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PM Abadi leading Iraq election, Sadr strong

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BAGHDAD: Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s list appears to be leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election followed by influential Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr’s alliance, an election commission source and a security official told Reuters. The sources cited unofficial initial results. Iraqis voted on Saturday in the first election since the defeat of Daesh militants inside the country. […]

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Lebanese PM’s chief of staff resigns

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BEIRUT,  (Xinhua) — Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s chief of staff Nader Hariri resigned from all his positions on Saturday. Saad Hariri has decided to appoint his public relations manager Mohamed Mneimne as the acting chief of staff, the prime minister’s office said in a statement. As Hariri’s cousin and his close adviser, Nader Hariri […]

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Palestinian minister calls for defending Al-Aqsa

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RAMALLAH: Palestinian Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, Yousef Adeis, on Sunday called on Arab and Islamic worlds to defend Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque against Israeli violations. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Adeis said Israeli violations at Islamic and Christian holy sites “have reached a dangerous level”. He said the number of extremist Jews forcing their way […]

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Iraqis keen to elect new gov’t to fight widespread corruption

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BAGHDAD,  (Xinhua) — Millions of Iraqis headed Saturday to polling stations across the country to elect the next parliament, with hopes that the election can make a difference to their lives after unrelenting chaos, violence and poor governance since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The polls kicked off at 7 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) […]

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Settlers storm Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM : Hundreds of Jewish settlers forced their way into East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday, according to a Palestinian official. “Hundreds of settlers stormed the compound along with a large Israeli police force,” Firas al-Dibis, a Palestinian official with Jerusalem’s Islamic Waqf, which oversees the city’s holy sites, said in a statement. He […]

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Russians protest blocking of Telegram app

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MOSCOW : Hundreds of Russians took part in a “Free Internet” demonstration in the capital Moscow on Sunday, protesting the blocking of the messaging app Telegram. Telegram was blocked on April 13 for its refusal to provide the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) with decryption keys. The protest took place without incident, as witnessed by Anadolu […]

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Turkey hails Iraq’s Saturday parliamentary polls

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ANKARA : Turkey on Sunday wished the Iraqi people well after their parliamentary elections the previous day. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that despite terrorist attacks and claims of irregularities, the voting went successfully. “We hope the election results will bring the best to the brotherly people of Iraq, who have suffered from great […]

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Germany: US’ Iran sanctions could stymie Europe

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BERLIN : Germany continued its sharp criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, saying his planned sanctions against Tehran would also make it difficult for Europeans to maintain economic incentives as part of the Iran nuclear deal. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told weekly Bild am Sonntag that European countries would continue their efforts, despite […]

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Turkey to receive F-35 fighters despite US senators objection

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ANKARA, May 12 (Xinhua) — Turkey is set to receive its first F-35 aircraft, world’s most advanced fighter jets, despite an initiative launched by U.S. senators to block the delivery amid faltering relations between Turkey and the United States. Defense sources close to the project told Xinhua that the first F-35 will be delivered to […]

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Trump hails DPRK’s pledge to dismantle nuclear test site

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WASHINGTON,  (Xinhua) — U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday praised Pyongyang’s announcement to dismantle its nuclear test site, saying it was “a very smart and gracious gesture.” The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced earlier on Saturday that it will hold a ceremony for the dismantling of its nuclear test site on May 23-25, […]

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