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West creating mechanism to discredit unfavorable states in OPCW: Russia

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Alexander Shulgin, says Western countries are formulating a mechanism in the international body in order to discredit states which they view as unfavorable. “A mechanism for discrediting unfavorable states is being created in the OPCW by efforts of Western countries,” Shulgin told an OPCW…

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    South Korea muscles in on global arms trade

    Seoul, South Korea – South Korea celebrated its entry into the “elite group of fighter jet producers” this month, unveiling its domestically-developed KF-21 Boramae in a blaze of lights and pop music and a glowing endorsement from President Moon Jae-in. Moon lauded the technology, economic benefits, military capabilities, and national prestige the development of the plane…

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      US Gen McKenzie has ‘grave doubts’ about Taliban’s reliability

      Foreign troop withdrawals have raised concerns that Afghanistan could become a fractured state, erupt in civil warA top US general said on Tuesday that he had grave doubts about the Taliban’s reliability as a negotiating partner, as the United States is set to remove all its troops from Afghanistan in the coming months and focus…

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        Lebanon’s Diab seeks help from Qatar to handle economic crisis

        Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab has called on Qatar to assist the cash-strapped Arab country to overcome its devastating economic crisis, as people are angry with the surging cost of living and what they view as the government’s mishandling of the country’s worst financial crisis in decades. Diab met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al…

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          Saudi female activist wins top Europe rights award

          Prominent Saudi female activist Loujain al-Hathloul has been awarded a high-profile European prize owing to her campaigns for women’s human rights in the ultra-conservative kingdom. Hathloul was announced on Monday as the winner of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize in recognition of her fight for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, including her efforts to end…

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            New constitution sole way out of crisis in protest-hit Bahrain: Top cleric

            Bahrain’s most prominent cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim says drawing up a new constitution is the only way out of the political crisis in the protest-hit kingdom, urging the regime in Manama to pursue an agreement with the Bahraini opposition instead of increasingly suppressing the dissidents. “Since the people do not find anything to persuade themselves to…

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              Russian jets hit terror base near Syria’s Palmyra, kill 200 terrorists

              Russian aircraft target a terrorist stronghold near the western Syrian city of Palmyra, killing up to 200 terrorists and afflicting considerable material damages on them. Alexander Karpov, the deputy head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria -- a subdivision of the Russian Armed Forces, announced the news on Monday. "After…

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                PLO urges intl. community to pressure Israel into allowing vote in al-Quds

                Mona Kandil Press TV, Ramallah The Executive committee of the Palestine Liberation organization held a meeting chaired by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and announced that it has called upon the international community to put pressure on Israel not to create obstacles on the way of Palestinian elections. The committee urged the United Nations, the…

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                  Still watching? Netflix shares plunge 13% as growth stalls

                  The streaming service added just 3.98 million subscribers in the first quarter, missing Wall Street’s estimate of 6.29 million.The easing of pandemic lockdowns is taking a far more severe toll on Netflix Inc.’s growth than anticipated, sending its shares plunging as much as 13% on Tuesday. The streaming service added just 3.98 million subscribers in…

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                    Unhappy Tesla customer gets company apology, five-day detention

                    Video shows a woman in a T-shirt that says ‘The brakes don’t work’ shouting similar accusations at a Shanghai auto show.An unhappy customer who invaded the Tesla booth at the Shanghai auto show in China by clambering atop a car in protest, creating a social media stir and prompting an apology from the company, will…

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                      AOC, Democrats relaunch ‘Green New Deal’ before climate summit

                      Initially introduced in 2019, the non-binding Green New Deal seeks to eliminate US greenhouse gas emissions within a decade and transition the economy away from fossil fuels.Democratic United States legislators, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, reintroduced their “Green New Deal” resolution on Tuesday, a set of aggressive climate goals intended to transform…

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                        Saudi Arabia is biggest 5G adopter in the Gulf, report shows

                        DUBAI: Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker has warned that many more airlines will be forced out of business by the pandemic. In an exclusive interview on CNN’s Quest Means Business, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker gave a bleak assessment of the challenges facing the industry as it struggles to recover the collapse in global air…

