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Iran says missile program ‘non-negotiable’

Monitoring Desk TEHRAN: Iran has denied media reports that it was willing to engage in talks with the U.S. about the country’s ballistic missile program. “Iran’s missiles are absolutely and under no condition negotiable with anyone or any country,” Alireza Miryousefi, a spokesman for Iran’s mission to the UN, said on Twitter. The Associated Press…

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EU: Preserving Iran nuclear deal ‘joint responsibility’

Monitoring Desk STRASBOURG: EU’s foreign policy chief called it a “joint responsibility” to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal, while urging Iran again to stick to the treaty. “Preserving the deal is not only our interest and our responsibility — it is — but it is also a joint responsibility for all around the world,” Federica…

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Catalonian leader warns PM with no-confidence vote

Monitoring Desk MADRID: Catalonia’s government president said his party’s lawmakers would vote against Spanish prime minister in the next week’s vote of confidence in the parliament if the Socialist leader does not propose “to give voice to the people of Catalonia”. In an open letter to the Spanish government published in Catalan daily La Vanguardia,…

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Yemen rebels claim drone attack on Saudi airport

Monitoring Desk RIYADH: Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Wednesday claimed a drone attack on an airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia. In a statement, rebel spokesman Yahia Sarei said the group carried out a drone attack on military targets in the Jizan airport. He claimed that the attack has “led to disruption of aviation at the airport”.…

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US House condemns Trump’s racist tweets about lawmakers

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives voted late Tuesday to condemn racist remarks by President Donald Trump on Twitter about freshmen lawmakers, with four Republicans breaking ranks with him by backing the resolution. The 240-187 vote saw Republican lawmakers Susan Brooks, Brian Fitzpatrick, Will Hurd the sole black Republican in the House caucus…

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Murals tell the story of Sudan revolution

Monitoring Desk KHARTOUM: Inspired by popular protests that swept autocrat Omar al-Bashir from power, graffiti artists have been using the walls in the capital Khartoum to express their aspirations for a better future in Sudan. Everywhere, murals and portraits are painted across the walls documenting protests that began in December against al-Bashir’s regime and eventually…

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US signals to mediate SK-Japan trade dispute

Monitoring Desk ANKARA: A top US diplomat Wednesday said that Washington will do “what it can” to resolve trade war between its two close allies South Kora and Japan. “The US places a great priority on strengthening relations between our country and our two close allies between the RoK and Japan. The truth is no…

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Iraq: Turkish diplomat martyred in armed attack in Erbil

ERBIL, Iraq (AA): A Turkish diplomat has been martyred in an armed attack at a restaurant in Erbil, Iraq on Wednesday. According to the restaurant owner, the attacker — in plainclothes and carrying two guns — targeted the Turkish diplomats dining in a restaurant in Erbil. One Turkish diplomat, who was working at Turkey’s Consulate…

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UK urges Russia to take responsibility for MH17 downing

LONDON (AA): Britain on Wednesday reiterated its support to demands from the Russian government to “accept state responsibility for the downing of flight MH17”. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt paid tribute to the victims on the fifth anniversary of the downing of the Malaysian airplane in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Hunt has announced that the U.K.…

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