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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 shoots down US drone trespassing its territory

TEHRAN: Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Thursday it had shot down a US "spy drone" over its territory after it violated Iranian airspace, according to Iranian state television. "The US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was brought down by its Air Force" in the country's southern coastal province of Hormozgan, the Revolutionary Guard added, according to the English-language Press TV. State television...

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Belt and Road Initiative can lift 32m out of poverty: World Bank

WASHINGTON: China’s massive Belt and Road infrastructure drive could speed up economic development and reduce poverty for dozens of developing countries, the World Bank said on Tuesday in a new report that called for deep policy reforms and more transparency for the initiative. The long-delayed report said that the Belt and Road — a string of ports, railways, roads and...

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India shows willingness to hold discussions with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan has received a positive response from India after Pakistan had extended an offer to resolve reconcilable issues between the two countries. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Imran Khan in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi had congratulated him on his re-election as the prime minister of India following general elections. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood...

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Trump launches 2020 bid with promise to ‘keep America great’

President Donald Trump launched his 2020 reelection campaign Tuesday much the same way he rode to power in 2016 — with a raucous, nationalist rally stirring fear of illegal immigration and vowing to fight for blue collar workers. Lashing out at his Democratic opponents as radical leftists fuelled by "hatred" and out to "rip your country apart," Trump promised an...

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Tayyip Erdogan attends prayers for Egypt´s ex-president Mohamed Morsi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday attended an Istanbul prayer service for former Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi who died after collapsing during a trial hearing in a Cairo court. Erdogan, a key supporter of Morsi, joined the afternoon prayers at the historic Fatih mosque, an AFP photographer reported. He called the leader, who died on Monday, a "martyr". Turkey´s...

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Egypt’s ex-president Mursi buried in Cairo

CAIRO: Egypt’s Islamist ex-president Mohamed Mursi was buried in a small family ceremony early on Tuesday a day after he suffered a fatal heart attack in court, his sons said, as supporters posted messages of grief and anger. The first democratically elected head of state in Egypt’s modern history, who was deposed by the army in 2013, was laid to...

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Death toll from China quakes rises to 11

BEIJING/SHANGHAI: The death toll from two strong earthquakes in China rose to 11 on Tuesday, with 122 people injured, state media said, adding that rescuers pulled some survivors from rubble in a part of the country that often suffers strong tremors. The quakes, roughly 30 minutes apart, hit the southwestern province of Sichuan late on Monday, with shaking felt in...

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Egypt ex-President Mohammed Morsi dies in Court proceedings

Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi on Monday collapsed during a court session and died, state television reported. State TV reported that the 67-year-old was attending a session in his trial on espionage charges when he blacked out and then died. His body was taken to a hospital, it said. "He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became...

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Two youths martyred by Indian forces in IoK

SRINAGAR: At least two more innocent Kashmiri youth were martyred on Monday in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK), the Kashmir Media Service reported. Indian forces carried out a cordon and search operation at Bidoora-Achabal in Islamabad district of IoK during which the two youths were martyred, according to the reports. Mobile phone services and the internet were suspended in the Islamabad...

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Triple suicide attack kills at least 30 in northeast Nigeria

Thirty people were killed late on Sunday in a triple suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria, emergency services reported, in an attack bearing the hallmarks of the Boko Haram terrorist group. Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometres from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV. “The death toll...

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Iran renews nuclear pact ultimatum amid tensions with US

DUSHANBE: Iran will continue scaling back compliance with a nuclear deal unless other signatories to the pact show “positive signals”, the Iranian president said on Saturday as tensions with the United States escalated over tanker attacks in the Gulf region. Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with global powers, after...

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Anger as Christchurch mosque accused pleads not guilty

CHRISTCHURCH: The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks in March smiled Friday as his lawyers entered not guilty pleas to multiple murder and terrorism charges. Brenton Tarrant's barrister told Christchurch High Court his client was pleading not guilty to all charges, prompting anger from survivors and relatives of those killed in the March...

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PM Khan calls for establishment of framework to combat corruption

BISHKEK: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday urged members of the Shanghai Organisation Council (SCO) to establish a comprehensive framework for combating corruption and white-collar crime. Addressing a session of SCO’s Council Head of the States meeting in Bishkek, the PM said Pakistan provides the vital connectivity between the Middle East and China and Central and South Asia. He said,...

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PM Khan, Chinese President Xi discuss bilateral relations

BISHKEK: Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Council of Heads of State of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting in Bishkek on Friday. The PM and President Xi held wide-ranging discussions on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. In a tweet, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Faisal said both sides reaffirmed their commitment to further deepening Pakistan China...

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Two oil tankers struck in suspected attacks in Gulf of Oman: shipping firms

DUBAI: Two oil tankers were hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman, shipping firms and industry sources said Thursday, sending oil prices as much as four percent higher a month after four other tankers were damaged by limpet mines in the region. One of the tankers, the Front Altair, carrying a cargo of petrochemical feed-stock, was ablaze in...

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Indian PM Modi’s plane will not fly through Pakistani airspace: Indian Ministry

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not fly through Pakistani airspace on his way to Bishkek, despite the permission granted by the Pakistani government for using the airspace. The Indian PM will now use a circuitous route via Oman and Iran to reach the Kyrgyzstan capital, the Indian external affairs ministry said on Wednesday. Pakistan has allowed a plane carrying...

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