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Pompeo vows cooperation with India but trade, defense issues unresolved

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to reduce heightened trade tension with India on Wednesday, promising a renewed focus on negotiating better ties, but giving few specifics of how they would ov


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Russia to deliver first S-400 missile to Turkey in July: reports

Russia will make first delivery of the S-400 missile systems to Turkey in July, Russian news agencies cited the head of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport saying on Wednesday (June 25), in ac


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Oman to open embassy in Palestinian territories' West Bank

Oman said on Wednesday (June 26) it was planning to open a new diplomatic mission in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and that a delegation from its foreign ministry would go to Ramallah for that purpos


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UAE says convincing evidence needed regarding Gulf tanker attacks

The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday (June 26) that “clear, scientific and convincing” evidence was required on recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf region.


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Iran will speed up enriching of uranium on Thursday after Europe deadline

Iran will speed up enrichment of uranium after a deadline given to European countries to prevent this ends on Thursday, the spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said on Wednesday (June 26),


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Shares in Brenntag drop on report of sale of dual-use chemicals to Syria

Shares in German chemicals distributor Brenntag dropped 4.4% on Wednesday (June 26) with traders citing a media report that the company sold substances to Syria that could go into chemical weapons, am


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Turkish soldier killed in clashes with Kurdish fighters in Syria: ministry

Turkey’s Defense Ministry said one soldier was killed and five were injured during clashes with People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria on Wednesday (June 26).


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US opens debate on Mideast economic plan shunned by Palestinians

The Trump administration sought on Wednesday (June 26) to win support for an economic plan it says will be the foundation for Israeli-Palestinian peace but which Palestinians and many Arabs have dismi


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Nearly a year after currency crisis, unemployed Turks still 'can't dream'

Murat Abi found employment in construction after moving to Istanbul from eastern Turkey four years ago, including at the city’s new airport, which the government heralded as a pillar of the country’s


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On eve of debate, Senator Warren rips Trump on Iran

On the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate, US Senator Elizabeth Warren, rising in public opinion polls, slammed President Donald Trump’s posture toward Iran at a raucous town hall on Tues


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Special Counsel Mueller to testify before House panels on July 17: statement

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who issued a report in April on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, will testify in open session before the House of Representatives Judiciary and In


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Saudi forces say they have captured leader of Yemen branch of Islamic State

Saudi special forces have captured the leader of the Yemeni branch of the Islamic State militant group, the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said on Tuesday (June 25).


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US would not dare violate Iranian soil: Guards commander

The United States would not dare violate Iranian soil, the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division said on Wednesday (June 26), according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.


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Turkish court remands businessman Kavala in jail: lawyer

Prominent Turkish businessman Osman Kavala was remanded in custody on Tuesday, accused of trying to overthrow the government by organizing protests six years ago, his lawyer said.


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House to vote on Saudi arms deals backed by Trump

The US House of Representatives will vote next month on billions of dollars’ worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia already rejected by the Senate despite a veto threat from President Donald Trump.


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Palestinian refugees say Trump cannot bury right of return

A US Middle East peace plan is stirring anger and apprehension in Palestinian refugee camps around the region by raising the prospect that a long-cherished dream of returning to former homes in what i


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Trump threatens 'obliteration' as Iran condemns sanctions on Khamenei

US President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked “anything American” after Tehran said the latest US sanctions had scuttled any chance of diplomacy, calling W


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Iran to take new steps to reduce commitment to nuclear deal on July 7

Iran will take new steps to reduce its commitments under its nuclear deal with world powers on July 7, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said on Tuesday, according


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Syrians returning home to reach one million once safe zone created: Erdogan

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he believed the number of Syrians returning from Turkey to their homeland will reach one million once a safe zone is established in northeast Syria along thei


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Turkey will lose F-35 warplane if Russia arms deal goes ahead, US says

The United States will stop Turkish forces flying and developing its F-35 stealth jets if Ankara goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian air defense system, the US envoy to NATO said on Tuesday (Jun


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