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France says no to asylum for WikiLeaks` Julian Assange France says no to asylum for WikiLeaks` Julian Assange
Paris: The French government rejected an asylum request from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday, saying he did not face "immediate danger". "France cannot act on his request," said the office of President Francois Hollande in a statement, after Assange wrote an open letter to the government requesting asylum. "The situation of Mr Assange does not present an immediate danger. Further...
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Britain falls silent to remember 30 killed in Tunisian gun attac Britain falls silent to remember 30 killed in Tunisian gun attac
London: Millions of people across Britain held a minute`s silence on Friday on an official day of mourning to pay tribute to 30 Britons killed a week ago by an Islamist gunman in Tunisia, the country`s worst loss of life in a militant attack in a decade. The Britons were among 38 killed when Saif Rezgui opened fire on holidaymakers at the resort of Sousse in the North African country. Flags ...
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‘No breakthrough’ seen at Iran nuclear talks ‘No breakthrough’ seen at Iran nuclear talks
Vienna: World powers negotiating a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions were grappling for a breakthrough as last-ditch talks dragged into a sixth day Thursday. With the diplomatic drive playing out both in Vienna and Tehran, ministers held a flurry of meetings as the clock ticked down to a new July 7 deadline. UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano held talks in Tehran with the ch...
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Saudi opens first privatised airport for pilgrims Saudi opens first privatised airport for pilgrims
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday officially opens a billion-dollar aviation gateway aimed at Muslim pilgrims, in the kingdom´s first airport privatisation. Local media said King Salman would inaugurate the Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in the holy city of Medina. About two million pilgrims annually visit the western cities of Mecca and Medina for the hajj, which this...
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Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges entire $32 bn fortune to charity Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges entire $32 bn fortune to charity
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia`s billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday pledged his entire $32-billion (28.8-billion-euro) fortune to charitable projects over the coming years. The prince said in a statement that the "philanthropic pledge will help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more ...
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US, Cuba reach deal to reopen embassies US, Cuba reach deal to reopen embassies
WASHINGTON: The United States and Cuba have reached a deal to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, a US source said Tuesday, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold War enmity. "We will formally announce tomorrow that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and open embassies in each other´s capitals," the source said. Pr...
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Proposed deal would allow Iran to develop nukes: Netanyahu Proposed deal would allow Iran to develop nukes: Netanyahu
Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Tuesday that the deal being negotiated between world powers and Iran would allow it to develop nuclear weapons, hours before a deadline to reach an accord expired. Netanyahu has consisently condemned the proposed deal with Iran and has not ruled out the use of military force to keep it from acquiring atomic weapons. Iran denies its n...
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Deal or no deal, Iran President faces headaches at home Deal or no deal, Iran President faces headaches at home
Tehran: Iran`s president has been pursuing a nuclear agreement for two years but even if a deal is reached Hassan Rouhani and his government will soon face mounting political pressure at home. Having sought to end the nuclear crisis -- and with it the international sanctions that have paralysed Iran`s economy -- Rouhani`s fate is often seen as inextricably linked to the negotiations. An agre...
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Mozambique scraps colonial-era homosexuality ban Mozambique scraps colonial-era homosexuality ban
Maputo: Mozambique decriminalised homosexuality on Monday when a new penal code came into force that swept away old Portuguese colonial laws, in a victory for campaigners for gay rights in Africa. The old code, dating back to 1886, targeted anyone "who habitually engages in vices against nature" -- but no known prosecutions took place after Mozambique became independent in 1975. Breaking the...
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UK sends military plane to Tunisia to evacuate wounded UK sends military plane to Tunisia to evacuate wounded
London: Britain dispatched a Boeing C17 military transport plane to Tunisia on Monday to evacuate tourists wounded in a gun massacre, as Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to mount a full investigation. "Today we`ll be sending out an RAF (Royal Air Force) C17 to help with that evacuation of casualties," Cameron told BBC radio, adding that the bodies of the British victims could also be repatria...
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