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  • China condemns the killing of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Iran and hopes for a thorough investigation into the incident, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday. "China is shocked by the death of the Iranian scientist, and condemns this act of violence, hoping ...

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  • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that he invited projected US President-elect Joe Biden to attend the next NATO summit set for 2021. On Monday, Stoltenberg held a virtual press conference at NATO headquarters to brief the media ahead of the meeting of NATO ministers of foreign ...

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  • Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami, during the funeral ceremony for assassinated nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on Monday, warned that Tehran would respond to the crime committed against the country. "In line with the instructions of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, we won’t stop ...

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  • The passage of two farm reform bills, Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce Bill 2020 and the Farmers Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020, by the Indian Parliament in September this year has become a bone of contention between farmers and India's BJP-led national government, ...

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  • Pakistan is one of the founding members of the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), which has traditionally backed Islamabad on the Kashmir dispute. India, with one of the world’s largest Muslim populations, has also been demanding membership in the OIC. Pakistan's Foreign ...

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  • Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, 62, was killed in a brazen daylight gun and bomb attack on his car in a town east of Tehran on Friday. Conflicting reports have emerged regarding the details of the assassination, including the numbers of perpetrators involved and the weapons used. Iran has blamed Israel for the ...

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  • The Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) have gained full control of the Tigray region’s capital of Mekelle, passing the further prosecution of the local breakaway authorities, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), on to the federal police, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali ...

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  • The Iranian parliament has passed a bill, dubbed "The strategic measure for the removal of sanctions," aimed at revitalizing the country's nuclear activities in the wake of the assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday. The scientist, ...

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  • First Lady Melania Trump is planning to write a memoir about her time at the White House, Page Six reports. An insider told Page Six on Saturday that "Melania is in meetings to write her White House memoir" and that "Melania's story could be worth big money". According to the source, US President ...

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  • The Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, expressed the belief on Friday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent visit to the Golan Heights is another manifestation of Washington's lack of respect for the international law. "We see this as another manifestation of the ...

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  • This is not the first time a Turkish ship is suspected by European maritime forces of attempting to smuggle in weapons to the civil war-torn state in violation of the UN Security Council ban on armaments shipments to the country. Ankara, who pledged its help to the Tripoli-based Government of ...

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  • Presumed US President-elect Joe Biden told reporter that in a future Biden administration, he would rebuild the US State Department's morale and expand US alliances in the Pacific while dodging involvement in a new war. Speaking from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said his security ...

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  • The incumbent US president has so far refused to concede to what he called "election fraud", vowing to continue his legal battle to ensure that all ballots cast in the 3 November election are legitimate. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will depart the White House if the Electoral College ...

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  • Earlier in November, UK High Court Judge Andrew Nicol rejected Johnny Depp's claim that the newspaper The Sun committed libel when calling him a "wife-beater". Judge Andrew Nicol has refused Johnny Depp permission to appeal the ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard, saying that he doesn't ...

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  • In October 2019, President Donald Trump announced that the US would be withdrawing its forces from Syria, but eventually backtracked, saying that a "small" American contingent would stay behind to allegedly "keep" the Syrian oil from being seized by Daesh. Iran's permanent ambassador to the United ...

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  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is predicted to stand down in his row with the European Union should the bloc's member states show unity and mount a convincing challenge, a source in Brussels told the EURACTIV portal on Wednesday. "We believe that if Europe shows the first sign of unity, ...

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  • Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave the anti-government Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) 72 hours to surrender on Sunday. The head of the region Debretsion Gebremichael rejected the demands, saying that his people are "ready to die" for their homeland. The UN and international organisations have ...

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  • The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth sold the estate he shared with Miley Cyrus in California's Malibu foothills for $3.6 million - a little more than half the price he had paid for it in 2014. Back then, Australian actor spent $6.8 million on the 7.4-acre property that included a 1950s ranch-style ...

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is seeking to realize its project for regional hegemony and become the new “kingmaker” in the region through military power and soft power, according to an analysis by an Istanbul-based think tank. The regional vacuum that emerged in the aftermath of the ...

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  • Earlier this month, the US promised to bring the number of its troops down from the 4,500 currently stationed in Afghanistan to 2,500 by 15 January. Two blasts in the central Afghan province of Bamiyan killed 14 people, injured 45 more, local officials said on Tuesday, as the international ...

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  • The head of the General Services Administration earlier announced that Democrat Joe Biden's transition team would soon gain access to additional federal resources and classified briefings after recognising the Democrat as the likely winner in the presidential election. Joe Biden has declared that ...

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  • The development comes as another blow to President Trump, who had tried to block the certification of the results in the state. The president claimed that the Democrat won the election because the vote was rigged and has filed lawsuits in several states calling for recounts of the ...

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  • The Indian government banned 43 mobile apps for engaging in activities which are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India,” an official release said on Tuesday. A statement issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that they issued an order under ...

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  • There is a battle in the halls of the European parliament to ensure that the latest report on fundamental rights references the US prosecution and attempted extradition of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange. The EU's parliament will be voting on its latest report on fundamental rights, ...

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  • While speaking to foreign envoys at the Grand Kremlin Palace on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin touched upon security issues in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as the prospects of an effective resolution of nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula. "The Russian peacekeeping mission ... is ...

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  • The US official spiked further tensions with China amid a last-ditch effort to counter Beijing in the two nations, damaging relations with Asian neighbours, Chinese embassies in the two countries said. The Chinese embassy in Manila slammed US national security advisor Robert O'Brien for what it ...

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  • This year's presidential transition process in the US has been impacted by a delay in the release of the official election results and President Donald Trump's unwillingness to concede defeat in what he has described as a "fraudulent" election. US President Donald Trump has endorsed a move by the ...

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  • In January, the Tesla and SpaceX founder ranked 35th among the richest people in the world, however, he's gained over $100 billion this year - more than any other billionaire from the top 500 businesspeople in 2020, according to Bloomberg. Elon Musk has become the second-richest man in the world, ...

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  • The Canadian government will make its determination on Huawei’s participation in the development of Canada’s 5G network based on national security, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said during testimony before a parliamentary committee. Champagne’s statement was in ...

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  • On Sunday, Washington confirmed that it is no longer a party to the Open Skies Treaty. This comes six months after the Trump administration announced that it would withdraw from the agreement, citing Russia's alleged violations of the treaty and non-compliance with its terms, something Moscow has ...

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