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Iran must stand strong against US on region conflicts: Khamenei TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader said the Islamic republic must stand strong against Washington on the region's conflicts, in an address Sunday to commanders of the elite Republican Guards force."The Americans insist we negotiate with them on regional issues, especially on Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in the speech published on his official website."What is their main goal for requesting these talks? They have no aim but to prevent the presence in the region of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the main factor of America's failures," said Khamenei.Major generals Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Revolutionary Guards chief, and Qassem Suleimani, head of its foreign operations wing, the Quds Force, were among hundreds of members who attended the speech.Khamenei, whose country has not had diplomatic relations with Washington since 1980, stressed that military power and intimidation were the most effective means to keep foreign threats at bay."In past years, ...

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At least 15 dead in Bangladesh factory fire DHAKA: At least fifteen people have been killed and 70 injured, many critically, in a huge fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a Bangladeshi packaging factory, officials said Saturday."The death toll has risen to 15 and at least 70 people have been injured," Parvez Mia, a doctor at the Tongi state-run hospital, told AFP."Most of them had burn injuries. We sent the critically injured victims to the hospitals in Dhaka," he said."Several of them ...

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China is key in NKorea nuclear crisis, says Pentagon chief OSLO: US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Friday called for further pressure on North Korea after the renegade state carried out a new nuclear test, but said China bore "responsibility" for tackling the problem."We need to... redouble the pressure on North Korea," Carter told reporters on a visit to Oslo.He pointed to moves to strengthen defences in the region, including the deployment of advanced anti-missile systems. "One of the things I'd like to single out ...

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India not ready to privatise public sector banks: Jaitley NEW DELHI: India has not reached the point where it can consider selling majority stakes in the public sector banks that control seven tenths of assets in the financial system, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday."I don't think that public or political opinion has converged to the point where we can think of privatisation in the banking sector," Jaitley told the Economist India Summit in New Delhi.The government is consolidating some of the public ...

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India to focus reforms on tax, banks, infrastructure: FinMin NEW DELHI: India will press ahead with tax reforms, repairing the banking system and getting stalled infrastructure projects moving to drive growth, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday, but it is not yet ready to sell off its state banks.Asked what his top economic policy priorities were, Jaitley told a conference he was determined to stick to a "very stiff" schedule that foresees passing critical enabling legislation for a new goods and services tax ...

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G20 agrees refugees a global issue: statement HANGZHOU: The G20 group agreed at their summit in China that refugees are a global issue and the burden must be shared, the leaders declared in a joint communique Monday."Worldwide massive forced displacement of people, unprecedented since the Second World War, especially those generated from violent conflicts, is a global concern," they said at the end of their two-day gathering in the scenic eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.The Group of 20 -- which together account ...

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Obama meets Putin on G20 sidelines: White House HANGZHOU: Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin met Monday on the margins of the G20 summit in China, the White House said, hours after their diplomats failed to reach a deal on Syria."The President is taking part in a pull-aside with President Putin of Russia," said National Security Council spokesman Ned Price. "We expect to provide additional details of their discussion later today."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...