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Iraq’s Al-Fattah leaders deep in coalition talks with Muqtada Al-Sadr

  • Negotiations between the leading Iraqi political forces to form the biggest parliamentary bloc started immediately after the official results were announced late on Friday.
  • The backing of Al-Fattah leaders is essential to nominate the next prime minister and form a strong and stable government.
By SUADAD AL-SALHY ·

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Pyongyang allows South Korean journalists to cover nuclear test site closure

  • The dismantling of the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where all of its six nuclear bomb test explosions occurred, is expected to happen Thursday or Friday depending on weather
  • If North Korea decides to conduct more nuclear tests, it could build a new site or dismantle the existing tunnels at Mount Mantap in a reversible manner
By AP ·

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Tensions soar between India, Pakistan along volatile Kashmir frontier

  • In Pakistan, two security officials said Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged fire near the country’s Sialkot city in eastern Punjab province
  • Dozens of schools in villages along the frontier have been closed and authorities advised residents to stay indoors as shells and bullets rained down
By AP ·