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Daily Archives: August 5, 2017

Rouhani sworn in for 2nd term as Iran president

Hassan Rouhani has been sworn in as Iran’s 12th president in the Iranian capital in the presence of the country’s high-ranking officials as well as leaders and senior politicians from around the world. The inauguration ceremony opened at the Parliament building in Tehran on Saturday with delegates from more than 100 countries, including several ...

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Brazilian troops launch crackdown on Rio slums

Heavily armed Brazilian army troops and police have launched a pre-dawn crackdown on gangs operating out of slums across Rio de Janeiro, following a steep rise in crime. Five favelas were targeted by the combined forces in a swoop that started in the small hours, the Rio state security service ...

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Smash hit ‘Despacito’ becomes most viewed YouTube video

NEW YORK  – “Despacito” — the racy Spanish-language global smash hit throbbing with sexual innuendo — racked up another record Friday, supplanting “See You Again” as the most watched video on YouTube. As of early Friday afternoon on the US East Coast, “Despacito” had logged 2.995 billion views on YouTube, ...

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116 players shortlisted for next round of hockey trials

ISLAMABAD  – A total of 116 players have been selected from different centers across the country for next round of trials to be held in Lahore’s Johar Town Stadium. Recently, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) conducted country wide open trials for junior hockey players. Around 575 players appeared at the four ...

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Dublin wants bridges, not borders: Ireland PM

Republic of Ireland Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has voiced his opposition to Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the European Union. We want to build “bridges not borders”, Varadkar said in Belfast, Northern Ireland at Queen’s University on Friday. Varadkar reiterated a preference for Britain to remain part of the EU, and ...

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South Korea’s SK inks €1.6 billion Iran refinery deal

South Korea’s SK Engineering and Construction Co (SKEC) signed a heads of agreement on Saturday for a 1.6 billion euro upgrade of the Tabriz refinery in northwest Iran, the Shana news agency said.  South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun, who is in Tehran to attend President Hassan Rouhani’s swearing-in, oversaw ...

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South Korean FM says open to meeting North Korean counterpart

South Korea’s new foreign minister has expressed readiness to meet and discuss inter-Korean issues with her North Korean counterpart on the sidelines of a security summit in the Philippines. “If there is an opportunity that naturally occurs, we should talk,” Kang Kyung-wha told reporters as she landed in Manila on ...

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Indian troops kill three Kashmiri militants in gunbattle

At least three militants have been killed in a gunfight with Indian forces in the disputed Himalayan region, triggering new protests against the Indian rule. India’s Police Inspector-General Muneer Ahmed Khan announced on Saturday that the gun battle broke out after government troops raided a cluster of homes in the ...

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