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Tehran mayor says 20 firefighters dead in high-rise collapse TEHRAN: Tehran's mayor said more than 20 firefighters had been killed when the city's oldest high-rise collapsed following a fire on Thursday."So far, more than 20 of our colleagues in the fire brigade have lost their lives rescuing others," mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf told Iranian state television.Fire brigade spokesman Jalal Maleki said he could not confirm the 20 deaths, and they were still being treated officially as missing since no bodies had yet been pulled from the rubble.Rescue workers, soldiers and sniffer dogs were desperately hunting for survivors in the debris of the 15-storey Plasco building, which contained a shopping centre and hundreds of clothing suppliers.Some 78 people -- mostly firefighters -- were injured as they rushed to evacuate the building, the head of Tehran's emergency services told state television, and six were still in hospital by late evening.Dramatic images showed flames pouring out of the top floors of the ...

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Alibaba's Ma makes star turn as Davos pivots to China DAVOS: President Xi Jinping wowed the audience in Davos with his exaltation of globalisation, but China's real "Davos Man" may be the omnipresent and deal-hungry founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma.From his ties to US president-elect Donald Trump and his appetite for Hollywood cinema to a new partnership with the Olympic Games, Ma was everywhere at the World Economic Forum, the yearly chat-fest for the world's most powerful leaders and executives.Ma's star turn -- and another ...

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Those trying to mislead masses would face disappointment: Marriyum ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Thursday that those trying to mislead the people would face disappointment. Talking to media persons after Panama Papers case hearing here, the minister said that the Prime Minister's all addresses to the nation were on record.She said that the documents related to Panama Papers case referred in the address were being submitted in the court while Imran Khan failed to produce ...

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Iran looks to Syria talks to boost regional clout TEHRAN: Iran is looking to Syria peace talks next week as a chance to build on its regional clout, experts say, as Tehran, Moscow and Ankara all stake out claims for influence.The Syrian army's victory in recapturing the rebel stronghold of east Aleppo last month has thrust Tehran to the centre of the diplomatic game playing out over the country's future.The win was achieved with crucial assistance from Iranian military advisors and thousands of "volunteer" ...

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Obama says in US interest to have 'constructive' ties with Russia WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said Wednesday it was in America's interest to have "constructive" ties with Russia, but admitted the relationship had reverted to an "adversarial spirit" when Vladimir Putin regained the presidency."I think it's in America's interest and the world's interest that we have a constructive relationship with Russia. That's been my approach throughout my presidency," Obama said at his final press conference before handing power to Donald Trump.But he said that when Putin ...