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Iran reformists sweep Tehran council elections: agencies

He said the USA and its allies " should know that Iran is a democratic, stable and powerful country " and that it promoted "peace, good neighbourliness, and the creation of a world opposed to violence and extremism". A day earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif linked the harsh tone of Trump's speech to the trade deals the United States struck during his visit to the kingdom, including large weapons sales. Read More

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Defiant Iran to continue with missile programme

Defiant Iran to continue with missile programme

Rouhani also criticized Saudi Arabia , Tehran's main regional rival, just hours after Trump departed the country bound for Israel , where he arrived Monday. Congratulating the day of Khorramshahr's freedom, the President said: "Khordad 3rd is the day of victory against aggression and freedom of Khorramshahr with God's will by Islam warriors and I congratulate this day to the whole Iranian nation and Imam Khomeini's soul". Read More

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Trump's Mid East envoy to return to Israel for follow-up visit

Trump's Mid East envoy to return to Israel for follow-up visit

Not as pleasing to Israeli leaders, however, were comments by a junior USA official in the lead-up to the visit, planned for Monday, that the Western Wall is not in Israeli territory but "is part of the West Bank". "The president said during the campaign that he believes the capital of Israel is where the embassy should be, but because we're having great conversations with everyone right now, we don't think it would be a time to do that so we don't plan to do that on this trip". Read More

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G7 leaders pressure tech firms on removing terror propaganda

G7 leaders pressure tech firms on removing terror propaganda

Tusk spoke at the start of a meeting of the Group of Seven democracies in Taormina , Sicily . Representatives of the European Union have been additional participants to summits since 1981. "The president ran on growing our economy". The more fluid agenda at G7 summits enables leaders to modulate the topics of conversation based on their own preferences and needs, and to conduct the summit in a more relaxed, informal setting. Read More

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South Korea fired 450 rounds at flock of birds, says North

South Korea fired 450 rounds at flock of birds, says North

The US-drafted statement was agreed on the eve of the emergency meeting requested by the United States, Japan and South Korea to discuss a course of action on North Korea . Its deployment in a rural region some 180 miles southeast of Seoul raised concerns not only for North Korea but also China . South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff in a statement said the military broadcast a warning to North Korea in response to the object before firing the warning shots, and also that the ... Read More

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Egypt Christians Attack: President el-Sisi Calls For Security Meeting

Egypt Christians Attack: President el-Sisi Calls For Security Meeting

While no group has claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, ISIS has targeted Christians in Egypt. Coptic Christians, whose church dates back almost 2,000 years, make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 92 million. Israel, with whom Egypt signed a peace treaty in 1979, also condemned the attack. Senior officials say Egyptian fighter jets have struck militant bases in eastern Libya in retaliation for an attack by suspected Islamic State militants that killed 28 Christians ... Read More

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Court orders Ifeanyi Ubah's 'release'

Court orders Ifeanyi Ubah's 'release'

The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the Department of State Service (DSS) permission to detain businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah for 14 more days. The secret police agency had arrested Ubah over alleged economic sabotage and illegal sale of petroleum products stored in his tank farm by the NNPC . Read More

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Trump sides with French victor, at least now

U.S. President Donald Trump's tiny hand got rekt by newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron in their meeting on Thursday. French sources said the two presidents would meet for about an hour to discuss a series of pressing issues - the Ukraine crisis, Syria, North Korea, the economy and the Paris climate agreement which Trump has bluntly dismissed. Read More

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Pope Francis Met With Donald Trump

Pope Francis Met With Donald Trump

However, it sounds like the Pope wasn't the only one unimpressed with his meeting with Donald Trump as, according to CNN , White House press secretary Sean Spicer was desperate to meet the Pope but failed to receive an invite. Trump said he would read the books. "I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened", Trump said. Read More

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PM Modi condoles loss of lives in Sri Lankan floods

PM Modi condoles loss of lives in Sri Lankan floods

The National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) alerted the public to be vigilant on possible landslides in mountainous areas in Galle, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Matara and Hambanthota districts, Colombo Page reported . The latest flooding was the worst since May 2003 when 250 people were killed and 10,000 homes destroyed after a similarly powerful Southwest monsoon, officials said. Read More

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Sessions' predecessor slams sentencing policy

And even if they opt not to pursue the most serious charges, prosecutors still are required to provide judges with all the details of a case when defendants are sentenced, which could lengthen prison terms. During remarks at the Sergeants Benevolent Association Awards presentation in New York City on Friday , Sessions said his new approach is simply the "right and moral thing to do", noting upticks in violent crime in several cities across the USA and linking those surges to drugs. Read More

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US Airstrike Hits Pro-Assad Militia Forces In Syria

The US said the attack targeted "pro-regime forces. that posed a threat to US and partner forces" in the nearby Tanf base where American troops train what they call "moderate" militants. Two months of USA -backed rebel advances against Islamic State militants have allowed them to secure swaths of territory in the Badia, alarming the Syrian government and its allies. Read More

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Did Melania Dodge Trump's Hand Again?

