Obama, Netanyahu To Meet For First Talks Since Iran Deal

By Jeffrey Heller WASHINGTON, Nov 9. U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet on Monday for the first time since the Israeli leader lost his battle against the Iran nuclear deal, with Washington seeking his re-commitment to a two-state solution with the Palestinians. Netanyahu, who infuriated the White House by urging Congress,

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Russia and Iran Sign Contract for Missile System Delivery: RIA

MOSCOW, Nov 9: Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec, was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying on Monday. “S-300, the air defence system, the contract has already been signed,” Chemezov was

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Israeli Officers Shoot Dead Knife-wielding Palestinian Woman

JERUSALEM, Nov 9  Israeli security officers shot dead a Palestinian woman who tried to stab them on Monday, officials said, the latest episode in an outbreak of violence that Israel’s prime minister will discuss in talks in the White House. The woman had approached an Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank wielding a knife,

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Hints At Election Win; Rohingya Barred From Voting

By Staff Reporter Preliminary results from Myanmar’s first free elections in 25 years indicate a landslide victory for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD). It is expected to win the largest share of votes from an electorate of about 30 million according to results reported by Reuters. On Monday, the country’s election commission announced

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Oil Price Faces Fresh Downturn as Russia, Saudi Tussle in Europe

By Libby George and Amanda Cooper LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) A sales push by Saudi Arabia into north Europe’s refineries, a step into rival Russia’s backyard, piles fresh pressure on oil prices already struggling against oversupply. Stung by Russia’s success in supplanting it in the giant Chinese market, Riyadh has embarked on a charm offensive

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Amid Floods, Pakistan’s Kalasha People Fear For Their Way of Life

By Rina Saeed CHITRAL, Pakistan, Nov 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) For Akram Hussain, unprecedented monsoon floods that drenched his Hindu Kush mountain valley this year were a danger to more than just homes and crops. His 4,000-strong Kalasha people, who live in three remote valleys in northwest Pakistan, preserve an ancient way of life, including

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Egypt Crash to Spur Demand For Strict Aviation Security: Emirates

DUBAI, Nov 8 (Reuters) Emirates Airlines President Tim Clark said on Sunday he expected the crash of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt would result in demands for stringent aviation security worldwide. Speaking at the Dubai Airshow, Clark added that he had ordered a security review, but was not suspending any flights as a result

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Sierra Leone Celebrates End of Ebola Epidemic

FREETOWN (Reuters) Residents of Sierra Leone’s capital held a candlelit vigil and celebrations overnight to mark the end of an Ebola epidemic that has killed almost 4,000 people including more than 200 health workers since it began last year. Following 42 days with no new cases, the West African nation’s epidemic will be declared officially

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Voting Underway in Myanmar’s First Free Election

By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Nov 8) Voting began on Sunday in Myanmar’s first free nationwide election in 25 years, the Southeast Asian nation’s biggest stride yet in a journey to democracy from dictatorship. The party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to win the largest share of

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Iraqi politician Chalabi’s Family Suspect Foul Play in His Death

By Suadad al-Salhy Tuesday’s death of Iraq’s most controversial politician, Ahmed Abdulhadi Al Chalabi, has raised concerns among his family who await the results of an autopsy as they believe he may have been murdered. A family member who declined to be identified told Newsweek Middle East that the family “has big doubts” about his cause of

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