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Iran’s Khamenei says Saudis will fall, Rouhani calls for better ties

Iran’s hardline supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday Saudi Arabia’s rulers faced ‘certain downfall’ for aligning themselves with the United States, hours after the country’s pragmatist president called for improved ties with Gulf states. ‘They (Saudi leaders) act cordially towards the enemies of Islam while having the opposite behaviour towards the Muslim people of Bahrain and Yemen,’ Khamenei ...

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France’s Macron holding ‘tough’ talks with Putin near Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron is holding his first face-to-face talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin near Paris, amid tensions over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. They met at the ornate Grand Trianon Palace at Versailles. Mr Macron said he expected some tough words. It could be an awkward meeting, the BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Paris reports. Recently Mr ...

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Civilians lack food, water, medicine as Mosul battle mounts — UN

Tens of thousands of civilians in parts of Mosul held by Islamic State are struggling to get food, water and medicine, the United Nations said, days into a new push by US-backed Iraqi government troops to take the northern city. Up to 200,000 people still live behind Islamic State lines in Mosul’s Old City and three other districts, UN Humanitarian ...

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Civilian deaths a ‘fact of life’ in war on Daesh, Pentagon head says

Civilian casualties are inevitable in the war against the Daesh group but the United states is doing “everything humanly possible” to avoid them, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in an interview aired Sunday. A US-led international coalition has been carrying out air strikes against the Daesh group in Iraq and Syria since 2014, and nongovernmental organizations say the attacks ...

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Angela Merkel: EU cannot completely rely on US and Britain any more

Europe can no longer completely rely on its longstanding British and US allies, Angela Merkel has warned – saying the EU must now be prepared to “take its fate into its own hands”. Speaking after bruising meetings of Nato and the G7 group of wealthy nations last week, the German chancellor suggested the postwar western alliance had been badly undermined by the ...

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BritBangla creating future leaders of tomorrow

BritBangla had its relaunch and celebration event on Monday 22 May 2017 at a City of London venue to announce its new vision ‘Creating the Future Leaders of Tomorrow’. BritBangla’s new focus will be on leadership and empowerment to advancing our community.  BritBangla was prompted into action following the Government’s recently published Baroness McGregor-Smith Review ‘Race in Workplace’.  BritBangla’s work ...

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Under siege in Washington, Trump reaps Saudi arms deal, stronger ties

Under political fire at home, US President Donald Trump sealed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday on his maiden foreign trip as he struggled to shift attention from the aftermath of his firing of the director of the FBI. The arms deal, plus other investments that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said could total up ...

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Trump visits Israel amid tight security

 US president Donald Trump is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, as he continues his Middle East trip. He flies in from Saudi Arabia, a key US ally, where he gave a speech to Arab and Muslim leaders at a summit. Trump will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the course of his two-day stop. The president ...

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North Korea calls latest solid-fuel missile test successful

North Korea fired a solid-fuel ballistic missile Sunday that can be harder for outsiders to detect before launch and later said the test was hailed as perfect by leader Kim Jong Un. The official Korean Central News Agency confirmed Monday the missile was a Pukguksong-2, a medium-to-long range ballistic missile also launched in February. South Korea and the US had earlier ...

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