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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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Tunisian government bans Niqab in govt offices for “security reasons”

TUNIS: Prime Minister Youssef Chahed decided on Friday to ban the niqab Muslim face covering for women in Tunisian government offices "for security reasons", his office said. It said Chahed signed a government circular "banning access to public administrations and institutions to anyone with their face covered... for security reasons". The ban on the niqab, which covers the entire face...

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Iran could consider talks with US only if sanctions lifted, Khamenei permits: minister

DUBAI: Iran’s intelligence minister has said Tehran and Washington could hold talks only if the United States ended its sanctions and Iran’s top authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave his approval, state news agency IRNA reported on Thursday. “Holding talks with America can be reviewed by Iran only if (US President Donald) Trump lifts the sanctions and our supreme leader gives...

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Rahul Gandhi steps down as Congress president

Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called serving the Congress Party "an honour" as he resigned as the leader of India's main opposition party, saying he owed "the country and my organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love". "I was born a Congressman, this party has always been with me and is my life's blood and forever that way it shall...

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Heavy rains in India kill 27, cripple financial capital

MUMBAI: Monsoon rains caused wall collapses that killed 27 people in India on Tuesday, as a second day of bad weather disrupted rail and air traffic in the financial capital Mumbai, prompting officials to shut schools and offices, though markets were open. During every monsoon season, which runs from June to September, India experiences fatal incidents of building and wall...

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Gun battle rages in Afghan capital after powerful blast injures 65

KABUL: Afghan security forces were battling gunmen on Monday who had forced their way into a building in the capital, Kabul, after a bomb-laden truck exploded near a defense ministry compound during rush hour, injuring at least 65 people, authorities said. At least three gunmen entered a building around the defense ministry after the explosives were detonated near the ministry’s...

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Trump arrives N Korea, meets Kim in a historic first

Donald Trump stepped onto North Korean soil on Sunday as he met Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the peninsula, in a symbolic diplomatic spectacle and a first for any American president. After shaking hands with Kim over the line that marks where their two countries and their allies fought each other to a standstill in...

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Trump to Putin: Please don’t meddle in US elections

OSAKA: President Donald Trump on Friday sardonically asked his Russian counterpart to please not meddle in US elections, appearing to make light of a scandal that led to an investigation of his campaign’s contact with the Kremlin during 2016 elections. A two-year investigation into a Moscow-run influence campaign during the election has hung over Trump’s presidency, frustrating the Republican president...

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Photo of drowned migrants triggers fight over Trump asylum clampdown

MATAMOROS: A harrowing photo of a Salvadoran migrant and his young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande at the US-Mexico border became the focus on Wednesday of a US political debate over President Donald Trump’s asylum policies. The picture of Oscar Alberto Martinez, 25, and his 24-month-old daughter Angie Valeria put a renewed focus on the plight of refugees...

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Iran says US sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy

DUBAI: New US sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader and foreign minister have closed off diplomacy, Iran said on Tuesday, blaming the United States for abandoning the only route to peace just days after the two foes came within minutes of conflict. US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions on Monday against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and...

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Six-point plan proposed by Pakistan at UN to counter Islamophobia

NEW YORK: Pakistan on Monday proposed a six-point plan to address the new manifestations of racism and faith-based hatred especially Islamophobia at the United Nations Headquarters organised by Pakistan along with Turkey, the Holy See and the UN. The plan was proposed by Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi at a session titled “Countering terrorism and other acts...

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Quake of magnitude 7.5 shakes East Timor, Australia

DILI: A powerful, deep 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coasts of East Timor and Indonesia on Monday, and was felt as far away as Australia, but authorities said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami. Strong shaking caused alarm in the East Timor capital of Dili prompting people to run out of their houses, a Reuters...

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Bangladesh train derailment over canal kills five, injures 100

DHAKA: A passenger train derailed in Bangladesh on Monday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 100, and there could be more casualties inside two carriages that fell into a canal, a police officer said. The train was crossing a bridge on its way to the capital, Dhaka, from the eastern city of Sylhet when it went off...

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India rebuffs US report on attacks on minority Muslims

India hit out Sunday at a US report saying religious intolerance was growing under its right-wing government, setting off a new spat ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom released by Pompeo on Friday said Hindu-groups had used “violence, intimidation, and harassment” against Muslims and low-caste Dalits in 2017...

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Ethiopian army chief, regional president killed in unrest

ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia's army chief and the president of a key region have been shot dead in a wave of violence highlighting the political instability in the country as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tries to push through reforms. The latest unrest in the Horn of Africa nation flared on Saturday afternoon in Amhara, one of nine autonomous regions, when a...

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US conducted cyber attack on Iran in response to drone downing

The United States launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone, according to US media reports. US president Donald Trump secretly authorised US Cyber Command to carry out a retaliatory attack on Iran, The Washington Post reported on Saturday, shortly after the US president pledged to hit the Islamic...

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US, Taliban to hold to hold another round of talks to end war

WASHINGTON: The United States and the Taliban will open fresh negotiations next week, the US negotiator said Saturday, as he voiced hope for progress in ending America´s longest war. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative on Afghanistan, said the two sides would start their seventh round of talks on June 29. "Based on my recent visits to Afghanistan and Qatar,...

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