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US calls on Iran to stop nuclear ‘brinksmanship’

The reactor building at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran (AFP) WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday warned Iran to stop nuclear “brinksmanship,” saying the country’s latest efforts to enrich uranium could complicate its return to talks aimed at restarting the 2015 nuclear accord. “We continue to urge Iran to stop this brinksmanship, to return to Vienna prepared ...

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Taiwan calls China’s one country, two systems ‘facade’

TAIPEI(TAIWAN): The Taipei government has termed China’s “one country and two systems” as a facade, stating that it is really intended to annexe Taiwan. This comes after the Taiwan government recalled seven representative officials from Hong Kong, citing “unreasonable political preconditions”. According to the concept of “one country, two systems”, two systems will be practiced within the sovereign state of ...

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Tajikistan calls up reservists to bolster border as Afghan troops, fleeing Taliban, seek refuge

Afghan commandos arrive to reinforce security forces in Faizabad, capital of Badakhshan province, after the Taliban captured neighbourhood districts of Badakhshan recently (Reuters) DUSHANBE/KABUL: Tajikistan’s president on Monday ordered the mobilisation of 20,000 military reservists to bolster the border with Afghanistan after more than 1,000 Afghan security personnel fled across the frontier in response to Taliban militant advances. The crossings ...

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Covax calls for equal recognition of Covid-19 vaccines

NEW YORK: Covax, the global alliance for vaccine distribution, on Thursday urged governments around the world to recognize as fully vaccinated all people who have received Covid-19 vaccines that have been deemed safe and effective by the World Health Organization (WHO). Covax in a statement said it was built on the principle of equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines to protect ...

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Joe Biden calls closure of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily ‘sad day for media freedom’

HONG KONG/WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden on Thursday called the closure of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily tabloid a “sad day for media freedom” and said it signaled “intensifying repression” by China, while vowing to maintain support for the people of the Chinese-ruled territory. In a statement following the news outlet’s closure earlier on Thursday, Biden called on Beijing to stop ...

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Calls grow to evacuate Afghans to Guam as US troops leave

SAN DIEGO: In the chaotic, final hours of the Vietnam War, the US evacuated thousands of South Vietnamese who supported the American mission and were at risk under the communist government. With US and NATO forces facing a Sept. 11 deadline to leave Afghanistan, many are recalling that desperate, hasty exodus as they urge the Biden administration to evacuate thousands ...

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UN decries Russia moves against Alexei Navalny, calls for upholding rights

GENEVA: United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Monday criticised Russia for outlawing groups linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as “extremist”, and called on Moscow to uphold fundamental civil and political freedoms. “Legislation restricting the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association should be brought in line with international human rights norms and standards,” Bachelet told the ...

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Putin praises summit result, calls Biden a tough negotiator

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised the outcome of his summit with US President Biden and called him an astute and shrewd negotiator. The two leaders concluded three hours of talks on Wednesday at an opulent villa facing Lake Geneva by exchanging expressions of mutual respect but firmly restating their starkly different views on cyberattacks, the conflict in ...

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UN chief calls for full respect of ceasefire agreement between Israel, Hamas

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for the full respect of the ceasefire agreed between Israel and militant groups led by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on May 20. Responding to a question about the secretary-general’s reaction to Tuesday’s escalating violence, Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the secretary-general, said at a regular press briefing that the ...

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