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UN bans 4 more North Korean vessels from international ports

The United Nations has banned four more North Korean ships from entering international ports for breaching sanctions against Pyongyang, bringing to eight the total number of the Eastern Asian country’s blacklisted vessels. The UN Security Council voted on Thursday to deny international port access to the four vessels – the Ul ...

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Iran’s Asia oil exports skid to lowest since April 2016

The latest official figures show that imports of Iranian crude oil by major buyers in Asia tumbled 29 percent in November from the same month a year ago to the lowest volumes since April 2016. In total, China, India, Japan and South Korea imported 1.36 million barrels per day (bpd) ...

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Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung makes biggest 2017 eruption

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano experienced its biggest eruption of the year this week, spewing clouds of gas and showering ash into the sky, a local official said Friday. The volcano, which roared back to life in 2010 after four centuries of silence, has been erupting steadily since 2015, displacing more ...

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Bangladesh to repatriate 1st group of Rohingya Muslim refugees

Bangladesh has prepared for the repatriation of 100,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar under an agreement between the two countries. Obaidul Quader, the Bangladeshi minister of road, transport and bridges, told reporters on Friday that the first group of the Rohingya would be sent back to Myanmar by January 23. The ...

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Republican senators skip Russia trip after Kremlin snubs Shaheen

Two Republican senators scrap a Russia visit as their Democratic colleague is denied a visa. A spokesman for Russia’s embassy in the US said Saturday that New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen had been rejected as she was blacklisted by the Kremlin as a response to the US sanctions on Moscow, Politico reported. ...

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20 killed in Saudi airstrike in Yemen’s Hudaydah province

At least 20 people have been killed after warplanes belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition hit a residential locality in Yemen’s western province of Hudaydah. Yemen’s official SABA news agency, citing local sources, reported that Saudi aircraft targeted three civilian vehicles near a restaurant in al-Jarahi district on Saturday. Earlier ...

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