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US vs Iran: UN official criticizes Sec-Gen Guterres’ ‘weak statement’

A senior UN official, Ms Agnès Callamard, has urged the body’s leadership to “step up” to prevent another war. Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, said the statement of Secretary-General António Guterres was not weighty. Guterres had called for maximum restraint on the rising tension between the U.S. and Iran […]

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U.S. claims responsibility for killing of Gen Soleimani

General Qassem Soleimani: U.S claims responsibility for the killing The Pentagon has said U.S. killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a “defensive action,”. “At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani,” the Pentagon statement said, adding that Soleimani was “actively developing […]

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US 2020: Biden gets major support as Democratic candidate, Castro withdraws

Iowa Democratic Congresswoman, Abby Finkenauer, on Thursday announced her endorsement for former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of the US 2020 presidential race. She becomes the first Iowa Democratic House member to back a candidate in the race. “Joe Biden’s character, record, and commitment to rebuilding the backbone of the country, the middle class is […]

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Iraqi militias lift siege on US embassy in Baghdad

The siege is over at US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. On Wednesday, supporters of Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups who stormed the U.S. Embassy’s perimeter and hurled rocks in two days of protests withdrew. The withdrawal came as Washington dispatched extra troops and threatened reprisals against Tehran. The demonstrators, angry at U.S. air strikes against the […]

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US: White House confirms Putin called Trump, reveal discussion

The White House on Monday confirmed Russian President Vladimir Putin, called U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, to thank him for information that helped foil a potential holiday terrorist attack on Russia. White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, said Putin thanked Trump for information the U.S. provided. “Trump and Putin committed to continuing their […]

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China jails scientist for editing genes of babies

A Chinese court in Shenzhen on Monday sentenced scientist He Jiankui, who claimed to have produced gene-edited babies to three years in prison. He was also fined about $430,000 for violating relevant regulations and ethical principles. He, a former associate professor at Southern University of Science and Technology, was convicted by the Nanshan District People’s […]

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70 suspected IS members arrested

Turkish police detained 70 people suspected of ties to Islamic State in nationwide raids early on Monday, ahead of New Year celebrations. The arrest happened two months after the killing of the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Police rounded up jihadist militants in late December in the last two years, since New Year’s Day in […]

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Putin thanks Trump for foiling terrorist attack in St. Petersburg

President Vladimir Putin has thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump for the tip that enabled Russia to thwart a planned terrorism attack in St. Petersburg. Russian news agencies cited the Federal Security Service (FSB) as saying that thanks to the information, two Russians were detained on Dec. 27 on suspicion of plotting attacks during New […]

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Taliban shadow governor, 20 militants killed

Twenty-one militants, including a Taliban shadow provincial governor, were killed in an Afghan Air Force sortie in eastern Laghman province on Thursday night in a latest raid against the insurgents, the country’s Defense Ministry confirmed on Friday. “A total of 21 Taliban fighters including Zain-Alabidin, the shadow governor of Laghman, were killed in an airstrike […]