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Swiss Upper House rejects foreign fund ban on mosques

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GENEVA: The Upper House of Switzerland on Tuesday rejected a bill prohibiting foreign funding to mosques affiliated with the Swiss Turkish Religious Foundation. The motion was tabled by the southern Ticino canton, said Esref Dalkiran, deputy counselor for religious services of Turkey’s Embassy in Bern. The bill called for the prohibition of foreign funds for upkeep […]

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UAE satellite Al Yah 3 completes orbit testing, ready for commercial use

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DUBAI (Xinhua) — The third satellite launched by United Arab Emirates (UAE) satellite operator Yahsat into space earlier this year has completed its orbit testing, capable of offering commercial services, Dubai daily Gulf news reported on Wednesday. Yahsat, wholly owned by Abu Dhabi government-controlled Mubadala Investment Company, announced the successful completion of Al Yah 3’s […]

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Turkey blames “some countries, int’l financial institutions” for rate fluctuations

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ANKARA (Xinhua) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday blamed some countries and international financial institutions for the recent foreign exchange rate volatility ahead of Turkey’s June 24 general elections. Speaking in a interview with private broadcaster A Haber, Cavusoglu said that the lira rate fluctuation was due to an organized campaign masterminded abroad. […]

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Jordan’s Amman ranked most expensive Arab city, 28th worldwide

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AMMAN (Xinhua) — Jordan’s capital Amman was ranked the most expensive city in the Arab world and the 28th worldwide, according to a recent report by Intelligence Unit of The Economist. The city exceedes some of the main Gulf, European and North American cities such as Dubai, London, Rome, Washington. The report titled “Worldwide Cost […]

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India, Britain hold dialogue to enhance security cooperation

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NEW DELHI, May 31 (Xinhua) — India and Britain held their third home affairs dialogue in New Delhi on Thursday and the two sides agreed to carry forward the momentum for enhanced security cooperation, said official sources. The dialogue covered a wide range of issues including cyber security, women safety, organized crime, terror financing etc., […]

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EU says to respond to ‘unjustified’ US metal tariffs

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ANKARA: President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday voiced concern over “unilateral” U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum. “I am concerned by this decision. The EU believes these unilateral U.S. tariffs are unjustified and at odds with World Trade Organization rules,” Juncker said in a statement. The statement came in response to the U.S. announcement in […]

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New government will meet fiscal deficit target: Malaysian finance minister

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Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng speaks at a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, May 31, 2018. Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said on Thursday the new government will be able to meet the 2.8 percent fiscal deficit target in 2018, after a slew of austerity measures were planned to alleviate the country’s fiscal […]

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Iran says Total has 2 months to decide on gas project

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TEHRAN  (Xinhua) — Iran urges French energy firm Total to seek waiver from the United States to remain in Iran’s South Pars 11 (SP11) development project, Press TV reported on Wednesday. Total and the French government can talk with the U.S. government over the next two months to see whether the French company would stay […]

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Military showdown simmers in southern Syria in case of failed reconciliation

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DAMASCUS (Xinhua) — As the next targets for the Syrian army, the rebel-held provinces of Qunaitera and Daraa in southern Syria could witness either a large-scale war or a peace settlement, activists and local media said Wednesday. The military campaign against the rebels in Daraa and Qunaitera is apparently drawing near as the Syrian army […]

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Thousands of Jordanians strike in protest of new income tax bill

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AMMAN (Xinhua) — Thousands of Jordanians held a strike on Wednesday in protest of the newly endorsed income tax draft law. The strike involves members of all associations including doctors, journalists, teachers, lawyers, pharmacists, unionists and politicians, who staged a major sit-in at the headquarters of Professional Associations in the capital Amman. Holding Jordanian flags […]

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