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Tensions high as Albania heads into disputed local polls

TIRANA: Albania will on Sunday hold bitterly disputed municipal polls that have snowballed into a democratic crisis, with the opposition boycotting the vote and refusing to recognise its results. The tense election run-up has seen bouts of violence as opposition supporters attacked polling stations around the country in a bid ...

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Russia suspends Georgia flights after violent clashes

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin has temporarily banned Georgian airlines from flying to Russia amid rising tensions between the two countries. Some 240 people were injured in protests in Georgia. The protests were ignited by the appearance of a Russian MP in the country’s parliament. Mr Putin signed a decree on ...

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UN concerned about rising US-Iran tensions

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations voiced concern about increasingly bellicose rhetoric between the United States and Iran and called on them to dial down their remarks. The appeal came after President Donald Trump on Sunday warned that any attack from Iran would be met with a devastating US response that ...

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US calls back embassy staff in Baghdad as tensions with Iran escalate

BAGHDAD: The US ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil, citing intelligence on a “imminent” threat from Iraqi militias with close links to Iran. The evacuation order came 10 days after President Donald Trump ordered the movement of an aircraft carrier task force ...

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Iran-US tensions escalate as Trump imposes new sanctions

NEW YORK: The United States announced harsh new sanctions on Iran as tensions surge between the decades-long rivals. President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Wednesday to sanction Iran’s steel, aluminium, copper and iron sectors, which provide crucial foreign currency earnings for its crippled economy. Trump also threatened further ...

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Tension between nuclear-armed neighbors in South Asia

The latest confrontation between India and Pakistan involving tit-for-tat air raids has heightened tensions in South Asia. To begin with, the suicide attack on a paramilitary convoy in Kashmir by Islamist extremist group Jaish-e-Mohammad killed more than 40 troopers on February 14. Tensions peaked when Indian Air Force launched airstrike ...

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UN Secretary General urges India, Pakistan to defuse tensions

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions and offered to help broker a solution if both sides agree to UN mediation. Pakistan and India have been locked in a diplomatic clash following a suicide attack on ...

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Amid tensions in France, Macron promises minimum wage hike

PARIS: In the aftermath of the violent ‘yellow vest’ protests that rocked France lately, President Emmanuel Macron assured the people of the country that the minimum wage would be raised and new taxes on pensions would be abolished. In a televised address to the nation, Macron condemned the anti-government demonstrations ...

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Emirati prince flees to Qatar, exposing tensions in UAE

DOHA/DUBAI: An Emirati prince is seeking asylum in Qatar after fleeing the UAE saying he feared for his life because of a dispute with the rulers of oil-rich Abu Dhabi, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad al-Sharqi, 31, is the second son of the Emir of Fujairah, ...

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