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Leader Thanks Iranian Nation for ‘Epic’ Turnout in Elections

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei hailed the Iranian people’s massive presence in the elections held on Friday as “epic” and said the high turnout proved the strength of foundations of “the Islamic democracy” in the country.
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Time to Meet Popular Demands: Mayor of Tehran Says after Presidential Vote

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The time has come to satisfy popular demands with the conclusion of the presidential election, said Mayor of Tehran Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf who withdrew from Iran’s presidential race and ended a campaign that focused on criticism of President Hassan Rouhani. ...
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China cripples CIA operations, kills informants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chinese government "systematically dismantled" CIA spying operations in China starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years, The New York Times reported Saturday....
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Trump Slammed Michelle Obama For Not Covering Hair In Saudi Arabia, But...

...Saudia Arabia has a strict dress code that requires Saudi women to wear long black robes, known as abayas, and to cover their hair in public......
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Russia slams 'illegitimate' US-led strikes on Syrian forces

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Moscow (AFP) - Russia on Friday condemned a strike by the US-led coalition against Syrian pro-regime forces as "illegitimate" and said it could harm efforts to fight Islamic State jihadists.
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Bahrain Shiite cleric gets suspended jail term

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Dubai (AFP) - A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced revered Shiite cleric Isa Qassim to a suspended one-year jail term for illegal fundraising and money laundering, a judicial source said.
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German army suspends soldier for making far-right comments

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Germany's armed forces have suspended a officer for making far-right comments, the defense ministry said on Friday, amid a widening scandal over fears of hardline racist views among soldiers.
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Torture victim images spur brutality accusations against Uganda's police

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Ugandan rights activists say grisly images of the torture of a detained politician, showing septic wounds on his body, highlight escalating brutality and impunity by the country's security personnel.
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Venezuela sends 2,000 troops to state hit by lootings, protests

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SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela said it was sending 2,000 soldiers on Wednesday to a border state that is a hotspot of anti-government radicalism after a night of looting in which one 15-year-old died as political unrest rumbled on in the volatile nation.
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Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Break Orthodox Jewish Tradition to Fly With Donald

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, both practicing Orthodox Jews and two of the most abruptly powerful outsiders in Washington, will break religious tradition to fly with President Donald Trump Friday aboard Air Force One to Saudi Arabia.
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U.N. torture committee wants Afghan general prosecuted

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The police chief of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, General Abdul Raziq, should be prosecuted over allegations of torture and enforced disappearances, the U.N. Committee against Torture said on Friday.
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Rising expectations of chief executives

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A new global survey about the firing of corporate leaders, which is quite positive about changes in public thought, may help explain some of the heightened scrutiny of President Trump for his recent actions.
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India landslide strands 13,000 pilgrims near Hindu site

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LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A landslide caused by pre-monsoon rains stranded about 13,000 Indian pilgrims near a revered Hindu temple site in a mountainous area of northern India on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries, said Amit Chandola, a spokesman for the state government of Uttarakhand.
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Readers write: Israeli land claims, and a response

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...But Israeli government policy has not compelled any Israeli citizens to move into the territory. Israelis themselves have relocated to the West Bank generally for religious reasons or for a lower cost of living....
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The White House's decision to let only a Russian photographer into Trump's Oval Office meeting has turned out ugly

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By barring all press but a Russian photographer from President Donald Trump's meeting with Kremlin officials this week, the White House opened itself up to more Russia-related criticism from observers.
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Nearly 400 migratory birds die from striking Texas skyscraper

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(Reuters) - Nearly 400 migratory birds of brilliant plumage were killed when they smashed into an office tower in Texas while flying in a storm, officials said on Friday.
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La robe de la ministre israélienne de la Culture à Cannes déchaîne les passions

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Jérusalem (AFP) - Elle aurait pu passer inaperçue sur le tapis rouge du Festival de Cannes. La ministre israélienne de la Culture a réussi à déchaîner une tempête sur les réseaux sociaux en montant les marches dans une robe aux fortes apparences de manifeste.
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