Tuesday , December 12 2017

International

Kurdish leader Barzani to quit

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct 29, (AFP): Massud Barzani, the president of the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq, told a closed-door session of parliament Sunday he was stepping down amid the fallout from a controversial independence referendum. “After Nov 1, I will no longer exercise my functions, and I reject any extension …

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Kuwait condemns Somalia bombings – Toll to 29

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 29, (Agencies): Kuwait has strongly condemned the latest terrorist bombings that took place in Mogadishu, killing and wounding scores of people. Kuwait firmly rejects all forms of violence and terrorism, a foreign ministry source said in a statement received by KUNA. Kuwait calls on the international community …

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Iraq, Kurds negotiate ‘peshmerga’ pullback

BAGHDAD, Oct 28, (AFP): Iraqi and Kurdish commanders held talks Saturday on a withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from disputed areas after a truce was declared in clashes over a key border post, the premier’s office said. “The main task of this joint technical committee is to allow the deployment without …

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Catalonia declares independence – Spanish Senate authorises direct rule

BARCELONA/MADRID, Oct 28, (Agencies): The Spanish government moved to impose direct rule over Catalonia on Friday, stripping the region of its autonomy less than an hour after its parliament declared independence in a stunning show of defiance to Madrid. Although the Catalan declaration appears to be a doomed gesture, both …

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Mystery UK call before Kennedy assassination

LONDON, Oct 28, (AP): A British newspaper received an anonymous phone call about “big news” in the United States minutes before president John F. Kennedy was shot in 1963, newly released files on the assassination say. A batch of 2,800 declassified documents includes a Nov 26, 1963 memo from the …

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US House ‘approves’ Iran, Hezbollah sanctions

Israel would use force to prevent N-Iran WASHINGTON, Oct 26, (Agencies): The House has approved bipartisan legislation to slap new sanctions on Iran for its pursuit of long-range ballistic missiles without derailing the 2015 international nuclear accord that President Donald Trump has threatened to unravel. The bill passed Thursday 423-2. …

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‘No future’ for Assad and his family in Syria

GENEVA, Oct 26, (Agencies): US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Washington sees no future for President Bashar Assad in Syria’s government, insisting “the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end.” Tillerson made the comments after what he called a “fruitful” discussion with UN Syria …

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Tehran in bid to drive wedge in US, Iraq ties

ANKARA, Oct 26, (Agencies): Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told Iraq’s US-backed prime minister on Thursday that he should not rely on the United States in the fight against Islamic State, seeking to drive a wedge between Washington and one of its close allies. “Unity was the most important …

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New screening to US-bound passengers

US resumes refugee admissions … 11 countries blocked DUBAI, UAE, Oct 25, (Agencies): Five global long-haul airlines will begin new security interviews of all passengers on US-bound flights starting Thursday at the request of American officials, the companies said Wednesday. Long-haul carriers Air France, Cathay Pacific, EgyptAir, Emirates and Lufthansa …

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Tillerson to highlight US strategy – Terror dominates talks

NEW DELHI, Oct 25, (Agencies): Combating terrorism and India’s role in war-torn Afghanistan dominated talks between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Indian counterpart Wednesday as the US official highlighted the Trump administration’s new strategy for South Asia. India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said that India had agreed …

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