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Iran’s hardliner President Ebrahim Raisi killed in helicopter crash

Iran’s hardliner President Ebrahim Raisi killed in helicopter crash

IRANIAN President Ebrahim Raisi, a hardliner seen as a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was killed in a helicopter crash in mountainous terrain near the Azerbaijan border, officials and state media said. The charred wreckage of the helicopter which crashed on Sunday carrying Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and six other passengers and crew was found early on Monday after an overnight search in blizzard conditions. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power with a final say on foreign policy and Iran's nuclear programme, said First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, would take over as interim president,…
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Ireland to intervene in South Africa genocide case against Israel

Ireland to intervene in South Africa genocide case against Israel

IRELAND said it would intervene in South Africa's genocide case against Israel, in the strongest signal to date of Dublin's concern about Israeli operations in Gaza since October 7. Announcing the move, Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said that while it was for the World Court to decide whether genocide is being committed, he wanted to be clear that Hamas' October 7 attack and what is happening in Gaza now "represents the blatant violation of international humanitarian law on a mass scale." "The taking of hostages. The purposeful withholding of humanitarian assistance to civilians. The targeting of civilians and of civilian infrastructure. The…
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China is a place “that makes the impossible possible” – Wang Yi

China is a place “that makes the impossible possible” – Wang Yi

THE People’s Republic of China acknowledges that the global order is currently undergoing a “profound transformation” that poses enormous multiple challenges to the human race the world over. However, typically, through a consistent foreign policy programme based on the principles of public good, international cooperation and shared prosperity, China sees a silver lining. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, addressed the international media on the margins of the Second Session of the 14th National People’s Congress in Beijing this week. Quoting President Xi Jinping during his address in…
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Canada pledges C$80.5 mln to back Kenya-led security mission to Haiti

Canada pledges C$80.5 mln to back Kenya-led security mission to Haiti

CANADA announced C$123 million ($91 million) for Haiti, including C$80.5 million for the deployment of a Kenya-led multinational mission to support Haitian police combat criminal gangs as the Caribbean nation faces a humanitarian crisis. Canada's support "will contribute to pave the way to more meaningful interventions to protect the people of Haiti and encourage Haitian-led efforts to restore peace and prosperity in the country," Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said in a statement.
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China to support Togo in safeguarding its sovereignty, security -Wang Yi

China to support Togo in safeguarding its sovereignty, security -Wang Yi

CHINA will continue to firmly support Togo in safeguarding its sovereignty, security and development interests, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said while visiting the African country, according to a ministry statement on Wednesday. China's top diplomat made the remarks as he visited several African countries over the past few days. Wang will travel to Brazil and Jamaica from January 18-22.
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Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi to travel to Africa in Jan

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi to travel to Africa in Jan

CHINA'S foreign minister Wang Yi will travel to Africa and visit Egypt, Tunisia, Togo and Cote d'Ivoire from January 13-18, China's foreign ministry said. The visit will mark the 34th consecutive year in which the foreign minister has gone to Africa for their first overseas trip of the year, foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said at a regular press conference. Wang will also visit Brazil and Jamaica from January 18-22, Mao added.
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South Africa says it discussed aid with Hamas leader, denies reports of support

South Africa says it discussed aid with Hamas leader, denies reports of support

SOUTH Africa said that its foreign minister held a call with the leader of Hamas about getting aid into Gaza and other Palestinian territories and denied a report of offering support to the militant group in its conflict against Israel. South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor received a request to call Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, the government's Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said in a statement, adding that the call was in line with the country's readiness to engage with all parties in facilitating dialogue. Local publication News24 earlier reported a statement from Hamas that the group had…
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Germany supports African Union’s bid to join G20 – foreign minister

Germany supports African Union’s bid to join G20 – foreign minister

Germany supports the African Union's bid to gain membership of the G20 group of large economies, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on a visit to South Africa. Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock walks with South Africa's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor, ahead of the South Africa-Germany Bi-National Commission in Pretoria, South Africa June 27, 2023. REUTERS/Alet Pretorius Thomson Reuters Foundation
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Russia says 500 Americans to be banned, list includes Obama

Russia says 500 Americans to be banned, list includes Obama

RUSSIA'S foreign ministry said former President Barack Obama was among 500 U.S. citizens who would be banned in response to the latest round of sanctions announced by Washington. The ministry also said Russia had refused the latest U.S. request for consular access to detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested in March on suspicion of spying. This move was triggered by the U.S. refusal last month to give visas to media travelling with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the United Nations, it said in a statement. "Washington should have learned a long time ago that not a single hostile…
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