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Iran claims US isolated on sanctions

DUBAI, July 14, (RTRS): Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday the United States was more isolated than ever over sanctions against Iran, even among its allies. Rouhani, in remarks carried live on state television, spoke after meeting the heads of parliament and the judiciary. He appeared to be trying …

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Trump arrives in ‘hot spot’ UK, questioning May’s Brexit plan

LONDON, July 12, (Agencies): US President Donald Trump arrived in “hot spot” Britain on Thursday after casting doubt on Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for leaving the European Union and with protests planned across the country where he says the people like him a lot. After a NATO summit where …

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India’s police charge politician from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party with rape

NEW DELHI, July 12, (Agencies): Indian federal investigators Wednesday charged a politician from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party with raping a teenager whose plight was ignored by police until she tried to set herself alight. The Central Bureau of Investigation charged Kuldeep Singh Sengar with the 2017 rape of a …

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‘Province’ sign stirs anger in Philippines

4th official killed in week MANILA, July 12, (Agencies): Banners calling the Philippines a “province of China” mysteriously appeared on bridges in Manila on Thursday, sparking fury on social media on what was the second anniversary of Manila’s victory over Beijing in a landmark arbitration case. The terms “province of …

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US urges allies to cut off Iran funding – UAE disrupts Iran finance operation

SQUEEZE WILL FORCE TEHRAN TO TABLE, SAYS TRUMP BRUSSELS, July 12, (RTRS): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on American allies on Thursday to help impose economic pressure on Iran, and accused Tehran of continuing to sell weapons in the Middle East despite United Nations resolutions. “We must cut …

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Relief, joy after ‘extraordinary’ rescue

12 boys, coach in good condition CHIANG RAI, Thailand, July 11, (Agencies): The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from inside a fl ooded Thai cave lost an average of 2 kg (4 lb) during their 17-day ordeal but were generally in good condition and showed no signs of …

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Trump, Merkel clash; US prez says Berlin captive to Russia

BRUSSELS, July 11, (AFP): US President Donald Trump traded barbs with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a tense NATO summit Wednesday after he accused Berlin of being “captive” to Russia and demanded it immediately step up defence spending. The two-day meet in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance’s most …

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US labels Iran-backed group terrorist

KHAMENEI AIDE GROOMS STRATEGIC TIES WITH MOSCOW WASHINGTON, July 11, (Agencies): The US designated Tuesday Al-Ashtar Brigades (AAB), “an Iran-backed group in Bahrain”, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). The Department of State said in a statement that it also designated two AAB-affiliated …

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Suicides of poor wipe the shine off India’s gem trade – Death by diamonds

SURAT, July 10, (RTRS): After polishing diamonds destined for luxury stores from New York to Hong Kong for nearly 10 hours in a cramped workshop in western India, Vikram Raujibhai went home, waited for his family to leave, and locked the front door. Raujibhai doused himself in kerosene and lit …

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Pakistan to deploy 371,388 troops – ‘Hope’ for Afghan peace talks — US

KABUL, July 10, (Agencies): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday there was “now hope” for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taleban, during an unannounced visit to Kabul. Pompeo’s first visit to Afghanistan since he was sworn in as America’s top diplomat in April came amid …

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