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Tensions in the Middle East have escalated following drone attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Yemen's Houthi rebels, who have been locked in a war with a Saudi-UAE-led coalition since 2015, claimed responsibility for the attacks, warning Saudi Arabia that their targets "will keep expanding". Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has promised to "confront and deal with this terrorist aggression", while US President Donald Trump hinted at possible military action after Riyadh concluded its investigation into the attacks. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in Cairo on Tuesday his country had seen no evidence yet proving the country of origin of the drones that attacked the Saudi oil installations on Saturday.
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Monday seized a vessel in the Arabian Gulf for allegedly smuggling 250,000 liters of diesel fuel to the UAE, Iran's ISNA news agency reported. The ship was carrying 250,000 liters of smuggled diesel off the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, Iran's semi-official Fars agency reported, citing the commander of IRGC Navy's 5th region in the Arabian Gulf, Ali Ozmaei.
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Rahima Akter hid her Rohingya identity to enrol at a private university in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, but her dreams of pursuing higher education were dashed after she was suspended by her university earlier this month. The 20-year-old from Kutupalong refugee camp has become the face of the struggle of Rohingya refugees who want to study, as Bangladesh does not allow Rohingya to enrol in schools or colleges. Last October, she was featured in a video story by the Associated Press in which she talked about being a Rohingya and her dream to study human rights so she could raise her voice for her persecuted community. Nearly a year after it was published, the video went viral after which she was expelled from Cox's Bazar International University where she was studying law.
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Ankara, Turkey - The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran have announced the formation of a committee to draft a new Syrian constitution as the first step in a political solution to Syria's eight-year conflict. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday hosted his Russian and Iranian counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, for the fifth such summit since the trio launched the Astana talks nearly three years ago. The meeting in Ankara was billed as a chance to focus on Idlib, the final rebel stronghold where an offensive by Syrian government forces, backed by Russian airpower, has killed hundreds of civilians and threatened Turkey with a fresh exodus of refugees. Speaking at a news
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities were an act of self-defense by Yemeni militia. “Yemen is the target of daily bombings... The people of Yemen have been forced to respond, they are only defending themselves,” Rouhani told a news conference in Ankara, alongside the leaders of Russia and Turkey. Last Update: Monday, 16 September 2019 KSA 21:01 - GMT 18:01
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Karachi, Pakistan - Pakistani police have detained a Hindu school principal in the southern town of Ghotki, after he was accused of committing blasphemy by a student, prompting riots by far-right protesters, police officials and Hindu community leaders say. Notan Lal, the owner and principal of a private school in Ghotki, located about 425km north of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, was taken into "protective custody" on Sunday, senior police official Farrukh Lanjar told Al Jazeera. "He is in protective custody and we are inquiring about what his role is [in the incident]," said Lanjar. "The student has also been questioned. The inquiry is under process." Blasphemy is a sensitive subject in
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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's foreign minister said on Tuesday that the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan belongs to India and that he expected India to gain physical control over it one day, raising the rhetoric over the territorial dispute. India rules the heavily populated Kashmir Valley while Pakistan controls a wedge of territory in the west that New Delhi describes as Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). “Our position on PoK is, has always been and will always be very clear. PoK is part of India and we expect one day that we will have the jurisdiction, physical jurisdiction over it,” Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar told a news conference. Last month, New Delhi abrogated the special