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Philippines security authority arrests 508 people engaged in online fraud

Suspects targeting customers of banks KUWAIT CITY, June 21, (Agencies): The Philippines security authorities have arrested about 500 Filipinos and eight Israelis during a raid recently on a call center allegedly engaged in online fraud in the country, reports Annahar daily. The suspects were targeting customers of banks around the …

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‘Aggressive’ Iran worries Merkel

TEHRAN LISTS DEMANDS FOR IMPROVING TIES WITH U.S. AMMAN, June 21, (Agencies): German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said European countries shared concerns over Iran’s ballistic missile programme and called for solutions to its “aggressive tendencies” in the Middle East. “Iran’s aggressive tendencies must not only be discussed, but rather …

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Lebanon set to calm row on Iran passport stamps

BEIRUT, June 21, (RTRS): Lebanon’s interior minister tried on Wednesday to calm a dispute over a change in rules for entering the country, which some politicians feared reflects deepening influence of Iran and its ally Hezbollah. The move by a state security agency allows entry for Iranians at the airport …

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Merkel pledges $100 million loan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month. Merkel visited the kingdom amid an escalating domestic row over migration. Standing next to Jordan’s King Abdullah II, she made no …

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US quits UN’s Human Rights Council

WASHINGTON, June 20, (AP): The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It’s the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley said Tuesday the US had given the human …

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Europe proposals not enough: Iran

No need to join global agreements: Khamenei LONDON, June 20, (Agencies): Iran’s nuclear chief said on Tuesday that Europe’s proposals to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal after the US withdrawal from the pact were not satisfying for Tehran, warning that all sides would lose if Iran is sidelined by the …

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Yemen coalition takes key airport

KHOKHA, Yemen, June 20, (AFP): Yemeni forces seized Hodeida airport on Wednesday in a major step towards retaking the rebel-held port city after a week of fighting that has left nearly 350 people dead. Fresh clashes later erupted between UAE-backed government forces and the Iran-allied rebels on a road linking …

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No plans to increase missile range

MOST FRENCH FIRMS WON’T BE ABLE TO STAY IN IRAN LONDON, June 19, (Agencies): Iran has no plans to extend the range of its missiles since their 2,000-km (1,240-mile) reach is enough to protect the country, the Revolutionary Guards commander said on Tuesday, amid mounting US pressure over Tehran’s missile …

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US wouldn’t become migrant camp: Trump – ‘Europe made big mistake’

WASHINGTON, June 19, (AFP): President Donald Trump vowed Monday that the United States would not become a “migrant camp,” as he faced soaring pressure to end the separation of immigrant families on America’s southern border. While top administration officials stood by Trump’s policy of “zero tolerance” towards unauthorized border crossers, …

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Housewife unmasked as French ‘dark web’ boss

PARIS, June 19, (AFP): A 28-year-old housewife with no criminal record has been unmasked as the woman behind a major French “dark web” site which sold drugs and guns until it was shut down last week. The woman was among four people arrested last Tuesday when intelligence agents closed the …

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