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Tuesday , December 11 2018

International

Syria depot blast toll 69

BEIRUT, Aug 13, (Agencies): The death toll of an explosion at a weapons depot in northwestern Syria has risen to 69, mostly civilians including 17 children, a monitor said Monday as search operations continued. Sunday’s blast of unknown origin in the town of Sarmada in Idlib province took the lives …

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No detention of Uighurs: China

GENEVA, Aug 13, (Agencies): China rejected on Monday allegations raised by a UN panel that 1 million Uighurs may be held in internment camps in the restive Xinjiang region, but said that some people underwent re-education after being deceived by extremists. Hu Lianhe, deputy director general of the United Front …

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Kids among 39 Idlib dead

BEIRUT, Aug 12, (Agencies): An explosion at a weapons depot in a rebel-held town in northwest Syria killed at least 39 civilians including a dozen children on Sunday, a monitor said. An AFP correspondent at the site in Sarmada in Idlib province near the Turkish border said the explosion of …

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Ditch N-deal, UK urged – Iraq PM cancels visit to angered Iran

LONDON, Aug 12, (Agencies): The United States urged Britain on Sunday to ditch its support for a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and instead join forces with Washington to counter the global threat it says Tehran poses. Despite opposition from European allies, US President Trump in May pulled the United …

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Firm Iran no to US talks

Iraq PM to visit Iran, Turkey as US sanctions bite TEHRAN, Aug 11, (Agencies): Iran gave its most explicit rejection yet of talks with the United States on Saturday, and accused Washington of an “addiction to sanctions” over its latest spat with Turkey. The US reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran …

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Canada tweet seen to cross Riyadh red line

No apology … Ottawa seeks diplomatic help OTTAWA/RIYADH/DUBAI, Aug 11, (Agencies): For years, Canadian pressure on human rights in Saudi Arabia had elicited no more than a standard rejection. But all that changed last week, when a Canadian complaint was translated into Arabic and set off a diplomatic row. When …

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Turkey vows to defy US threats

ISTANBUL, Aug 11, (Agencies): President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back Saturday at US “threats” over a detained American pastor which has escalated tensions between the two NATO allies and piled pressure on the Turkish currency. “It is wrong to dare bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor,” …

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Iraq caught in crossfire of US sanctions on Iran

BAGHDAD, Aug 9, (Agencies): Caught in the crossfire between its key allies Tehran and Washington, Iraq’s economy could suffer the heaviest collateral damage from the US reimposing sanctions against Iran. Washington slapped unilateral sanctions back on Tehran on Tuesday, after pulling out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal in May. …

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Riyadh ring-fences oil sales to Canada

DUBAI, Aug 9, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic dispute with Canada over its arrest of women’s rights activists will not affect the ultraconservative kingdom’s oil sales to Canadian customers, the Saudi energy minister said Thursday. The remarks by Khalid al-Falih show the limits of the ongoing quarrel and may calm some …

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Hardliner call for Rouhani to resign

Swiss recommend firms pursue Iran ties TEHRAN, Iran, Aug 9, (Agencies): Former hard-line Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked President Hassan Rouhani to resign. In a video published on his Telegram account Thursday, Ahmadinejad said that Iranians do not trust Rouhani. He says: “Your continued presence is at the expense …

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