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About 20 people evacuated in Moscow due to fire in apartment building: Interfax

About 20 people evacuated in Moscow due to fire in apartment building: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - About 20 people were evacuated from an apartment building in the center of Moscow due to fire on the roof, the Interfax news agency reported on Friday Moscow time, citing a source, familiar with the matter. “The fire occurred on the roof of a residential building......

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Malaysian PM says law must take its course in Najib case

Malaysian PM says law must take its course in Najib case

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has told Al Jazeera the law should take its course in the case of the prosecution of former Prime Minister Najib Razak. "The law must take its course and if the attorney general finds sufficient evidence of acts that are criminal then the AG...

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Fireworks blasts kill at least 19 near Mexico City

Fireworks blasts kill at least 19 near Mexico City

Two explosions at fireworks workshops outside Mexico City on Thursday killed at least 19 people, including rescue workers, and injured dozens more, officials said, in the latest deadly blast to hit a town known for its fireworks production. After a first blast in the municipality of...

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Italy calls for end to UN embargo on Libya to help it tackle migrants

Italy calls for end to UN embargo on Libya to help it tackle migrants

Italy wants a U.N. arms embargo on Libya to be lifted to help the North African state battle people smugglers and halt the flow of migrants seeking a better life in Europe, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Thursday. "My aim is not to have even one boat come here," Salvini,...

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Sunni-Muslim scholar shot dead in southeastern Iran

Sunni-Muslim scholar shot dead in southeastern Iran

A Sunni-Muslim scholar was shot dead by unidentified attackers in Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province Thursday, according to local media reports. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported that Molavi Abdushakour Kord Tarshabi, a well-known scholar and Muslim...

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Russia says to do everything possible to maintain Iran nuclear deal: Interfax

Russia says to do everything possible to maintain Iran nuclear deal: Interfax

Russia do everything possible to maintain the global nuclear deal with Iran, the foreign ministry in Moscow was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency on Thursday.

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Iran summons 3 European envoys over its detained diplomat

Iran summons 3 European envoys over its detained diplomat

Iran's state TV is reporting that the country's foreign ministry has summoned envoys from France, Germany and Belgium over the case of an Iranian diplomat detained in Germany. Thursday's report says Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi held separate meetings with the three diplomats in...

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Pompeo sets off for North Korea nuclear talks

Pompeo sets off for North Korea nuclear talks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Washington Thursday bound for Pyongyang and his latest round of talks with Kim Jong Un on North Korea's nuclear arsenal. Washington's top diplomat and senior aides took off shortly after 2:00 a.m. and were due in the North Korean capital on...

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Unemployment rate in Saudi Arabia rises to record 12.9 pct in Q1

Unemployment rate in Saudi Arabia rises to record 12.9 pct in Q1

The unemployment rate among Saudi citizens rose to a record 12.9 percent in the first quarter of this year from 12.8 percent in the previous quarter, according to data published by the government's statistics agency Thursday. The government is pushing through economic reforms to develop...

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British police probe new Novichok nerve agent case

British police probe new Novichok nerve agent case

British police scrambled Thursday to determine how a couple were exposed to the same nerve agent used on a former Russian spy earlier this year, leaving them critically ill. The couple were taken ill Saturday in the village of Amesbury, close to the city of Salisbury, where former...

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Rohingya still fleeing violence, persecution in Myanmar: U.N. rights boss

Rohingya still fleeing violence, persecution in Myanmar: U.N. rights boss

GENEVA (Reuters) - Muslim Rohingya continue to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state, many testifying about violence, persecution, killings and burning of their homes by soldiers and Buddhists, the United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, in his final...

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Refugee who fled violence mourns daughter slain in Idaho

Refugee who fled violence mourns daughter slain in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Little Ruya Kadir had sparkling eyes, a few basic belongings and not much else when she arrived in Boise, Idaho more than two years ago. But at just six months old, she had the most important thing: A mother who loved her so fiercely that she left behind her...

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Iran summons French ambassador to protest opposition meeting -Fars

Iran summons French ambassador to protest opposition meeting -Fars

Iran summoned the French ambassador to protest about a meeting held in Paris by Iranians in exile who seek the overthrow of the Islamic Republic, Fars news agency reported on Wednesday. The meeting was held by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the political wing of the...

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UNRWA employees in Gaza protest contract terminations

UNRWA employees in Gaza protest contract terminations

Employees of UN refugee agency UNRWA staged a rally in the blockaded Gaza Strip on Wednesday to protest the recent termination of their permanent employment contracts. Protesters decried the agency’s decision on Monday to terminate the permanent contracts of hundreds of UNRWA...

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181 journalists hurt covering Gaza rallies: Committee

181 journalists hurt covering Gaza rallies: Committee

At least 181 Palestinian journalists have been injured since Mar. 30, when Gazans began staging almost-daily rallies along the Gaza-Israel security fence, the Journalists Support Committee (JSC) said Wednesday. In a Wednesday statement, the JSC -- a non-profit organization comprised of...

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards praises Rouhani's threat to disrupt regional oil exports -IRNA

Iran's Revolutionary Guards praises Rouhani's threat to disrupt regional oil exports -IRNA

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Wednesday that the Guards were ready to implement a policy preventing regional oil exports if Iranian oil sales were banned by the United States. President Hassan Rouhani appeared on Tuesday to threaten to disrupt oil shipments...

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Trapped Thai team gets dive lessons as rescuers plan for extraction

Trapped Thai team gets dive lessons as rescuers plan for extraction

Rescue teams in northern Thailand were giving crash courses in swimming and diving on Wednesday as part of preparations to extract a young football squad trapped in a cave and keen to end a harrowing 11-day ordeal. A team of divers, medics, counsellors and Thai navy SEALS were with the 12...

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Palestinians slam Israeli law against paying inmates’ families

Palestinians slam Israeli law against paying inmates’ families

Palestinian leaders Tuesday strongly condemned a new Israeli law that will freeze money transfers to the Palestinian Authority to punish the PA’s payments to families of those jailed for attacks. The move threatens the existence of the cash-strapped PA and amounts to “theft,” said Saeb...

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