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Iran warns US attack would imperil interests across Mideast Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): Tehran warned Washington Saturday that any attack would see its interests across the Middle East go up in flames after US President Donald Trump said he called off a strike at the 11th hour. The aborted military action was to have been in response to Iran's downing of a US..

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Airlines reroute flights after Iran downs US military drone Friday, June 21st, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airlines rerouted flights Friday to avoid airspace near the Strait of Hormuz after Iran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone there and American aviation officials warned that commercial jetliners could be mistakenly attacked amid..

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Iran says has shot down US drone over its territory: state TV Thursday, June 20th, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Thursday it had shot down a US "spy drone" over its territory after it violated Iranian airspace, according to Iranian state television. "The US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was brought down by its Air Force" in the country's southern coastal..

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US Navy expert: Tanker attack mine resembles Iranian mines Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL, U.S. NAVY 5TH FLEET BASE NEAR FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore “a striking resemblance” to similar mines displayed by Iran, a U.S. Navy explosives expert said Wednesday,..

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Egypt’s former president Morsi quietly buried in Cairo Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

CAIRO, (AFP): Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was buried Tuesday, as the UN backed calls for an independent investigation into the causes of his death after he collapsed in a Cairo courtroom. The Islamist leader, who was overthrown in 2013 after a year of divisive rule..

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Iran says it will break uranium stockpile limit in 10 days Monday, June 17th, 2019

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country’s atomic agency said Monday while also warning that Iran could enrich uranium up to 20% — just..

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Israel PM’s wife convicted of misusing public funds Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Jerusalem, (AFP): An Israeli court Sunday convicted the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which dropped more severe charges. While the ruling cut short a high-profile trial, the Netanyahu family's legal woes are far from..

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US says video shows Iran removing mine from stricken tanker Friday, June 14th, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military released a video Friday it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, suggesting Tehran wanted to hide evidence of its..

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Tankers targeted near Strait of Hormuz amid Iran-US tensions Thursday, June 13th, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were damaged in suspected attacks on Thursday, leaving one ablaze and the other adrift and forcing sailors to evacuate in the latest mysterious incident involving tankers amid heightened..

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Japan premier in Iran as Yemen rebels strike Saudi airport Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

By AMIR VAHDAT, AYA BATRAWY and JON GAMBRELL, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe landed Wednesday in Tehran on a mission to ease tensions between the U.S. and Iran, just hours after Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen launched an attack on an airport in Saudi Arabia, wounding 26..

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US resident released from Iran custody says it eases tension Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

By BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM, BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese man with permanent U.S. residency who had been imprisoned in Iran for years on charges of espionage said Tuesday that he was subjected to “kidnapping, arbitrary detention and a show trial,” adding that his release served to de-escalate..

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Pakistan ex-president Zardari arrested over graft charges Monday, June 10th, 2019

ISLAMABAD, (AFP): Former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari was arrested Monday after his bail application was rejected in connection with a high-profile money laundering case that saw millions allegedly siphoned out of the country. Zardari, husband of assassinated former prime minister Benazir..

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Israel faces possible second election amid coalition crisis Monday, May 27th, 2019

By ARON HELLER, JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament on Monday passed a preliminary motion to dissolve itself. The move further pushed the country toward an unprecedented political impasse, less than two months after elections seemed to promise Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a new..

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Visa Policy Changes: India In Touch With US, Australia Thursday, April 20th, 2017

NEW DELHI: With US President Donald Trump ordering tougher conditions for issuance of H-1B visas and Australia deciding to abolish the 457 Visa system, India on Wednesday said it is in touch with both governments. Indians are the biggest beneficiaries of the two programmes. External Affairs..

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Five Detained Following Self-Immolation in Kardze Town

Police in western China’s Sichuan province detained five Tibetans following the April 15 self-immolation of a 39 year-old father of four, severely beating at least three suspected of close ties to the protest, Tibetan sources say. Three of those taken into custody were identified as Konchok..

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Warrant Against Sanjay Dutt For Non-Appearance In Court Sunday, April 16th, 2017

MUMBAI, (PTI): A local magisterial court issued an arrest warrant against Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt today for not appearing before it to answer a complaint of criminal intimidation filed by producer Shakeel Noorani. "We had sought arrest warrant against Dutt for non-appearance. The court has..

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What Carrie Lam Should Do Next Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

I do not know Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive, very well. She worked for my administration when I was governor there. Diligent and well regarded –..