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Sweden drops Assange alleged rape investigation

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Sweden discontinued a 2010 alleged rape investigation against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, country’s prosecutors said Tuesday. In a press release, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson gave an update on the Swedish case, saying the investigation has now been dropped. “I would like to emphasise that the injured party has submitted a credible…

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Iran cracks down on ‘ringleaders’ of fuel protests

Monitoring Desk TEHRAN: An Iranian intelligence official has threatened to crack down on leaders of protests against a recent government decision to hike fuel prices. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, the Intelligence Ministry official said those “aiding and abetting” the protests have been identified and a strict action will be taken against them. “We have zeroed…

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‘Turkey to look elsewhere if F-35 dispute continues’

Monitoring Desk ANKARA: Turkey would be forced to “look elsewhere” to satisfy its defense needs if the current dispute surrounding F-35 fighter jets from the U.S. continued, Turkey’s president on Tuesday said he told his U.S. counterpart during a recent meeting. “We said that if the current disagreement on F-35 fighter jets continues, Turkey must…

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5-month-old baby targeted in racist shooting

Monitoring Desk BERLIN: Three refugees and a five-month-old baby were targeted in an apparently racist shooting in central Germany, local media reported on Tuesday. Four suspects fired several shots from the balcony of an apartment, while a group of refugees were walking on a nearby street in the small town Schoeningen in Lower Saxony, Der…

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Pakistan becomes first to announce participation in Turkey’s war games

ANKARA (Agencies): Pakistan has become the first allied country to announce participation in Turkey’s “Mediterranean Shield” drills as Ankara eyes transforming the 13-year-old operation into an international military exercise. Work has been ongoing in Turkey for the past 18 months in preparation for the international exercise. Currently taking part in the Eastern Mediterranean-2019 Invitation Exercise…

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Iranian, Pakistani army chiefs keen on military cooperation

Monitoring Desk TEHRAN: Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that Iran is willing to strengthen relations and cooperation with the regional countries, especially the neighbors. Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with the commander of the Army of Pakistan General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Shamkhani said that the US aims to…

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South African Airways strike continues

Monitoring Desk JOHANNESBURG: A strike by disgruntled employees of South Africa’s national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) continued for a fifth day on Tuesday forcing domestic flights to remain grounded. On Monday the airline said in a statement it is pleased to announce its intention to resume flights to six destinations on the African…

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White House official criticizes Trump call, decries attacks on witnesses

WASHINGTON (Reuters): A White House official testified in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday that a phone call the president made to try to get Ukraine to investigate his political rivals was improper, and denounced attacks on witnesses in the investigation. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the White House National Security Council’s…

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Israeli settlements breach international law: UN

GENEVA (AA): The UN on Tuesday reiterated its position that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories breach international law, as the U.S. make a policy shift on the issue. On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Israeli settlements in the West Bank will no longer be viewed as illegal “per se.”…

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Taliban release US, Australian hostages in prisoner swap

PESHAWAR / KANDAHAR (Reuters): The Taliban released two Western hostages – Kevin King from the United States and Timothy Weeks from Australia – on Tuesday in a prisoner exchange deal with the Afghan government, two Afghan officials said. “The two professors are safely freed and are being taken care of now,” one of the officials…

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