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Iran’s Zarif: ‘There will be no meeting’ with US

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday there would be no meeting with the United States in the near future following Washington’s reimposition of sanctions. Asked by the conservative Tasnim news agency if there was any plan to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Zarif ...

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Taliban, Kabul govt both claim embattled Afghan city

KABUL (AFP) – Both Taliban and government forces claimed they were in control of the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni Saturday, after insurgents stormed the provincial capital, triggering fierce fighting. Afghan officials said they were in control of Ghazni late Friday with authorities in Kabul saying security forces were conducting ...

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Death toll from Indonesia quake tops 380

MATARAM, Indonesia (AFP) – An earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has killed 387 people, authorities said Saturday, adding hundreds of thousands of displaced people were still short of clean water, food and medicine nearly a week on. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake Sunday levelled tens of thousands of homes, ...

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Gaza protest toll rises to three: ministry

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – A 40-year-old Palestinian hit by Israeli fire during protests on the Gaza border died of his wounds on Saturday, taking the previous day’s death toll to three, the territory’s health ministry said. He was among at least 131 Palestinians wounded by Israeli bullets during ...

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North Korea has rejected all US proposals on denuclearization: CNN

(News Desk) – North Korea has rejected “repeated” US proposals on denuclearization, considering them “gangster-like”, CNN has reported, citing senior diplomatic sources. The US has made, and continues to make, “specific proposals for starting and proceeding to the end point of fully verified denuclearization,” including a timeline, the broadcaster reported. ...

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