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The next American war

Munir Akram THE odds are growing that the next American war will be against Iran. Of the three countries designated by the US as the ‘axis of evil’, Iraq was invaded; North Korea has agreed to an uncertain process for ‘denuclearisation’; Iran remains regionally powerful and defiant. Former US President …

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Iran’s Chabahar port is where Asian and Middle Eastern rivalries collide

By James M. Dorsey Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar was Inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi …

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UAE freezes accounts of nine Iranian individuals and entities

Abu Dhabi placed the nine on its list of ‘terrorists’ for suspected connections with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards. The UAE Securities and Commodities Authority has ordered companies to identify and freeze the accounts and assets of nine Iranian individuals and entities the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has placed on its …

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125 illegal migrants deported from Oman in a month

Muscat: A total of 60 illegal migrants were arrested, while 125 were deported in May by Royal Oman Police (ROP). According to statistics released by the Directorate of Combating Infiltration in the Directorate General of Operations, “Throughout the month of May, in cooperation with other military and security authorities, 60 …

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Oman sees foreign population shrink by 43,500

The sultanate has banned the recruitment of foreigners in some sectors Oman has seen nearly 43,500 foreign residents leave the country over the last year, according to official figures. National Centre for Statistics and Information data showed there were than 2.077 million foreign residents in the country on June 17 …

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Russia thrash Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

MOSCOW: Finally let loose after a year-long diet of international friendlies, hosts Russia roared their World Cup intent to the rafters on Thursday with a 5-0 tournament-opening win over Saudi Arabia. The Russians served up an adrenaline-fuelled performance for an 80,000-capacity Luzhniki crowd which included President Vladimir Putin and the …

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Iran and Donald trump exchange barbs over higher oil prices and sanctions

‘This is business Mr Trump, we though you knew it,’ Iran’s representative said US President Donald Trump blamed the global oil export organisation for high oil prices, but Iran retorted it was the US leader’s fault for suddenly pulling away from the nuclear deal with the country. Mr Trump, on …

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Qatar takes UAE to U.N. human rights court over boycott

LONDON (Reuters) – The government of Qatar said on Monday it was taking the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations’ International Court of Justice over what it described as human right violations. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar in June 2017, severing diplomatic …

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‘You are my voice’: Kurdish leader campaigns from Turkish jail

ANKARA: Turkey’s leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas is facing not only President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in this month’s presidential elections but the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of having to campaign from jail. Demirtas, the former co-leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and still by far its most prominent figure, has …

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Netanyahu to leave for Europe: Iran top of the agenda

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will leave, tomorrow (Monday, 4 June 2018), for a round of diplomatic meetings in Berlin, Paris and London. He will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel tomorrow, with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday and with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday. In London the …

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