM

BEIJING: China has banned flying kites, drones and captive pigeons over central Beijing as it prepares for a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule on October 1.

Owner blew up house on his daughter’s wedding day: Police

Owner blew up house on his daughter’s wedding day: Police

15 Sep 2019 | 10:43 AM

EDGEWOOD: Police say they believe a homeowner blew up his house near Pittsburgh on his daughter’s wedding day. Officials are still investigating the cause of the explosion.

Danes raise 2.4 million euro in first climate telethon

Danes raise 2.4 million euro in first climate telethon

15 Sep 2019 | 10:39 AM

COPENHAGEN: Danes donated around 2.4 million euro (USD 2.6 million) on Saturday for the planting of trees, in a telethon event described as the world’s first to focus on the climate.

76 arrested in immigration protest at Microsoft store in New York City

76 arrested in immigration protest at Microsoft store in New York City

15 Sep 2019 | 10:35 AM

NEW YORK: Dozens of immigration policy protesters have been arrested at a demonstration outside a Microsoft store in New York City.

UK PM Boris Johnson claims huge progress in Brexit talks

UK PM Boris Johnson claims huge progress in Brexit talks

15 Sep 2019 | 10:31 AM

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he was making a “huge amount of progress” towards a Brexit deal with the EU, in an interview in which he compared Britain to the Incredible Hulk.

At least 22 injured as decks collapse during fire-fighter event

At least 22 injured as decks collapse during fire-fighter event

15 Sep 2019 | 10:29 AM

WILDWOOD: A home’s multilevel deck collapsed Saturday evening at the Jersey Shore during an event weekend, trapping people and injuring at least 22, including some children, officials said.

Former British PM Cameron slams Boris Johnson over Brexit

Former British PM Cameron slams Boris Johnson over Brexit

15 Sep 2019 | 10:25 AM

LONDON: Former British prime minister David Cameron launched a blistering attack on the UK’s current leader Boris Johnson in extracts of his memoirs published Sunday, accusing him of only backing Brexit to further his own career.

Over 2,000 foetal remains found at ex-abortion doctor’s home

Over 2,000 foetal remains found at ex-abortion doctor’s home

15 Sep 2019 | 10:22 AM

JOLIET: More than 2,000 medically preserved foetal remains have been found at the Illinois home of a former Indiana abortion clinic doctor who died last week, authorities said.

US blames Iran for Saudi attacks, ‘pretend’ diplomacy

US blames Iran for Saudi attacks, ‘pretend’ diplomacy

15 Sep 2019 | 1:10 PM

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday accused Iran of leading attacks on Saudi oil plants that have cut the kingdom’s output roughly in half.

HK protesters sing ‘God Save the Queen’ in plea to former colonial power

HK protesters sing ‘God Save the Queen’ in plea to former colonial power

15 Sep 2019 | 10:16 AM

HONG KONG: Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters singing “God Save the Queen” and waving Union Jack flags rallied outside the British Consulate on Sunday demanding that the former colonial power ensures China honours its commitments to the city’s freedoms.

Saudi Arabia's oil output cut in half after drones strike Aramco plants

Saudi Arabia's oil output cut in half after drones strike Aramco plants

15 Sep 2019 | 2:49 PM

RIYADH/DUBAI/LONDON: Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry on Saturday, knocking out more than half the Kingdom's output, in a move expected to send oil prices soaring.

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Singapore's Marina Bay Sands to add 4th tower

15 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

Singapore: Singapore's iconic tourism destination Marina Bay Sands will add a 'fourth tower', adjacent to the existing three towers, at an approximate $3.3 billion investment, in its bid to attract more international visitors.

Houthi drones target Saudi oil plants, supply hitGulf flare-up

Houthi drones target Saudi oil plants, supply hit

15 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

RIYADH:Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group on Saturday attacked two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, including the world’s biggest petroleum processing facility, in a strike that sources said had disrupted output and exports.

‘Truly sorry’ for Brexit divisions, says Cameron

15 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

LONDON:The British Prime Minister, who called the Brexit referendum and then saw the public vote to leave the European Union, says he is sorry for the divisions it has caused.

Scuffles in Hong Kong as polarisation deepens

Scuffles in Hong Kong as polarisation deepens

15 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

HONG KONG:Fights erupted in Hong Kong on Saturday with political rivals trading blows in a mall and Beijing supporters using Chinese flags to assault opponents on a street, deepening the city's polarisation after months of pro-democracy protests.

Thailand’s N-E inundated, 23K evacuated

15 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

BANGKOK:Floods in northeastern Thailand have submerged homes, roads and bridges, leaving more than 23,000 people in evacuation shelters as anger grows over the government's “slow” emergency response.

World’s first floating N-plant reaches base

World’s first floating N-plant reaches base

15 Sep 2019 | 2:50 PM

MOSCOW:The world’s first floating nuclear power station on Saturday completed a 5,000-kilometre Arctic transfer to Russia’s far east, the Rosatom nuclear agency said.

US confirms Osama son killed on Af-Pak border

US confirms Osama son killed on Af-Pak border

15 Sep 2019 | 1:11 PM

WASHINGTON:US President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son of slain al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, was killed in an American counter-terrorism operation along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Jailed ex-PM Sharif should be provided collection of Mukesh’s songs: Pak Minister

Jailed ex-PM Sharif should be provided collection of Mukesh’s songs: Pak Minister

14 Sep 2019 | 9:08 PM

LAHORE: Pakistan Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid said on Saturday that the government should provide a tape recorder and a collection of songs by legendary Indian playback singer Mukesh to deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif .

Police face protesters in Nantes as ‘yellow vest’ marches resume

Police face protesters in Nantes as ‘yellow vest’ marches resume

14 Sep 2019 | 8:17 PM

NANTES (FRANCE): Hundreds of demonstrators faced police in a tense stand-off in the French city of Nantes on Saturday as revived “yellow vest” protests against the government of President Emmanuel Macron took place across the country.

Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri quits politics, resigns from party

Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri quits politics, resigns from party

14 Sep 2019 | 7:26 PM

LAHORE: Fiery Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri on Saturday announced his decision to quit politics and resigned as the chairman of his Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party.

Iran inks deal to develop gas field in tense Gulf

Iran inks deal to develop gas field in tense Gulf

14 Sep 2019 | 7:13 PM

TEHRAN: Two Iranian companies signed a USD 440 million agreement on Saturday to develop a gas field in the sensitive Gulf, with the oil ministry saying it showed arch-foe the United States could not stop the country with sanctions.

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