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Iran threatens to let Russian cos develop Farzad B gas field after India plans to cut oil purchase

After India said it planned to order less Iranian crude oil, Iran has threatened to let Russian companies enter the race for developing the Farzad B gas field. The Times of India reported that if Iran does indeed go through with this, the part of the oil field which the consortium of Indian state-run entities get will be much smaller. ...

ISIS attack Egyptian bus killing 29 Coptic Christians

Egyptian officials said attackers who massacred Christians near a monastery had trained in militant camps in Libya which it targeted with air strikes, after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility. The air force loyal to Egypt-backed Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said it had joined the Egyptian air strikes on Friday following the attack on Copts that killed 29 people. But ...

Iran Extends Voting Deadline in First Presidential Election Since It Agreed to Limit Its Nuclear Program

(TEHRAN) — Iranians continued voting into the evening on Friday in the country’s first presidential election since its nuclear deal with world powers, as incumbent Hassan Rouhani looked to fend off a staunch challenge from a hard-line opponent. The election is largely viewed as a referendum on the 68-year-old cleric’s more moderate policies, which paved the way for the nuclear ...

Jordan, Iraq on ‘good ground’ for joint work, country reconstruction — Iraqi president

AMMAN – The relationship between Jordan and Iraq is “as strong as ever” and based on mutual interests, rather than “political courtesy”, Iraqi President Fuad Massoum said on Friday. At a press conference, he noted that the two countries have “good ground” for joint work, stressing Iraq’s willingness to see the Kingdom engage in the post-war reconstruction efforts in his ...

Apparent Howlin’ Ray’s Ripoff Hot Chicken Restaurant Springs Up in Australia

There seems to be a Howlin’ Ray’s ripoff restaurant preparing to make its debut soon, all the way out in Australia. Not only is the red-lettered eatery with the modern chicken logo preparing Nashville-style hot chicken, they’ve taken the name Howlin’ Jay’s. As if the rhyming name weren’t enough of a tell, you can see the similarities across the spectrum ...

Egyptian actors’ Syria visit sparks uproar at home

Cairo: An Egyptian delegation of film actors and directors this week visited the Syrian capital Damascus, triggering uproar at home. The visitors included celebrated actors Elham Shahin and Farouq Al Feshawi as well as filmmakers Omar Abdul Aziz and Mohsen Fouda, who also heads the Egyptian Actors ‘Association. The trip came days after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al ...

Australian Senator Breast-Feeds in Parliament, and the World Notices

SYDNEY, Australia — With the complete disregard for politics that is a characteristic of youth, Alia Joy Gates made her position clear: She would not wait to be breast-fed. It did not matter that her mother, Senator Larissa Waters, had work to do in the chamber of the Australian Senate. She was 11½ weeks old and, for crying out loud, ...

Australia may send more troops to Afghanistan

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with Australian troops serving at Camp Qargha near Kabul to celebrate Anzac Day. Almost 16 years since Australia first sent forces to Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks, the Turnbull Government is weighing up sending more troops to the conflict. The West Australian understands Australia has received a request from NATO for a “small number” ...

I’m not picking a fight with the banks: Australia Treasurer tells CNBC

Australia’s Treasurer Scott Morrison insists he’s not expecting a fight from Australia’s big banks despite announcing a surprise levy on Tuesday night’s annual budget. Australia’s budget will impose a levy of 6 basis points on banks with liabilities in excess of $100 billion Australian dollars ($74 billion) in an attempt to raise more than A$6 billion over the next four ...

Hamas’ new policy document brings the group closer to Egypt

mas’ founding charter, which was published in 1988, defines Hamas “as a universal Islamic movement and one of the branches of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.” Consequently, Hamas has been tied to the Brotherhood for the past 29 years In its new Document of General Principles and Policies announced May 1 from Doha, Qatar, many articles that were included initially ...