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Iran’s top leader bans any negotiations with Washington

Iran’s supreme leader says he is banning any negotiations with Washington while stressing that Iran has no intentions of entering into a war with the United States. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks were carried by Iran’s state television Monday. He says “along with sanctions, Americans have recently raised two more options, war and talks. … War […]

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China’s Xi beset by economic, political challenges

As China‘s leaders gather for their annual Yellow Sea retreat, the country’s political waters are looking choppy. Chinese President and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is beset by economic, foreign policy and domestic political challenges just months after clearing his way to rule for as long as he wants as China’s most dominant leader […]

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Steve Bannon weighs in on UK burqa debate

Republican strategist Steve Bannon has weighed into Britain’s burqa debate, defending former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s comments that women who wear face-covering veils look like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers.” The former aide to President Donald Trump tells London’s Sunday Times in an interview that Johnson had “nothing to apologize for” and should not “bow […]

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Thousands attend Arab-led rally against Israeli bill

Members of Israel‘s Arab minority led a mass protest in central Tel Aviv on Saturday night against a contentious new law that critics say marginalizes the state’s non-Jewish citizens. The rally marked further fallout from the explosive Nation-State law and came a week after thousands of Druze, also members of the Arab minority, packed the […]

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Iran’s top leader approves special corruption courts

Iran’s Supreme Leader has approved a request by the judiciary to set up special courts to punish corrupt officials. The official IRNA news agency Saturday reports Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying punishments should be “carried out quick and fair.” Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, said the courts should be “firm.” The […]