• Iran: New US sanctions target Supreme Leader Khamenei

    Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has said he is imposing hard-hitting new sanctions on Iran, including on the office of the country's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Mr Trump said the additional sanctions were in response to the shooting down of a US drone and "many other things". Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's highest authority, was singled out because he was "ultimately responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime". Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the Americans "despise diplomacy". In a tweet sent after the announcement, Mr Zarif also accused the Trump administration of having a "thirst for war". Tensions between the two countries have been escalating

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    Morocco's sole oil refinery battles for survival

    RABAT: Three years after it was liquidated for racking up billions of euros worth of debt, Morocco's sole oil refinery and the one-time economic flagship is struggling to attract a buyer and survive. A self-declared “national front” - comprising employees, economists and union leaders - is leading the charge to salvage refining company SAMIR, while a trade court desperately seeks a new owner. They face a tough battle, including a court deadline of July 18 to seal the refinery's fate. The firm was liquidated in 2016 after it was unable to honor some €4 billion ($4.5 billion at current prices) in borrowing. The refinery was set up in 1959 by the Moroccan government and sold in 1997 to the Corral

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    Mnuchin says Iran FM Zarif will be hit with sanctions later this week

    US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will be hit with sanctions later this week. This comes as US President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran following Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone and said the measures would target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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    Air Canada reviewing how crew left passenger on parked plane

    OTTAWA: Air Canada said Sunday it's looking into how crew members could have disembarked from a plane without noticing a sleeping passenger who was left behind. The airline was responding to an incident involving a woman who described waking up “all alone” on a “cold dark” aircraft after a flight to Toronto earlier this month. “I think I'm having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!!?!” Tiffani Adams recounted in a June 19 Facebook post sent by her friend, Deanna Noel-Dale. The airline confirmed the incident took place but declined to comment on its disembarking procedures or how the passenger may have been overlooked. “We are still reviewing this matter so we have no additional

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    Pompeo calls drone map released by Iran 'child-like'

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday denounced as “child-like” a map released by Iran that purported to show that a US drone entered its airspace in May. “You've seen that child-like map that Foreign Minister (Mohammad Javad) Zarif put out that contrasts with the excellence and professionalism of America's military and intelligence services,” Pompeo told reporters as he left on a trip to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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    Trump will 'not dare' strike Iran, claims IRGC General

    Brigadier General Gholamhossein Gheybparvar, the Commander of Iran's Basij Resistance Force, denied Trump's claim that he canceled a strike on Iranian targets with just 10 minutes to go because he was concerned about casualties, calling it a “lie,” the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Sunday. “The president of America saying they wanted to strike three different sites is a lie and it was certainly out of fear that they did not dare to commit such an act,” Gheybparvar said.

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    Dubai plane crash that killed 4 'followed others too close'

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Experts investigating a fatal airplane crash that killed four people working on improvements at Dubai International Airport say the aircraft involved had followed too close to other larger planes just before the crash. A preliminary report released Sunday by the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority focused on the May 16 crash of a Diamond DA62 aircraft flown by contractors working on the project. The report says the aircraft failed to keep the “minimum separation” between it and large jets landing at the airport. It also says that there was “inconsistency” by air traffic controllers in warning the small plane about turbulence from landing aircraft.