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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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Iraqi Kurds vote in historic independence referendum, shrugging off threats

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organised by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds' neighbours and fears of further instability and violence across the Middle East....
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Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far right

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but Europe's most powerful leader will have to govern with a far less stable coalition in a fractured parliament after her conservatives haemorrhaged support to a surging far right....
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EU 'wants €50bn from UK' as part of Brexit negotiations, according to senior diplomats

Europe is set to seek a €50bn (£44bn) divorce bill to break the stalemate as Britain haggles over a deal to leave the European Union, according to senior European diplomats....
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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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Macron promises concert to raise money for education

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday promised to help raise more than $1 billion in new funding for education in the developing world, calling schools vital in countering extremism.
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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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French State Bank BPI Says Plans to Fund Projects in Iran

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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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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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2 new quakes shake southern Mexico, already coping with disasters

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(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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