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Russia advocates broader UN presence in Syria

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MOSCOW, — Building up the presence of the United Nations (UN) in Syria deserves attention as it will help collect reliable information, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday. Russia cannot accept the situation that UN agencies produce reports and statements based on information from other sources than UN’s own ones, he said at […]

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Decisive time as Afghan gov’t, Taliban consolidate positions ahead of possible peace talks

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KABUL, — Experts in Afghanistan believe that the current year will be crucial for Afghans as both the government and Taliban outfit try to consolidate their positions ahead of any possible talks to negotiate from a stronger position. To persuade the hardliner Taliban group to enter peace talks, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani offered unconditional […]

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Britain’s Prince Charles to succeed Queen as Commonwealth head

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LONDON, — Leaders of the Commonwealth have agreed that the Prince of Wales will succeed the Queen as head of the intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states. The announcement was made by them on Friday when they finished discussion at a closed-door meeting at Windsor Castle. The Queen has said earlier that it was her […]

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Palestinians in Gaza fly kites over borders in defiance of Israel

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GAZA,— As the fourth weekly protest along Gaza-Israel border began Friday, hundreds of Palestinians flew kites over the border fence into Israeli territory as a way to protest. This week, flying kites was the Palestinians’ tool to express their anger against Israel during their six-week protests dubbed the Great March of Return, which kicked off […]

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About 3,000 Palestinians participate in protest along Israel-Gaza border

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JERUSALEM-– Approximately 3,000 Palestinians on Friday participated in the riots in five locations along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, according to a statement issued by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The IDF troops responded with riot dispersal means and fired in accordance with the rules of engagement, said the Israeli military. “The […]

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Turkey rejects U.S. remarks on snap elections

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ANKARA,  — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Friday slammed the U.S. State Department over its spokesperson’s negative comment on the upcoming snap elections. On Thursday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that “during a state of emergency, it would be difficult to hold a completely free, fair and transparent election in Turkey.” The ministry said […]

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Russia to prove U.S. missile interceptions in Syria

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MOSCOW, –– Russia will soon present evidence that the Syrian air defense forces shot down more than half of the missiles fired in the recent U.S.-led strikes, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday. Syrian forces used Soviet-era air defense systems and fired 112 surface-to-air missiles to repel the U.S.-led strikes, destroying 71 out of […]

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Iran vows to retaliate if U.S. withdraws nuke deal

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TEHRAN— Iran’s foreign minister said on Friday that Tehran has a variety of countermeasures if Washington decides to pull out of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal, Press TV reported Friday. “Iran has a wide range of options both inside and outside of the JCPOA (the nuclear deal), and surely the reaction from Iran and the […]

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Rohingya refugees rescued after drifting at sea for 9 days

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BIREUEN, Indonesia: A Rohingya Muslim man among the group of 76 rescued in Indonesian waters in a wooden boat says they were at sea for nine days after leaving Myanmar, where the minority group faces intense persecution, and were hoping to reach Malaysia. The eight children, 25 women and 43 men were brought ashore on […]

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UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief’s phone, email

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LONDON: A British teenager has been sentenced to two years in a youth detention center for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior US government officials in what a judge called acts of “cyber-terrorism.” Prosecutors say Kane Gamble conned call centers during 2015-16 into revealing information that got him into the accounts of then-FBI […]

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