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Iran says no plans to increase missile range, rejects talks with Trump


LONDON Iran has no plans to extend the range of its missiles since their 2,000-km (1,240-mile) reach is enough to protect the country, the Revolutionary Guards commander said on Tuesday, amid mounting U.S. pressure over Tehran's missile programme.

U.S. withdraws from United Nations human rights body

WASHINGTON The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday accusing it of a "chronic bias against Israel," a move that activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.

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Iran rules out OPEC deal as Russia, Saudi push for oil output hike

VIENNA/MOSCOW Iran said on Tuesday OPEC was unlikely to reach a deal on oil output this week, setting the stage for a clash with Saudi Arabia and Russia, which are pushing to raise production steeply from July to meet growing global demand.

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Saudi-led coalition seizes large areas of Yemen's Hodeidah airport - UAE

ADEN Arab coalition troops stormed the airport in Yemen's main port Hodeidah on Tuesday and captured large areas of the compound in battles with Iran-aligned Houthis, a Yemeni military source, the UAE news agency and local residents said. | Video

World, Yemen, Top News 19 Jun 2018

Erdogan loyalist Yildirim: happy to become Turkey's last prime minister

ANKARA Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has spent the last few weeks talking himself out of a job.

19 Jun 2018

Turkish air strikes kill 26 militants in southeast Turkey, Iraq - army

ISTANBUL Turkish air strikes killed 26 militants and destroyed their gun positions, shelters and ammunition stores in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq this week, Turkey's military said on Tuesday.

World, Iraq 19 Jun 2018

Exclusive: Sanctioned Libya coastguard commander says hits migrants to protect them

BENGHAZI, Libya A Libyan coastguard commander sanctioned by the United Nations for alleged human trafficking and migrant smuggling said he hits migrants but does so for their own safety to prevent them from capsizing.

World, Libya 19 Jun 2018

Syrian rebel warns of "volcanoes of fire" if Assad attacks south

BEIRUT Syrian government forces and their Iran-backed allies will face "volcanoes of fire" if they launch a threatened offensive in the opposition-held southwest, a rebel commander told Reuters on Tuesday.

World, Syria 19 Jun 2018

Saudi Arabia's women drivers get ready to steer their lives

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia On June 24, when Saudi women are allowed to drive for the first time, Amira Abdulgader wants to be sitting at the wheel, the one in control, giving a ride to her mother beside her. | Video

19 Jun 2018

Forking out: Egyptians angered by new austerity after Eid feast

CAIRO Many Egyptians hoped to ignore their economic hardship as they celebrated the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Instead, they were told they will have to tighten their belts even more.

19 Jun 2018

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