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Khamenei aide says US approached him in Kabul seeking talks with Iran

DUBAI An aide to Iran’s supreme leader said on Monday U.S. officials approached him during a December visit to Afghanistan to request talks with Tehran, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, but the U.S. State Department denied the report. Tensions between Iran and the United States have increased since May, …

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Iraqi officials’ alleged ‘secret’ visits stir controversy

BAGHDAD Visits by Iraqi officials to Israel announced by the Jewish state stirred controversy Monday in Iraq, where the deputy parliamentary speaker demanded a probe to identify those who crossed a “red line.” Israel’s foreign ministry said on Twitter on Sunday that three Iraqi delegations visited Israel in 2018, and …

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Hamas says Egypt to close Gaza crossing to Palestinians leaving enclave

RAFAH (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) Egypt will bar Gazans from crossing into its territory from Tuesday, the enclave’s Islamist rulers Hamas said, after the Palestinian Authority withdrew staff from the border point over alleged abuses. The partial closure will raise fears over the impact on Gaza’s two million residents, for whom a …

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Indian Science Congress to change policy on speakers, scrutinize speech content after ‘Kauravas from test-tube’ gaffe

NEW DELHI Facing widespread ridicule after two of its invitees made unscientific claims during their lectures, the Indian Science Congress (ISC) has decided to go for a policy change, which will include stipulating a process of selection of speakers and vetting the content of their speech. The ISC General Secretary …

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Video | ‘They will kill me’: Saudi teen flees family, barricades herself inside Thai hotel room seeking asylum

BANGKOK An 18-year-old Saudi teen who fled her family and barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport hotel to prevent being expelled by Thai authorities has left the airport after talks with the United Nations refugee agency, an official said on Monday. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun has been at Bangkok’s international airport …

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Imran Khan ‘begging’ for funds around the world: Sindh CM

KARACHI Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been criticised by the Chief Minister of Sindh province for travelling around the world to “beg” for financial support for the cash-strapped country which is currently battling serious economic crisis. Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to …

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Youngest US congresswoman launches term with radical plan to tax the ultra-rich at 70 per cent

WASHINGTON Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez began her term as the youngest woman ever elected to the US Congress with a bang this week by proposing to tax the ultra-rich at 60 or 70 percent. The daughter of hardscrabble working-class parents, the 29-year-old New Yorker was working toward making good on a campaign …

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