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Iran tests new missile after U.S. criticises arms programme

DUBAI, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal despite U.S. pressure to stop. The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a U.N. resolution, which calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Iran says it has no such plans. Britain voiced concerns about the latest test. Iran said in its announcement on Saturday…

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Kurdish government holds meetings in Baghdad on eve of independence vote

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 23 (Reuters) – A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government held talks with the Iraqi ruling Shi’ite coalition in Baghdad on Saturday, two days before a planned referendum on secession from Iraq. “The delegation will discuss the referendum but the referendum is still happening,” Hoshiyar Zebari, a top adviser to Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, told Reuters. “We said we would talk to Baghdad before, during and after the referendum.” The KRG has said the vote is intended to give its autonomous territory a legitimate mandate to achieve…

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Sheikh shake-down ordered after minors are sold to Arabs

The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has urged the Narendra Modi government to monitor the entry of sheikhs in the country after Hyderabad police busted a racket that sold off minor girls to men from Arab nations on the pretext of marriage. Observers say it has been an open secret for years that a nexus of brokers and qazis has been running such a ring where poor girls are trafficked from all parts of the country to a lifetime of servitude. Now, the NCM has requested the ministry of external…

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0-Iran says it does not expect U.S. to leave nuclear deal

By Steve Holland and John Irish UNITED NATIONS, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Iran said on Wednesday it did not expect the United States to abandon the Iranian nuclear deal as U.S. officials sent mixed signals on what they plan to do about the international accord. A collapse of the 2015 deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump has called “an embarrassment” but which is supported by the other major powers that negotiated it with Iran, could upend relations in the Middle East and trigger a regional arms race. Iranian President Hassan…

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Trump says decision made on Iran deal, won’t say what it is

NEW YORK (AP) – The United States and Iran will have their highest-level interaction of Donald Trump’s presidency on Wednesday, a day after the American leader delivered a blistering attack on the Islamic Republic and the landmark 2015 nuclear deal that he appears poised to walk away from. A year ago, such a get-together would have been considered routine as nations strove to implement an agreement that curtailed Iran’s nuclear activity in exchange for ending various oil, trade and financial restrictions on the country. In the current environment, however, the…

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Arrive Argentina On First Visit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun the first visit by an Israeli premier to Argentina Benjamin Netanyahu urged all countries to fight terrorism and singled out Iran as a serial offender as he paid tribute to the victims of two bombings in Argentina on the first trip by an Israeli premier to Latin America. Surrounded by heavy security, Netanyahu held a closed-door meeting with members of Argentina’s Jewish community, estimated to be Latin America’s most numerous with 300,000 members. He also participated in a ceremony to remember victims of bomb…

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Moment nine Afghans emerge from lorry in Bracknell

This is the moment nine people emerged from a lorry that had been stopped at a petrol station on suspicion of being used for people smuggling. The driver of the HGV vehicle, which was carrying polystyrene crystal and had entered the UK from France, pulled over at the Shell petrol station in Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, after being flagged down by a motorist who heard a noise inside the lorry. Police climbed on top of the HGV and discovered the would-be immigrants, one of who was a 14-year-old boy, inside. This is…

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Pakistani mob burn effigy of US President Donald Trump

A furious Pakistani mob burned an effigy of Donald Trump during a rally against the US a week after he slammed Islamabad for harbouring terrorists. Pictures have emerged of the figure depicting the President engulfed in flames as the cheering crowd hoist Pakistani flags in the air. Other demonstrators punched the air and held up placards reading, ‘US President Donald Trump (is) stupid.’ People burn an effigy of US President Donald Trump during a rally against the US, near the Afghan border in Chaman, Pakistan A Pakistani man shouts anti-American…

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