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Kyrgyzstan accuses Kazakhstan of interference

Kyrgyzstan accused Kazakhstan on Wednesday of interfering in its October 15 election after Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev met a Kyrgyz opposition presidential candidate, underlining tensions between the Central Asian neighbors. Nazarbayev’s office said on Tuesday he had met the candidate, Omurbek Babanov, a leader of the Kyrgyz opposition Respublika-Ata Zhurt ...

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UN agency warns Rohingya Muslim refugees ‘at mercy’ of traffickers

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), a subsidiary agency of the United Nations, has warned about the plight of Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, saying they are “at the mercy” of human traffickers in Bangladesh and other areas. Chris Lom, the IOM Asia-Pacific spokesman, said on Wednesday from Bangladesh, ...

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Rouhani censures Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at US President Donald Trump for his “ignorant and spiteful” comments against the Iranian nation. Delivering a speech at the 72nd UN General Assembly session in New York on Wednesday, President Rouhani said the “ignorant, ugly, spiteful literature of the US president, which was full ...

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Iran needs defensive weapons to protect nation: Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani has rejected US criticism of Iran’s national missile program, vowing that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to strengthen its defense capabilities against the backdrop of regional and global threats. At a Tuesday meeting with US media representatives in New York, Rouhani said, “Our people cannot stand ...

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Kyrgyzstan protests Kazakh support for opposition candidate

Kyrgyzstan’s government officially protested on Wednesday after Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Kyrgyz opposition presidential candidate Omurbek Babanov, saying its neighbor was interfering in its October 15 election. Nazarbayev’s office said on Tuesday he had met Babanov, a leader of the Kyrgyz opposition Respublika-Ata Zhurt party, in Kazakhstan, and expressed ...

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Seoul: North Korea must take Trump’s threat seriously

South Korea says North Korea must take seriously a recent threat by US President Donald Trump that the US would “totally destroy” the country if it is forced to. In speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump threatened that if the US “is forced to defend itself or ...

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Velayati: Iran will never accept to renegotiate nuclear deal

A high-ranking Iranian official says the Islamic Republic will never accept to renegotiate the terms of a nuclear agreement it clinched with the P5+1 group of countries more than two years ago. Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international ...

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IAEA reappoints Yukiya Amano to new term as director general

Yukiya Amano has been reappointed as the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and will serve a new four-year-term in office. IAEA Conference President Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson, the Philippines’ permanent delegate to the UN nuclear watchdog, announced the reappointment of Amano at the organization’s 61st General Conference ...

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International diplomacy continues at UN over North Korea crisis

Amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, world leaders and senior officials keep up their diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis over North Korea’s military program. On Monday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the North Korea issue with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in New York, where world leaders and ...

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