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30 killed in triple suicide bombing in NE Nigeria

30 killed in triple suicide bombing in NE Nigeria

Kano, Jun 17 : Thirty people were killed late Sunday in a triple suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria, emergency services reported, in an attack bearing the hallmarks of the Boko Haram jihadist group. Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometres (24 miles) from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football […]

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Thais arrest Italian on run after George Clooney conviction

Thais arrest Italian on run after George Clooney conviction

Bangkok, Jun 17 (AP) Thai police said they have arrested an Italian man wanted in his home country after he fled a jail sentence handed down for fraudulently using the name of actor George Clooney to lure people into investing in a bogus clothing company. Thailand’s Crime Suppression Division said in a statement that Francesco […]

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EU drops sanctions threat against Maldives

EU drops sanctions threat against Maldives

Luxembourg, Jun 17 : The European Union on Monday dropped the threat of sanctions against the Maldives, saying the political situation had improved in the Indian Ocean archipelago since President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s election. The bloc introduced a legal framework to allow it to impose restrictions on Maldivian people and entities in July last year […]

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EU states cool on US blaming Iran for Gulf tanker attacks

EU states cool on US blaming Iran for Gulf tanker attacks

Luxembourg, Jun 17: European states on Monday urged caution in attributing blame for last week’s tanker attacks in the Gulf, pointedly refusing to fall in line with Washington’s assessment that Iran was behind the incidents. Several EU foreign ministers arriving for talks in Luxembourg backed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ call for an independent investigation […]

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China stays mum as Hong Kong protests against extradition bill

China stays mum as Hong Kong protests against extradition bill

Beijing, Jun 16: Chinese state media remained largely silent Sunday as hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong people took to the streets to protest against a controversial extradition bill, with social platforms scrubbed clean of any pictures or mentions of the rally. Hong Kong’s government has been rocked in recent days by massive demonstrations — […]

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Damaged tanker arrives at UAE anchorage amid increased regional tensions

Damaged tanker arrives at UAE anchorage amid increased regional tensions

Dubai, Jun 16: A damaged Japanese tanker arrived Sunday at a UAE anchorage site after it was rocked by explosions in Gulf waters as Saudi Arabia accused arch-rival Iran of being behind the attack. The Kokuka Courageous was carrying highly flammable methanol through the Gulf of Oman on Thursday when it came under attack along […]

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British envoy denies Iran summons over tanker attacks claim

British envoy denies Iran summons over tanker attacks claim

Tehran, Jun 16: Britain’s ambassador to Iran on Sunday denied he was summoned by the Iranian foreign ministry after London accused Tehran of “almost certainly” being responsible for tanker attacks in the Gulf. “Interesting. And news to me,” ambassador Rob Macaire said in a tweet a day after the Iranian foreign ministry said in a […]

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Turkey's Erdogan says S-400s delivery for early July

Turkey's Erdogan says S-400s delivery for early July

Ankara, Jun 16:  Turkey expects the delivery of the controversial Russian S-400 missile defence system to begin in July, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying in Turkish media on Sunday. “I believe (S-400s) will begin to arrive in the first half of July. Colleagues in charge of the schedule are following the issue,” […]

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Messi ‘bitter’ as Colombia stun Argentina

Messi ‘bitter’ as Colombia stun Argentina

Salvador: Lionel Messi said his team was feeling bitter after Argentina lost their opening Copa America match 2-0 to Colombia despite dominating the second half. Goals from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata in the final 20 minutes gave Colombia their first tournament victory over Argentina in 20 years as Messi’s hopes of finally landing a […]

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Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of twin tanker attacks

Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of twin tanker attacks

Riyadh: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused rival Iran of twin attacks on oil tankers in a vital Gulf shipping channel, according to excerpts of an interview published early Sunday. “The Iranian regime did not respect the presence of the Japanese prime minister as a guest in Tehran and responded to his (diplomatic) efforts […]

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