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    Blast hits Kabul airport on return of exiled Afghan vice president

    Kabul: An explosion occurred near the airport in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, shortly after Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum left the area following his arrival home from more than a year in exile in Turkey. 

    Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said the blast occurred near an airport entrance where supporters had been waiting to greet Dostum as his motorcade passed on its way to the city centre.  Live television pictures showed Dostum greeting supporters at his office compound not long after the explosion.


    Russia downs drones that attacked its Syria air base: News agencies

    Moscow: Russia’s military said it had shot down two unidentified drones that attacked its Syrian air base at Hmeimim on Saturday and Sunday, Russian agencies reported. 

    The attacks caused no casualties or damage and the Hmeimim air base is operating as normal, Interfax said.


    Jordan allows passage to 800 Syrian civil defence workers on humanitarian grounds

    Amman: Jordan said on Sunday that it had allowed the UN to arrange the entry and passage of 800 Syrian civil defence workers whose lives were in danger after a government offensive that regained rebel-held parts of southern Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman said. 

    The kingdom agreed to a request by Britain, Germany and Canada to give the White Helmet workers temporary asylum in the kingdom before settlement in the West on humanitarian grounds, Mohammad al Kayed the spokesman said.


    Iran's Rouhani warns Trump 'don't play with the lion's tail': Agency

    Dubai: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned the U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying “America should know ... war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

    Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats, Rouhani said: “Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret,” ISNA reported. Other Iranian agencies carried similar reports.


    Brazil says G20 discussed reforms to face rising economic risks

    Buenos Aires: Brazil’s Finance Minister Eduardo Guardia said on Saturday that G20 finance ministers agreed that growing trade tensions and the normalization of monetary policy in major economies represented rising risks to the global economy.

    Speaking on the sidelines on a G20 meeting in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, Guardia said that finance ministers and central bankers had discussed the need to press ahead with reforms to protect their economies, especially in emerging market nations that have seen their currencies weaken significantly in recent months.


    France's Le Maire says no US trade talks with metals tariffs in place

    Buenos Aires: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Saturday the European Union could not consider negotiating a free trade agreement with the United States without Washington first withdrawing its tariffs on steel and aluminum.

    Speaking to reporters at the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Buenos Aires, Le Maire said there was no disagreement between France and Germany over how and when to start trade talks with the United States. Both agreed Washington needs to take the first step by eliminating tariffs, he said.


    Japan's Aso voices concern about capital outflows from China, emerging market

    Buenos Aires: Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Saturday he expressed concerns at the G20 finance leaders’ meeting that monetary policy normalization at advanced economies could accelerate capital outflows from China and emerging market economies.

    Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Buenos Aires, Aso said no country would benefit from protectionist measures, calling for “free and fair trade” to spur global growth.


    Magnitude 4.7 and 5.7 quakes strike southern Iran: State TV

    Dubai: Two earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.7 and 5.7 respectively struck Hormozgan province in southern Iran on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, state television reported. 

    “The earthquakes were at the border of Fars and Hormozgan provinces and we have not received any reports of material damage or injuries yet,” a local official in Hormozgan told state television.



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