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Ghasemi Says Regional Conditions Draw Turkey And Iran Closer

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Turkey will take "stronger steps" over the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum held last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. Baghdad imposed a ban on all global flights to Kurdish airports on Friday prompting an exodus of foreigners. The nonbinding referendum - in which the Kurds voted more than 90 percent in favor of a break with Iraq - will not immediately result in independence. Read More »

New ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman meets with Putin

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Tempers were somewhat more subdued on Tuesday at a ceremony in the Kremlin's St. Alexander Hall, where Putin received credentials from more 20 foreign diplomats, including Huntsman. "We are the masters of our country!" Huntsman takes the high-profile job amid investigations into alleged meddling by Moscow in last year's USA presidential election. Read More »

French MPs to vote on tough anti-terror law

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The game was attended by 50,000 people later in the day who saw PSG, including the world's most expensive footballer Neymar, win 6-2. Some are known to police for belonging to a radical movement, the source added. "Blowing up a building in a chic neighbourhood of Paris - is this not a sign that no one is safe?" France remains under a state of emergency following a series of bomb, shooting and stabbing atrocities carried out by Isis operatives. Read More »

Makeshift bomb found outside luxury Paris flats

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It was found when a local resident of the building in RueChanez called the police shortly before 4.30am on Saturday'. 'Five suspects were arrested at the scene, including a known radical with links to Islamist movements'. Two of the men blew themselves up with the loss of one innocent man, while a third bomber ran away, dumping his explosives later on. Mr Collomb said that the building where the bomb was found could have been the main target, but no theory was yet being ruled out. Read More »

Keith Urban describes telling his daughter about the Las Vegas shooting

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Keith Urban led the vigil, hosted downtown at Ascend Ampitheather, and performed a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's " Bridge Over Troubled Water " for a crowd of around 600 supporters. "Country music, they call it an industry", he said. Those aren't the candles that matter, those aren't the lights that matter. According to authorities, a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino onto a crowd of concert goers as Jason Aldean played on the stage. Read More »

Palestinian government meets in Gaza for first time since 2014

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While Hamas and Fatah are making progress in their reconciliation process and the PA government is on its way back to the Gaza Strip, the United States administration makes it clear that "Hamas can not be part of the Palestinian Authority government without accepting the principles of the Quartet", Walla reported on Tuesday. Read More »

Three killed by Pak firing in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch sector

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Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Ministry summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner and condemned the "unprovoked ceasefire violations" by the Indian forces in Rukh Chakri and Rawalakot Sectors on September 30 and October 2 respectively. Kashmiri resistance groups in Jammu-Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan. Meanwhile, in Keran sector, security forces have foiled an infiltration bid. Read More »

Congressman King Speaks Out On Kurdish Independence Referendum

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Reaffirming support to the incumbent government in Iraq, Pakistan has said that the recently held referendum in the oil-rich country's Kurdistan region "lacks legitimacy". Pressure has been mounting on the Kurds since the vote, not just from Baghdad but also from Ankara, with Turkey threatening a range of measures including cutting off key export routes for the region. Read More »

Myanmar makes 'proposal' to take back Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh

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According to him, both sides made a decision to form a joint working group soon which will draw up plans for the repatriation process or Rohingya refugees. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees expressed alarm over Tuesday's attack and urged Sri Lankans to show empathy for civilians fleeing persecution and violence. Read More »

Trump official calls Puerto Rico response "a good news story"

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Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, who was called on by the Pentagon to lead hurricane relief efforts on Thursday, has said that what is now being done for Puerto Rico isn't enough. Trump incited outrage earlier today when he criticized the Mayor of San Juan - Carmen Yulin Cruz - and accused of her of " poor leadership ". Read More »

Tillerson says USA has direct channels to talk to N Korea

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North Korea is working on a nuclear-tipped missile able to reach the United States mainland, and it will make thousands of refugees move to China, NBC News reported. But with his words the secretary of State was effectively confirming an August story from the Associated Press that claimed the Trump administration was "quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months". Read More »

Palestinian Prime Minister Heads To Gaza As Reconciliation Push

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Hamdallah also added that Hamas' willingness to compromise is important "and we will build more on it". The optics of the arrangement could also become an issue that inhibits the PA's governance, should the populace come to understand that, in reality, it is Hamas pulling the strings from behind the scenes. Read More »

Maharashtra: Narayan Rane floats new party, to support BJP in state

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The now MSP chief Rane was earlier with the Congress Party for 12 years, before which he was a part of Shiv Sena . Rane, however, did indicate he was willing to join the NDA. Rane said the MSP would not champion regional chauvinism or a particular religion or caste. Explaining the objective of his new party, Rane said, "We will focus our politics on development, and work for the common people". Read More »

Tropical Storm Watch issued for parts of eastern North Carolina

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Mandatory evacuations were ordered for visitors to Okracoke and Hatteras islands over the weekend. The Hyde County Sheriff's office said the evacuation began at 5 a.m. The strongest winds are expected north of Cape Lookout and especially over the Outer Banks. Winds of up to 25 miles per hour are expected in Hampton Roads, with gusts as high as 40 miles per hour on the coast. Read More »

Pakistan won't give up its principled stand on Kashmir: Asif

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The Afghan Chief Executive also reiterated an often repeated stand not only of his nation but also of India and of the entire global community that there are no "good" or "bad" terrorists. Abdullah was scheduled to arrive New Delhi today on three-day official visit, during which he had to attend "India Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show" here. Read More »

Muharram observed in Odisha with tazia processions, mourning

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People whip themselves with blades and wear black attires as part of mourning. Shia Muslims mourn on this day for the death of Imam Hussain who was killed in the battle of Karbala in the year 680. She was accused of appeasing Muslims . Chief minister Nitish Kumar paid tribute to Hazrat Imam Hussain and Shaheedan-e-karbala (72 followers) for their sacrifices on the occasion of "Yaum-e-Ashura" (10th day of Muharram) on Sunday. Read More »

Tillerson 'wasting his time' trying to negotiate with North Korea

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Tillerson said the usa was probing North Korea's willingness to talk, and called for a calming of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, adding it was incumbent on the North to halt the missile launches . President Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un have been at a war of words since Trump called him a "little rocket man ". This is the first time Tillerson has ever spoken about USA outreach to North Korea . Read More »

Iran, Iraq to put pressure on Kurds with joint military exercise

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Nearly 93 per cent of Iraqi Kurds who took part in the referendum voted for independence and a formal split from Baghdad to form an autonomous Kurdish region. Monday's vote took place across the three northern provinces of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan - Erbil, Sulaimaniyah and Dohuk - and in disputed border zones such as the oil-rich province of Kirkuk. Read More »

Fatal attack disrupts Marseille train travel

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Interior Minister Gerard Collomb tweeted that he was going immediately to the scene "after the attack perpetrated near Saint Charles train station". Anti-terror officials say they are now investigating any links the man might have had to terrorist organizations. Police declined to speculate about the motives of the killer, who attacked passers-by with a knife, according to local reports. Read More »

Superb Storm to claim NRL premiership

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So, if all those pieces fall into place again and these hypothetical players stick together for the almost two decades required to have a nearly psychic bond with one another - all under one of the best coaches in history - maybe we'll get a repeat. Read More »