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Iran’s top military commander meets Syrian President Assad

The chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. Major General Mohammad Baqeri met with President Assad on Thursday, congratulating him on the country’s recent achievements in its fight against terrorism and expressing hope that the phenomenon will ...

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Hamas censures ‘blatant US interference’ in Palestinian unity efforts

The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has blasted the US of “blatant interference” in Palestinian affairs after Washington said the Gaza-based group should disarm under an emerging Palestinian unity government. On Thursday morning, US President Donald Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, said any Palestinian government must, among other ...

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UN grills Australia over refugees, indigenous people

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has for a second day in Geneva grilled a delegation from Australia over the country’s human rights record, slamming the government’s policies toward refugees and its indigenous population. The Committee condemned the Australian government on Thursday for detaining the refugees who arrive at its shores by ...

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Russian ships in Philippines as Manila diversifies away from US

Five Russian navy ships have arrived in the Philippines to deliver military equipment donated by Russia, amid Manila’s deteriorating relations with the United States. Rear Admiral E. Mikhailov, a Russian commander, said three anti-submarine ships, one landing ship, and a rescue tug docked in Manila on Friday. Two other vessels ...

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Three million Americans carry a gun daily: Study

About three million people in the United States carry a loaded firearm daily, while nine million do so at least once a month, according to a new study. Most of these gun-toting Americans are young men, live in the Southern US states, self-identify as politically conservative, said the study by ...

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‘Pollution causes one in six of all deaths worldwide’

Pollution caused nine million deaths in 2015 — three times more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined — scientists said on Thursday, calling for governments in poor countries to act. India fared worst, with 2.5 million people dying early because of pollution, followed by China with 1.8 million deaths, according to The Lancet Commission ...

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Putin says West has betrayed Russia’s trust

Russian President Vladimir Putin has directed scathing criticism at the West — the United States in particular — saying it had repeatedly betrayed Moscow’s trust. Speaking at a discussion with Western academics in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Thursday, President Putin listed Moscow’s many grievances against the West. Asked ...

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