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Iran supreme leader Khamenei says ‘obvious mistake’ to negotiate with US, backs Rouhani’s oil blockade

TEHRAN Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday it would be an “obvious mistake” to negotiate with the United States as Washington was unreliable. “The word and even the signature of the Americans cannot be relied upon, so negotiations with America are of no avail,” Khamenei said in …

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Syrian army pushes into Quneitra province as rebels migrate towards opposition-held north

AMMAN The Syrian army and allied forces made advances in the southwest that bring it closer to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as rebels refusing to return to state rule boarded buses for opposition controlled northern Syria, state television and rebels said. The army, backed by a Russian air campaign, has …

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Militants kill 10 Iran Revolutionary Guards at Iraqi border post: Report

DUBAI Militants killed 10 Iranian Revolutionary Guards in an attack on a post on the Iraqi border on Saturday, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, the latest deadly clash in an area where armed opposition Kurdish groups are active. The agency quoted a Revolutionary Guards statement as saying that several …

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Independent candidate commits suicide ahead of Pakistan polls

LAHORE An independent candidate contesting in Pakistan’s July 25 polls to Parliament and the provincial assembly from the Punjab province has reportedly committed suicide over a dispute with his sons, a media report said today. Mirza Mohammad Ahmed Mughal was contesting from NA-103 and PP-103 constituencies in Faisalabad as an independent candidate. He reportedly shot himself dead after …

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ISI pressuring judiciary to get favourable verdicts: Pakistan HC judge

LAHORE A Pakistani high court judge today alleged that the country’s powerful ISI spy agency is pressuring the chief justice and other judges to get favourable verdicts in different cases, including against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Speaking at the Rawalpindi Bar Association today, Islamabad High Court judge Justice Shaukat …

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Zardari, sister among 20 declared absconders by FIA in money laundering case

ISLAMABAD Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) today declared 20 suspects including former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister as absconders in a Rs 35 billion money laundering case, a media report said today. The FIA submitted challan of the case against a famous banker and Asif Ali Zardaris close …

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Amazon, Toyota, Alcoa and others working to counter Trump’s tariff plans

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON Big companies in the United States from Amazon.com Inc to Toyota Motor Corp and Alcoa Corp are working to counter the effect of the Trump administration’s trade policies and to head off new tariffs. Companies are attempting to avoid any confrontation with U.S. President Donald Trump but want …

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Granddad arrested after toddler accidentally shot dead by 4-year-old cousin

SAN BERNARDINO A 53-year-old man has been arrested for child endangerment after his four-year-old grandson got hold of his gun and fatally shot a two-year-old girl in California, police said. The shooting happened in San Bernardino on Friday. Deputies and medical aid arrived and found the two-year-old victim, the cousin …

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