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China Opposes US Unilateral Sanctions on Iran: Ministry of Commerce

China

BEIJING – China is opposed to unilateral US sanctions against Iran, and oil control measures will only worsen global energy market volatility, Reuters reported quoting the Ministry of Commerce. President Donald Trump on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on Iran on the revenue from its industrial metals exports in Washington’s latest …

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EU Elections Will Not Make Brexit Easier for Anyone Involved

European

LONDON – Former Deputy Prime Minister and Tory peer Michael Heseltine said he will not vote for his party’s candidate in European elections if they are a Brexiteer, Inews reported Wednesday. Speaking to the BBC’s Newsnight program, he said his belief that Brexit is damaging to the UK’s national interest …

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Calls Israel A “Racist Regime”

Democratic Party

SOUTH CAROLINA – With 22 candidates declared to the presidential election of the Democratic Party for 2020, the candidates are looking for a way to distinguish themselves from the crowd, Reuters reported Wednesday. A decidedly long-term candidate did just that this week, landing a fiercely anti-Israeli stance, calling the Israeli …

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Pakistan Appoints IMF Official as the New Central Bank Governor

Central Bank

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s newly chosen governor of the central bank on Sunday joined the country’s economic team to negotiate a fresh loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is considered central to reviving the country’s badly ailing economy, Asian Review reported Monday. Reza Baqir, the …

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North Korea Fires ‘Short-Range Projectiles’ in the East Sea

North Korea

PYONGYANG – North Korea fired several unidentified short-range projectiles on the sea off its east coast, South Korean chiefs of staff said, likely sign of Pyongyang’s growing frustration at diplomatic talks blocked with Washington aimed at providing coveted sanctions relief for nuclear disarmament, Al-Jazeera reported Saturday. The South Korean military …

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Iran Envoy Vows Suitable Reaction to US Wrongful Acts Vs Iran

Iran

NEW YORK – Iran’s permanent envoy to the United Nations said on Saturday that Iran reserves the right to counter US wrongful acts against Iran including US measures to inflict heavy damages on Iranian economy, IRNA reported Saturday. Commenting on US recent acts such as ending waivers on Iran oil …

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Russian-Syrian Offensive in Northwest Syria Escalates

Syria

WASHINGTON – Syria and its ally, Russia, continued their offensive in Idlib Province and northern Hama Province on Thursday, in advance of talks on Syria to be held Friday in Geneva. Their assault targets areas of north-western Syria that had been declared a de-escalation zone in an agreement reached last …

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is Engaged

Jacinda Ardern

WELLINGTON – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern got engaged to her long-time partner Clarke Gayford over Easter weekend, reports the Associated Press. A spokesman said the pair got engaged in the beach town of Mahia on the country’s North Island but declined to give further comments, after reporters noticed …

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