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One dead, 6 injured in south Iran violence

Tehran, May 17, 2018 (AFP) – One person was killed and six others injured in violence in a city in southern Iran that has seen several protests in recent months, the Fars news agency reported Thursday. It said a group of people gathered in Kazerun on Wednesday evening to chant …

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WHO says Ebola outbreak has spread to DR Congo city

Geneva, May 17, 2018 (AFP) – The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to a city, the World Health Organization said Thursday, raising concern the deadly virus may prove tougher to contain. “One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of …

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EU countries agree Iran deal ‘not perfect’: Merkel

Sofia, May 17, 2018 (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that EU countries agreed the Iran nuclear deal was “not perfect” but insisted it should be preserved, after the US withdrawal threw the accord into doubt. EU leaders meeting in Sofia have backed a “united” approach to keeping …

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Egypt kills 19 jihadists in Sinai: army

Cairo, May 17, 2018 (AFP) – Egypt’s army said Thursday it killed 19 presumed jihadists in the Sinai peninsula during a large-scale “anti-terror” operation. Egyptian forces launched operation “Sinai 2018” in February in the peninsula where soldiers and security forces have been battling the Islamic State group. A military statement …

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Iran says U.S. sanctions intended to derail efforts to save nuclear deal

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – Iran said on Wednesday that new sanctions imposed on it by Washington were an attempt to derail efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal by its remaining signatories following the U.S. withdrawal from the accord. The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Iran’s central …

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Saudis suspend World Cup referee over bribery

Riyadh, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – The Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Mirdasi was suspended for offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome …

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Officer, 4 attackers dead in Indonesia police station assault

Pekanbaru, Indonesia, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – Four men were shot and killed as they staged an attack on a police headquarters that left one officer dead and two wounded, Indonesian authorities said Wednesday, days after a wave of deadly suicide bombings in another part of the country. The group …

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Rohingya Muslims face difficult Ramadan in refugee camps

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – The 12-year-old Rohingya refugee dreamed of Ramadan back in his own village — fish to break the day’s fast, gifts from his family and relaxing beneath the trees before evening prayers at the mosque. But for M.D. Hashim and others like him …

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Bangladesh opposition leader Zia granted bail

Dhaka, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – Bangladesh’s 72-year-old opposition leader Khaleda Zia was granted bail on corruption charges Wednesday after her lawyers argued her health was at risk, paving the way for her to be released from jail. Zia was imprisoned in February after being accused of embezzling money intended …

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Fraud-hit lender posts largest ever Indian bank loss

Mumbai, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – Shares in fraud-hit Punjab National Bank plunged more than 12 percent on Wednesday after it posted the largest ever quarterly loss for an Indian lender. PNB, the country’s second-biggest state-run bank, has been reeling since announcing in February that it had been the victim …

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