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Last Peshmerga forces leave Kobani

Last Peshmerga forces leave Kobani

 (AA) – The last group of Kurdish peshmerga forces fighting Daesh in the Syrian city of Kobani left on Wednesday morning after their two-month mission ended. The group of 124 peshmerga, the fourth batch sent by the northern Iraqi Kurdish administration since October last year, arrived in the southeastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa Tuesday night, and their plane took off […]

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Saud al-Faisal: World’s longest serving Foreign Minister relieved

Saud al-Faisal: World’s longest serving Foreign Minister relieved

(AA) – After serving 40 years at the helm of Saudi diplomacy, Saud al-Faisal, the world’s longest-serving foreign minister, has been relieved upon his request to King Salman bin Abdulaziz. In a royal decree in the early hours of Wednesday, King Salman accepted Prince Saud’s request to be relieved of his duties “due to his health conditions,” and named Saudi Ambassador to […]

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Turkish foreign minister to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina

Turkish foreign minister to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina

  (AA) – Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will visit Bosnia- Herzegovina on Wednesday and Thursday. A statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry released on Wednesday said Cavusoglu would meet members of the Presidential Council, the head of the Council of Ministers and lawmakers. As well as Turkish-Bosnian relations and regional issues, the meetings will also focus on economic ties and Turkish investment […]

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Russia Prime Minister calls 1915 events ‘genocide’

Russia Prime Minister calls 1915 events ‘genocide’

 (AA) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has described the 1915 events as “genocide” in his government’s message of condolences to the Armenian premier Hovik Abrahamyan. This comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin also used the term “genocide” in his message to a commemoration ceremony in Moscow last week. Putin later delivered a speech in the Armenian capital Yerevan, where he […]

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Indonesia carries out death sentences

Indonesia carries out death sentences

  (AA) – Indonesia awoke to a wave of condemnation Wednesday following its early morning execution of eight drug offenders.  While Indonesia’s attorney general, Muhammad Prasetyo, described the events as part of a “war against horrible drug crimes that threaten our nation’s survival,” Australia recalled its envoy to Jakarta and Brazil expressed “deep dismay.”  Speaking from the Colombian capital, Bogota, Brazil’s Minister for External Relations Mauro […]

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Gnassingbe wins 3rd term as Togo president

Gnassingbe wins 3rd term as Togo president

 (AA) – Incumbent Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe was declared as the winner of the country’s presidential election with around 58.8 percent of the vote, according to the numbers released by the nation’s election commission. The main opposition candidate, Jean Pierre Fabre, came second with about 35 percent of the votes, the Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) announced late Tuesday. The turnout has […]

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EU hopes for ‘major but positive’ Iranian role

EU hopes for ‘major but positive’ Iranian role

  (AA) – The EU’s foreign policy chief on Tuesday talked about Iran’s role in the Middle East following thawing relations with the West as a result of nuclear talks. Federica Mogherini told reporters at the UN’s New York headquarters that she hoped Iran, an pariah state since the 1979 Islamic revolution, could play a “major but positive role” in helping resolve […]

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The Nepali town that lost its homes and history

The Nepali town that lost its homes and history

 (AA) – From an entrance to his station inside the Bhaktapur Durbar Square on Saturday morning, a Nepal Army soldier in green camouflage fatigues was keeping an eye on the temple where three teenage girls were chatting. Then the earth moved and the girls escaped unhurt, leaving their bags behind. Within seconds, the soldier saw the 17th century Vatsala Durga temple, made of […]

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UN nuclear weapons conference draws protests

UN nuclear weapons conference draws protests

(AA) – More than a dozen demonstrators were arrested Tuesday in New York during an anti-nuclear weapons protest. Protesters gathered in front of the United Nations headquarters and chanted “No more nukes!” on the second day of a UN conference to review the implementation of the global anti-nuclear weapons treaty. At least 20 protesters were arrested for blocking the entrance to the U.S. Mission […]

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Tripoli political parties reject UN Libya draft accord

Tripoli political parties reject UN Libya draft accord

  (AA) – A draft proposal put forth by UN envoy Bernardino Leon to end Libya’s political crisis has invited criticism from political parties in capital Tripoli. The Tripoli-based parliament said that it rejects the proposal by the UN envoy. The General National Congress “completely rejects the draft proposal as it does not provide an objective, comprehensive, balanced solution,” parliament […]

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