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US in contact with Al Sadr after shock win in Iraq poll

Washington will have to work with Al Sadr in order to safeguard US interests there FILE – In this March 27, 2016 file photo, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gives a speech to his followers before entering the highly fortified Green Zone, in Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Sadr, the influential maverick Shiite cleric …

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UN chief urges Lebanon’s Hezbollah to halt military activities

Group’s engagement in Syria violates Lebanon’s official policy of ‘disassociation’ from regional affairs United Nations: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly criticised Hezbollah for operating as the most heavily armed militia and a political party in Lebanon and urged the militant group to halt military activities inside and outside the country, including …

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Congress needs cash on call to topple Modi

New Delhi: India’s main opposition Congress party is facing a financial crisis that could undermine its ability to wrest power from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wealthy Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019. For the past five months, Congress leadership has stopped sending the funds required to run its offices in various …

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