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Tehran hails new ties – EU to resume flights

PARIS, Jan 28, (Agencies): President Hassan Rouhani hailed a “new relationship” between Iran and France during a visit Thursday that saw the signing of a host of post-sanctions business deals. “Let us forget the resentment,” Rouhani said, calling for both countries to take advantage of the “positive atmosphere” following the …

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Up to 100,000 asylum seekers face expulsion – Sweden expects to deport 80,000, Finland 20,000

STOCKHOLM, Jan 28, (Agencies): Sweden said it expects to expel up to 80,000 migrants whose asylum requests will likely be rejected, as another 24 people including children drowned off Greece Thursday in the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean. As the continent grapples with efforts to stem a record flow of …

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Spread of Zika alarming: WHO – Cases could total 4 mn

GENEVA, Jan 28, (Agencies): Zika virus – linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil – is spreading “explosively” and could affect as many as four million people in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Director-general Margaret Chan told members of WHO’s executive …

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Bomb kills Kenya police as troops pull out of Somali bases

NAIROBI, Jan 27, (AFP): At least five police officers died in a roadside bomb attack in eastern Kenya, police and reports said Wednesday, as troops inside Somalia pulled out of some bases after Islamist attacks. Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet confirmed “there was an incident where a police lorry hit …

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Egyptian ‘convict’ executed in Saudi

RIYADH, Jan 27, (AFP): Saudi Arabia on Wednesday executed an Egyptian convicted of murder, adding to a surge in death sentences carried out since late 2014. Mahmud Jumaa Morsi was found guilty of fatally strangling and robbing a Saudi, the interior ministry said, adding that he was executed in Riyadh. …

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Hillary Clinton fears repeat of 2008 loss

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa, Jan 27, (Agencies): When Bernie Sanders rolled into Decorah, nearly 2,300 people were waiting for him. Chants of “Feel the Bern” filled the spirited hall from a crowd roughly equivalent to a quarter of the town’s population. “If we have the kind of turnout that I hope …

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French justice minister quits – ‘Sometimes resisting means leaving’

PARIS, Jan 27, (AFP): French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira quit Wednesday in protest over the government’s efforts to strip convicted French-born terrorists of their citizenship if they have a second nationality. Taubira, popular among the ruling Socialists of President Francois Hollande but a target of criticism from right-wing politicians, tweeted: …

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Pope asks Tehran to stop spread of terrorism – Rouhani presents Iran as ME trade hub

ROME, Jan 26, (Agencies): Generating economic growth in the Middle East is crucial to defeating extremism, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, putting forward his country as a regional trade hub and pillar of stability. Rouhani is on a four-day trip to Italy and France, looking to rebuild Iranian …

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Dutch Labour Party supports air strikes against IS in Syria – Islamic State bombing kills two dozens in Homs

AMSTERDAM, Jan 26, (Agencies): The Dutch Labour Party, the junior partner in the coalition government, now supports extending air strikes against Islamic State to Syria, creating a parliamentary majority for approval, an official said on Tuesday. The Dutch government, which already approved sending warplanes to target Islamic State in Iraq …

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Police kills 10 colleagues in Afghanistan’s volatile south

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Jan 26, (AFP): A rogue Afghan policeman drugged and then shot dead 10 of his colleagues in the country’s volatile south early Tuesday, officials said, the second insider attack on police in just over a week. The Taleban infiltrator then stole their weapons and fled the police outpost …

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