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Pence Says Trump ‘Will Never Allow Iran to Obtain A Nuclear Weapon’


WASHINGTON – US Vice President Mike Pence in remarks delivered to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday in Maryland called the Islamic Republic of Iran, the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world, Radio Farda reported Saturday. Speaking about President Donald Trump’s efforts to make the United States …

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Global Internet Freedom Declines for Eighth Consecutive Year

Freedom House

WASHINGTON – Freedom House report finds more and more countries are cracking down online, Internet freedom around the world has declined for the eighth consecutive year, raising fears that state censorship online is becoming the norm rather than the exception, the Week reported Friday. The website says that a new …

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UN Agencies Warn of Human Loss if Malnutrition not Ended


BANGKOK, Thailand – Four specialized agencies of the United Nations on Friday warned of a colossal human loss to Asia and the Pacific and its economies if countries in the region do not recommit themselves to ending all forms of malnutrition and achieving zero hunger by 2030, Relief Web reported. …

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Pakistan, China are ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partners’: Qureshi


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that Pakistan and China are “all-weather strategic cooperative partners. According to Pakistan Today, Qureshi was chairing a preparatory meeting via video conference with the Pakistani ambassador to China regarding the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to the country. …

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UN Envoy for Syria to Hold Talks with Iran, Russia, Turkey

UN envoy

NEW YORK – The UN envoy for Syria Stefan De Mistura is seeking meetings with Iran, Russia and Turkey as guarantors of Astana peace talks, IRNA reported Wednesday quoting, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General Stéphane. According to IRNA News, ‘The Special Envoy looks forward to hosting within the context …

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Oil Prices Climb for First Time in Three Days, But Trade War Fears Drag

Oil prices

TOKYO – Oil prices climbed for the first time in three days on Wednesday, but rising supply and fears over the outlook for demand amid the US-China trade war kept pressure on the market, Reuters reported. The website said, that Brent crude futures had gained 52 cents, or 0.7 percent, …

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Russia Plans Missile-Firing Exercise Off Norway Amid NATO Drills


STOCKHOLM, Norway – The Russian Navy plans to test missiles in international waters off Norway’s coast this week, Norwegian and NATO officials say, as the Western military alliance conducts its largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War, Daily Sabah reported on Tuesday. The alliance was informed last …

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EU Ramps Up Navies to Counter Russia, Germany Takes the Lead: Reports


MOSCOW – The European Union (EU) states have started major naval exercises in the Baltic Sea, with Germany taking a leading role; they are preparing themselves for the Russian threat, Sputnik reported Monday. The nations of Europe seem to be bulking up their navies, and Germany is taking the lead …

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World Needs Non-Proliferation Treaty for Ocean Pollution: Kerry


NUSA DUA, BALI – Former US secretary of state John Kerry said on Monday that the world must step up cooperation to fight climate change the same way it did to thwart nuclear war, the Straits Times said Monday. He said at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, “In the …

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Lion Air Plane Crashes Into Sea with 189 on Board

Lion Air

JAKARTA – Lion Air passenger flight, with 189 on board, crashed into the sea on Monday morning after minutes of take-off, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said. The flight that took off from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra crashed into the sea. A …

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