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U.S. Navy Commander Pleads Guilty in Corruption Scandal

By Marty Graham Jan 29- A U.S. Navy commander charged with accepting paid travel, prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets from a Malaysian defense contractor in exchange for classified information pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal corruption charges. Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz appeared in U.S. District Court in San Diego to answer to charges

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We are not natural-born enemies of Iran: Saudi U.N. Envoy

By Michelle Nichols and Sam Wilkin UNITED NATIONS/DUBAI, Jan 5 – Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would restore ties with Iran when Tehran stopped meddling in the affairs of other countries and pledged that Riyadh would continue to work “very hard” to support bids for peace in Syria and Yemen despite the spat. Saudi

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U.S. Prepares New Sanctions on Iran over Ballistic Missile Program

WASHINGTON, Dec 30 – U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration is preparing new sanctions on international companies and individuals over Iran’s ballistic missile program, sources familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the potential sanctions would target about 12 companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab

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Armenia At A Crossroads: Referendum To Decide Country’s Fate

Thousands of Armenians vote in a referendum on constitutional reform BY Staff Reporter DUBAI, Dec 7 – For the third time in its modern history, Armenia held a referendum aimed at changing its constitution from semi-presidential to parliamentary. Almost 2,000 polling stations throughout the country opened their doors to 2.5 million citizens, whose voting was

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Israel Shuts Down Third Palestinian Radio Station This Month

By Maher Abukhater Ramallah, Nov 29 – Dozens of Israeli soldiers raided a radio station in the middle of the Palestinian-controlled city of Hebron, in the south of the West Bank early Sunday and ordered it shut down for six months, according to radio officials. The closure order for Radio Dream is the third against

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Putin Says Turkey’s Downing of Russian Warplane a ‘Stab in the Back’

  MOSCOW/SOCHI, Russia, Nov. 24 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet a stab in the back administered by “the accomplices of terrorists,” saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow’s relations with Ankara. Speaking in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday before a meeting

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Yemen’s Socotra Island Bans Use of ‘Qat’

ADEN, Yemen, Nov. 22 – Authorities on Yemen’s Socotra island burnt two tonnes of the mild narcotic drug qat on Saturday, a shipment seized from smugglers trying to defy last week’s ban by the archipelago’s governor, local officials said. Yemenis have chewed qat for centuries and although widespread, its use is seen as a social

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Turkish Airlines Diverts Flight to Canada After Bomb Threat

TORONTO, Nov. 22 – A Turkish Airlines flight bound for Turkey from New York was diverted to Halifax, Canada, after a bomb threat, Canadian police said on Sunday. The plane landed safely and police were searching it using dogs trained in explosives, the Nova Scotia branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Twitter.

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G20 Summit In Turkey Focuses On Syria, Daesh Militancy

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 15  – U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate Daesh and prevent more attacks like those in Paris, while urging Russia’s Vladimir Putin to focus on combating the jihadist group in Syria. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will also urge President Vladimir Putin on

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