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Iran calls on world to stand up to Trump, save nuclear deal

The world should stand up to Washington’s bullying behavior, Iran’s foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday by state media in a letter to counterparts, as the top diplomat intensifies efforts to save a nuclear deal after a U.S. exit. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out last month from the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers that lifted ...

Iraq and Iran swap Kirkuk oil in strategic boost for Tehran

Iraq and Iran have begun exchanging crude oil, the Iranian oil ministry’s news agency SHANA said on Sunday, in a deal that will position Tehran to expand its interests in its most important Arab ally in the face of growing pressure from Washington. Crude from the Kirkuk field in northern Iraq is being shipped by truck to Iran. Tehran will ...

Jordan sees largest anti-government protests in years

Hundreds of Jordanians took to the streets of the capital Amman on Sunday in a fourth day of nightly protests against IMF-backed price increases that have shaken the kingdom. Demonstrators who converged near the cabinet office chanted slogans calling for the sacking of Prime Minister Hani Mulki, vowing they would only disband if the government rescinded a tax bill it ...

Australia must stay cool on China, and press the reset button

Australia’s response to China’s continuing rise mixes anxiety, even a touch of paranoia, with anticipation of the riches that derive from the sale of vast quantities of commodities. Economic dependence on China is two-edged and potentially policy-distorting. To put this in perspective: Australian exports of goods and services to China in 2016-17 were worth $110.4 billion. That accounts for nearly 30 per ...

SALAH’S ABSENCE PLAYING ON EGYPT’S MIND, SAYS COACH

CAIRO – Mohamed Salah’s absence is affecting Egypt’s World Cup preparations, coach Hector Cuper said after the team played out a goalless draw with Colombia at the start of the weekend. “We are working to cover the absence of Salah. The players responded perfectly to our instructions, but Salah’s absence affects any team negatively,” Cuper said after Friday’s goallesss draw ...

Richest taxpayers get $12.7bn windfall from Coalition plan, thinktank says

The final stages of the Turnbull government’s plan to dramatically flatten Australia’s income tax scales will provide a multibillion-dollar boon to the top 20% of income earners, and they deserve further scrutiny by parliament, a progressive thinktank says. The Australia Institute has produced new modelling of the most expensive elements of the government’s income tax plan, saying the Senate needs ...

Australia to seek diplomatic backup against Russia over MH17 atrocity

Australia could ask European and American allies to help with a mass diplomatic retaliation against Russia, if Moscow refused to accept responsibility for shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, an atrocity which killed 298 innocents, including 38 Australians citizens and residents. The push is likely to poison relations with Russia even further after Moscow’s Ambassador to Australia on Sunday angrily denied ...

Champions League final: Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah suffers suspected dislocated shoulder

Mohamed Salah’s injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat is “serious” according to Jurgen Klopp, but Egypt are confident he will be fit for the World Cup. Salah left the pitch in tears after being pulled down by Real captain Sergio Ramos in the Reds’ 3-1 defeat. “It’s a really serious injury,” said Klopp. “He is in the hospital for an ...

Korean leaders meet in surprise summit

The leaders of North and South Korea have met in the demilitarised border area between the two countries. The meeting is only the second between South Korea’s Moon Jae-in and the North’s Kim Jong-un. It comes as the two sides continue efforts to put a historic US-North Korea summit back on track. US President Donald Trump cancelled the summit, scheduled ...

Will Smith’s World Cup song Live It Up released for Russia 2018

The official World Cup song has been released ahead of the tournament kicking off in Russia next month. Live It Up has been produced by Diplo and features Nicky Jam, Will Smith, and Kosovar Albanian singer Era Istrefi. The Fresh Prince alluded to the track earlier in the week with a post on Instagram. He follows in the footsteps of Pitbull, Jennifer ...

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