Saudis say they will defend themselves, as Trump warns Iran

Dubai, May 20 (AP) Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday after the kingdom’s energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf.

US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, warned Iran…

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Brexit talks collapse as UK Opposition blames 'weak' Theresa May

London, May 18 (PTI) A day after British Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to set a June timeline for her exit from Downing Street, the Opposition Labour Party ended the cross-party Brexit talks on Friday without arriving at any agreement.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to May to…

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Taiwan's parliament approves same-sex marriage

Taipei, May 17 (AFP) Taiwan’s parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday in a landmark first for Asia as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass a watered-down version.

The island’s lawmakers comfortably passed a law allowing same-sex couples to form “exclusive…

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Hafiz Saeed's brother-in-law arrested in Pakistan

Lahore, May 16(PTI) Outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s top leader and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s brother-in-law Hafiz Abdur Rehman Makki has been arrested for hate speech and criticising the Pakistan government, police said on Wednesday.

Makki, head of JuD’s political and international affairs wing…

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US, Russia test tense ties as Pompeo visits Putin

Sochi, May 14 (AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the highest-level talks between the rival powers in nearly a year as they see if they can make headway on a raft of disagreements from Venezuela to Iran to arms control…

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