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Defense Coop. Between Iran, Iraq to Restore Regional Stability, Security

Iraq

TEHRAN – Iranian Minister of Defense Brigadier General Amir Hatami said that defense cooperation between Iran and Iraq will establish stability and security in the region, Mehr News reported Thursday. He made the remarks on Thursday in his meeting with visiting navy and air force commanders of Iraq Army. Hatami …

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China, US Begin the Latest Trade Talks After The “Good” Working Dinner

China

BEIJING – China and the United States began their latest negotiations on Wednesday to end a bitter trade war after US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he had organized a “good” dinner for working with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, Reuters reported Wednesday. Mnuchin, along with US Trade Representative Robert …

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Emperor Announces Abdication as Japan Marks the End of the Era

Japanese

TOKYO – Japanese Emperor Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony on Tuesday in his latest speech, as the nation welcomed the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era, TRT world reported on Tuesday. “Today I finish my duties as emperor,” said Akihito as …

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ISIS Releases New Video Purportedly Showing the Group’s Leader for First Time in 5 Years

ISIS

DAMASCUS – The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has released a new video which purportedly shows the leader of the group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi talking about the recent events including the defeat of the group in Baghouz. This is the first time in five years al-Baghdadi …

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US and China Want to Sign Trade Deal By End of May

China

BEIJING – The United States and China are considering two rounds of face-to-face meetings to try to reach a trade deal with negotiators looking for a signing ceremony in late May or early June, Novinite.com said quoting the US state officials. According to people who have requested anonymity to discuss …

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European Parliament Adopts Strict Rules for the Removal of Online Terrorist Content

European Parliament

BRUSSELS – The European Parliament has voted to force social media companies to remove the terrorist content within an hour of receiving the order, The National said Thursday. The bill, which was passed Wednesday night, requires social media companies to remove or deny EU users access to the content. Companies …

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China Welcomes Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir at 2nd Belt and Road Forum

China

BEIJING – China welcomes the participation of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in the Second International Belt and Roads Cooperation Forum to be held in Beijing in late April, Xinhua news reported Wednesday. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks Tuesday during a meeting with the …

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Pakistan’s Economy will Weigh on Growth in the Region: IMF Official

Economy

WASHINGTON – The Pakistani economy is expected to slow considerably and weigh on the overall growth rate of the region, said Jihad Azour, director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund. In a recent discussion on MENAP’s economic prospects (Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan …

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European Parliament Supports Whistle-Blower Law

EU

BRUSSELS – The European Parliament voted in favor of an EU law to protect whistle-blowers on Tuesday, EU observer reported Wednesday. With the widespread support of 591 MEPs, the EU directive lays down rules to protect whistle-blowers from retaliation and provides them with a safe means of reporting breaches of …

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Trump Shows “Reasonable Approach” to S-400: Turkish Minister

trump

ANKARA – US President Donald Trump is demonstrating a reasonable attitude towards the purchase of S-400 Russian air defense systems by Ankara, Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said on Tuesday. “During the meeting, Trump has shown a reasonable approach to the need to buy the S-400, and he may meet …

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