Assad, Russian officials meet in Damascus, discuss situation in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met representatives of Russia’s foreign and defense ministries in Damascus on Friday, Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Damascus, Syria October 15, 2018. SANA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS ...

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Rose-coloured starling watchers descend on house near Norwich

Image copyright Stephen Leake Image caption Stephen Leake said more than 150 birdwatchers have visited his home to see the starling A man’s living room has been besieged with birdwatchers trying to get a glimpse of a rarely-seen bird. Stephen Leake first saw the rose-coloured starling in the back garden of his house near Norwich on 7 October. He reported ...

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Croatians protest over government plan to raise retirement age

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Several thousand people protested in Croatia’s capital on Saturday over government plans to raise the retirement age to 67 and cut pensions for those who retire early. This week the government asked parliament to pass legislation lifting the retirement age of 65 from 2033 onwards, defending the reform as a step in efforts to make the pension ...

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Sri Lanka v England: Tourists seal series with win in rain-hit fourth ODI

England have now won their last nine ODI series of two or more matches Fourth one-day international, Pallekele Sri Lanka 273-7 (50 overs): Shanaka 66, Dickwella 52, Moeen 2-55 England 132-2 (27 overs): Roy 45, Akila 2-27 England win by 18 runs (DLS method) Scorecard England sealed the series against Sri Lanka with victory in another rain-affected one-day international. The ...

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Bahrain praises Saudi king’s decisions: Al Arabiya TV

DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain, in an apparent reference to the case of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, on Saturday praised decisions made by the Saudi king to establish justice, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported. “Saudi Arabia will remain a state of justice, values and principles,” an official statement quote by the channel said. . Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that ...

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Khashoggi killing: Turkey vows to reveal ‘truth’ on Saudi critic killing

Image copyright Reuters Turkey has vowed to reveal all details about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, after Saudi Arabia admitted for the first time he had been killed in its consulate in Istanbul. “Turkey will never allow a cover-up,” a ruling party spokesperson said. Saudi Arabia suggested on Friday Mr Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi critic, had died in a ...

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Turkey will not have anything covered up in Khashoggi case, AK Party spokesman says

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey does not want anything covered up in the case of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, nor will it blame anyone in advance, the ruling AK Party’s spokesman said on Saturday. The state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Omer Celik as making the comment. Saudi Arabia on Saturday said Khashoggi had died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate ...

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Royal tour: Prince Harry and Meghan launching Invictus Games

Image copyright PA Image caption Prince Harry and Meghan were greeted by huge cheers at the opening ceremony Prince Harry and Meghan are attending the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at Sydney Opera House for injured service personnel. It comes a year after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first official public appearance at the event – ...

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