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Suicide car bombing at police headquarters kills 3 in Iran’s Chabahar port city


December 6, 2018

A suicide car bomber attacked a police headquarters in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar on Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding several others, state TV reported. State television broke into its regular broadcast to report the attack, as such assaults are rare in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Rahmdel Bameri, a provincial official, told state TV …

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Pope to visit UAE in February for interfaith meeting


December 6, 2018

Pope Francis, who has made boosting ties between Christianity and Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, will visit Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in February, the Vatican said on Thursday. The pontiff was invited to the majority-Muslim country by both Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and the local Catholic church. Francis will take part …

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Yemen war rivals lash out as UN talks start


December 6, 2018

Talks between Yemen’s government and rebels, locked in a devastating war for nearly four years, opened on Thursday as tension remained high despite what the United Nations envoy called a “critical opportunity”. Yemen’s government and rebels doubled down on their rival demands on Thursday, just moments before hard-won consultations opened in Sweden under the auspices of the UN. Yemeni Foreign …

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Turkey seeks arrest of two Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi


December 5, 2018

A Turkish prosecutor has demanded that arrest warrants be issued against two Saudi nationals close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Turkish source close to the investigation said on Wednesday. The chief prosecutor’s office in Istanbul filed an application on Tuesday to obtain the warrants for Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, described …

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Trump touts trade war truce


December 5, 2018

SHANGHAI: As White House officials fanned out to talk up what US President Donald Trump called “an incredible deal” with China to hit pause in their trade war, Beijing has said little on a pact that cheered markets but left many questions unanswered. China’s foreign ministry, the only government department that holds a daily briefing foreign media can attend, has …

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‘Zero’ doubt Saudi crown prince directed Khashoggi murder: GOP senators


December 5, 2018

Two key US Republican senators said Tuesday after a briefing by the CIA’s director they have “zero” doubt Saudi Arabia’s crown prince directed the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The explosive new declarations by members of President Donald Trump’s party run counter to the White House narrative downplaying possible links between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the October killing …

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Pakistan, Iran agree to fully support Afghan peace efforts


December 5, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran have agreed to extend full support to the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned efforts for peace in Afghanistan. This consensus was reached during the 10th round of Pak-Iran Bilateral Political Consultations held here. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Syed Abbas Araghchi led their respective delegations at the meeting. An official statement about the meeting …

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Soldier killed as Indonesia probes mass shooting reports in Papua


December 5, 2018

WAMENA: An Indonesian soldier was killed while investigating reports that more than two dozen construction workers were shot dead by separatist rebels in restive Papua province, officials said on Tuesday. If confirmed, the killings would mark the deadliest bout of violence in years to hit a far-flung region wracked for decades by a low-level independence insurgency. Citing local police, Indonesian …

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India’s pollution watchdog fines Delhi $3.5m over toxic smog


December 5, 2018

NEW DELHI: India’s environmental watchdog has slapped New Delhi’s government with a $3.5 million fine for failing to enforce rules to reduce smog in the world’s most polluted major city, officials said on Tuesday. The National Green Tribunal penalised the capital administration for its lack of oversight after it emerged some polluting industries were still burning harmful waste in the …

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British MPs deal May stinging rebuke on Brexit


December 5, 2018

LONDON: Britain’s government suffered a stinging rebuke from MPs ahead of Tuesday’s momentous Brexit debate, exposing Prime Minister The­r­e­sa May’s lack of support in parliament. The House of Commons voted 311-293 to censure the government for failing to publish its full legal advice about the divorce deal May struck last month with the European Union. The outcome forced May’s team …

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