US renews waiver for Iraq to continue Iran trade

The Trump administration says it is extending a 90-day waiver for the second time to let Iraq continue energy imports from Iran which is under draconian US sanctions. The State Department issued the waiver after the original exemption granted in December 2017 expired on March 19. “While this waiver is intended to help Iraq mitigate energy shortages, we continue to discuss our Iran-related sanctions with our partners in Iraq,” a State Department official was quoted as saying. The waiver will allow Iraq to continue buying gas and electricity from Iran. Gas…

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Serbian war criminal Karadzic gets life sentence

UN judges on Wednesday ordered former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to spend the rest of his life in jail for the “sheer scale and systematic cruelty” of his war crimes a quarter of a century ago. Karadzic, 73, stood motionless and grim-faced in the dock as judges said they had upheld his 2016 convictions for genocide and war crimes during the conflict in Bosnia, and increased his original 40-year sentence. The panel of appeals judges in The Hague “imposes a sentence of life imprisonment” after rejecting Karadzic’s appeal against…

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AAP leader meets ticket aspirants from 32 Lok Sabha seats of UP

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh met ticket aspirants from 32 Lok Sabha segments of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday. Aspirants from Aligarh, Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Lalganj, Amethi, Sambhal, Bareilly, Bansgaon, Gonda, Rampur, Unnao, Aonla, among others, met Singh in Lucknow and put forward their claims. “We are in the final stage of coming out with a list. We are meeting people as it is the system of our party,” said Sanjay Singh. Delhi chief minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who had contested against Narendra Modi from Varanasi in 2014…

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Priyanka Gandhi says Modi govt’s argument to blame Congress has an expiry date

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday sharpened her attack at the Narendra Modi government asking it to stop blaming the Congress-led governments of the past for the its own failures. “Their argument that ‘what did they do in 70 years’ also has an expiry date. Now they (BJP) should tell what they have done in their five years when they are in power,” said Priyanka Gandhi, according to news agency ANI, dismissing the BJP’s allegation that the Congress-led governments in the past are responsible for the problems the…

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Dozens of Afghan border police surrender to Taliban

Dozens of Afghan security forces have surrendered to the Taliban during intensified fighting by the militants for control of Afghanistan’s western province of Badghis, which borders Turkmenistan. Badghis provincial council chairman Abdul Aziz Bik said on Sunday that about 50 Afghan personnel who were part of the Afghan Interior Ministry’s border police had laid down their arms in the province’s most populous district of Bala Murghab. He explained that some 100 Afghan personnel had attempted to flee their posts into neighboring Turkmenistan on Saturday but had been prevented from entering that country. Fifty of…

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China: Nearly 13,000 ‘terrorists’ detained in restive west since 2014

China says it has arrested tens of thousands of “terrorists” since four years ago in its volatile western Xinjiang region, which is home to millions of Muslim minorities, including Uighurs. The Beijing government issued a white paper on Monday on what it calls “the fight against terrorism” and “human rights protection” in Xinjiang, where Beijing stands accused of being engaged in a crackdown campaign against the Muslim communities. Since 2014, authorities have “destroyed 1,588 violent and terrorist gangs, arrested 12,995 terrorists, seized 2,052 explosive devices, punished 30,645 people for 4,858 illegal…

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UK Muslims could be target of mass shooting: Minister

Britain’s Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace has warned Muslims in the country could become victims of high-profile terrorist attacks like those that killed 50 worshipers in two mosques in New Zealand on Friday. According to reports, on Monday Wallace said the government was hugely concerned about the mushroom growth of far-right extremist groups in the UK which he said could be a serious threat to the safety of around three million Muslims living in the country. Wallace said a mass shooting of Muslims seen in the city of…

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Syrian army enhances air defense near Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

A British government minister has admitted that his country is servicing fighter jets supplied to Saudi Arabia which are being used in an indiscriminate bombardment of civilians in Yemen. According to Press TV, Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster told the parliament on Monday that Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) was providing “engineering support”  and “generic training” to Saudi Arabian military in its war on its southern neighbor. Lancaster was responding to a question by opposition Labour Party lawmaker Lloyd Russell-Moyle, on military personnel seconded to BAE Systems, a major British arms dealing…

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No third party capable of driving wedge between Iran, Iraq: Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the achievements of his three-day visit to Iraq and said no one can disrupt the bonds between the Iranian and Iraqi nations. According to Tasnim news agency, the president told reporters upon arrival at Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport on Wednesday night “No power or third country is capable of creating discord between the two great nations of Iran and Iraq.” He described the trip as a turning point in the relations between the two neighboring countries and appreciated the warm welcome and great hospitality of the…

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Senate to pass bill ending Trump’s national emergency

The US Senate was poised on Thursday to pass a proposal to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the southern border, defying his threat to veto the measure and heavy lobbying of his fellow Republicans. Five Republican senators have said they back the measure passed in February by the US House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats. At least four Republicans are needed to pass it in the 100-seat Senate, along with all 45 Democrats and two independents. But the measure is unlikely to become law…

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