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Iran ready to confront US, says Rouhani

DUBAI, Sept 23 (Reuters): President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday Iran was ready to confront the United States and its Gulf Arab allies, a day after an attack on an Iranian military parade killed 25 people, including 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards.Speaking before leaving Tehran to attend the...

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Maldives extends voting in tense presidential polls

MALE, Sept 23 (Reuters): The Maldives extended voting in the presidential election, in which Abdulla Yameen is expected to cement his grip on power, amid criticism over the fairness of the poll in the islands, best known as a luxury holiday destination.The Muslim-majority Indian Ocean nation has become a theater...

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Women FMs promise fresh perspective

MONTREAL, Sept 23 (AFP): Female foreign ministers (FMs) meeting for the first summit of its kind vowed Saturday to bring a "women's perspective" to foreign policy.The two-day meeting bringing together more than half of the world's top women diplomats in Montreal, which began Friday, focused on topics such as conflict...

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China destroys over 140,000 illegal guns, explosives

CHONGQING, Sept 23 (Xinhua): Chinese police have solved more than 33,000 cases involving guns and explosives since a campaign against such crimes was staged across the country in February.Over 140,000 illegal guns and a large number of explosives confiscated or turned over to the police were destroyed on Thursday in...

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A dozen civilians die in DR Congo rebel attack

BENI, Sept 23 (AFP): Sixteen people, including 12 civilians, were killed in a rebel attack on Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east on Sunday.A doctor at the local hospital reported seeing 16 dead bodies, "including 12 civilians and four soldiers or rebels." Eight people were injured, of...

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Pakistan clash leaves seven soldiers, nine militants dead

ISLAMABAD, Sept 23 (Xinhua): The Pakistani army said on Sunday that nine terrorists and seven soldiers were killed in an anti-terrorist operation carried out in North Waziristan district in northwestern part of the country.An army statement said that the security forces killed nine terrorists in clashes when the security forces...

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India launches ‘Modicare’ health scheme

NEW DELHI, Sept 23 (AFP): India launched on Sunday the world's biggest health insurance scheme which Prime Minister Narendra Modi said would cover some 500 million poor people.The programme, dubbed "Modicare", promises health cover worth 500,000 rupees ($6,900) to every poor family to treat serious ailments.The scheme is expected to...

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News in Brief (24-09-2018)

Macron's popularity at record lowsPARIS, Sept 23: The popularity of French President Emmanuel Macron has hit its lowest level since the start of his term, according to a major tracker poll published on Sunday, with just 29 per cent of respondents satisfied with his leadership. The poll by research group...

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