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Nationalist Cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr’s bloc wins Iraq election

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BAGHDAD: A political bloc led by populist cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country’s parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on Saturday. Sadr himself cannot become prime minister as he did not run in the election, though his bloc’s victory puts […]

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Shiite cleric Sadr vows reform after winning Iraq’s parliamentary elections

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BAGHDAD (Xinhua) — The prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr pledged Saturday to launch reforms after his coalition won most seats in the final results of the country’s May 12 parliamentary elections. In a tweet on his Twitter page, Sadr said “with your votes, Iraq and reform have won. We will not disappoint you.” Early on […]

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Palestinian PM calls for multi-sided mechanism to handle conflict with Israel

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ISTANBUL  (Xinhua) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Friday reaffirmed a call for a multi-sided international mechanism to be set up to help resolve the conflict with Israel, as the Islamic world is mulling over how to respond to Israeli violence against Palestinians and the U.S. relocation of its Israel embassy to Jerusalem. Addressing […]

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Malaysia’s Najib summoned to anti-corruption agency: report

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KUALA LUMPUR: Scandal-tainted former Malaysian leader Najib Razak has been summoned to appear before the country’s anti-corruption authorities next week as part of an anti-graft investigations, state media has reported. Najib, 64, unexpectedly lost a May 9 election to a political coalition that had focused on allegations that he oversaw the looting of billions of […]

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US trying to move forward after quitting Iran nuclear deal

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WASHINGTON: After leaving the Iran nuclear deal, Washington wants to move forward by offering to build a “coalition” to counter the multiple “threats” posed by the Tehran regime — but Europeans intent on saving the 2015 accord may thwart that effort. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday will unveil a new “diplomatic roadmap” […]

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Iran nuclear deal not perfect but better than no agreement: Merkel

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MOSCOW (Xinhua) — The European Union (EU) has no intention to abandon the Iran nuclear deal after the U.S. withdrawal from it, visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday. “Although this agreement is not perfect, it is better than no agreement,” Merkel said at a televised press conference after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin […]

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Dozens injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza: medics

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Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel on May 18, 2018. Dozens of Palestinian demonstrators were shot and injured Friday by Israeli army gunfire and tear gas during the clashes, medics said. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar)

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Lebanon urges world to respect its will to stay away from regional turmoil

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BEIRUT (Xinhua) — Lebanese President Michel Aoun called Friday on the international community to respect the Lebanese will to stay away from the turmoil in the Middle East region, a statement by the president’s media office said. Aoun made the remarks when meeting French Foreign Ministry Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Jerome […]

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Iran FM urges int’l probe into Israeli violence in Gaza Strip

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TEHRAN (Xinhua) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday called for international probe into Israeli violence in the Gaza Strip, according to Press TV. Zarif urged “transparent and independent” international probe into the “crimes” in the occupied Palestinian territories by Israel. Zarif made the remarks in an address to a meeting of the […]

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Long-lasting solution sought in name dispute with Macedonia: Greek PM

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ATHENS, May 19 (Xinhua) — Greece seeks a long-lasting solution in the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday while briefing President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on the latest developments of UN-mediated talks. “We are at a crucial juncture in negotiations with the neighboring country as […]

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