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  • TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Tehran would “respond appropriately” to new US sanctions but that Iran remained committed to its nuclear deal with world powers. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will always stick to its international commitments,” ...

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  • MOSCOW - Moscow on Monday said it was struggling to confirm if the leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead or alive, a month after reporting his possible demise. The Russian army said in June that it was trying to verify information that its jets killed Baghdadi during a ...

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  • Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump marked France's national day together on Friday at a military parade which clearly delighted the US president and showcased the warming relations between the two leaders.  Macron invited Trump to be his guest of honour at the Bastille ...

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  • Ankara - Turkey marks one year on July 15 since a coup attempt aiming to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that failed within hours but etched far-reaching consequences into its society and politics. The country is in the throes of the biggest purge in its history against alleged coup ...

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  • WASHINGTON/Mosul - A review of past air and artillery strikes has found that another 119 civilians were killed by the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, pushing the total number of such deaths to 603. In a statement Friday, the coalition said that in May it completed an analysis of 141 reports of ...

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  • Andy Murray survived a scare at Wimbledon on Friday but eventually overcame volatile Italian Fabio Fognini in four sets with a dramatic surge to dig himself out of trouble. The British defending champion triumphed 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 on Centre Court, winning five consecutive games in the fourth set ...

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  • Doha - Qatar on Monday responded to a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies after they agreed to give a defiant Doha another 48 hours to address their grievances. Details of the response were not immediately available, but a Gulf official told AFP that Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh ...

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  • Two blasts in Parachinar on Friday killed at least 25 people, a government official told media, the second deadly bomb attack in the country of the day. The first blast came during rush hour in the market in Parachinar, capital of Kurram tribal district, local official Nasrullah Khan told ...

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  • One woman lost two of her six children when trying to escape a burning London apartment block early on Wednesday morning while others tried to throw their children to safety, witnesses said. At least 17 people have died and police expect the death toll to rise further after a blaze swept through ...

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  • washington - They came to praise President Donald Trump, not focus on the controversies engulfing him. One by one, Trump’s Cabinet members assembled around the table spoke effusively about the president as he sat beaming, soaking it all in at the first formal gathering of his most senior ...

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  • ANKARA - Turkey’s military killed 20 militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes targeting southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq, the army said in a statement on Tuesday. In three separate air strikes, Turkish warplanes hit the southeastern province of Van ...

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  • Dhaka - Heavy monsoon rains and landslides have killed at least 134 people in southeast Bangladesh, burying many in their homes as they slept, authorities said Tuesday. Three young children from the same family were among those killed in the disaster, which comes just weeks after a cyclone battered ...

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  • Moscow - Russia Saturday called for dialogue to resolve a dispute between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, as Riyadh and its allies welcomed US President Donald Trump's demand that Doha stop funding extremist groups. Rights group Amnesty International warned of "heartbreak and fear" suffered by ...

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  • Doha - The diplomatic crisis surrounding the Gulf escalated further Friday after Saudi Arabia and its allies placed a number of Qataris and Doha-based organisations on a "terror list". As many as 18 individuals were named, including members of Qatar's royal family and a former minister. Also named ...

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  • A suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt in a market east of the Shi'ite holy city of Karbala on Friday, killing at least 20 and wounding 25, Iraqi security sources said. “A suicide bomber blew himself up in Musayyib market, causing 20 civilian martyrs,” an Iraqi interior ministry ...

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  • Dubai -  A senior Emirati official insisted on Wednesday that Gulf Arab states were not seeking regime change in Doha, as tensions built in a bitter feud between Qatar and its neighbours. Speaking to AFP in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates’ state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash ...

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  • London - One of the three attackers who killed seven people near London Bridge on Saturday night was previously investigated by British security services but had not been viewed as a serious threat, British police said on Monday. Khuram Shazad Butt, aged 27, was a British citizen born in Pakistan, ...

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  • A van ploughed into pedestrians and several people were stabbed in central London on Saturday, leaving at least 20 casualties in what police called a ‘terrorist’ attack days before a general election. Armed police opened fire during two “terrorist incidents” at London Bridge ...

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  • ISTANBUL - Clashes with riot police were reported Monday as labourers and their representatives took out protest rallies across the world on May Day. Turkish police fired tear gas and plastic bullets at protesters seeking to march to Istanbul’s Taksim Square to celebrate May Day, in defiance ...

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  • MEHTARLAM -  In his first public speech since signing a peace deal with the Afghan government, one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords on Saturday called for the Taliban to stop fighting and begin negotiations. "I invite you to join the peace caravan and stop the pointless, meaningless ...

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  • WASHINGTON - Russian operatives tried to infiltrate Donald Trump's presidential campaign through his advisers, including foreign policy aide Carter Page, CNN reported Saturday. CNN said this emerged through FBI intelligence gathering, which triggered an investigation into any possible coordination ...

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  • UNITED NATIONS - The United States on Thursday urged the UN Security Council to make Iran’s “incredibly destructive” activities its Middle East priority and devote less attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. US Ambassador Nikki Haley branded Iran the “chief ...

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  • Riyadh - The United States wants to see a strong Saudi Arabia, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said during talks Wednesday aimed at reinvigorating the Riyadh-Washington alliance. Jim Mattis said that Iran’s destabilising influence in the Middle East would have to be overcome to end the conflict ...

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  • SRINAGAR - Hundreds of students clashed with government forces in Indian Held Kashmir during protests Monday against a police raid on a college, as tensions ran high in the restive region. Around 100 students were injured as police used batons and tear gas to try to quell the protests, which broke ...

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  • The US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb killed at least 36 militants as it decimated a deep tunnel complex of the ISIS group, Afghan officials said today, ruling out any civilian casualties. “As a result of the bombing, key ISIS hideouts and deep tunnel complex were ...

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  • MOSCOW/UNITED NATIONS - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after complaining of worsening ties with Donald Trump’s administration as the two sides spar over Syria. Putin received Tillerson at the Kremlin along with Russia’s Foreign ...

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  • LUCCA, Italy -  G7 foreign ministers were on Monday to send a “clear and coordinated message” to Russia over its stance on Syria as Washington ratcheted up the pressure following a suspected chemical attack in the war-torn country. Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson ...

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  • United States (US) Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley said in an interview that she sees regime change in Syria as one of the Trump administration's priorities in the country wracked by civil war. Defeating the militant Islamic State (IS) group, pushing Iranian influence out of ...

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  • AHMEDABAD -  India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Friday increased the punishment for cow slaughter from seven years to life imprisonment as Hindu hardliners push for tougher protections for the holy animal. Under the stiffened penalties passed by Gujarat’s ...

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  • WASHINGTON - The White House said on Friday that the United States must accept the political reality that the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is up to the Syrian people and the US focus in the region must be on defeating Islamic State militants. “With respect to Assad, there is a ...

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