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Asia’s Muslims on ‘Eid’ exodus

Millions head for home towns marking end of Ramadan JAKARTA, June 14, (AFP): Millions of Asia’s Muslims were on the move Wednesday as they headed for home towns to celebrate with relatives the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. From Karachi to Kuala …

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Iran enrichment set if deal fails – Oberbank out

BEIRUT, June 13, (Agencies): Iran will begin uranium enrichment at its Fordow plant and will install new nuclear equipment at its Natanz facility if it withdraws from a nuclear deal with major powers, said the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI). The fate of the 2015 nuclear …

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India set to ‘miss’ bullet train project

PALGHAR, India/Tokyo, June 13, (Agencies): India is set to miss a December deadline to acquire land for a Japan-backed $17 billion bullet train project following protests by fruit growers, government officials said, likely delaying one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most ambitious projects. Modi’s office is now monitoring the project …

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Philippines unlikely to be rice self-sufficient, says Duterte

‘Bring China to court for reef destruction’ MANILA, June 13, (RTRS): A Philippine Supreme Court judge has called on the government to bring China to court for violating the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea with the destruction of coral reefs in a disputed part of the South …

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Philippines women’s march tells Duterte ‘enough’

More than 1,000 women marched in Manila on Tuesday to tell President Rodrigo Duterte they have had enough of what they termed his repeated misogynistic words and deeds. The columns of protesters, carrying umbrellas against steady rain and some wearing the colours of the Philippine flag, chanted “Duterte is afraid …

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Trump could flip in hours, Iran warns Kim on N-deal

27 held over Ramadan terror plot LONDON, June 12, (Agencies): Iran warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday against trusting US President Donald Trump, saying he could cancel their denuclearisation agreement within hours. Tehran cited its own experience in offering the advice to Kim a month after Washington …

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Gandhi to fight defaming RSS in court

India’s opposition leader Rahul Gandhi pleaded not guilty Tuesday to defaming a powerful Hindu supremacist group closely linked to the ruling party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Gandhi will fight charges in court that he defamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) organisation when he accused the Hindu movement of assassinating …

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Kuwait joins in $2.5bn in Jordan aid

BANK DEPOSIT, GUARANTEES, BUDGET SUPPORT…PROJECTS DUBAI, June 11, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates pledged $2.5 billion of aid to Jordan on Monday, a joint statement from the Gulf states said, following austerity measures that have sparked massive protests in the country. Price hikes and subsidy cuts …

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Qatar files discrimination case against UAE at UN

DUBAI: Qatar said Monday it filed a case against the United Arab Emirates at the United Nations’ highest court, accusing Abu Dhabi of “discrimination against Qatar and Qatari citizens” amid a yearlong boycott of Doha by four Arab nations. An Emirati minister dismissed the filing as a stunt. The case …

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China backs Iran Nuclear deal

BEIJING, June 11, (Agencies): Chinese leader Xi Jinping called for the Iran nuclear deal to be “earnestly” implemented as he met the country’s president following the US withdrawal from the pact, state media said Monday. Xi met one-on-one with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday following a two-day regional security …

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