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Rouhani: US made 11 attempts to negotiate with Iran in last two years

The United States has made 11 attempts to begin negotiations with Iran in the last two years, all rejected by Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

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Al Saud is the official sponsor of Israel

The US president, Donald Trump, removed the last fig leaf from the Saudi government as a whole, not just Mohammad Bin Salman, when, in his most recent speech, he said, “If you look at Israel, Israel would be in big trouble without Saudi Arabia. We have a very strong ally in Saudi Arabia. The fact is that Saudi Arabia is tremendously helpful in the Middle East, if we didn’t have Saudi Arabia we wouldn’t have a big base.”

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Number of injured in 6.3 magnitude Iran quake rises to 634

Iranian state television says the number of injured people from the last night’s magnitude 6.3 earthquake in the country’s west has risen to 634.

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UK development aid money spent to support fracking in China

Over the last two years, £۲ million of UK state funding that was earmarked as developmental aid was spent to facilitate fracking at 16 plants in China, Brazil, Mexico, and India.

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OPEC & non-OPEC States are Producing Too Much Oil to Reverse Crude Price Decline, GI Markets Survey Says

The OPEC and non-OPEC alliance of 25 countries are currently producing too much oil to reverse an oil price decline that has seen Brent crude fall by about $10 a barrel over the last month and reduce their total revenue by $500 million a day, according to 66% of respondents to a Gulf Intelligence GIQ Oil Markets Survey of 100 energy industry professionals.

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War on terror left half a million dead in 17 years, says report

War-related violence has killed 65,000 people in Pakistan in the last 17 years, including 23,000 civilians, 9,000 security personnel and 90 American contractors, says a report released on Thursday. The rest of the casualties were anti-government fighters.

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Trump Try to Force Iran into an Open Confrontation

WITH the latest set of sanctions targeting Iran, the US has just performed the last rites of the JCPOA, as the 2015 nuclear deal is formally known.

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India risks ‘losing’ Africa to China

India and China have competed for influence in Africa for decades. But in the last 10 years, New Delhi has been left far behind by Beijing’s dramatic push, spearheaded by cheap loans, huge infrastructure projects and widespread investments in natural resources.

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Is it the end of Turkey-US partnership?

There have been a lot of questions about the future of the Turkish-American partnership for the last few weeks.

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Will Trump make NATO obsolete?

Spare a thought for NATO officials and diplomats. They have spent the last six months preparing a summit that could be rendered irrelevant in a matter of days. It’s not that the meeting — focused on new measures to reinforce Europe in a crisis — is unimportant.

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Exit strategy: will US troops leave South Korea?

The massive Yongsan Garrison in central Seoul has seen a near-continuous presence of foreign military since the Korean Peninsula was annexed by the Japanese in 1910. Prior to that, it housed troops from the Qing Dynasty who had been sent to help the last rulers of Joseon put down peasant rebellions in 1882 and 1894.

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Uneasy calm descends on Syria as world powers decide country’s future

Rebel-controlled Deraa in the south of Syria has been part of a de-escalation deal for almost a year. In the last week, however, the Syrian air force has dropped leaflets on the area’s residents that read: “The men of the Syrian army are coming. Take your decision before it is too late.”

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The death of ‘business as usual’ in the EU

European integration was once thought of as a largely technocratic process built around consensus, but the last decade has seen the work of the EU’s institutions become heavily politicised. Presenting evidence from a new study, Reinout van der Veer highlights just how pervasive the effect of this politicisation has been.

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Mexican owner of plane in Havana crash has been subject of two complaints

The Mexican charter company which owned the plane that crashed in Havana on Friday, killing 110 people, has been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews’ performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba’s national airline.

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The Latest: Syrian army says it has retaken eastern Ghouta

The Syrian army has declared the eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus “fully liberated” after the last group of gunmen left the town of Douma.

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