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Daily Archives: December 2, 2016

Iran vows ‘appropriate’ response to US sanctions

Iran says the US Congress’ vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for another decade violates last year’s nuclear accord, adding Tehran will take “appropriate measures” against the decision.     The extension passed the Senate on Thursday, after easily clearing the House of Representatives last month, with a White House official saying President Barack Obama is expected ...

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Rival militant groups clash in Tripoli, eight killed

At least eight people have been killed in heavy clashes between rival militant groups in neighborhoods across the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The clashes occurred on Thursday, when armed groups mobilized heavy weapons, tanks, and trucks and took up positions in several parts of the city. Gunshots and explosions could be heard ...

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Trump team takes issue with Pakistani version of phone talk

WASHINGTON: The Trump transition team has issued its own version of the Sharif-Trump telephone call, saying that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US president-elect Donald Trump did have a ‘productive conversation’ on Wednesday, but it lacked the “flowery language” included in the Pakistani version of this talk. “President-elect Trump and ...

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China closely watching US politics: Pres. Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping says Beijing is watching US politics “very closely” and hopes for “stable and sustained” progress in relations with the United States under the presidency of incoming Donald Trump. Talking to former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger in Beijing on Friday, Xi said a “key moment” ...

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200,000 protest in Indonesia against Jakarta gov.

Some 200,000 Indonesians have taken to the streets in Jakarta in a second, major protest rally against the governor of the capital . They gathered in Jakarta’s National Monument park on Friday, calling for the arrest of Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a who is being prosecuted as a suspect in a blasphemy ...

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PM takes back powers to sack heads of public entities

ISLAMABAD: After three decades of devolution, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government has silently restored powers of the prime minister to sack heads of public sector entities (PSE) without assigning reasons. The government or the prime minister did not have the powers to remove a chief executive officer or managing director ...

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Ukraine launches missile tests near Crimea

Ukraine has declared the start of a two-day, major missile test near the Crimean Peninsula, stirring tensions with Russia, which regards the region as part of its territory. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry made the announcement late on Wednesday, stressing that the tests, launched in the country’s southern Kherson region, to ...

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