Did Melania Dodge Trump's Hand Again?

It was unclear what prompted the videotaped moment. He checked out the Western Wall , Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum, and he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Read More

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Indonesia arrests 3 suspects in bombings that killed police

Indonesia arrests 3 suspects in bombings that killed police

Hundreds of Indonesians have flocked overseas to fight with the armed group in Syria and Iraq, and ISIL-linked combatants have been accused of being behind a series of recent plots and attacks across Indonesia. Police had earlier given a different spelling of Salam's name and said he was a different age. Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the incident. Read More

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Indigenous treaty process won't be easy: Turnbull

Indigenous treaty process won't be easy: Turnbull

Now while it's not exactly as widely available as the standard emoji keyboard, Twitter has chose to bring the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander flags to the platform, using certain hashtags. "Overwhelmingly around the country, people are wanting to negotiate a proper settlement between us all". It has called for a "Makarrata Commission" to supervise agreements between Indigenous groups and government and a period of truth-telling about the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait ... Read More

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Police 'stop sharing Manchester bomb intelligence' after series of leaks

Police 'stop sharing Manchester bomb intelligence' after series of leaks

U.S. President Trump vowed on Thursday to bring anyone caught leaking U.S. intelligence to justice after British police stopped sharing information about the Manchester suicide bombing with the United States. "I think he saw children - Muslim children - dying everywhere, and wanted revenge", she said. He said the relationship between the United States and Britain was the most cherished of all US ties. Read More

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Trump declares Palestine ready for peace talks

And so many people I spoke to here, Israelis and Palestinians, said, why should Trump be any different? Trump delivered his remarks alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem , where the two men met to advance peace talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read More

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New developments in Manchester attack probe

But on Thursday the leaks continued, culminating in a New York Times article which included detailed forensic pictures of the crime scene outside the Manchester Arena , including the remains of the bag that Abedi used. Greater Manchester Police Chief Ian Hopkins said Friday there is no place for discrimination and hatred in Manchester and urged people to report any incidents. Read More

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CBO report rips GOP health bill

It comes three weeks after the House passed the legislation with only Republican votes, and as Senate Republicans try crafting their own version, which they say will be different. The Congressional Budget Office , a non-partisan group of experts who analyse United States legislation, said the bill would reduce federal deficits by US$119 billion between 2017 and 2026. Read More

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White House adviser differs with coal-loving president

Trump said during his campaign that he is open to lifting the sanctions , but his ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has said the administration would not lift them unless Russian Federation returns Crimea to Ukraine . President Trump and myself - that we have a common opinion about Russia ", Tusk told reporters at European Union headquarters in Brussels. "Since our last G7 summit in Japan , we haven't seen anything that would justify a change in our sanctions policy ... Read More

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EU's Tusk calls on G7 to maintain Russia sanctions

Cohn said this just days after telling the media that the Trump administration was "looking at" the issue and had not yet arrived at a firm position. President Donald Trump is leaning toward maintaining sanctions against Russian Federation that were adopted by the Obama administration in response to Moscow's alleged interference in the USA presidential election, a senior administration official said Thursday. Read More

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Ariana Grande cancels concerts, suspends world tour after Manchester bombing

Ariana Grande cancels concerts, suspends world tour after Manchester bombing

It comes as British authorities work to uncover the "network" behind the deadly attack, with six men in custody in England and Libya with fears a second attack may be imminent. "We have protected counter-terrorism police funding, we've increased the funding for our security and intelligence agencies and we continue to provide them with the support they need", she insisted. Read More

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With Senate done, House ready to debate budget ideas

With Senate done, House ready to debate budget ideas

Over half of those becoming uninsured, 14 million people, would come from the bill's $834 billion in cuts over 10 years to Medicaid, which provides health coverage to poor and disabled people. "I think it was probably one of the more productive series of conversations we've had with him", said House Speaker Tim Armstead. As "bathroom bills" targeting transgender individuals falter across the USA - rejected even in conservative bastions like Kansas and Arkansas following the upheaval over a ... Read More

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