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Iran ex-president writes to Obama demanding frozen funds TEHRAN: Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, rumoured to be planning a political comeback, has asked Barack Obama to return $2 billion of assets frozen in the US in a letter made public Monday.Ahmadinejad wrote that despite early promises by the US president to improve ties with Iran "the same hostile policies along with the same trend of enmity were pursued".He specifically mentioned the $2 billion of Iranian foreign currency reserves seized from New York bank accounts earlier this year. In April, the US Supreme Court confirmed an earlier ruling that the money should be used to compensate the families of victims of the 1983 bombing of a US Marines barracks in Lebanon and other incidents blamed on Iran. Iran is appealing the decision at the International Court of Justice."I passionately advise you not to let the historical defamation and bitter incident be recorded under your name," Ahmadinejad wrote. The letter ...

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Hundreds join key battle for Syria's Aleppo BEIRUT: Regime and rebel forces have sent in hundreds of fighters and extra military equipment to join the crucial battle for Syria's second city Aleppo, a monitoring group said Monday.Fighting is intensifying as both sides prepare for what Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said would be a decisive battle for the northern city."An estimated 2,000 Syrian, Iraqi, and Iranian fighters as well as Lebanese fighters from (Shiite movement) ...

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Iran executes nuclear scientist for spying for US DUBAI: Iran has executed an Iranian nuclear scientist detained in 2010 when he returned home from the United States, after a court convicted him of spying for Washington, a spokesman for the judiciary said on Sunday. "Through his connection with the United States, (Shahram) Amiri gave vital information about the country to the enemy," Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a weekly news conference, state news agency IRNA reported. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Saudi-led coalition launches 30 air strikes in Yemen CAIRO: A Saudi-led military coalition carried out around 30 air strikes throughout Yemen on Sunday, residents said, a day after UN talks to end a civil war there expired without achieving peace. The bombings were aimed at Yemen's armed Houthi movement in Sanaa, Saada, Jawf, Hajja and Taiz provinces, stretching from the country's far north to coastal south. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the strikes, which were carried out largely in remote ...

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Fighting in Syria's Aleppo after siege broken: monitor BEIRUT: Sporadic clashes hit the southern edges of Aleppo on Sunday morning, a monitoring group said, hours after rebels said they had broken a three-week government siege of the Syrian city. An alliance of rebels, Islamists, and jihadists late Saturday said they had opened a new route into Aleppo's eastern neighbourhoods, home to some 250,000 people.But the road, which passes through southern edges of the city, remains too dangerous for civilians to use, the Syrian ...

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Air strikes thought to be Russian hit displaced camps in Syria BEIRUT: Air strikes believed carried out by Russian warplanes hit two displaced persons' camps west of Aleppo and near the Turkish border on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported. It said the strikes killed at least two children and wounded 30 people near the town of Atareb, which is in rebel-held territory.A number of tents were damaged or burned in the strikes, it added. Russia has waged an air campaign against ...

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Emirates chairman says firefighter died in plane disaster DUBAI: A firefighter was killed while battling flames that erupted when an Emirates airline plane flying from India crash-landed in Dubai, the carrier's chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said on Wednesday. Sheikh Ahmed said authorities were still investigating the incident, in which 14 other people were admitted to hospitals with mainly minor or moderate injuries.He said the crash-landing was not caused by any security breach. He said the plane, which had entered service in ...