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Iran doubles down on Saudi attack denial

Tehran: Iran on Monday rebuked the US claims that it was behind drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil establishments that halved the country’s oil output and sent prices skyrocketing. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday blamed Iran and said there was no evidence to suggest the attacks were carried out from Yemen despite the fact they were …

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Pak Hindu principal arrested after alleged ‘blasphemy’

Karachi: Police in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Monday registered three cases against 218 rioters for vandalising properties, including a temple, after a school principal from the minority Hindu community was booked on charges of alleged blasphemy, according to media reports. Widespread protests erupted in Ghotki district on Sunday after an FIR was filed against the principal of Sindh Public School …

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Dozens of tigers dead after confiscation from Thai temple

Bangkok: More than half of the 147 tigers confiscated from a controversial Thai temple have died, park officials said Monday, blaming genetic problems linked to in-breeding at the once money-spinning tourist attraction. For years, the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple in the western province of Kanchanaburi pulled tourist hordes who could be photographed — for a fee — next …

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Gandhi Circle in Israel to mark Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary

Kiryat Gat (Israel): A Gandhi Circle was inaugurated on Monday at a more prominent junction in Israel’s southern town of Kiryat Gat to mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The Gandhi roundabout, the first in Israel, was earlier inaugurated in Kiryat Gat in January 2016 to mark 60 years of the establishment of the township. Kiryat Gat is a …

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Snowden calls on France’s Macron to grant him asylum

Paris: Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents detailing government surveillance programs, is calling on French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum. Snowden, now living in Russia to avoid prosecution in the United States, stressed in an interview broadcast Monday on France’s Inter radio that “protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act” and that …

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Saudi oil attacks: Iran warns of war after US accusations

Dubai: A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom’s oil production threatened Sunday to fuel regional tensions, as Iran denied US allegations it launched the assault and tensions remained high over Tehran’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. Iran called the US claims “maximum lies,” while a commander in its paramilitary …

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Riots in Pak over alleged blasphemy by Hindu principal

Islamabad: Riots broke out in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Sunday after a school principal from the minority Hindu community was booked on charges of alleged blasphemy. Widespread protests erupted in Ghotki district after an FIR was filed against the principal of Sindh Public School on the complaint of Abdul Aziz Rajput, a student’s father, who claimed that the teacher had …

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Underfire PM calls up Hulk, claims ‘huge’ Brexit progress

London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted Sunday that “huge” progress was being made in Brexit talks and declared Britain would break out of the European Union just like the comicbook hero Hulk. The Conservative leader made the comments ahead of meetings with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and EU negotiator Michel Barnier in Luxembourg on Monday. In an interview with …

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Hong Kong returns to violence with tear gas and Molotovs

Hong Kong: Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannons at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs on Sunday, tipping the violence-plagued city back into chaos after a brief lull in clashes. Tens of thousands of people defied authorities to march through the streets of the city in an unsanctioned rally on Sunday, the latest expression …

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Iran refutes US accusations over Saudi attacks

Tehran: Iran on Sunday dismissed US accusations it was behind drone attacks on Saudi oil installations, suggesting the United States was seeking a pretext to retaliate against the Islamic republic. “Such fruitless and blind accusations and remarks are incomprehensible and meaningless,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying in a statement. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned …

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