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Djokovic advances at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS (AFP) – World number one Novak Djokovic won his fourth-round Indian Wells match on Wednesday, defeating Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-3. Djokovic advanced to the quarter-finals of the hardcourt ATP and WTA tournament, where he will face either Dominic Thiem or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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MasterCard warned for violating Iran bans

The US Treasury Department has given a sanctions violation notice to the US payment system MasterCard over an alleged credit card cooperation scheme with two blacklisted Iranian banks.  The Treasury in a statement has announced that its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has identified dormant MasterCard accounts at Iran’s Bank Melli ...

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UN demands inquiry into Saudi bombing of Yemeni market

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an investigation into recent Saudi aerial attacks on a crowded marketplace in Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah, which claimed more than 100 lives. “The secretary general condemns the airstrikes that hit al-Khamis market in Mastaba district in the Hajjah Province of Yemen ...

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Russia demands inquiry into Ankara’s abuse of Kurds’ rights

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for an investigation into reports of the violation of Kurds’ rights by the Turkish government in the country’s southeastern region. The Russian foreign minister made the remarks during a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in the Russian capital, Moscow, on Wednesday. ...

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Palestinian bus crash claims over a dozen lives

At least 19 Palestinian pilgrims have been killed and over 30 others injured in a road accident in Jordan. Casualties occurred when the bus overturned in southern Jordan near the Saudi border on Wednesday, emergency services said. Jordan’s civil defense officials said the driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle ...

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Bahrainis rally against Al Khalifa regime crackdown

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in several areas across Bahrain to vent their anger at the ruling Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown and attacks against political dissidents. On Wednesday evening, demonstrators staged a rally in the town of A’ali, situated about three kilometers (1.8 miles) southeast of the capital, Manama, ...

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Palestinian bus crash claims over a dozen lives

At least 19 Palestinian pilgrims have been killed and over 30 others injured in a road accident in Jordan. Casualties occurred when the bus overturned in southern Jordan near the Saudi border on Wednesday, emergency services said. Jordan’s civil defense officials said the driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle ...

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Moody’s cuts Saudi banking system outlook to negative

Moody’s rating agency has downgraded Saudi Arabia’s banking system from “stable” to “negative” as low oil prices continue to batter the kingdom’s economy. “We expect the operating environment for Saudi banks to weaken over the next 12-18 months,” said Moody’s vice president and senior credit officer, Olivier Panis, on Wednesday. The ...

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