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Lower house of Japanese parliament approves controversial security bills

The lower house of Japan’s parliament has approved controverisal security bills that allow the country’s army to expand its role overseas. On Thursday, Japanese lawmakers voted in favor of the legislation despite widespread criticism from the public and opposition groups. This came a day after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ...

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Iran to step into nuclear trade: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran is to step into trade on peaceful nuclear technology following years of research and development in the nuclear industry.  Zarif made the remarks upon arrival in the Iranian capital, Tehran, early Wednesday following the conclusion of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 ...

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Syrian army troopers deal major blows to Takfiri militants

  Army forces in Syria have carried out mop-up operations against foreign-backed militants across the conflict-ridden Arab country, inflicting heavy losses on them. On Tuesday, a total of 36 terrorists were killed during intense clashes with Syrian troops in the different neighborhoods of the northwestern city of Idlib, located roughly ...

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Health situation critical in Yemen’s Aden: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, saying the health situation is “critical” in the Arab country’s southwestern province of Aden. “The humanitarian and health situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate,” Ahmed Shadoul, the representative of WHO in Yemen, said on Tuesday. The deterioration ...

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Stampede kills at least 22 during India religious festival

HYDERABAD: A government official says at least 22 people have been killed and 10 others injured in a stampede during a Hindu religious bathing festival in southern India. Arun Kumar, a state administrator, says the stampede occurred in Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh state on Tuesday as tens of thousands of ...

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Iranian tourism sees a new dawn

Iran’s tourism is already seeing a resurgence, with foreign hoteliers visiting the country to test the waters for the huge bonanza of an underdeveloped market.  Hotel groups from Germany, Greece, South Korea and Singapore have traveled to Iran in recent weeks for talks, head of the Cultural Heritage Organization Massoud ...

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‘Chinese police kill 3 knife-wielding Uighur suspects’

Police in northeastern China say they have killed three Muslim Uighurs in a clash, saying the ‘knife-wielding’ suspects attacked officers. A fourth suspect, a 28-year-old woman, also sustained injuries during the Monday incident in the city of Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province, local police said in a statement on their microblog. The ...

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