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Iran ‘conducts new ballistic missile tests’

Iran has launched several ballistic missiles from silos across the country as part of a military exercise, state media say, defying US pressure. The Revolutionary Guards said in a statement that the tests demonstrated the country’s “deterrent power” and “ability to confront any threat”. In January, the US imposed sanctions targeting Iran’s missile programme in response to the last round ...

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What will be Michelle Obama’s legacy?

The White House’s first black first lady will depart next year. Two commentators consider Michelle Obama’s legacy as she prepares to leave office. Peter Slevin, author of Michelle Obama: A Life We are not likely to see another American first lady do the hula hoop on the White House lawn, practise kickboxing on an official video, dance in public to ...

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Israel’s Netanyahu rejects US ‘surprise’ at Obama talks cancellation

Israel’s prime minister has rejected a White House claim that it was surprised by his decision to turn down the offer of talks with President Barack Obama. US officials complained on Monday that they had learnt via the media that Benjamin Netanyahu had cancelled a planned visit to Washington next week. But Mr Netanyahu’s office said Israel’s ambassador had said ...

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Kidnapped son of murdered Pakistan governor found alive

The kidnapped son of a Pakistani governor assassinated in 2011 has been found alive, just over a week after his father’s killer was hanged. Shahbaz Taseer was taken by gunmen in Lahore in August 2011, months after his father Salman was killed for opposing Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. The assassin, his bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri, was hailed as a hero by many. ...

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Taliban reject peace talks with Afghan government

5 March, 2016 Kabul has repeatedly called for all Taliban groups to sit at the negotiating table though President Ashraf Ghani has said his government will not make peace with those who kill civilians.   The Taliban today refused to resume long-stalled peace talks with the Afghan government, reiterating their preconditions for holding dialogue, a statement said. “We want to ...

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US Senator asks colleagues to oppose F-16 deal with Pakistan

5 March, 2016 US will sell eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. (File Photo) Washington:  A top Republican Senator has asked his colleagues in the Senate to join him in opposing the sale of eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, saying it was “past time” to demand accountability from the country whose “coziness” with terrorists has harmed the ...

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Indonesia issues tsunami warning after 7.9 quake strikes off Sumatra

2 March, 2016 The earthquake hit off the west coast of Sumatra A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Indonesia, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The country has issued a tsunami warning, the National Meteorolgical Agency reported.   The shallow quake, which hit southwest of the island of Sumatra on Wednesday, had a depth of ...

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IS camp in Libya attacked by US planes

US warplanes have carried out attacks on militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Libya, killing at least 30 people. The strikes hit an IS training camp and “likely” killed a senior Tunisian extremist leader, US officials said. Noureddine Chouchane is linked to two attacks in Tunisia last year, including an attack that killed 30 Britons. The IS group ...

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Sharif, Modi likely to meet in Washington next month

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf is likely to meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Washington next month on the sidelines of a nuclear summit hosted by US President Barack Obama, a media report said on Friday. Sharif and Modi have both accepted President Obama’s invitation to attend a nuclear summit he is hosting in Washington on March 31 and ...

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Obama imposes new North Korea sanctions

The legislation hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions over its nuclear weapons programme President Obama has signed off new expanded sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear programme, weeks after it launched a long-range rocket.   The country has refused to stop its nuclear programme and the bill was easily passed last week by Congress.   The sanctions attempt ...

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