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Trump’s ‘Foolish’ Comments on Iran Rooted in US Defeats in West Asia: Leader

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei deplored recent remarks by US President Donald Trump against Iran as “foolish, very ugly and ignoble” and said they were rooted in Washington’s anger over its defeats in West Asia.
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Zarif: Iran could walk away from Nuclear Deal

Javad Zarif elaborates on the options for Iran should the U.S. decertify the agreement this October. ...
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2 new quakes shake southern Mexico, already coping with disasters

(CNN)Two more earthquakes shook southern Mexico on Saturday, further rattling a country still coming to grips with the devastation from stronger temblors earlier this month....
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French State Bank BPI Says Plans to Fund Projects in Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – French state bank BpiFrance will finance investment projects of French companies in Iran from 2018, granting up to 500 million euros ($598 million) in annual credits, its CEO said on Sunday. ...
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Trump, Ghani agree U.S. can help develop Afghanistan's rare earth minerals

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(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday backed having companies from the United States develop Afghanistan's reserves of rare earth minerals, despite formidable obstacles to industrial mining in the country.
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Border Security Indispensable Part of Iran’s Defense Strategy: IRGC General

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) highlighted the significance that Iran attaches to the security of its borders.
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Israel Closes West Bank, Gaza Strip for Rosh Hashanah

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The Times of Israel reports: The IDF announced on Tuesday that it will put in place a closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, ahead of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, which starts Wednesday evening.
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Merkel takes on hard-right in final German vote push

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Berlin (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her beleaguered rival Martin Schulz embark on a final push for votes Friday ahead of a weekend election, both seeking to beat back a challenge from the emboldened hard-right.
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Syrian activist, daughter found dead in Turkey

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Syrian activist and her journalist daughter have been killed in their home in Istanbul, Turkish media reports said Friday, the latest victims of attacks targeting Syrian activists in Turkey.
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Tunisia parliament approves controversial amnesty for Ben Ali-era corruption

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TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's parliament on Wednesday approved a controversial law granting amnesty to officials accused of corruption during the rule of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, triggering angry protests from the opposition and activists outside.
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Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria

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Roseau (Dominica) (AFP) - The tiny Caribbean island of Dominica appealed for desperately-needed aid and helicopters following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, which left the country struggling to survive without water or electricity.
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McCain Announces Opposition to Republican Health Bill, Likely Dooming It

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WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain of Arizona announced on Friday that he would oppose the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaving Republican leaders with little hope of succeeding in their last-ditch attempt to dismantle the health law and fulfill their longstanding promise to conservative voters.
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UN Security Council Opposes Kurdish Independence Vote

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The UN Security Council on Thursday warned that a referendum on independence by Iraq's Kurdistan Region was potentially destabilizing, adding its weight to international opposition to the vote.
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Islamic finance: 'Meaningful narrative needed'

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ISLAMIC finance continues to grow at a double-digit pace but the industry clearly needs to be rid of the distractions for it to have a “meaningful narrative”, said HSBC Amanah Bhd chief executive officer Arsalaan Ahmed.
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Storm Maria brings fear, pain and shock to Puerto Ricans

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Miguel Cruz awoke to the descent of Hurricane Maria on his home on Wednesday morning when the massive storm peeled off most of the roof, sent his belongings flying in all directions, but left intact an icon of Jesus hanging above his bed.
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