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1 dead after attack at huge rally for Ethiopia’s new PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 23, (Agencies): An explosion struck a huge rally for Ethiopia’s reformist new prime minister on Saturday shortly after he spoke and was waving to the cheering crowd that turned out to support sweeping changes in Africa’s second most populous nation. Addressing the country minutes after he …

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Taleban kill 16 soldiers – 43 Afghans kidnapped

KABUL, June 23, (Agencies): Taleban militants killed at least 16 Afghan police and two civilians in western Badghis province after their three-day ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday ended at the weekend, offi- cials said on Friday. The Taleban, fighting to reimpose strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster, resumed …

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‘Split’ families in limbo amid immigration chaos

EL PASO, United States, June 23, (Agencies): The fate of 2,300 children wrested from their parents at the US border with Mexico remained unclear Friday two days after Donald Trump ordered an end to migrant family separations, as the president accused Democrats of spinning “phony” tales of suffering for electoral …

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Philippines security authority arrests 508 people engaged in online fraud

Suspects targeting customers of banks KUWAIT CITY, June 21, (Agencies): The Philippines security authorities have arrested about 500 Filipinos and eight Israelis during a raid recently on a call center allegedly engaged in online fraud in the country, reports Annahar daily. The suspects were targeting customers of banks around the …

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‘Aggressive’ Iran worries Merkel

TEHRAN LISTS DEMANDS FOR IMPROVING TIES WITH U.S. AMMAN, June 21, (Agencies): German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said European countries shared concerns over Iran’s ballistic missile programme and called for solutions to its “aggressive tendencies” in the Middle East. “Iran’s aggressive tendencies must not only be discussed, but rather …

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Lebanon set to calm row on Iran passport stamps

BEIRUT, June 21, (RTRS): Lebanon’s interior minister tried on Wednesday to calm a dispute over a change in rules for entering the country, which some politicians feared reflects deepening influence of Iran and its ally Hezbollah. The move by a state security agency allows entry for Iranians at the airport …

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Merkel pledges $100 million loan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month. Merkel visited the kingdom amid an escalating domestic row over migration. Standing next to Jordan’s King Abdullah II, she made no …

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US quits UN’s Human Rights Council

WASHINGTON, June 20, (AP): The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It’s the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley said Tuesday the US had given the human …

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Europe proposals not enough: Iran

No need to join global agreements: Khamenei LONDON, June 20, (Agencies): Iran’s nuclear chief said on Tuesday that Europe’s proposals to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal after the US withdrawal from the pact were not satisfying for Tehran, warning that all sides would lose if Iran is sidelined by the …

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Yemen coalition takes key airport

KHOKHA, Yemen, June 20, (AFP): Yemeni forces seized Hodeida airport on Wednesday in a major step towards retaking the rebel-held port city after a week of fighting that has left nearly 350 people dead. Fresh clashes later erupted between UAE-backed government forces and the Iran-allied rebels on a road linking …

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