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India BJP leaders face conspiracy trial in Babri mosque case

NEW DELHI  – Three senior members of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party including a government minister should face trial over the demolition of a mosque a quarter of a century ago, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. The three are accused of inciting Hindu zealots to pull down the 16th century ...

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Iran, EU sign first-ever nuclear safety cooperation project

Iran and the European Commission have signed the first-ever project for nuclear safety cooperation within the framework of a landmark nuclear agreement signed between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries. The commission said on Tuesday that the €2.5 million project is aimed at improving the capabilities of ...

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Bus fall into ravine kills 26 in Philippines

At least 26 people died Tuesday when the bus they were traveling in apparently lost its brakes and plunged into a deep ravine in a northern Philippine mountain town, in one of the country’s deadliest road accidents in years, officials said. The rest of the more than 50 passengers were ...

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Iran presidential hopeful Raeisi vows strong economic management

A hopeful of the forthcoming presidential election has criticized the ongoing economic situation in the country and “unacceptable” living standards of the people, vowing strong economic management if elected president. “If our economy is not fragile, structures would be amended and we would become resistant against sanctions and threats and people’s business ...

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Iran FM discusses bilateral ties with Georgian officials

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has held meetings with high-ranking Georgian officials on the second leg of his Central Asia and Caucasus tour. Zarif sat down for talks with his Georgian counterpart, Mikheil Janelidze, in Tbilisi on Tuesday, stressing the Islamic Republic’s resolve to boost bilateral relations in various areas. “In ...

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Japan urges ‘peace, pressure’ in North Korea row

Japan’s prime minister has called for a peaceful resolution of tensions involving North Korea but also urged pressure on Pyongyang to force it to abandon its military nuclear program. “It is a matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well as peaceable settlements of the issue,” ...

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Iran to deploy 20k special police forces on Election Day

Twenty thousand Iranian special police forces will be providing security on the day of the presidential election in Iran, a police commander has announced. Hossein Karami, the commander of the Special Units of the Iranian Police Force, said on Monday that efforts had long been underway to ensure that the ...

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Iran Hopes Turkey’s Referendum to Lead to Peace, Stability: Spokesman

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the Islamic Republic respects the outcome of Turkish people’s vote in Sunday’s constitutional referendum and hopes that it will lead to peace and stability in the neighboring country. Speaking to reporters at his press conference in Tehran on Monday, Qassemi pointed to Turkey’s ...

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Afghans protest US dropping of massive bomb

Afghan people have staged a demonstration in the capital, Kabul, to protest the recent move by the United States’ to drop its largest bomb in the country. On Thursday evening, Washington dropped its biggest non-nuclear bomb, the so-called GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), on suspected Daesh targets in the ...

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Iran Eyes Rise in Non-Oil Exports to Neighbors: Zarif

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described a growth in the country’s export of non-oil products, including technical and engineering services, as a main purpose of his tour of regional countries, which has taken him to Turkmenistan. Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in Ashgabat on Sunday night, ...

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