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Leaked cables reveal scale of Iran’s influence in Iraq

Tehran effectively has free rein across key institutions of state, leaked documents show WT24 Desk Iranian intelligence officers have co-opted much of the Iraqi government’s cabinet, infiltrated its military leadership, and even tapped into a network of sources once run by the CIA, leaked cables have revealed, Agencies report. So prevalent is Iran in Iraq’s affairs that Iranian officers effectively ...

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North Korea says it won’t give Trump a summit for free

The president had hinted at holding another nuclear summit WT24 Desk North Korea on Monday responded to a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump that hinted at another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying it has no interest in giving Trump further meetings to brag about unless it gets something substantial in return, Agencies report. The statement ...

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Food shortages cripple Bolivia

Death toll mounts; new elections still uncertain WT24 Desk Bolivian officials have flown basic provisions into the capital, La Paz, amid reports of food and fuel shortages, Agencies , BBC report. The system, which officials want to roll out elsewhere, is a move to bypass road blockades erected by supporters of former President Evo Morales. Mr Morales resigned on 10 ...

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Air strikes hit rebel-held NW Syria, 9 killed

5 children among those killed in regime air strike in Idlib WT24 Desk Jets believed to be Syrian or Russian on Wednesday struck a main rebel-held city in northwest Syria, killing at least nine civilians, in stepped up strikes on the last rebel bastion in northwest Syria, residents and rescuers said, Reuters reports. The air strikes hit Maarat al-Numan, from which tens ...

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UN rights chief warns Bolivia crisis could ‘spin out of control’

Violence has rumbled on between the supporters of the ousted president, Morales, and the armed forces WT24 Desk The UN rights chief voiced alarm Saturday at the deadly crisis in Bolivia, warning that excessive force by police was “an extremely dangerous development” and could see the situation could spin out of control, Agencies report. Michelle Bachelet’s comments came after she ...

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‘Car bomb kills 14 in northern Syria’

WT24 Desk A car bomb killed 14 people, nine of them civilians, on Saturday in the Turkish-controlled town of Al-Bab in northern Syria, a war monitor said, Agencies report. The bomb struck a bus and taxi station in the town, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Turkey and its Syrian proxies control several pockets of territory on the ...

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Roadside bombing kills 3 in Afghanistan

WT24 Desk Three civilians have been confirmed dead as a roadside bombing launched by militants struck a car in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Friday, said an army statement released on Saturday, Agencies report. According to the statement, the mine planted by the armed insurgents on a road in Nad Ali district of the troubled province struck a civilian car, ...

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Chinese students head to mainland, fleeing Hong Kong unrest

Shenzhen boarding houses offer temporary refuge amid ongoing violence on campuses WT24 Desk The mainland Chinese students arriving from Hong Kong huddled with their suitcases, waiting for a bus to take them to temporary accommodation in this city across the border from the protest-wracked territory, Agencies report. “We’ve just escaped,” said one postgraduate student, among a dozen from the Hong ...

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Resolution on Rohingyas’ HR situation adopted

Dhaka seeks early, sustainable solution to Rohingya crisis WT24 Desk A resolution on situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar has been adopted at the third committee of the 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Agencies report. The resolution, placed by the United Arab Emirates and Finland on behalf of the Organisation of ...

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Ousted ambassador to testify in Trump impeachment probe

Marie Yovanovitch expected to speak of being suddenly recalled by president and told to ‘watch my back’ WT24 Desk The House will hear from a singular witness Friday in the Trump impeachment hearings: Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was targeted by the president’s allies in a “smear” campaign now central to the inquiry, Agencies report. The ...

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