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  • China's Xi backs nuclear deal in talks with Iran leader

    June 11, 2018 4:48 AM 3

    BEIJING: Chinese leader Xi Jinping called for the Iran nuclear deal to be "earnestly" implemented as he met the country's president following the US withdrawal from the pact, state media said Monday. Xi met one-on-one with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday following a two-day regional security summit in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao

  • Kurd-Arab council ready for 'unconditional talks' with Syria regime

    June 10, 2018 2:50 PM 5

    QAMISHLI: The political arm of a powerful alliance of Syrian Kurd and Arab fighters announced Sunday it was ready for unconditional peace talks with the central government in Damascus. The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) is linked to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed militia that holds much of the country's north and east. Those areas are outside

  • Nurse survives deadly Australia snake bite using training

    June 10, 2018 4:29 AM 5

    SYDNEY: An Australian nurse has spoken about how he survived a bite from one of the world's deadliest snakes by using medical training to instruct his rescuers as he passed in and out of consciousness. Christian Wright, 33, was bitten on his foot by a brown snake at the bottom of a gorge in a remote part of Karijini National Park some 1,400km north of Perth

  • Dialogue with Trump could be 'constructive': Putin

    June 9, 2018 5:03 AM 5

    MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that dialogue with Donald Trump could be "constructive", in comments released after his US counterpart called for Russia to be re-admitted to the exclusive Group of Seven club of nations. Trump is "a serious-minded person who knows how to listen to people and respond to their arguments," Putin said in a Russian

  • UN Security Council sanctions six human traffickers operating in Libya

    June 8, 2018 1:26 AM 14

    UNITED NATIONS, United States: The United Nations Security Council on Thursday slapped sanctions on six leaders of human trafficking networks operating in Libya, a first for the world body, diplomats said. The process moved ahead when Russia "lifted its hold placed on the Dutch proposal" to include the six people on the sanctions blacklist, a diplomat

  • Russia will stay in Syria 'as long as beneficial': Putin

    June 7, 2018 1:36 PM 5

    MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russian forces would remain in Syria as long as it was in Moscow's interests, despite earlier announcing Russia's mission in the war-torn country was largely completed. "Our military is there to ensure Russia's interests in an important region of the world," Putin said in a response to a question during

  • S. Korea seeks 'early' agreement on ending Korean War

    June 7, 2018 9:40 AM 7

    SEOUL: Seoul is in three-way talks with Pyongyang and Washington for an early agreement on formally ending the decades-old Korean War, it said Thursday ahead of a summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Singapore next week. The 1950-53 conflict ceased with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two sides technically at war, and US President

  • 100 firefighters tackle blaze at central London hotel

    June 6, 2018 3:46 PM 13

    LONDON: A fire broke out at London's Mandarin Oriental hotel on Tuesday, with dozens of firefighters deployed to tackle the blaze that pumped smoke high into the air over the British capital. The fire brigade said "around 100 firefighters are tackling a large fire at a hotel of 12 floors in Knightsbridge", a luxury area of central London where Harrods

  • Palestinian shot dead after throwing rock at Israeli soldier: army

    June 6, 2018 11:02 AM 8

    JERUSALEM: A Palestinian who threw a rock at Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday was shot dead by a soldier, the Israeli army said in a statement. It said the troops were on a search and arrest operation in the village of Nabi Saleh, northwest of Ramallah, when they were attacked by at least 10 stone-throwing Palestinians who hit one soldier

  • OAS passes resolution bringing expulsion of Venezuela closer

    June 6, 2018 5:44 AM 7

    WASHINGTON: The Organization of American States on Tuesday approved a resolution brought by the US rejecting Venezuela's elections, with the move expected to lead to the eventual expulsion of Caracas from the body. The resolution was adopted with 19 votes in favour, four against and 11 abstentions. It declares the May 20 presidential election which saw President