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Wednesday , November 21 2018


China, Germany defend Iran ties

BEIJING/BERLIN, Aug 8, (Agencies): China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump’s warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States. The comments from Beijing and Berlin signalled growing anger from partners of …

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Row rattles money … may slow investment drive

NO ROOM FOR MEDIATION, SAYS RIYADH … OTTAWA TAPS UAE, BRITAIN DUBAI, Aug 8, (Agencies): A worsening row between Saudi Arabia and Canada about human rights threatens to undermine Riyadh’s foreign investment drive, a campaign already unsettled by a series of assertive political and diplomatic initiatives by the top oil …

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Bangladesh acquits British citizen held since 2016 cafe attack

DHAKA, Aug 8 (Reuters) – A Bangladesh court on Wednesday acquitted a British man detained without charge for two years on suspicion of involvement in a 2016 attack on a cafe in Dhaka that killed 22 people, his lawyer said. Rights group Amnesty International had campaigned for the release of …

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Saudi Arabia stops medical treatment programs in Canada as row escalates

RIYADH, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had stopped all medical treatment programs in Canada and was working on the transfer of all Saudi patients from hospitals there, in an escalating row after Ottawa urged it to free rights activists. Saudi Arabia froze new trade and …

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Philippine troops kill 2 suspected bomb couriers in south

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military says troops have killed two bomb couriers at an army checkpoint before the suspected Muslim militants could detonate the explosives in a crowded area in the restive south. Brig. Cirilito Sobejana says one of the two local militants opened fire at soldiers who …

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India orders children’s home checks after sex abuse scandals

New Delhi, Aug 8, 2018 (AFP) -India has ordered the inspection of at least 9,000 shelters for abandoned and orphaned children after a wave of sex abuse scandals shocked the country, a minister reportedly said. Maneka Gandhi, the country’s women and child development minister, told the Indian Express newspaper in …

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Indonesian shaman arrested for keeping sex slave for 15 years

Palu, Indonesia, Aug 8, 2018 (AFP) -An Indonesian shaman has been arrested for abducting a teenager and keeping her as a sex slave for 15 years by claiming he was possessed by the spirit of her imaginary boyfriend, police said Wednesday. The distressed woman, who is now aged 28, was …

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Indian police arrest 10 over lynching

Indian police said Tuesday that 10 people had been arrested over the murder of a man accused of kidnapping children in the latest lynching linked to rumours circulating on WhatsApp. More than 20 people have been killed in similar attacks across India, under its Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the …

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Tourist exodus as quake toll hits 105 – Search, recovery on

MATARAM, Indonesia, Aug 7, (AFP): Terrified holidaymakers rushed for boats and planes to leave Indonesia’s Lombok island Tuesday after it suffered a second deadly quake within a week, as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas where survivors are in urgent need of food and shelter. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake killed …

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US, Iran stiffen rhetoric – Daimler quits

TEHRAN, Aug 7, (Agencies): US President Donald Trump warned the world against doing business with Iran on Tuesday as he hailed the “most biting sanctions ever imposed”, triggering a mix of anger, fear and defiance in Tehran. “The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions …

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