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Rouhani sees Iran, Iraq expanding trade despite US sanctions

DUBAI Iran and Iraq could raise their annual bilateral trade to $20 billion from the current $12 billion, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, despite concerns over the impact of renewed U.S. sanctions. Rouhani’s remarks, after a meeting with visiting Iraqi President Barham Salih, came two weeks after the United …

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US-led anti-Islamic State coalition raids kill 43, mostly civilians in east Syria: Monitor

BEIRUT US-led coalition air strikes Saturday killed 43 people, mostly civilians, in an Islamic State group holdout in eastern Syria in the latest deadly raids reported there this month, a monitor said. Elsewhere, regime forces retook the last IS foothold in the country’s south when the jihadists withdrew into the …

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Islamic State loses holdout in south Syria, faces deadly air raids in east

BEIRUT Syrian regime forces retook control of the last southern holdout of the Islamic State group Saturday, as a monitor said air strikes killed dozens in a remaining jihadist pocket in the country’s east. More than seven years into Syria’s grinding civil war, multiple forces are battling to push IS …

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Indonesian woman gets jail after exposing philandering boss

JAKARTA An Indonesian woman who exposed her cheating boss has been slapped with a six-month jail term for her trouble. The supreme court’s shock ruling overturned an earlier court decision that had cleared the woman, Baiq Nuril Maknun, of breaking a controversial law against spreading indecent material. “I’m saddened and …

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Trump visits fire-wracked California as more than 1,000 missing

PARADISE, CALIFORNIA (US) President Donald Trump arrived in California Saturday to meet with officials, victims and the “unbelievably brave” firefighters there, as more than 1,000 people remain listed as missing in the worst-ever wildfire to hit the US state. Two huge blazes have created a serious smoke problem across vast …

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Facebook investors want Mark Zuckerberg to resign

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook investors have increased pressure on Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to step down after a New York Times investigation suggested that the social network hired a Republican-owned political consulting and PR firm that “dug up dirt on its competitors”. According to a report in The Guardian on Saturday, Jonas Kron, Senior Vice President at Trillium Asset Management which owns a substantial stake in …

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