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Obama: Hiroshima visit to emphasise current US ties with Japan TOKYO: US President Barack Obama said on Sunday his visit to Hiroshima, the first city to suffer an atomic bombing, would emphasise friendly ties between former enemies, and reiterated he would not apologise for the devastating attack. Obama will become the first sitting US president to tour the site of the world's first nuclear bombing this Friday, accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.In an interview with Japanese national broadcaster NHK, Obama - who emphasized denuclearisation early in his term - said the reality is that leaders often have to make hard choices during times of conflict and no apologies would be included in brief remarks he is expected to make in the western Japanese city. "It's important to recognise that in the midst of war, leaders make all kinds of decisions, it's a job of historians to ask questions and examine them," Obama said."But I know, as somebody who's ...

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Gulf markets fall as investors take profits; Egypt sags DUBAI: Stock markets in the Gulf fell on Sunday as investors took profits, taking their cue from a dip in Brent oil futures at the end of last week, while concerns over security risks put pressure on Egyptian shares. Riyadh's stock index dropped 1.0 percent, weighed down by the two largest sectors, banks and petrochemicals.Samba Financial Group and Saudi Basic Industries, the largest listed stock by market value, fell 2.0 and 1.2 percent respectively. But ...

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Militants attack Agip oil pipeline in Nigeria's Bayelsa state YENAGOA: A crude oil pipeline in Nigeria's southern state of Bayelsa operated by the local subsidiary of Italy's Eni was attacked on Sunday, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC) said. Desmond Agu, a spokesman for the government agency, said the Agip pipeline was attacked with dynamite in the early hours of Sunday. Eni, which operates in Nigeria through its subsidiary Nigerian Agip Oil Company, could not be immediately reached to comment on the ...

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FSA rebels to Syrian army: End assault in 48 hours or truce finished AMMAN: Mainstream Syrian rebel groups said on Sunday they would no longer abide by a threadbare "cessation of hostilities" deal unless the Syrian army ended a major assault on their positions in the suburbs of Damascus within 48 hours.A statement by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) signed by nearly 40 rebel groups that operate across Syria said they would deem the ceasefire as having "totally collapsed" if the assault by Syrian government and allied Lebanese ...

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Pak-China growing economic ties now galloping under CPEC: Sartaj ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Sunday said as political links between China and Pakistan were ever strong, the growing economic ties were now galloping under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).Addressing a ceremony featuring the Pakistan-China Joint Cultural Performance to celebrate the 65th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Adviser said China was now Pakistan's largest trading partner with $18 billion as two-way trade."A question people ...