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Iraqi protesters torch government building in Basra as protests over poor services continue

BASRA (IRAQ) Protesters set fire to the main government building in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Wednesday, security sources said, amid growing unrest over poor basic services. Demonstrators also blocked the road from the oil hub of Basra to Baghdad to express anger over electricity outages, unemployment and …

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Zarif says Trump to ‘abuse’ Security Council presidency to slam Iran

DUBAI Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday of planning to “abuse” the presidency of the U.N. Security Council to criticize Tehran, Washington’s arch-foe. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that Trump would chair a U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran this month …

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Trump not concerned with meeting Rouhani, says Iran in ‘turmoil’

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he remained open to the possibility of talks between Washington and Tehran, but said Iran was in turmoil and struggling to survive. “Iran is in turmoil right now. They’re in total turmoil,” Trump told reporters before a meeting with Kuwait’s emir, without …

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Trump says he did not discuss assassinating Syria’s Assad

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not discuss assassinating Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, disputing an account in a forthcoming book by journalist Bob Woodward. Trump, speaking to reporters during a visit with Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, said a possible assassination was “never even …

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At least 20 killed as twin suicide blasts rock wrestling club in Kabul Shi’ite neighborhood

KABUL At least 20 people have been killed including two Afghan journalists after twin blasts at a Kabul wrestling club on Wednesday that left another 70 wounded, officials said, in the latest assault on the capital. An hour after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the sports hall in …

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Watergate journalist’s book claims Trump wanted Assad assassinated

WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated last year but his defence secretary ignored the request, according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders to limit what they saw as damaging and dangerous behaviour. Excerpts from the book, …

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