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Iran says US troop boost ‘threat to international peace’

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday a US decision to deploy 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East is a "threat to international peace", state media reported. "Increased US presence in our region is very dangerous and a threat to international peace and security and must be confronted," Zarif told the official IRNA news agency before heading...

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India martyrs five Kashmiris in State sponsored terrorism

SRINAGAR: Indian troops, in their latest act of state terrorism, martyred five Kashmiri youth in Pulwama and Baramulla districts of occupied Kashmir on Thursday, Kashmir Media Service reported. The youth identified as Naseer Pandit, Umar Mir and Khalid Ahmed were martyred during a cordon and search operation in Dalipora area of Pulwama district in the wee hours of the morning....

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US does not seek war with Iran, claims Michael Pompeo

SOCHI: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Tuesday said his country is not seeking war with Iran, despite a spike in tensions that has seen the Pentagon dispatch nuclear-capable bombers to the region. Pompeo’s comments came during his first official visit to Russia, a key backer of Tehran which has blamed the current crisis on Washington’s decision to pull...

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Sri Lankan anti-Muslim riots takes first life

Parts of Sri Lanka were under indefinite curfew Tuesday and social media banned after a man was killed by a sword-wielding mob in an escalating anti-Muslim backlash following the Easter terror attacks. Violence broke out late Monday, three weeks after extremist bombings killed 258 people, with mobs carrying out arson attacks including one involving around 2,000 people who vandalised a...

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Iran too ‘great’ to be intimidated: Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has pledged the Islamic republic is "too great to be intimidated by anyone" in a late night meeting with clerics. "God willing we will pass this difficult period with glory and our heads held high, and defeat the enemy," Rouhani said late Monday as he met Sunni clerics to mark the holy Muslim month of...

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At least three dead as blasts shake eastern Afghan city

JALALABAD: At least three people were killed and another 20 wounded in a series of blasts in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Monday, an official said. Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said three blasts rocked the city centre, and had taken place near an armoured police vehicle. "The nature of explosions is not clear, but it could be...

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Two Saudi vessels damaged in ‘sabotage attack’ off UAE coast

RIYADH: Two Saudi oil tankers were damaged in a "sabotage attack" off the United Arab Emirates coast, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday, quoting the Saudi energy minister. "Two Saudi oil tankers were subjected to a sabotage attack in the exclusive economic zone of the United Arab Emirates, off the coast of the Emirate of Fujairah, while on...

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Gunmen kill six in second church attack in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU: Gunmen killed six people including a priest outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, a local official said, the second attack on Christians in two weeks in a nation increasingly overrun by jihadists. Congregants were leaving church around 9 a.m. (0900 GMT) when about twenty men encircled them and shot six dead, Boucary Zongo, mayor of the...

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US drone strike in Afghanistan kills 5

At least five people were killed in a drone strike on the Afghanistan side of the Pak-Afghan border. The drone fired two missiles at a house in the Laman area of Afghanistan. Those killed in the drone strike were affiliated with the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group including a commander Asadullah alias Shingri, according to sources. Earlier this month, US President...

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Beijing vows to strike back as US hikes tariffs on Chinese goods,

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: US President Donald Trump’s tariff increase to 25 per cent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods took effect on Friday, and Beijing said it would strike back, ratcheting up tensions as the two sides pursue last-ditch talks to try salvaging a trade deal. China’s Commerce Ministry said it “deeply regrets” the US decision, adding that it would take...

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Japan, US, India and Philippines challenge Beijing with naval drills in the South China Sea

TOKYO: In fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a US guided missile destroyer conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel in the waterway claimed by China, the US Navy said on Thursday. While similar exercises have been held in the South China Sea in the past,...

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Donald Trump moves to strangle Iran economy as nuclear deal withers

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday tightened the screws further on Iran with sanctions on its mining industry after a frustrated Tehran said it would suspend some promises it made under a nuclear deal rejected by Washington. On the anniversary of Trump's withdrawal from the accord he denounced as "horrible," tensions were soaring as the United States deployed an aircraft...

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Iran suspends nuclear deal curbs in push for relief from US sanctions

Iran said on Wednesday it had stopped respecting limits on its nuclear activities agreed under a 2015 deal with major powers until they find a way to bypass renewed United States sanctions. The well trailed announcement came as Washington stepped up its rhetoric against Tehran, accusing it of planning “imminent” attacks and deploying an aircraft carrier strike group with several...

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Student killed in school shooting at US state of Colorado

DENVER: A teenaged student was fatally shot and multiple others were wounded Tuesday in a school shooting by fellow pupils in the US state of Colorado, across town from one of the worst gun massacres in the country´s modern history. "It is with extreme sadness that we can confirm that 1 student at the STEM School was killed," the Douglas...

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‘Donald Trump, would have faced obstruction of justice charges, if not president over Mueller report’

Nearly 400 former federal prosecutors said in a joint letter Monday that the evidence in the Mueller report would have resulted in the obstruction of justice charges against Donald Trump ─ were he not the president. The letter says that the evidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation indicating that obstruction was committed is "overwhelming." Currently, Department of Justice policy...

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Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar freed from prison

YANGON: Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon on Tuesday after spending more than 500 days behind bars. The two reporters, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, had been convicted in September and sentenced to seven years in jail,...

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US deploying carrier, bombers to Middle East to deter Iran: Bolton

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is deploying a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East in response to troubling “indications and warnings” from Iran and to show the United States will retaliate with “unrelenting force” to any attack, national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday. With tensions already high between Washington and Tehran, a US official said the...

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