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                        US Supreme Court questions permanent residency for some migrants

                        Some of the justices are sceptical that protected migrants who entered the US illegally should be offered legal citizenship.US Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared reluctant to let people who have been allowed to stay in the United States on humanitarian grounds apply to become permanent residents if they entered the country illegally. The justices…

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                        Hamas: Struggle will continue until full liberation of al-Aqsa from Zionists

                        The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, says the anti-Israel struggle will continue until the full liberation of al-Aqsa Mosque from the grips of the “Zionist enemy.” In a statement on Sunday, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, praised the “legendary steadfastness” of his fellow Palestinians in the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds, saying the true inhabitants…

                        Western powers condemn attacks in Kurdish Iraq

                        BERLIN: France, Germany, Italy, Britain and the US condemned attacks this week in Iraqi Kurdistan “in the strongest terms” in a joint statement on Friday. “Together, our governments will support the government of Iraq’s investigation into the attacks to ensure that those responsible will be held accountable,” they said. The Western powers said they were “united” in…

                        Lenderking discusses importance of reaching solution to Yemen conflict during UAE, Germany visits

                        NEW YORK CITY: When Abdel Karim Ibrahim Mohammed, 23, fled the recent violence consuming Ethiopia’s Oromia region, he never imagined he would fall into the hands of Yemen’s Houthis. In fact, like many of his compatriots desperate to escape conflict-ridden Ethiopia, he had not even heard of the Iran-backed militia, which seized control of Yemen’s…

                        ‘UN Security Council must condemn killers of Yemenis not glorify them’

                        A high-ranking member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council has called on the United Nations Security Council to condemn parties involved in the massacre of innocent Yemeni people than to glorify them, terming as “useless and futile” any meeting by the world body which does not address the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the impoverished Arab country.“The…

                        Yemeni army targets Aramco facility, sensitive targets in Saudi Arabia

                        The Yemeni military says its missile force and air force have carried out a joint operation using eleven missiles and drones against a facility belonging to Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil giant and other sensitive targets in the kingdom’s southwestern Jizan region.“Aramco and other targets were struck by seven missiles of the Sa’ir and Badr type, and…

                        ‘Attack’ targets US airbase in Iraqi Kurdistan: Reports

                        The United States’ airbase in the northern Iraqi Kurdistan region’s capital Erbil has come under an “attack.” Iraq’s Sabereen News television channel and Qatar’s Al Jazeera television network reported that explosions had rung out in the city on Wednesday night. The Iraqi channel reported shortly afterwards that columns of smoke were being seen billowing from…

                        Duterte urged to confront Chinese ‘bullying’ in South China Sea

                        Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte must end his “policy of subservience” towards Beijing, lawmakers and foreign policy experts have said, warning that the Filipino leader’s silence is sending the wrong signal as hundreds of Chinese “maritime militia” vessels continue to congregate within Manila’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea. While several Filipino officials,…

                        Indianapolis: Several people shot at FedEx site, gunman dead

                        At least eight people were killed in a late-night shooting at a FedEx facility in the US city of Indianapolis by a gunman who is believed to have then killed himself, police said. Multiple others were injured on Thursday night when gunfire erupted at the facility near Indianapolis International Airport, police spokesperson Genae Cook said.…

                        China posts record economic growth after plunge 12 months ago

                        But quarterly comparison shows slowing momentum, with analysts forecasting levelling off in construction and exports.China’s economy posted a record growth rate in the first quarter compared with the same period last year, when the country was in the midst of a crushing lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus. But compared with the last…

                        India reports another record daily rise in COVID infections

                        India has reported a record daily increase of 217,353 COVID-19 infections over the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed – the eighth record daily increase in the last nine days. Deaths from COVID-19 rose by 1,185 – the highest single-day rise in seven months – to reach a total of 174,308, the health ministry’s…

                        Veteran Hong Kong democracy politicians in court for sentencing

                        Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was jailed for 12 months on Friday along with four other veteran democracy activists for helping to lead one of the city’s biggest-ever protests. Lai was among nine of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy campaigners found guilty of organising and participating in the rally. Many of them have spent…

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