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U.S., France, U.K. Launch Strikes on Syria After Chemical Attack

Missile strikes targeted chemical weapons facilities in Syria Trump condemns Russia and Iran for supporting Syria’s Assad statement posted on Twitter. “We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.” Syria said its air defenses were “confronting the U.S.-French-British aggression,” according to the state-run SANA news agency. Syria’s Observatory for Human Rights, a group monitoring the conflict, reported that the strikes targeted several military bases, Republican Guards locations and the Scientific Studies Research Center. "Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming…

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Stocks Tumble in Biggest Weekly Decline Since 2016: Markets Wrap

Dow Jones Industrials lost more than 1,400 points in the week Crude oil registers largest five-day increase since July data showed European growth sputtering. The tech heavy Nasdaq 100 dropped 7.3 percent this week, the most since 2015. Traders had already been bracing for the possibility of slowing expansion as the Federal Reserve reiterated its commitment to further interest-rate increases after Wednesday’s hike. “There is a tug of war between Fed tightening, fiscal stimulus, strong earning but slowing sales and now tariffs and potential trade wars,” said Jason Browne, chief…

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Second woman arrested in Tehran for hijab protest

Woman was detained after standing on telecoms box to raise headscarf on a stick in repeat of protest last month Second woman arrested in Tehran for hijab protest Woman was detained after standing on telecoms box to raise headscarf on a stick in repeat of protest last month Saeed Kamali Dehghan Iran correspondent Last modified on Mon 29 Jan 2018 17.00EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp An unidentified woman protests against compulsory hijab rules Photograph: Twitter/@MaajidNawaz A second woman has been arrested in Iran for protesting…

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Iran bans the teaching of English in primary schools, official says

Move comes after warnings by Islamic leaders that early learning of language opened way to western cultural invasion Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official has said, after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a western cultural invasion. Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations, Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run high education council, told state television. The assumption is that in primary education the groundwork…

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Yemen Rebels Say They Fired Missile at Saudi’s Main Airport

Yemen’s Houthi rebels said Saturday they’d targeted the international airport in Riyadh with a ballistic missile in a rare attack on one of the most vital targets in the Saudi capital. The projectile was aimed at King Khalid International Airport, located about 22 miles (35 kilometers) north of Riyadh, the rebel-controlled Saba news agency reported. Saudi state-run media said the kingdom’s air defenses intercepted a missile northeast of Riyadh, with no material damage to the airport. Residents in the capital said they heard a loud bang. Saudi Arabia and its…

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Bob Corker: White House is ‘adult day care center’ and Trump may start WWIII

Trump blasts chair of Senate foreign relations committee over Iran and endorsement begging as Corker warns Trumps threats risk global conflict Donald Trumps fractious relationship with the Republican establishment reached a bizarre new level on Sunday when Senator Bob Corker described the White House as an adult day care center and warned that the president risked setting the US on the path to World War III. An extraordinary exchange between Trump and the chair of the Senate foreign relations committee began when Trump accused Corker, who is retiring, of not…

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‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?

Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public I love to take off my headscarf, says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran. Shes sitting with a group of friends around one of the many picnic tables in the Mothers Paradise, a park in the Iranian capital. Shes wearing a fringed mint-green T-shirt through which you can see her bare stomach. We can wear airy clothes here, and thats a freedom I…

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The guidebooks and selfie-sticks arrive as Rouhanis Iran declares itself open to all

With visitor numbers rising and hotel chains circling, Iran is reinventing itself but the change is too fast for some Standing in the blue-tiled shadows of one of Irans greatest mosques, armed with a dish of sesame caramel snacks, Mohammed Reza Zamani is a cleric on a mission to repair the countrys image in the west, one tourist at a time. Free Friendly Talks a billboard announces in English, at the entrance to a historic religious seminary-turned-museum, in the central city of Isfahan, a former imperial capital so beautiful that…

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Syria safe zones hit by clashes on first day

Reports of bombing in Hama province as Russian-led agreement intended to stop conflict between government and rebel forces comes into force Syrian government forces and rebels clashed in the north-western province of Hama on Friday shortly after a Russian-led deal to establish safe zones took effect, a monitor and a rebel official said. The zones, agreed to by Russia, Turkey and Iran, went into effect at midnight on Friday. The plans details will be worked out over the next few weeks but the zones appear intended to halt conflict in…

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Iran nuclear deal: Rex Tillerson accuses Tehran of ‘alarming provocations’

Secretary of state talks tough to launch a review of the 2015 agreement that Trump called the worst ever The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has accused Iran of alarming ongoing provocations to destabilise countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy towards Tehran. Tillerson said the nuclear agreement, negotiated during Barack Obamas presidency, placed limitations on Irans nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions against Iran. Tillersons notice to Congress was part of a 90-day process in which the president…

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