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Azerbaijan, Armenia leaders meet in bid to ease Karabakh tensions YEREVAN: The US and Russia will push the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia to shore up a fragile truce when the arch-foes meet on Monday for the first time since a surge in violence over the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region.Four days of fighting in Nagorny Karabakh in early April killed at least 110 people as a festering conflict over the territory flared into the worst violence since a 1994 ceasefire that halted a brutal war. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry are to hold talks Monday in Vienna with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian, in a bid to defuse tensions between the two former Soviet neighbours.A truce hammered out by Moscow halted the latest bloodshed but the situation remains on a knife-edge, with both sides accusing the other of violating the agreement. "For now, the main aim for the ...

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Japan's Abe vows cooperation in French Olympic payments probe TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday vowed cooperation with French investigators probing payments allegedly made to help Tokyo secure the 2020 Olympics."I have instructed the education and sports minister to fully cooperate in the investigation," Abe told lawmakers in parliament, Jiji Press reported."Education and sports minister Hiroshi Hase told the Japanese Olympic Committee and the former bid committee to cooperate in the investigation," Abe was quoted as saying.French prosecutors on Thursday said they ...

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Australia PM listed in Panama Papers SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is named in the Panama Papers, it emerged Thursday, causing an unwanted headache for the multi-millionaire former banker in the middle of an election campaign.He is listed as a former director of a British Virgin Islands company, Star Technology Services Limited, set up by Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca in the 1990s.The link was uncovered by the Australian Financial Review, days after details on more than 200,000 secret offshore ...

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Shaking felt in Taipei as 5.6-magnitude quake hits TAIPEI: Buildings shook violently in Taiwan's capital Taipei Thursday as a 5.6-magnitude quake hit off the island's northeast coast, with strong aftershocks.The shallow quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) at 11:17 am (0317) GMT, the US Geological Survey said, just east of the coastal city of Yilan, 60 kilometres from Taipei. There were only reports of minor damage according to Yilan fire department.It comes after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in February left ...

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British 'barbarians' need manners lesson, says China paper in rudeness row BEIJING: The British media is riddled with "barbarians" who would benefit from a lesson in manners from China's ancient civilisation, a state-run newspaper said Thursday after Queen Elizabeth II called some Chinese officials "very rude".In a rare diplomatic gaffe, the British monarch was caught on camera at a Buckingham Palace garden party making unguarded comments about a state visit last year by President Xi Jinping that drummed up billions in Chinese investment.The remarks made headlines ...

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More debris 'almost certainly' from MH370: Australia SYDNEY: Two more pieces of debris were all but confirmed Thursday to be from flight MH370, adding fresh clues to the mystery of the Malaysia Airlines plane which is presumed to have crashed at sea.The fragments washed up on beaches in South Africa and Mauritius in March and brought to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's laboratories for testing.After an expert examination they were found to have "almost certainly" come from the fated Boeing 777 aircraft, ...

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Iran says pilgrims to miss hajj after no deal with Saudi TEHRAN: Iran has failed to reach agreement with Saudi Arabia on arrangements for its pilgrims to join the annual hajj in September following a severing of ties, its culture minister said on Thursday."The arrangements have not been put together and it's now too late," Ali Jannati told the official IRNA news agency. "The sabotage is coming from the Saudis."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...