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Trump signs ‘Russia sanctions’ – Moscow takes over US compound

WASHINGTON, Aug 2, (Agencies): US President Donald Trump has signed legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia into law, a White House official said on Wednesday. The US Congress voted last week by overwhelming margins for sanctions to punish the Russian government over interference in the 2016 presidential election, annexation of …

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Russia says embassy in Syria hit in mortar attack, no casualties – IS attacks Syrian army east of Homs – monitors

MOSCOW, Aug 2, (Agencies): Russia’s foreign ministry said Wednesday that its embassy compound in Damascus came under mortar fire from “terrorist groups of fighters”, causing no casualties. “Two shells fell in the grounds of the Russian diplomatic mission and two more exploded just outside the perimeter,” Moscow said, causing slight …

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Push for action on Iran – Trump, Tillerson disagree

UNITED NATIONS, United States, Aug 2, (Agencies): The United States, backed by France, Britain and Germany on Wednesday pushed for action at the UN Security Council following Iran’s launch of a satellite rocket, described by Washington as a threatening and provocative step. US Ambassador Nikki Haley argued in a letter …

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Guard said to use northern Gulf waters near Kuwait – Iran exploits new routes to arm Yemen rebels

LONDON, Aug 1, (RTRS): Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have started using a new route across the Gulf to funnel covert arms shipments to their Houthi allies in Yemen’s civil war, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters. In March, regional and Western sources told Reuters that Iran was shipping weapons …

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Contingency air routes may open to Qatar – Doha in push for international corridors

MONTREAL, Aug 1, (Agencies): Qatar Airways is expected to have access to three contingency routes over international waters in early August, after a UN-led meeting on Monday discussed air corridors for Doha following a rift with its neighbors, a source familiar with the matter said. The closed-door meeting with the …

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China will protect sovereignty: Xi – Beijing opens 1st overseas base in Africa

BEIJING, Aug 1, (Agencies): China will fiercely protect its sovereignty against “any people, organisation or political party”, President Xi Jinping warned Tuesday, as the country celebrated the 90th anniversary of its military. The message comes as the ruling Communist Party (CCP) faces political resistance in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, where many …

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US-backed force ‘advances’ in south of IS bastion Raqqa – Syrian refugees hesitant to return despite opening: Lebanon

BEIRUT, Aug 1, (Agencies): US-backed forces battling to oust the Islamic State group from its Syrian bastion Raqqa have advanced in the city’s south, seizing a new neighbourhood, a spokesman and monitor said Tuesday. The Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces militia (SDF) began a campaign to capture Raqqa from IS last …

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Indian forces kill top Kashmir commander – Property law challenged

SRINAGAR, India, Aug 1, (Agencies): Indian forces killed a top militant commander in Kashmir on Tuesday, triggering clashes in which one protester was killed and dozens injured. Abu Dujana, a senior fighter from the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was killed during a raid near Srinagar in the disputed Indian-held territory …

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Amir condoles Saudi terror attack victims

KUWAIT CITY, July 31, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Monday sent a cable of condolences to Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz over the “martyrdom” of a Saudi security man and injuries to others in a terrorist attack at the Al-Masora neighborhood in Qatif province. …

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Time for talk on N. Korea is over: US – China tells Trump not to link trade to Pyongyang

WASHINGTON, July 31, (Agencies): The time for talk on North Korea is “over”, the United States said, spurning a UN response to Pyongyang’s latest ICBM launch in favour of bomber flights and missile defence system tests. Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the United Nations, said there was “no point” …

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