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MasterCard warned for violating Iran bans

The US Treasury Department has given a sanctions violation notice to the US payment system MasterCard over an alleged credit card cooperation scheme with two blacklisted Iranian banks.  The Treasury in a statement has announced that its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has identified dormant MasterCard accounts at Iran’s Bank Melli ...

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Nepal Meeting May Restore Indo-Pak Talks

Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is likely to meet the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawraj in Nepal, on 17th March. This would be the first high level meeting after a long break since the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase in India which resulted in cancellation of the ...

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Hezb-e-Islami says “yes” to peace talks

The recently renewed Afghan Peace Process has apparently achieved a breakthrough as the second largest insurgent group in Afghanistan has accepted the invitation of Ashraf Ghani and agreed to join the direct peace talks with Afghan government. The announcement was made through Hezb-e-Islami official webpage Shahadat on Sunday. It said ...

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1 in 3 Syrian children know nothing but war: UNICEF

More than 200,000 children live in areas of Syria under siege, the report said. AMMAN (AFP) – One in three Syrian children have known nothing but a lifetime of war, UNICEF said Monday, as the country’s conflict enters its sixth year this week. Forced from their homes and schools, orphaned ...

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North Korean submarine goes missing: Reports

US officials claim North Korea has lost contact with one of its submarines, amid ongoing military exercises by South Korea and the United States in the region. Reports on Saturday said the vessel, of an unknown class, was last seen operating off the North Korean coast earlier this week. They cited ...

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Govt. considers homelessness ‘prevention duty’ for councils

The British government is considering changes to the existing law in an attempt to tackle growing homelessness in the country. The interest in a law change comes amid renewed concern in Westminster around rising homelessness. The communities and local government select committee has already launched an inquiry, while a new all-party ...

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Armed Mossad agents found trespassing in Germany

A northern German town has called for reimbursement after pulling the car of two armed Mossad agents out of mud in a forbidden area. A report pertaining to the incident, which took place in the town of Quarnbek in December, was broadcast on Germany’s NDR television station, Haaretz reported on Monday. According to ...

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Houthis, Saudi Arabia involved in negotiations: Report

A London-based newspaper says Saudi Arabia has held direct secret talks with Yemen’s Houthis and agreed to more negotiations in the Jordanian capital. The Rai al-Youm newspaper, edited by prominent Palestinian journalist Abdul Bari Atwan, said on Tuesday that the two sides may hold their next negotiations in a week. According to the paper, UN ...

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