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Top EU envoy to Turkey resigns after row with Ankara

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] ANKARA: The EU’s top diplomat in Turkey has stepped down after a row with Ankara over his criticism of the government’s conduct in a landmark migrant deal, his office said on Tuesday. The departure of Hansjoerg Haber is indicative of the increasingly fractious relationship between Ankara and Brussels, …

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Iran’s Khamenei threatens to ‘set fire’ to nuclear deal if West violates

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] BEIRUT: Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, threatened on Tuesday to “set fire” to the nuclear deal sealed with world powers if US presidential candidates reneged on the agreement. Presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump said last August it would be hard to “rip up” the deal, but if …

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Syria civil war: 224 killed in first week of Ramadan

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] At least 224 people were killed in the first week of Ramadan in Syria, with the majority of the deaths resulting from bombings by Syrian and Russian warplanes, according to a monitor. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said on Monday that between 6 and …

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Second Canadian in Philippines executed by Abu Sayyaf militants

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] A Canadian national has been beheaded in the Philippines by Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf after a ransom payment deadline passed, the Philippines government confirmed Tuesday. Robert Hall was one of four people kidnapped by the group last September in the southern Philippines. His execution follows that of …

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CIA suspected of doctoring Saudi 9/11 role

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] CIA chief’s exoneration of Saudi Arabia in 9/11 attacks has raised questions about the real motives behind it amid accusations that US authorities might be spin-doctoring Riyadh’s involvement. CIA director John Brennan’s declaration last week came just ahead of an imminent release of 28 classified pages of the …

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Bangladesh clerics issue fatwa on Islamist killings

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] DHAKA: Bangladeshi clerics said Monday they have issued a fatwa against the killings of minorities and secular campaigners in the mainly Muslim country, where police have arrested over 10,000 people in a crackdown on militancy. Nearly 50 people have been killed over the last three years in a …

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A Businessman held trying to sell Qadhafi’s dagger in Turkey

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] ISTANBUL: A businessman has been held in Istanbul trying to sell a dagger to Saudi businessmen looted from the palace of former Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi. “He was trying to sell the dagger, which was made of ivory and garnished with gold, emeralds, diamonds, rubies and sapphires, for …

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World Blood Donor Day to be observed today

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] ISLAMABAD: Like other parts of the globe, the World Blood Donor Day will be observed in Pakistan today (Tuesday) to create wider public awareness on blood donation. The theme of the this year’s day is ‘Blood connects us all’ with an objective to thank blood donors for their …

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