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Macron confident future German government won’t oppose EU reforms

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Macron confident future German government won’t oppose EU reforms

France’s President Emmanuel Macron with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Ralph Orlowski/Pool/AFP France’s President Emmanuel Macron expressed confidence on Friday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s potential coalition partners would not oppose his ambitious plans to reform the European Union. “Support for Europe is in the DNA of both the Greens and the FDP,” Macron told […]

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Trump refuses to certify Iran nuclear agreement

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Trump refuses to certify Iran nuclear agreement

US President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warning he might ultimately terminate it. © Brendan Smialowski, AFP | US President Donald Trump speaks about the Iran deal from the […]

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Al-Moallem: We will always consider Turkey’s presence in Syria as illegal

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Al-Moallem: We will always consider Turkey’s presence in Syria as illegal

Sochi, SANA – Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem said his meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday addressed coordination of political and military issues, in addition to the economic dimension, which has stood out powerfully in the discussions of the bilateral relations. In a statement to SANA following the meeting, […]

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Rouhani hits back at Trump after nuclear deal speech

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Rouhani hits back at Trump after nuclear deal speech

MRouhani said his country “will continue to stick to” the nuclear deal [Reuters Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hit back at his US counterpart, Donald Trump, over his aggressive new strategy towards Iran, saying Tehran will remain committed to a multinational nuclear deal as long at it serves its national interests. Rouhani’s remarks came in response […]

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What will happen if Trump refuses to certify the Iran nuclear deal? 

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What will happen if Trump refuses to certify the Iran nuclear deal? 

Trump has called the Iran deal ‘the worst deal ever’ [Michael Conroy/AP Photo] If Trump refuses to certify, the issue goes to Congress. Legislators will have a non-binding 60 day period to debate the deal. Congress can decide to introduce or restore sanctions. It remains to be seen whether that will happen as several prominent […]

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French and Qatari candidates face off in final vote for top UNESCO job

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French and Qatari candidates face off in final vote for top UNESCO job

The United Nations’ cultural agency will elect a new chief on Friday, seeking someone who can revive UNESCO’s fortunes after the United States and Israel pulled out. © Jacques Demarthon, AFP | The logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris on October 12, 2017. Whoever gets the job […]

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Why these Viking burial clothes had inscriptions to Allah and Ali

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Why these Viking burial clothes had inscriptions to Allah and Ali

Swedish researchers have found references to Allah and Ali on woven silk from ancient Viking graves, a discovery which gives new insight into the link between the Vikings and the Islamic world. One of the woven silk bands. Photo: Annika Larsson The silk costumes were found in boat and chamber graves but had been kept […]

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Egyptian priest killed, second injured in Cairo outskirsts stabbing

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Egyptian priest killed, second injured in Cairo outskirsts stabbing

A priest was killed and a second injured after they were attacked by a man in Greater Cairo, the Coptic Orthodox Church said Arc Priest Samaan Shehata “In an unfortunate incident, archpriest Samaan Shehata of St. Julius’s church in Ezbet Girgis in El-Fashn, along with priest Beymen Moftah, of El-Malak church in Matay, were assaulted […]

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Trudeau turns focus to Mexico in midst of NAFTA tensions

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Trudeau turns focus to Mexico in midst of NAFTA tensions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was to have a bilateral meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto late Thursday.  (SEAN KILPATRICK / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO)   MEXICO CITY—The Liberal government’s approach to foreign policy as a mix of formal and public diplomacy was on full display Thursday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived for his first state visit […]

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Kurds on high alert as Iraqi forces mass near Kirkuk

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Kurds on high alert as Iraqi forces mass near Kirkuk

The Kurdish Regional Government has deployed thousands of troops around the disputed oil city of Kirkuk for fear of an attack by Iraqi government army and militia, a senior official said. Kurdish fighters were instrumental in taking back control of Kirkuk from ISIL [File: AP] “Thousands of heavily armed Peshmerga units are now completely in […]

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