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AirAsia flight returns to Australia after mid-air scare

An AirAsia flight from Australia to Indonesia was forced to turn back to Perth after losing cabin pressure, with passengers Monday recounting their terror as oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Air Asia said the plane suffered a “technical issue,” with Australian media reporting that the aircraft had to quickly ...

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Neither Iranians, nor Europeans want to renegotiate nuclear deal

Just like the European allies of the United states, Iranians are also unwilling to reopen the tough nuclear talks that yielded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, says a top senator at the Foreign Relations Committee. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy made the comments Sunday as top national security aides in ...

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Kyrgyz president’s chosen successor leads in presidential election

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev’s chosen successor Sooronbay Jeenbekov was Sunday tipped to win a presidential election, defying predictions of a second round and fears of instability in the Central Asian country. The Central Election Commission said Jeenbekov had won around 55 percent of the vote, with oligarch opponent Omurbek Babanov ...

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Iran denies closing land border with Iraq’s Kurdistan region

Iran has denied reports that the country has closed its land border with the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Region in response to last month’s independence referendum in the region. “As we have already announced, we have closed our airspace to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region at the request of the central government of ...

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14,000 orphans among Rohingya refugees: Bangladesh

A new influx of Rohingya refugees that hit Bangladesh contains around 14,000 orphans, authorities say, as new details emerge of a brutal crackdown in neighboring Myanmar which forced over half a million Rohingya Muslims to flee their homes. Bangladesh’s social services department said Sunday that some 13,751 children without a parent ...

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IMF unfazed by Trump threats over Iran plans

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says its policy in awarding loans to Iran will not change in the wake of increasing US pressures against a landmark nuclear deal that envisages facilitating post-sanctions financial transactions with the country. IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been quoted by media as saying that the ...

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Iran to stop Additional Protocol if JCPOA nixed: Salehi

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the Islamic Republic will stop implementing the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s (NPT) Additional Protocol if the nuclear agreement is nixed. “If the JCPOA collapses, we will suspend the implementation of the Additional Protocol because we are now implementing it voluntarily and it ...

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Bangladesh beefs up border security amid Rohingya concerns

Bangladesh has stepped up security along its western border with India amid concerns that hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees could be pushed into its territory. Lieutenant Colonel Tariqul Hakim, an area commander of the Border Guard Bangladesh, said on Sunday that the Rohingya could be seen gathering opposite the Putkhali ...

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