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US announces reimposition of ‘toughest’ oil, economic sanctions on Iran

Washington (Web Desk) The United States has announced reimposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran in an attempt to curtail the Islamic Republic’s oil exports and put extra pressure on the country’s economy. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took the podium at the …

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Some 80 people, mostly school children, kidnapped in Cameroon

YAOUNDE (Web Desk) Some 80 people, mostly school children, were kidnapped in the city of Bamenda in northwest Cameroon early on Monday, government and military sources told Reuters. It was not clear who was responsible for the kidnapping, which occurred in the English-speaking region of Cameroon where separatists are fighting to …

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Mosques in Turkey seek Twitter ban on blasphemous Dutch politician

THE HAGUE (Web Desk) A body representing 144 Turkish mosques in the Netherlands has asked Twitter to block the account of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders for inciting hatred. The Turkish Islamic Cultural Federation (TICF) sent the letter on Friday seeking “a permanent ban of the Twitter of Mr. Geert Wilders… due …

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Modi hails India’s ‘successful establishment of nuclear triad’

Islamabad (Web Desk) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced that the country’s first nuclear ballistic missile submarine has completed its first deterrence patrol. “Today is historic because it marks the completing of the successful establishment of the nuclear triad. India’s nuclear triad will be an important pillar of …

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Afghan Taliban to ‘join’ Moscow peace talks

Kabul (Web Desk)  The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks being hosted by Rus­sia on Friday, senior Taliban officials said on Monday, after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations. But Taliban spokesman Zabih­ullah Mujahid said they had not formally agreed to take part. Russia invited 12 countries …

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US imposes ‘toughest ever’ sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON DC (Web Desk) The United States is reimposing punitive measures targeting the Iranian oil and financial sectors in what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called “the toughest sanctions ever placed” against Iran. Taking effect Monday, the measures are the most concrete result yet of US President Donald Trump’s controversial …

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Merkel’s conservatives quarrel over party’s course

BERLIN (Web Desk) German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) argued on Sunday over whether they should return to a more conservative agenda once she steps down as party chair as contenders to succeed her gear up for the leadership race. Support for their Social Democrats (SPD) coalition partner meanwhile hit …

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Suu Kyi’s party slapped down in by-election

YANGON (Web Desk) The party of Myanmar’s embattled head of state Aung San Suu Kyi said on Sunday they were defeated in six constituencies in a national by-election, showing uneven support for her government after a string of controversies. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) swept to power …

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Afghan govt’s control over territories reaches record low

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The Afghan government has lost control over a record number of districts this year, although Taliban too have lost some areas, says an official US report sent to Congress this week. The report — that covers the period between July 1 and Sept 30, 2018, — identifies a …

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