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2.5 Million Muslims Begin Hajj Pilgrimage

Hajj

MECCA, Saudi Arabia – Muslims gathered from around the globe in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia have begun this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. According to local media, about 2.5 million believers are participating in the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which started on Friday. Each and every able-bodied Muslim, male …

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Iran Urges UN Chief to Push US Sanctions Against Foreign Minister

Iran

TEHRAN – Iran on Tuesday urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to pressurize the United States after imposing sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, calling the move a “dangerous precedent”. In a letter to Guterres, Iranian Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi accused the United States of “blatant violation of …

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North Korea Fires Short-Range Missiles Into the Sea

North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea on Thursday launched two short-range missiles into the sea, expressing anger at joint US-South Korean joint military exercises, TRT reported Thursday. It was the first missile test in the North since an impromptu meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim …

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IMF Assesses Pakistan’s Financing Need at $25.5b

IMF

ISLAMABAD – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has assessed Pakistan’s gross financing requirement at $25.5 billion in this fiscal year on the back of mounting debt repayment whereas the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has indicated that it will provide $10 billion over a period of five years, Express Tribune reported …

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Russia Wants to Restore Relations with EU: Putin

Putin

MOSCOW – Russia is interested in restoring full-fledged relations with the European Union, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sputnik reported Thursday. “We are interested in restoring full-fledged relations between Russia and the European Union; in preserving peace; in ensuring security and stability on our common continent,” Putin told an …

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Iran will Enrich Uranium to ‘Any Amount We Want’: Rouhani

Rouhani

TEHRAN – Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani warned European partners in its faltering nuclear deal on Wednesday that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to “any amount that we want” beginning on Sunday, Putting pressure on them to offer a way around intense U.S. sanctions targeting the country, AFP reported …

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