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  • TIran said on Saturday it would retaliate against new sanctions imposed by the United States after President Donald Trump set an ultimatum to fix “disastrous flaws” in a deal curbing Tehran’s nuclear program. Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions on Iran for the ...

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  • TDHAKA/YANGON - The United Nations appealed Thursday for massive help for nearly 400,000 Muslims from Myanmar who have fled to Bangladesh, with concern growing that the number could keep rising, unless Myanmar ends what critics denounce as “ethnic cleansing”. The Rohingya are fleeing ...

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  • TMOSCOW/ASTANA - The Russian Navy on Thursday fired seven cruise missiles at Islamic state targets in the suburbs of Syria’s Deir al-Zor, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. It said the missiles were fired from two submarines in the eastern Mediterranean from a ...

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  • TCOX'S BAZAR -  Nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled violence churning through Rakhine state into Bangladesh, the United Nations said Saturday, as Myanmar's government for the first time offered humanitarian aid to members of the Muslim minority still inside the country. The UN is braced for a ...

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  • TMOSCOW - Russia does not believe that US President Donald Trump’s new strategy on Afghanistan will lead to any significant positive changes in the country, the Interfax news agency cited an unnamed Russian Foreign Ministry source as saying on Tuesday. Trump on Monday committed the United ...

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  • TAMMAN - More than 170 civilians have been killed by US-led strikes on Islamic State in Raqqa city in the past week, a spike in casualties since an offensive to oust the militants began more than two months ago, a war monitor and sources said. The US-led coalition against Islamic State said attacks ...

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  • TMOSCOW - Russia on Friday ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff in retaliation for a new round of US sanctions, and said it was seizing two US diplomatic properties. Moscow’s decision, which had echoes of the Cold War, was announced by the Foreign Ministry a day after ...

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  • TNORFOLK - US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday declaring that he has “complete power to pardon,” as his administration continued to be bogged down by ongoing investigations of possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia. Trump did not specify who, if anyone, he ...

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  • TPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is weighing whether to remove metal detectors at a Jerusalem holy site whose installation after a deadly attack last week has stoked Palestinian protests, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Thursday. There have been nightly confrontations between Palestinians ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - The Trump administration has decided to halt the CIA's covert programme to equip and train certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, two US officials said, a move sought by Assad ally Russia. The US decision, said one of the officials, is part of ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman on Friday to discuss efforts to resolve the month-long dispute between Qatar and four Gulf Arab states, the White House said. The phone call followed a visit to the region by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Saudi ...

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  • TMOSUL/Baghdad - Iraqi security forces expect to take full control of Mosul within hours as Islamic State’s defensive lines crumble in its former de facto capital in Iraq, military commanders said on Saturday. Dozens of soldiers celebrated amid the rubble on the banks of the Tigris river ...

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  • TDoha - Qatar will reject a series of demands made by several other Arab states, its foreign minister said on Saturday, adding that their ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country’s sovereignty. But Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, speaking to ...

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  • TKerbala - A woman detonated her explosive belt in a market east of the holy city of Kerbala on Friday, killing at least 30 and wounding 35, Iraqi security sources said. Islamic State claimed the attack in the town of Musayab, south of Baghdad, in a statement on its Amaq news agency. It didn't ...

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  • TKuwait's ruler will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, hoping to heal a damaging rift between Qatar and powerful Arab states over the former's alleged support of Islamist militants and of political and religious rival Iran. Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah will meet with Saudi Arabia's ...

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  • TUNITED NATIONS -  The United States sounded a global call to confront the North Korean nuclear threat Friday, exhorting Beijing to use its “unique” leverage to rein in Pyongyang and avert “catastrophic consequences.” Addressing the UN Security Council after Donald Trump ...

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  • TDERA ISMAIL KHAN - A suspected US drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants in North Waziristan close to the Afghanistan border, one militant commander and intelligence sources said on Thursday, in a rare strike on Pakistani soil. If confirmed, the air strike, which happened on ...

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  • TSEOUL/UNITED NATIONS - North Korean state media warned the United States of a “super-mighty pre-emptive strike” after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear programme. US President Donald ...

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  • T LISBON): A small airplane crashed near a supermarket in a residential area outside Lisbon on Monday, killing five people, rescue workers said. The private airplane crashed after taking off from the small Tires airport, which is located near the resort town of Cascais about 20km west of Lisbon and ...

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  • TSEOUL/Moscow - US Vice President Mike Pence put North Korea on notice on Monday, warning that recent US strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed that the resolve of President Donald Trump should not be tested. Pence and South Korean acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn, speaking a day after a failed ...

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  • TJALALABAD - Afghan authorities Saturday reported a jump in fatalities from the American military's largest non-nuclear bomb, declaring some 90 Islamic State fighters dead, as US-led ground forces sought to advance on their mountain hideouts. Dubbed the "Mother Of All Bombs", the GBU-43/B Massive ...

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  • T DAMASCUS -  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a suspected chemical weapons attack was a “fabrication” to justify a US military strike, as Moscow digs in to defend its ally despite increasing strains with Washington. In an exclusive interview with AFP in Damascus - his first ...

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  • TTRIPOLI -  Close to 100 migrants were feared missing after their boat sank off the Libyan coast near Tripoli on Thursday, a coastguard official said. Coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said 23 migrants were rescued from the craft off Gargaresh, a western suburb of Tripoli. Survivors said the ...

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  • TBAGHDAD/Washington -  Ayad al-Jumaili, believed to be the deputy of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed in an air strike, Iraqi State TV said on Saturday, citing Iraqi military intelligence. The US-led anti-Islamic State coalition said it was unable at the moment to ...

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  • TGENEVA - The United Nations human rights chief urged the Iraqi government and US-led coalition on Tuesday to review tactics in Mosul to spare civilians he said were being deliberately put at risk by Islamic State. At least 307 civilians have been killed and 273 wounded in western Mosul between Feb. ...

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  • TWASHINGTON/LONDON - The United States and Britain on Tuesday imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified security threats. The US Department of Homeland ...

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  • TACCRA - At least 20 students were killed when a large tree fell into the pool they were swimming in at the base of a waterfall in Ghana, crushing and drowning people enjoying a day out at a popular beauty spot, police said. The waterfall, near the town of Kintampo, was busy with weekend ...

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  • TBEIRUT - Syria's army staged a counterattack in northeastern Damascus on Monday, but there were conflicting accounts of how much ground it regained after Sunday's rebel assault. A Syrian military source and a war monitor said the army had recaptured all the positions it had lost, but rebels said ...

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  • TDUBAI - Twenty two people were killed in an attack on a mosque during Friday prayers inside a military base in Yemen’s Marib province, local officials said. Two missiles were fired at the mosque located inside the military camp of Kofal in the west of Marib after a rocket was fired, the ...

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  • TKHOST - Gunmen attacked a military air base in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, officials said on Saturday. Khost police spokesman Faizullah Ghairat said that three militants had attacked the base, close to the border with Pakistan. One had been killed, while two others were still holding out, ...

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