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Iran urges new nuclear meet ‘as soon as possible’

Iran called on Monday for a new meeting "as soon as possible" in the talks that have been held in Vienna aimed at restoring its frayed 2015 nuclear deal with major powers. Tehran has been engaged in negotiations with Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia directly and the United States …

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Panic buying in Beijing as district starts mass COVID testing

Beijing residents snapped up food and other supplies as the city's biggest district began mass COVID-19 testing of all residents on Monday, prompting fears of a Shanghai-style lockdown after dozens of cases in the capital in recent days. Authorities in Chaoyang, home to 3.45 million people, late on Sunday ordered …

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In a first, global military spending surpasses $2tr

Global military expenditure reached an all-time high of over $2 trillion in 2021, according to an international survey released Monday. Total military spending rose 0.7% from the previous year and reached $2.113 trillion, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said. It said the global military burden, or world military …

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Russian space chief warns of potential trigger for WW3

An attack against a spacecraft could trigger the next global war, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia's national space agency Roscosmos, has said. “One must keep in mind that the destruction of a foreign spacecraft means World War III. It’s a casus belli, and there’s no doubt about that,” Rogozin …

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France’s Macron beats Le Pen to win second term

French President Emmanuel Macron defeated his far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Sunday by a comfortable margin, early projections by pollsters showed, securing a second term and heading off what would have been a political earthquake. The first projections showed Macron securing around 57-58% of the vote. Such estimates are …

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EU’s von der Leyen in India with Ukraine on agenda

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will press India over its neutral stance on the Ukraine war after arriving in the country on Sunday for trade, security and climate talks. New Delhi has long walked a tightrope in its relations with the West and Moscow — which supplies most …

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Pakistan slams Indian PM’s ‘staged’ visit to IIOJK

Pakistan on Sunday rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), terming it yet another ploy to project fake ‘normalcy’ in the occupied territory. In a statement, the Foreign Office said that since August 5, 2019 the international community had witnessed many such desperate …

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In pictures: Holy Fire lights up Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre

With processions, chants and ululations, thousands of Christian Palestinians and pilgrims celebrated the Holy Fire ceremony at Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Saturday, the first to be held since Israel imposed new restrictions on attendance. Citing public safety, Israeli authorities sought to limit participation to 1,700 worshippers, a …

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Iraqi cleric seeks to criminalise Israel ties

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said he plans to float a proposal to parliament to criminalise the normalisation of relations with Israel. "One of the main reasons that prompted me to have the Sadrist movement run in elections again was the issue of normalisation and Israeli ambitions to dominate our beloved …

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