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Iran threatens response to new US visa restrictions DUBAI: Iran will take reciprocal measures in response to any breach of this year's nuclear deal, the Foreign Ministry warned on Monday, after Tehran said new U.S. visa restrictions contravened the historic agreement.Iran has started to restrict its nuclear programme under the terms of the July 14 deal with six world powers, including the United States. When the restrictions are completed, international sanctions on Tehran will be lifted.But decades-old mistrust between Tehran and Washington is as high as ever, and each side has accused the other of undermining the pact, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).Earlier this month, the U.S. Congress passed a law restricting visa-free travel rights for people who have visited Iran or hold dual Iranian nationality, a measure that Iran's foreign minister called a breach of the deal.The measure, which affects citizens of the 38 mostly European countries that have visa waiver arrangements with ...

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Facebook founder urges free Internet in India amid row NEW DELHI: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg urged India Monday to approve a controversial plan that would provide a free Internet service to the poor, his latest bid amid an escalating row with authorities. The head of the social network tried to drum up support for the Free Basics service that offers people without the Internet free access to a handful of websites through mobile phones, in a column in the largest-selling English daily The Times ...

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China approves IPO reform proposal, new system could start by March BEIJING/SHANGHAI: China's top legislature on Sunday approved a proposal to revamp the country's initial public offering (IPO) system, authorising the government to implement changes to the system that could be in place as early as March, the official Xinhua news agency said.The State Council, or cabinet, had been awaiting approval on its plans to shift to a U.S.-style registration system for stock market floations.In the latest reform aimed at developing China's financial market, the changes ...

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Myanmar army chief asks Thailand for death sentence review YANGON: Myanmar's army chief has called on Thailand to review the sentencing of two countrymen to death for murdering a pair of British backpackers after a controversial trial that sparked protests.General Min Aung Hlaing, head of the country's influential military, has asked Thailand for a "review of the evidence" against the two men, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Sunday. Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun were found guilty on Thursday of ...

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China province to probe all waste sites after landslide disaster BEIJING: China's southern province of Guangdong, one of the country's biggest industrial bases, will check all construction waste sites in the wake of a deadly landslide to ensure none are in dangerous locations or poorly managed, state media said on Sunday.The Dec. 20 landslide in the Guangdong boom town of Shenzhen buried more than 30 buildings in an industrial park and has left around 70 people missing, with only a handful of bodies found so ...

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Bangladesh police raid militant hideout, explosives found DHAKA: Police said on Sunday they had detained three suspected members of a banned militant group and found a sniper rifle, ammunition, explosives and military suits in a hideout in southeastern Bangladesh.The raid came days after police busted a militant hideout in the capital Dhaka as security forces stepped up a hunt for Islamist militants behind a spate of recent attacks in the Muslim-majority nation.Police searched an apartment in the port city of Chittagong based ...

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Bus crash kills at least 24 in northern Afghanistan MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan: At least 24 people were killed when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine after a head-on collision with a truck in northern Afghanistan, officials said Friday, in the latest deadly road accident.Women and children were among those killed in the accident Thursday on a major highway in Samangan province."The crash happened when the bus carrying more than 50 passengers was travelling from Kabul to Mazar-i-Sharif," said Sarajuddin Fitrat, the governor of Hazrat ...