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Iran Air cleared to fly in EU: official BRUSSELS: Iranian flag carrier Iran Air has been taken off a safety blacklist and cleared to fly in the European Union, the European Commission said Thursday."Following my visit to Iran in April, a technical assessment was successfully carried out in May," EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said in a statement."Based on this I am happy to announce that we are now able to allow most aircraft from Iran Air back into European skies," Bulc said.Previously, only the carrier's EU-manufactured Airbus planes could operate in the bloc.Iran's commercial airlines were badly hit by US and EU sanctions imposed over its contested nuclear programme, denying them access to crucial spare parts for their aircraft.An EU-brokered deal in 2015 ended years of deadlock between the two sides, with sanctions being lifted in return for Iran committing to not develop nuclear weapons.As a result, Iran earlier this year was able to place a massive ...

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Japan says it will continue to watch markets for Brexit impact TOKYO: Japan will continue to closely monitor how financial markets react to the possibility that Britain could leave the European Union, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko made the comment in response to a question about whether Japan was willing to cooperate with Britain and the EU to stabilise financial markets.Seko declined to comment on the yen when asked whether Japan would sell its own currency if a British vote ...

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Tokyo governor submits resignation over spending scandal: NHK TOKYO: Tokyo's governor submitted his resignation on Wednesday after being criticised over lavish personal spending and faced with a no-confidence vote in the local assembly, reports said.Yoichi Masuzoe, 67, informed the speaker of the Tokyo legislature of his intention to quit, public broadcaster NHK and other media reported, ahead of a scheduled no-confidence motion vote by lawmakers later in the day. Tokyo officials could not immediately confirm the reports.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Tokyo governor faces no-confidence motions over lavish expenses TOKYO: Embattled Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe faced intensified pressure to resign Tuesday over a spending scandal that threatens to become a campaign issue in a national parliamentary election next month. Masuzoe, 67, has been subject to harsh media and legislative grilling over lavish outlays on official overseas trips, online purchases of art and accommodation at high-end hotels and spas, some of which was paid for using official funds.On Tuesday, all major parties in the Tokyo ...

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Three killed in Myanmar helicopter crash YANGON: Three Myanmar army officers were killed when their helicopter crashed into a hillside and burst into flames in the country's central region Tuesday, the military said in a statement.The MI2 helicopter went down mid-morning after it hit poor weather in south central Bago, according to the statement released by the office of the army's commander-in-chief. It was flying south from Meiktila to an air base near Yangon, the former capital and largest city. "All ...

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China says to ban export of more dual-use goods to North Korea BEIJING: China's Ministry of Commerce released a list of goods banned for export to North Korea on Tuesday, saying the items could be used to build weapons of mass destruction. The list of dual-use goods, or products that have both civilian and military use, comes after the United Nations nuclear watchdog said North Korea appeared to have reopened a plant to produce plutonium from spent fuel of a reactor central to its banned atomic weapons ...

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China thanks countries for supporting it over South China Sea BEIJING: China expressed thanks on Tuesday for the dozens of countries it says have offered support for its position on a case brought by the Philippines over Chinese claims in the South China Sea, saying they are speaking out to uphold justice. China has stepped up its rhetoric ahead of an expected ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the Philippine case.China refuses to recognise the case and says all disputes ...