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UN to dispatch commission to probe Gaza killings

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GENEVA – The UN Human Rights Council on Friday decided to urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all alleged violations and abuses which may amount to war crimes in the occupied Gaza Strip. The probe will be carried out in the context of Israeli military assaults on large-scale civilian Palestinian protests that […]

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EU to activate statute to shield firms from U.S. sanctions against Iran

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BRUSSELS, May 18 (Xinhua) — The European Commission on Friday proposed activating a dormant statute to shield European firms doing business with Iran from renewed U.S. sanctions. The commission, executive of the European Union (EU), also proposed to “remove obstacles for the European Investment Bank (EIB) to decide under the EU budget guarantee to finance […]

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Initial results of Iraq assembly poll dogged by dispute

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BAGHDAD: Unofficial results of Iraq’s recent parliamentary election appear to have triggered conflict between members of Iraq’s official electoral commission. Disputes have also reportedly emerged between commission members and political parties that performed worse than expected, according to preliminary results announced earlier this week. On Wednesday, commission spokesman Karim al-Tamimi alleged that one commission member — […]

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Hungary’s re-elected PM Orban forms fourth gov’t

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BUDAPEST, May 18 (Xinhua) — Hungarian President Janos Ader appointed the ministers of Viktor Orban’s fourth government here on Friday, thus officially forming the new government. Ader gave the 13 ministers their credentials at the appointment ceremony that took place at Sandor Palace, the official residence of Hungary’s president. Peter Szijjarto and Laszlo Trocsanyi will […]

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Washington seeks global ‘coalition’ against Iran regime

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WASHINGTON: The US wants to build a global “coalition” against the Tehran regime and its “destabilizing activities,” the State Department said on Thursday, after pulling out from the Iran nuclear accord to the anger of US allies. The plan is to be detailed on Monday by the top United States diplomat, Secretary of State Mike […]

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EU-Western Balkans summit held in Sofia, Bulgaria

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Serbia’s President Aleksander Vusic, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk (from L to R) pose for photos before a press conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 17, 2018. The EU-Western Balkans summit was held in Sofia on Thursday. (Xinhua/Wang Xinshan)

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Merkel to meet Putin for talks on Syria

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BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. Merkel’s trip Friday to the Black Sea resort of Sochi is her first visit to Russia in a year and comes amid tense relations between Berlin and Moscow. Germany has condemned Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s […]

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Cash-filled designer handbags seized in raids on former Malaysian PM’s apartments

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police seized a huge haul of designer handbags, many of them stuffed with cash and jewelry, in searches of homes and offices linked to scandal-tainted ex-premier Najib Razak, local media reports said Friday. Amar Singh, head of the Malaysian police commercial crime investigation unit, told media early Friday at one of the […]

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Mass rally to support Palestinians begins in Istanbul

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ISTANBUL : Thousands gathered in Istanbul’s Yenikapi fairgrounds on Friday in solidarity with Palestinians after Israeli aggression against civilians on Gaza border. The rally was launched under the theme of “Condemning Oppression, Supporting al-Quds [Jerusalem].” A number of huge screen televisions were also set-up across the gathering are for the crowd to watch the platform where […]

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British MP Layla Moran: Palestine’s accidental champion

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LONDON:  There could hardly be a more pertinent moment to interview Layla Moran, the first British member of Parliament of Palestinian descent. The 35-year-old Liberal Democrat tends not to overplay her Arab heritage. “I’m me, it’s part of me but it is not all that I am,” she told Arab News. Her mother, Randa, is […]

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