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West, Russia signal line drawn in Ukraine crisis

Russia and the West sought to draw a provisional line under the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday after major industrialised nations warned Moscow of tougher economic sanctions if it goes beyond the seizure of Crimea. After scoffing at a

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Moscow wins overwhelming Crimea vote

Crimea's Moscow-backed leaders declared a 96-percent vote in favour of quitting Ukraine and annexation by Russia in a referendum Western powers said was illegal and will bring immediate sanctions. As state media in Russia carr

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Ukraine mobilises after Putin's 'declaration of war'

Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.

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Iran's top clergy back Rouhani's nuclear approach

President Hassan Rouhani has secured the backing of senior conservative clerics against hardliners opposed to a nuclear deal reached with major powers, Iran's official news agency IRNA said on Saturday. His first vice presiden

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Iran sets date for nuclear deal implementation

World powers and Iran have agreed to start implementing in late January an agreement obliging Tehran to suspend its most sensitive nuclear work, an Iranian official was quoted as saying on Tuesday. There was no immediate confirmat

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Somali president names economist as new PM

Somalia's president has named economist Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed as his new prime minister, ending weeks of political paralysis as the country strives to secure fragile security gains against Islamist militants. Ahmed previously

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Iran eyes better UAE ties after nuke deal

Iran's foreign minister was in the UAE last week hoping to improve relations with the US ally after Tehran's deal with world powers under which it is to curb its disputed nuclear activity in exchange for sanctions relief.

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Anarchy at door, West starts to rebuild Libyan army

On a dusty parade ground outside Tripoli, young recruits march and bark out slogans for the new Libyan army that Western powers hope can turn the tide on militias threatening to engulf the North African country in anarchy. Their b

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Iran to reassert authority at Opec after nuclear deal

Emboldened by its nuclear deal with the West, Iranian oil negotiators led again by industry veteran Bijan Zanganeh, will seek to reassert Tehran's authority in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) at a Wednesday meeti

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Iran nuclear deal implementation in Jan

The implementation of a landmark deal between Iran and world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for some sanctions relief is expected to start by early January, its envoy to the UN atomic agency said. The Novemb

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