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Obama warns Trump, tells supporters ‘we’ll be okay’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Barack Obama vowed to speak up if Donald Trump threatens core US values and reassured Americans “we’ll be okay” Wednesday, in a political swansong after eight years as president. During his final press conference and public appearance before Trump’s inauguration on Friday, the 55-year-old said he was stepping back but would return to

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Dozens of Iran firefighters feared trapped in building collapse

TEHRAN (AFP) – Dozens of firefighters were feared trapped under the rubble after Iran s oldest high-rise, the 15-storey Plasco building in downtown Tehran, collapsed live on TV on Thursday following a fire. State television said 200 firefighters had been called to the scene and “tens” may have been inside when the building collapsed. Many had

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Iran ‘hostile’ to US involvement in Syria talks

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iranian officials said Wednesday they were strongly opposed to the United States joining Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan next week, local media reported. “We are hostile to their presence and we have not invited them,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late Tuesday, according to the Tasnim news agency. That goes against the

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Syria rebels, regime split on aim of Astana talks

BEIRUT (AFP) – Regime and rebel figures will head to Kazakhstan on Monday for negotiations on ending Syria s brutal war, but will arrive with diametrically opposed approaches to the aims of the talks. Damascus has insisted it will seek a “comprehensive” political solution to the nearly six-year conflict at the meeting, while rebels say they

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UN takes aim at calls for Israeli annexation of West Bank

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Calls for Israel to annex parts or all of the Palestinian West Bank risk destroying prospects for peace, the UN envoy for the Middle East warned Tuesday. Some Israeli ministers have called for an annexation of land earmarked to be part of a future Palestinian state and US President-elect Donald Trump s

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Europe, NATO hit back at Trump

BRUSSELS (AFP) – EU heavyweights Germany and France led a sharp European response to US President-elect Donald Trump Monday after he branded NATO “obsolete” and said more countries would leave the EU after Britain. In a hard-hitting interview with two European newspapers, Trump unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on Europe and criticised German Chancellor

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Five dead in shooting at Mexico music festival

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AFP) – A shooting erupted during an electronic music festival at a Mexican beach resort early Monday, leaving five people dead, including one in a stampede as revelers fled in panic. Fifteen other people were injured in the melee after a gunman opened fire on security guards preventing him from entering

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India ‘incomplete’ without Pakistan’s Sindh: LK Advani

NEW DELHI (Sarzameen News) – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani on Sunday launched a shameless attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty claiming that India was incomplete without Sindh, reported Dunya News. The 89-year-old former interior minister of India said that India was incomplete without Sindh province of Pakistan. Talking at an event, Advani said that

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Bomb blast kills 6 in Afghanistan

NANGARHAR (Sarzameen News) – At least six people were killed on Sunday in a roadside bomb blast in Pachir-wa Gam district of Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Spokesman for Provincial Governor said that a woman and a child are among those killed in the attack while two other civilians were also wounded by the blast. No

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MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) – Iraqi forces have won a string of swift territorial gains in Mosul in the fight against Daesh after months of slow progress, with a senior officer on Saturday laying claim to a cluster of buildings inside Mosul University and another edge of a bridge. Iraqi forces now control the eastern sides

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