• Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of twin tanker attacks

      Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of twin tanker attacks

      Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused rival Iran of attacks on two oil tankers in a vital Gulf shipping channel, adding he "won't hesitate" to tackle any threats to the kingdom, according to excerpts of an interview published on Sunday. In it the prince also accused "Iran and its proxies" over 12 May attacks on four tankers anchored in the Gulf of Oman off the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah.

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    • Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House

      Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House

      President Trump announced Thursday on Twitter that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will be leaving her position at the end of the month. In his tweet he praised her work and encouraged her to follow in her father's footsteps and run for governor of her home state of Arkansas.

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    • Japan's PM Abe heads to Tehran as US-Iran mediator

      Japan's PM Abe heads to Tehran as US-Iran mediator

      Japan's PM Shinzo Abe heads to Iran this week on a rare diplomatic mission, hoping to ease tensions between the Islamic Republic and Tokyo's key ally Washington, news wires reported. Abe will meet President Hassan Rouhani and the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on his 3-days trip, started on Wednesday, the first time a Japanese prime minister has visited Iran since 1978, a year before the country's revolution.

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    • Political storm in Moldova: Instead of government snap elections announced

      Political storm in Moldova: Instead of government snap elections announced

      Moldova’s newly appointed acting president Pavel Filip on Sunday dissolved parliament and called snap elections, as a political crisis rocks the ex-Soviet country, news wires reported. Filip signed a decree dissolving parliament and calling snap elections in Moldova for 6 September after the Constitutional Court on Sunday suspended pro-Russia president Igor Dodon and named Filip, who is the acting prime minister, as acting president.

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    • Moldova to have coalition cabinet headed by Maia Sandu

      Moldova to have coalition cabinet headed by Maia Sandu

      Moldova’s parties on Saturday agreed to form a government and appoint Maia Sandu, a former education minister and World Bank adviser, as prime minister with a mandate to curb the power of oligarchs in one of Europe’s poorest countries, news wires reported. “Injustice has come to an end today in Moldova,” Sandu said. “Today begins the process of the purification of Moldova.”

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    • US, Mexico struck immigration deal, Trump calls off tariffs

      US, Mexico struck immigration deal, Trump calls off tariffs

      The United States and Mexico struck a deal on Friday to avert a tariff war, after Mexico agreed to rapidly expand a controversial asylum programme and to deploy security forces to stem the flow of illegal Central American migrants, news wires reported. The US President Donald Trump had threatened to impose 5% import tariffs on all Mexican goods starting on Monday if Mexico did not commit to do more to tighten its borders.

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    • Pope to meet Putin at Vatican on 4 July

      Pope to meet Putin at Vatican on 4 July

      Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin for an audience on 4 July, the Vatican announced on Thursday. The meeting will be the third between the two men, with Francis having received Putin most recently in 2015, when the pope urged all parties to the conflict in Ukraine to make a "sincere effort" for peace.

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