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Polls close in Greece, with  No  vote in lead

Polls close in Greece, with No vote in lead

 Polls have closed in Greece referendum, which will determine the cash-strapped country’s future in the eurozone, with opinion polls showing a narrow win for the No vote.According to Greece Interior Ministry partial vote count shows No’ vote is in lead by accounting for 61 percent of early votes counted.Earlier in the day, a poll by the Star television channel, carried out during voting on Sunday and the day before, showed that

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UK knew Iraq was using chemical weapons on Iran

UK knew Iraq was using chemical weapons on Iran

 When Iraq attacked Iran in September 1980, it triggered an eight year devastating war. Led by Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi-imposed war came less than two years after the Islamic revolution in Iran.Iraq was being heavily supported by the US, the UK and other regional and international powers. The country was given loans, military equipment and satellite imagery. Iraq also used horrifying chemical weapons, such as mustard gas, against Iranian as

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BBC rejects MP requests to identify ISIL as ‘Daesh’

BBC rejects MP requests to identify ISIL as ‘Daesh’

 The BBC has rejected government requests to label the terrorist group operating in Syria and Iraq as ‘Daesh’, it has emerged.The request, written in a letter by MPs including Boris Johnson and Alex Salmond to stop using the term Islamic State was rejected by the director general, Tony Hall, despite being signed by 120 members of parliament.Hall said the term ‘Daesh’ does not observe the BBC s “impartiality,” the Times reports.

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Vienna Talks: The Ghosts of Lausanne Are Warning Us

Vienna Talks: The Ghosts of Lausanne Are Warning Us

 Mutual trust remains a massive work to be done in the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany.Although there were quite a few feel-good announcements in April, tensions between Tehran and Washington over the latter’s “endless demands” have intensified in recent days. This is while a number of alternative voices continue to advocate a rethinking of

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Military intervention in Syria to cost Turkey dearly: Opposition leader

Military intervention in Syria to cost Turkey dearly: Opposition leader

 Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has warned the government against any military intervention in neighboring Syria, saying such a move would cost Ankara dearly.“I am warning them (government officials) not to drag Turkey into an adventure; it would have a high cost,” said CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said on Monday, the Turkish Hurriyet daily reported.The senior opposition figure said that it is ordinary

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Israeli navy forces seize Swedish ship en route to Gaza: Reports

Israeli navy forces seize Swedish ship en route to Gaza: Reports

The Israeli navy troops have reportedly captured a Swedish ship en route the Gaza Strip to break the regime s long-time blockade of the Palestinian sliver.Contact was lost earlier with one of the vessels of the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla III as Israeli navy ships approached the convoy, the Freedom Flotilla Organization said.The Swedish-registered the Marianne of Gothenberg was surrounded by Israeli gunboats while it was on the way to Gaza in

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France terror attack suspect reportedly admits to killing boss

France terror attack suspect reportedly admits to killing boss

Yassin Salhi, the man suspected of beheading his employer in a recent terrorist attack in France, has confessed to his crime, with reports saying he was being escorted home for further investigation.According to AFP on Monday, the 35-year-old suspect, a truck driver reportedly carrying an ISIL flag during the attack, confessed to murdering his boss, Herve Cornara, in a parking lot of a gas factory.Salhi murdered his boss an hour before he drove

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Understanding realities, political will are what Iran deal needs: Zarif

Understanding realities, political will are what Iran deal needs: Zarif

 “Serious understanding of the realities” is what a nuclear deal between Iran and global powers needs, says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.Zarif made the remarks at the Coburg hotel before leaving Vienna for Tehran late on Sunday.We can reach a conclusion “with political will” and if all sides “move forward based on what we have already agreed without excessive demands," he noted.Zarif said that during last week’s

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Migrant Crisis: The Death of the European Dream

Migrant Crisis: The Death of the European Dream

 Many have lamented the loss of the European dream, but few have the investigative skills necessary to dig into what happened.The perils facing desperate migrants from Africa and the Middle East trying to get to fortress Europe across the Mediterranean is being underscored almost daily with deadly shipwrecks off the African and Mediterranean coasts. With economic decay, foreign wars, terrorism, persecution and unemployment gripping at least

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French FM warns Israel over illegal settlement activities

French FM warns Israel over illegal settlement activities

The French foreign minister has called for the resumption of stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks, warning that Tel Aviv’s continued settlement expansion in the occupied lands scuttles the chances of a deal between the two sides.“What’s important is that negotiations restart,” Laurent Fabius told reporters during a visit to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Saturday.He stressed, however, that the prospect of a solution to the conflict between

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Turkey’s democratic renaissance?

Turkey’s democratic renaissance?

By Ernest Maragall and Laura Batalla originally written for, and published by, Turkey’s Hurriyet daily news. With their votes, the Turkish people sent a strong message to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday’s free - if not really fair - election. Amid an alarming degree of polarization and tension, a large majority of Turkish society chose not to back Erdogan’s ambition to switch to a presidential system. Instead, the people of Turkey

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EU Urges Saudis to Stop Lashing Blogger

EU Urges Saudis to Stop Lashing Blogger

The EU renewed calls on Saudi Arabia to stop lashing blogger Raif Badawi after the country s top court upheld the sentence against him for insulting Wahhabism.Badawi received the first 50 of the 1,000 lashes he was sentenced to outside a mosque in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on January 9. Subsequent rounds of punishment were postponed on medical grounds, Yahoo News reported.But the Saudi Supreme Court then upheld the blogger s sentence of 10

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