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Rouhani unveils Iran's cruise missile-equipped submarine

TEHRAN, Feb 17 (Al Jazeera): Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has unveiled a "state-of-the-art" domestically produced submarine, which the defence ministry said is capable of firing cruise missiles.Rouhani is in the southern province of Hormozgan on Sunday to introduce the latest addition of the naval fleet.Dubbed the Fateh, or Conqueror, it...

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Saudi crown Prince visits Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Feb 17 (AFP): Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince arrived in Pakistan on Sunday, the start of an Asian tour during which he will seek lucrative contracts and demonstrate he still has allies five months after the Khashoggi killing.Mohammed bin Salman, widely known as "MBS", landed in the capital Islamabad...

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Syria IS holding 1,000 civilians

AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Feb 17 (Agencies): The US-backed Syrian militia fighting the Islamic State in its last toehold in Syria says there are over 1,000 civilians trapped in the tiny area and that the militant group is preventing them from leaving.Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic...

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Venezuela volunteers ready to mobilise aid

CARACAS, Feb 17 (AFP): Thousands of volunteers in Venezuela will begin mobilizing on Sunday to bring American aid into their crisis-hit country despite a blockade by President Nicolas Maduro who claims the assistance could be cover for a US invasion.Once-wealthy Venezuela is gripped by a power struggle between socialist leader...

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Retired Indian general urges caution against Pakistan strike

SRINAGAR, Feb 17 (AP): As India considers its response to the suicide car bombing of a paramilitary convoy in the disputed region of Kashmir that killed dozens of soldiers, a retired military commander who oversaw a much-lauded military strike against neighboring Pakistan in 2016 has urged caution.A local Kashmiri militant...

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Beijing, Moscow agree to boost relations

MUNICH, Feb 17 (Xinhua): Senior officials of China and Russia agreed to work together to safeguard common interests and promote bilateral cooperation at a meeting here on Saturday on the sidelines of the 55th Munich Security Conference.The meeting was between Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the...

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China scientists develop smart windows to clean air

WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Xinhua): Chinese scientists have developed a large-scale transparent smart window that can change light intensity while effectively capturing the particulate matter in smog, said a study published on Saturday in the journal iScience.The study described a simple solution-based process to fabricate large-area flexible transparent windows with Ag-nylon...

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Body in freezer might be woman missing for 18 years

ZAGREB, Feb 17 (AFP): The mystery of a Croatian student who disappeared 18 years ago might have been solved with the discovery of a body in a freezer, press reports said on Sunday.The freezer was in a home in Mala Subotica, northern Croatia, belonging to the sister of Jasmina Dominic,...

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News in Brief (18-2-2019)

Thousands march for democracy in Serbia BELGRADE, Feb 17: Thousands of people have rallied in Serbia's capital for 11th week in a row against populist President Aleksandar Vucic and his government. The crowds at Saturday's protest lit flares outside the parliament building chanting anti-government slogans. Opposition parties meanwhile offered an...

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