Monday, 19 August 2019

Sputnik

At least 63 killed, over 180 injured In Kabul wedding hall explosion

KABUL: An explosion reportedly occurred at the Dubai City wedding hall, located in the west of Afghanistan’s capital at 10:40 p.m. local time (18:10 GMT), prompting people to leave the targeted area. The interior ministry said Sunday, cited by local media channel, that a suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded ...

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Kim says missile test is ‘warning’ over US-South Korea drills

Pyongyang said in statement that its missile test the day prior was meant as a message to the US and South Korea to cease their military exercises that began earlier this week. Tuesday’s test of two short-range ballistic missiles was “an occasion to send an adequate warning to the joint military ...

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Hong Kong airport cancels 100 flights amid ongoing protests

The Hong Kong International Airport canceled more than 100 flights on Monday morning, according to a statement issued by one of the world’s busiest airports. “Potential circumstances on Monday, 5 August might affect airport operation. The Airport Authority advises passengers to check with their airlines for the latest flight information, ...

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Trump again offers to mediate between Pakistan, India on Kashmir issue

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has again offered to mediate between Pakistan and India on the Kashmir dispute. “If they [Pakistan and India] wanted somebody to intervene or to help them,” Trump said in response to a question from a reporter at the White House about his earlier offer to mediate the ...

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US imposes sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif

WASHINGTON: Mohammad Javad Zarif, with a senior official saying that Washington would not consider him a primary point of contact if it were to negotiate a new nuclear deal with Tehran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ridiculed the United States for its “childish” sanctions on the country’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif following ...

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United States to extend Iran nuclear waivers for 90 days

WASHINGTON: US National Security Adviser John Bolton announced Wednesday that the United States will extend its key sanctions waivers for five Iranian nuclear programs for a total of 90 days. “I think the idea here is we are watching those nuclear activities very, very closely,” Bolton said in an interview ...

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Theresa May to hold emergency meeting on seized oil tanker

LONDON: Outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a meeting of Britain’s emergency committee on Monday to discuss Iran’s seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker, AFP reported, citing May’s office. “As well as receiving the latest updates from ministers and officials, the… meeting will discuss the maintenance of the ...

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Concerned about US-Iran confrontation near Russian border: Putin

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow is deeply concerned about the current confrontation between the United States and Iran, particularly as it is taking place near Russian borders and could destabilize the region surrounding Iran. “This worries us very much because it is happening near our borders. ...

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Iran ready to hold talks with US if sanctions lifted: Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iran is ready to hold negotiations with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and gives up “bullying,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Berlin, Paris and London called for a dialogue between all parties of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying the deal ...

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