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France, Germany, Britain formally request exemptions from US Iran sanctions

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PARIS: France, Britain, Germany and the EU on Wednesday sent the United States a joint official request for their companies to be exempt from punitive measures resulting from fresh US sanctions on Iran. “As allies, we expect that the United States will refrain from taking action to harm Europe’s security interests,” said the letter to […]

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US: Top Republican backs dismissal of Trump’s ‘spygate’

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WASHINGTON – The top Republican in the House of Representatives backed on Wednesday a fellow lawmaker who dismissed President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of nefarious FBI surveillance of his 2016 presidential campaign. “I think Chairman Gowdy’s initial assessment is accurate,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill, adding: “We have some more […]

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China warns US against provocations following B-52 flyby

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BEIJING: China lashed out at the US on Wednesday after a pair of B-52 bombers flew past a Chinese-held shoal in the South China Sea, amid escalating words and displays of military strength from the two major Pacific powers. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned the US against “hyping up militarization and stirring up trouble,” […]

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Trump favors separate trade deals with Canada, Mexico

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TRENTON, Canada: The U.S. floated the idea Tuesday of separate trade talks with Mexico and Canada rather than a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the three countries as signatories. But Canada’s reaction was to immediately dismiss the suggestion. “As Canada has maintained right from the beginning, we believe in a trilateral NAFTA, we […]

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Iran close to ‘red line’ with uranium enrichment plans

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PARIS – Iran is moving close to the “red line” after recent statement that it could increase its uranium enrichment capacity if the nuclear deal falls apart, French foreign minister said on Wednesday. “I think this initiative is not welcome, it shows irritation [of Tehran]. It is always dangerous to approach a red line,” Jean-Yves Le […]

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Myanmar, UN sign pact on initial steps for Rohingya return

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YANGON: Myanmar and UN agencies signed an agreement that might eventually lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled brutal persecution by the country’s security forces and are now crowded into makeshift camps in Bangladesh. The memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday promises to establish a “framework of cooperation” that aims […]

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NATO defense ministers to meet on June 7-8

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BRUSSELS: NATO defense ministers will meet in Brussels on June 7-8 to take decisions regarding command structure and military readiness ahead of a July summit, the Alliance chief announced on Wednesday. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a news conference in Brussels that the ministers would also discuss plans for a NATO training mission in […]

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Cameroon English speakers want terror law repeal and amnesty to end violence

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YAOUNDÉ: English speakers in the Northwest of Cameroon want an anti-terrorism law repealed and a general amnesty to help end the armed separatist campaign, a government commission said Wednesday. Among the demands are a debate on introducing a federal system to the West African country which is dominated by French-speakers. The proposals come from more […]

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Cairo, Riyadh mull ways of enhancing bilateral ties

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CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed Kattan met in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss means of enhancing bilateral cooperation, according to a statement issued by al-Sisi’s office. The meeting was also attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and intelligence chief Abbas Kamel. Talks reportedly tackled “means of […]

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Yemeni interior minister meets UAE crown prince

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SANAA: Yemeni Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maysari has held talks with the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mohamed bin Zayed, in Abu Dhabi. The talks, which were held on Tuesday, tackled issues of mutual concern, the Yemeni Interior Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. According to the statement, bin Zayed pledged to provide […]

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