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Boris Johnson elected new UK premier

Boris Johnson on Tuesday was elected leader of Britain’s governing Conservative Party and the country’s next prime minister, tasked with following through on his “do or die” pledge to deliver Brexit in just over three months time. Johnson and his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, spent the last month crisscrossing the country seeking to win over the less than 200,000...

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Boris Johnson elected new UK premier

Boris Johnson on Tuesday was elected leader of Britain’s governing Conservative Party and the country’s next prime minister, tasked with following through on his “do or die” pledge to deliver Brexit in just over three months time. Johnson and his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, spent the last month crisscrossing the country seeking to win over the less than 200,000...

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Afghan president seeks ‘clarification’ after Trump war comments

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday the United States should clarify remarks President Donald Trump made about Afghanistan, including a claim he could easily win the war but didn't “want to kill 10 million people”. The US leader made several surprising statements on Monday alongside Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House, including that he had plans for...

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Tehran observes all US ships in Gulf region: Iran navy chief

GENEVA: Iran observes all US ships in the Gulf region and has an archive of images of their daily movements, the head of Iran’s navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said on Tuesday, according to the Young Journalists Club news site. “We observe all enemy ships, particularly America, point-by-point from their origin until the moment they enter the region,” Khanzadi said,...

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India adamant that Modi did not seek US mediation over Kashmir issue

NEW-Delhi: India denied the United States of America President Donald Trump's remarks that Prime Minister Modi asked Washington to mediate for the occupied Kashmir. The spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, said in a statement: "We have seen @POTUS's remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate, if requested by India & Pakistan, on Kashmir...

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Iran announces arrests, death sentences as CIA spy ring busted

Iranian authorities said on Monday that security agencies had arrested 17 suspects and sentenced some of them to death after dismantling a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spy ring in a case announced last month. The agencies “successfully dismantled a [CIA] spy network on July 18,” the head of counter-intelligence at the Iranian intelligence ministry, whose identity was not revealed, told...

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Mosque attack triggers New Zealand to tighten gun laws

WELLINGTON: New Zealand announced plans for a national firearms register Monday in its second round of gun law reforms following the Christchurch mosque attacks which killed 51 Muslim worshippers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said regulations around who could hold firearm licences would also be tightened to "stop weapons falling into the wrong hands". Ardern said the March 15 killings, when...

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All 23 crew of seized British-operated tanker are safe: Iranian TV

DUBAI: The crew of the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are all safe, the head of the Ports and Maritime Organisation of Iran in Hormozgan Province told state TV on Sunday. “All 23 crew members aboard the ship are safe and in good health in Bandar Abbas port,” Allahmorad Afifipour said. Britain has denounced Iran’s seizure...

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Iran Guards seize British-flagged tanker in Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN: Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Friday (Jul 19) they had seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for breaking "international maritime rules" as tensions mount in the highly sensitive waterway. Britain, however, said Iran had seized two ships in the Gulf, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warning of "serious consequences" if the issue was not resolved quickly. The...

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Iran rejects Trump report that US Navy downed ‘provocative’ drone

DUBAI: Iran on Friday denied President Donald Trump’s assertion that the US Navy has destroyed one of its drones, saying all of its unmanned planes were safe, but there was no sign of a major Gulf escalation despite fears both sides could blunder into war. In the latest episode to test nerves around the strategic waterway, Trump said on Thursday...

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Blast near Afghan university kills 6, injures 27

KABUL: An explosion on Friday near a gate to the campus of Kabul University in the Afghan capital killed six people and injured at least 27 as students waited to take an examination, officials said. Afghan security forces are facing almost daily attacks by Taliban militants, despite reported progress in efforts by the United States to broker an end to...

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More than 10 feared dead in suspected Japan animation studio arson

TOKYO: More than 10 people are feared dead and dozens injured or missing in a suspected case of arson at an animation studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto on Thursday, domestic media reported. Public broadcaster NHK said police had taken into custody a 41-year-old man who shouted “Die!” as he poured what appeared to be gasoline around the studio....

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US welcomes Pak-India dialogue over facilitating Sikh pilgrims via Kartarpur corridor project

WASHINGTON: United States Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, in a recent press briefing, welcomed the initiative of the Kartarpur Corridor between Pakistan and India for facilitating Sikh pilgrims. Ortagus, while responding to a journalist who asked U.S. comments on the Kartarpur Corridor between Pakistan and India, stated that it ‘was certainly a good news report’. She added anything that...

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Pakistan hopes to ‘repair’ US ties with PM Khan’s visit

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expressed hopes Tuesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan's maiden trip to the White House later this month would help repair its acrimonious relationship with Washington as the US seeks its help in ending the war in Afghanistan. Observers believe that the nearly 18-year conflict will be the major focus of talks between Khan and President Donald Trump when...

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Renewing racist criticism, Trump says many share his view

Defiant in the face of widespread criticism, President Donald Trump renewed his belligerent call for four Democratic congresswomen of colour to get out of the US “right now,” cementing his position as the most willing US leader in generations to stoke the discord that helped send him to the White House. Content to gamble that a sizeable chunk of the...

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Roadside bomb kills 11 in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed at least 11 people travelling in a truck in the southern Kandahar province, provincial officials said on Monday. Ahmad Sadeq Essa, a deputy army spokesman in Kandahar, said that around 35 other civilians were wounded in the explosion. Yousof Younosi, a provincial council member in Kandahar, said that women and children were among those...

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Floods, landslides leave people dead across Nepal, India

Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have killed at least 43 people in Nepal in the past few days, with more deaths reported across the Himalayan border in India, officials said on Sunday. At least 24 others are missing in Nepal, either swept by swollen rivers or buried by mudslides since delayed monsoon rains began pounding the region Friday,...

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