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MH17 relatives demand release of radar images THE HAGUE: Relatives of those killed in the MH17 air disaster Wednesday urged Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to launch a global campaign to obtain radar images which may help pinpoint who fired a missile at the plane.All 298 passengers and crew onboard the Malaysia Airlines flight jetliner -- most of them Dutch -- died when it was shot down en route to Kuala Lumpur over war-torn eastern Ukraine in July 2014. Officials with the Dutch safety board (OVV) concluded in their investigation last year that the Boeing 777 was hit by a Russian-made BUK missile fired from territory held by pro-Russian rebels. But they did not say definitively who pulled the trigger.A separate criminal investigation is also underway in the Netherlands to try to find those responsible and bring them to justice.Now the Dutch relatives have written to Rutte to protest that primary radar data was not made available ...

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India cabinet approves new crop insurance scheme NEW DELHI: India's federal cabinet on Wednesday ratified the country's first major crop damage insurance scheme for farmers, a government source said, in what is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first significant move to address rural hardship. The impact of unseasonal rains and two straight years of drought on agriculture that sustains over two-thirds of India's 1.25 billion people has dented Modi's popularity in the countryside, contributing to a humiliating loss for the premier in elections ...

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Iranian Revolutionary Guards detain US boats with 10 crews in Gulf DUBAI: Iranian Revolutionary Guards have detained two US boats with 10 crew aboard after the vessels "illegally" entered Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency said early on Wednesday."These two boats were seized by Revolutionary Guard naval forces near Farsi Island 2 km inside Iranian territorial waters," Fars reported. It gave no further detail.In Washington on Tuesday, a senior Obama administration official said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had told ...

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Iran to sell 40 tonnes of heavy water to US: official TEHRAN: Iran will sell part of its stock of heavy water to the United States under its nuclear deal with world powers, its deputy atomic chief said Tuesday.Ali Asghar Zarean also denied reports Iran had dismantled the core of its Arak nuclear reactor, a key step in the deal that will see sanctions lifted in exchange for limits on Tehran's nuclear programme."Iran will sell 40 tonnes of its excess heavy water to the United States ...

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Iran sacks senior security official over Saudi embassy attack TEHRAN: Iran has sacked a senior security official over his failure to stop the ransacking of Saudi Arabia's embassy, which led the Sunni-ruled kingdom to sever diplomatic relations.Safar Ali Baratlou's replacement as security deputy to Tehran's governor general was already under review, but the interior ministry said "a blind eye could not be turned" to what happened at the embassy.The mission and the Saudi consulate in Mashhad, Iran's second city, were attacked and torched on ...

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Iran warns of reciprocal measures in US visa row TEHRAN: Iran's parliament speaker said Sunday that new US visa regulations amounted to "harassment" and reciprocal steps would be taken if the plans are implemented.The rules, approved by Congress last month, would bar people from 38 mainly European countries from travelling to the United States without a visa if they have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan since 2011.Dual nationals of those countries would also be banned from using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)."Recently some ...

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Iran's top leader calls for full participation in elections DUBAI: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called on all Iranians, even those who oppose the Islamic Republic, to participate in next month's elections to parliament and to the assembly that will choose his successor.Iranians will go to the polls on Feb. 26 for the first time since last year's historic nuclear deal with world powers, which was also major victory for President Hassan Rouhani, a centrist, over Iran's hardliners.Rouhani is hoping his ...