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Israel Minister: US Official Said No Change on Iran Sanctions

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said Thursday a visiting senior US treasury official assured him that sanctions against Iran would remain in full force.

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Spain King to Meet Parties in Bid to Break Political Impasse

Spain's King Felipe VI will meet political party leaders early next week in a bid to break the political deadlock that could see the country heading for its fourth elections in as many years, his office said Thursday. 

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Saudi Raps Oil Producers over Flouting of Output Cuts

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia on Thursday led calls for oil producers to comply with output cuts aimed at stabilising a slumping oil market, as a gloomy new forecast blamed US-China trade tensions for depressed demand.

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Jihadists Kill 9 Nigerian Troops, 27 Missing Army Sources

At least nine Nigerian soldiers were killed and 27 are missing after IS-affiliated jihadists ambushed a military convoy in the country's restive northeast, two military sources have told AFP.

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Indonesia Forest Fires Surge, Stoking Global Warming Fears

The number of blazes in Indonesia's rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming.

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Beijing to Exit 200 Most Polluted Cities List

Beijing's notoriously bad air quality has improved in recent years and the Chinese capital is expected to drop out of a list of 200 most polluted cities in the world this year, a data provider said Thursday.

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Russian Police Raid Dozens of Opposition Offices, Homes

Russian police on Thursday raided dozens of offices of the opposition group behind mass protests this summer and the homes of its supporters, activists said.

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US Invokes Regional Defense Treaty over Venezuela Crisis

The United States invoked a regional defense pact Wednesday with 10 other countries and Venezuela's opposition after "bellicose" moves by Nicolas Maduro's regime.

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'Rebel' Saudi Women Shun Obligatory Abaya Robe

Her high heels clacking on marble tiles, a defiant Saudi woman turned heads and drew gasps as she strutted through a Riyadh mall -- without a body-shrouding abaya.

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Brexit Court Ruling Prompts Calls to Reverse Parliament Suspension

British premier Boris Johnson faced calls Thursday to reverse his suspension of parliament after a Scottish court ruled it illegal, as government documents warned a no-deal Brexit could lead to civil unrest and shortages of food and medicines.

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