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Iran says Russian raids from its airbase 'over for now' TEHRAN: Iran said Monday that Russian raids on Syria from one of its airbases had ended for now, shortly after accusing Moscow of "showing off" when it revealed the bombing missions."It was a specific, authorised mission and it's over for now. They conducted it and they are gone now," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told reporters in Tehran.He left open the possibility of future Russian combat flights from Iran, saying it would depend on "the situation in the region, and according to our permission."That came a few hours after defence minister Hossein Dehghan made a rare public criticism of Russia for revealing that its warplanes were using Iran's Hamedan airbase to attack insurgents in Syria. "Naturally, the Russians are keen to show that they are a superpower and an influential country and that they are active in security issues in the region and the world," Dehghan told Iran's Channel 2 ...

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Myanmar says UN's Ban will attend peace talks YANGON: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon will attend a landmark peace conference in Myanmar this month, an official and a rebel group said Monday, bolstering Aung San Suu Kyi's drive to end decades of fighting.Several complex ethnic conflicts are rumbling across Myanmar's borderlands, hampering efforts to expand the economy after the end of junta rule.Suu Kyi has made peace a flagship policy of her newly installed civilian-led government.It is a tall order in a country ...

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Taliban make further gains in Afghan north KABUL: The Afghan Taliban captured a strategic district in the northern province of Kunduz on Saturday, forcing troops to retreat to the provincial capital which fell briefly to the insurgents last year, officials said.Fighting has sharply escalated in Afghanistan since the insurgency started spreading from its traditional strongholds in the south and east of the country to the once peaceful north.The militants seized the district of Khanabad, which connects Kunduz to Takhar and other northern ...

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi assures China of solution to stalled dam BEIJING: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi told China's premier on Thursday that her new government is willing to look for a resolution that suits both countries to a suspended Chinese-funded hydropower project in northern Myanmar, a senior Chinese diplomat said.Finding a solution to the $3.6 billion Myitsone dam project is important for Suu Kyi who needs China's cooperation in talks with Myanmar's ethnic minority armed groups operating along northern borders with China.Former Myanmar President ...

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi heads to China with dam project clouding ties YANGON: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is heading to China on Wednesday for what is likely to be her government's biggest diplomatic test, with the fate of a suspended dam project, backed by China but opposed by many people in Myanmar, in the balance.Myanmar's former military rulers were shunned by the West and close to China, which has been on a diplomatic offensive since Suu Kyi's government came to power in April, aiming to ...

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China premier says cabinet approves launch of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect SHANGHAI: China's premier Li Keqiang said the State Council had approved the launch of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme linking the two exchanges, without giving further details on the launch date.Li, in comments posted on a government website, said that preparatory work for the long-awaited programme had been basically completed."The move marks a solid step toward better legal structure and international market orientation of China's capital markets," Li was quoted as saying.The China Securities ...

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Sri Lanka July manufacturing PMI falls to neutral level COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's manufacturing PMI fell to a neutral level of around 50 in July from a generally expanding level a month ago due to a decline in new orders and production indices, the central bank reported on Monday.The index, which the Indian ocean island nation's monetary authority started to release from last month, fell to 50.6 in July from 55.1 a month ago, the data showed. "Overall data points to an expansion in the ...