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Iran hits back at Trump for tweeting 'genocidal taunts'

Iran hits back at Trump for tweeting 'genocidal taunts'

The Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has hit back at Donald Trump’s “genocidal taunts” after a strongly worded warning from Trump that Tehran should not think of attacking the US.Read more“Goaded by #B_Team,” Zarif on Twitter, in an apparent reference to Trump advisers such as John Bolton, “@realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors failed to do. Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. #EconomicTerrorism & genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran’.”He added: “#NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect – it works!”On Sunday, Trump warned...

May 20, 2019
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Saudi crown prince asked Boris Johnson to intervene in Newcastle United bid

Saudi crown prince asked Boris Johnson to intervene in Newcastle United bid

Mohammed bin Salman warned of damage to Saudi-UK relations if Premier League refusal not ‘corrected’ Diplomatic editorThu 15 Apr 2021 09.14 EDTLast modified on Thu 15 Apr 2021 14.47 EDTThe Saudi crown prince, , warned Boris Johnson in a text message that UK-Saudi Arabian relations would be damaged if the British government failed to intervene to “correct” the Premier League’s “wrong” decision not to allow a £300m takeover of Newcastle United last year.Johnson asked Edward Lister, his special envoy for the Gulf, to take up the issue, and Lord Lister reportedly told the prime minister: “I’m...

Apr 15
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Biden can help end Yemen civil war by backing referendum, say secessionists

Biden can help end Yemen civil war by backing referendum, say secessionists

Southern Transitional Council president says US leader should support a vote on independence for the South Diplomatic EditorMon 1 Mar 2021 13.30 ESTFirst published on Mon 1 Mar 2021 02.00 ESTJoe Biden can help end the six-year civil war in by backing a UN-sponsored referendum on independence for the South, the president of Yemen’s secessionist Southern Transitional Council (STC) has said.In an interview with the Guardian, Aidarus al-Zoubaidi claimed a referendum would show 90% support for independence for Yemen’s South and should be held exclusively within the South, pointing out that in...

Mar 1
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Female Libyan activists demand politicians stick to election timetable

Female Libyan activists demand politicians stick to election timetable

Women are challenging largely male political class as fears grow ‘dinosaurs’ of Libyan politics will try to cling on to power Diplomatic editorMon 5 Apr 2021 00.00 EDTLast modified on Mon 5 Apr 2021 00.01 EDTLibyan civil activists led by an increasingly assertive group of women are demanding their country’s largely male political class stick to their commitment to hold parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December, the 70th anniversary of Libya’s independence. of , which was made possible by a ceasefire sealed in October, was sworn in on 15 March.The primary task of the government...

Apr 5
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Hong Kong activists urge EU not to ratify new deal with China

Hong Kong activists urge EU not to ratify new deal with China

Exclusive: Activists say EU should refuse to sign treaty until national security laws and election restrictions are lifted Diplomatic editorThu 11 Mar 2021 05.33 ESTLast modified on Thu 11 Mar 2021 10.26 ESTHong Kong democracy activists have warned the EU it must not ratify its planned new investment deal with China at a time when Beijing is tearing up international obligations to the people of .The 24 activists – including 13 in exile – have written to the EU commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, to call for the EU to refuse to sign the treaty until China’s national security laws are...

Mar 11
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UK 'balancing books on backs of Yemen's starving people', says UN diplomat

UK 'balancing books on backs of Yemen's starving people', says UN diplomat

Exclusive: former DfID secretary Mark Lowcock shocked by decision of Johnson’s government to cut aid Diplomatic editorSun 7 Mar 2021 13.00 ESTLast modified on Sun 7 Mar 2021 18.01 ESTMinisters have decided to “balance the books on the backs of the starving people of Yemen” in an act that will see tens of thousands die and damage the UK’s global influence, the head of the UN’s Office for Humanitarian Affairs has said.Speaking with rare bluntness after the UK more than halved its funds to help Yemen, the former permanent secretary at the Department for International Development Mark Lowcock...

Mar 7
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Iran nuclear talks to continue next week after breakthrough

Iran nuclear talks to continue next week after breakthrough

Iranian deputy foreign minister says all Trump-imposed sanctions must be lifted to revive deal Diplomatic editorFri 9 Apr 2021 08.46 EDTLast modified on Fri 9 Apr 2021 09.46 EDTTalks on the terms for the US and Iran to come back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal are to resume next week after making sufficient progress since on a roadmap for both sides.The US has not been in direct talks with the Iranian delegation in Vienna this week but is relaying messages mainly to European members of the body that oversees the deal.Iran is insisting all sanctions imposed by the US since 2016,...

Apr 9
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Iran threatens to quit IAEA pact over censure from west

Iran threatens to quit IAEA pact over censure from west

US seeking resolution to express ‘deepening concern’ over Tehran’s cooperation with UN nuclear agency Diplomatic editorFri 26 Feb 2021 12.51 ESTLast modified on Fri 26 Feb 2021 14.20 ESTIran has threatened to pull out of a deal struck with UN weapons inspectors last weekend if western countries go ahead with plans to censure it over its failure to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency.Western leaders are planning to table a motion at the IAEA next week condemning Iran for pulling out of the overarching agreement with the UN body giving inspectors access to its nuclear...

Feb 26
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IAEA and Iran strike three-month deal over nuclear inspections

IAEA and Iran strike three-month deal over nuclear inspections

Agreement paves way for diplomatic talks between Tehran and the US over sanctions Diplomatic editorMon 22 Feb 2021 03.02 ESTFirst published on Sun 21 Feb 2021 08.12 ESTThe UN’s nuclear inspectorate has struck a three-month deal with giving it sufficient continued access to verify nuclear activity in the country, opening the space for wider political and diplomatic talks between Tehran and the US.Iran will go ahead with its threat to withdraw this week from the additional protocol, the agreement that gives inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) intrusive...

Feb 22
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New Zealand’s stance on China has deep implications for the Five Eyes alliance

New Zealand’s stance on China has deep implications for the Five Eyes alliance

Analysis: Country has confirmed itself the weak link in the intelligence chain it joined with the US, UK, Canada and Australia Diplomatic editorThu 22 Apr 2021 20.00 EDTLast modified on Sat 24 Apr 2021 00.14 EDTJacinda Ardern, the New Zealand prime minister from the centre-left Labour party, has offended devotees of the Anglosphere by indicating she is not prepared to take her country into the kind of trade war with China that Australia has found itself facing.Asserting her country’s sovereignty has potentially deep implications for the “Five Eyes” alliance, the intelligence sharing...

Apr 23
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