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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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Japan probes university exclusion of women

(AFP) – Japan Friday launched an unprecedented probe into gender discrimination at all the nation’s medical universities after a Tokyo medical school admitted altering the entrance test results of female applicants to exclude them. The education ministry has asked all 81 private and public medical schools to check their admission ...

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Taliban raid Ghazni, seize parts of central Afghan city

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Heavy fighting is underway in the Afghan provincial capital of Ghazni following an attack by Taliban militants, with gunfire and blasts ringing out across the city and residents told to stay indoors. Officials and witnesses said Friday the heavily-armed militants had gained control of parts of ...

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Assange mulls appearing before US Senate panel: Lawyer

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for six years, is considering an offer to appear before the United States Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election, his lawyer said on Thursday. “The US ...

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China unveils list of US goods to face additional tariffs

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – China has unveiled a list of US goods worth $16 billion to face additional tariffs of 25 percent, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said, amid an escalating trade tariff spat between the two countries. The Chinese ministry said on Wednesday that the new tariffs will be imposed ...

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Death toll in Lombok quake hits 131, more than 156,000 displaced

MATARAM, Indonesia (AFP) – The death toll from a shallow 6.9-magnitude earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen above 130, officials said Wednesday, with some 156,000 forced from their homes. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake triggered panic among locals and tourists on Lombok on Sunday, just a week after ...

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Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has been officially charged with three counts of money laundering, to which he has pleaded not guilty. Najib was charged at a lower court in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday. The charges were related to three electronic transfers amounting ...

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