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Myanmar faces mounting pressure over Rohingya refugee exodus

Pressure mounted on Myanmar on Tuesday to end violence that has sent more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, with the United States calling for protection of civilians and Bangladesh urging safe zones to enable refugees to go home. The government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar says its security forces are …

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Chief executive of Israel supermarket chain arrested

The controlling shareholder of one of Israel’s largest supermarket chains was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of corruption. Rami Levy, chief executive of Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing, as well as a local politician, another businessman and a reporter were detained for questioning for alleged fraud and breach of trust involving …

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Iran issues warning to US Navy vessel

An Iranian commander issued a warning to an American Navy ship after it changed course and approached Iranian vessels. Iranian Navy’s Falakhen missile boat, while saving an Iranian fishing vessel which was sinking in Persian Gulf waters due to a technical issue with the engine, issued a warning message to …

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China looks at ending sales of gasoline cars

China is joining France and Britain in announcing plans to end sales of gasoline and diesel cars. China’s industry ministry is developing a timetable to end production and sale of traditional fuel cars and will promote development of electric technology, state media on Sunday cited a Cabinet official as saying. …

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Israel’s Sara Netanyahu may face indictment: attorney general

Israel’s attorney general is considering indicting the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara, on suspicion of using state funds for personal dining and catering services amounting to some $100,000, the justice ministry said on Friday. The ministry statement said the attorney general was considering prosecuting Sara Netanyahu for offences …

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Spain blocks Catalan independence vote, threatens charges

Spain’s central authorities moved on Thursday to crush plans by the northeastern region of Catalonia to hold an independence referendum and took steps to prosecute regional lawmakers backing the ballot. A long-running campaign for independence by a group of Catalan politicians, who hold a majority in the regional parliament, came …

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Israel warns Iran, Syria after air strike

Israel’s defence minister on Thursday issued a veiled warning to Syria, without confirming or denying what Damascus said was an Israeli air strike on its territory. Syria’s army accused Israel of hitting one of its positions, killing two people in an attack earlier the same day that a monitor said …

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U.N. mulls U.S. push for North Korea oil embargo, textile export ban

The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban the country’s exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers abroad, and subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The U.S. ambassador to …

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Police question Milchan on Netanyahu bribery suspicions

Last week in London, Israel Police questioned Israeli billionaire Arnon Milchan under caution on suspicion that he gave a bribe to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “Haaretz” reports. According to the report, this was the first time that Milchan has been investigated as a suspect in the so called “1000 case” …

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Saudi says Iranian talk of rapprochement is laughable

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that Iran’s talk of a possible rapprochement with the kingdom was laughable. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in London that Iran would have to change its policies for any rapprochement. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, last month said the Islamic Republic would …

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Trump Is ‘Not My Bride,’ Putin Says

President Vladimir V. Putin seemed to be in top form during a news conference in China on Tuesday, answering a question about President Trump by saying the American leader is “not my bride, and I am not his groom.” While the comment could be interpreted as a subtle jab by …

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