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‘LAPDOG’ Macron – Iran in blistering attack on French President over Donald Trump alliance

FRANCE’s Emmanuel Macron has been slammed as Donald Trump’s “lapdog” and criticised for losing international credibility in a bitter attack from Iran. Mr Macron, who has made it his mission to be a reformer on the international stage, was criticised by a top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader after Paris advocated for stronger sanctions against the Middle Eastern country. Iran has allegedly run a number of ballistic missile test over recent months that have angered the French President. Trump has been critical of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and…

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Iran breaks ban on live Western music — but don’t expect any dancing

TEHRAN, Iran — No Western musician has been given permission to play concerts in Iran since the country’s Islamic Revolution of 1979. This week marked a watershed then, with German electronic musician Schiller bringing his pulsating beats to awestruck audiences in the capital Tehran. “I couldn’t believe it when I heard Schiller was going to performing in Iran,” said Arash, a 22-year-old student who declined to provide his last name. “At first I thought my friend was joking, there is no way they are going to give permission for Schiller…

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Shock WARNING: UN ambassador claims Iran could be the next NORTH KOREA amid WW3 fears

Iran is sowing “conflict and extremism”, the US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said.  Speaking at a press conference at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington DC, Ms Haley presented the remnants of a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militants from Yemen into Saudi Arabia that came close to hitting Riyadh’s airport last month.  She said the missile “might as well have had ‘Made in Iran’ stickers” on it,  adding that Iran was violating UN resolutions. The American said: “All of these weapons include parts made in Iran, some…

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Haley displays missile as evidence Iran violating nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration accused Iran on Thursday of violating United Nations resolutions, unveiling what U.S. officials said was proof that Iran is exporting missiles and other military hardware to a rebel group in Yemen. “The weapons might as well have ‘Made in Iran’ stickers on them,” said U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, standing before parts of a ballistic missile that she said Iran delivered to Houthi rebels in Yemen, who then fired it at the Riyadh airport in Saudi Arabia last month. “Its ballistic missiles and advanced weapons are…

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Watch: Deadly incoming rocket fire DESTROYED when intercepted by Iron Dome defence system

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) confirmed that two rockets fired from the strip flew over the nearby city of Sderot last night as reports emerge the country has launched its most aggressive set of attacks in the region since 2014. In response to the provocative act, Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi said: “I expect the prime minister, the defence minister and the chief of staff to strike at the terror organisations mercilessly. “We will not tolerate continued firing at Sderot. This drop in the bucket in response is not a viable…

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Haley will display missile, other evidence Iran supplying Yemen rebels

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing a public display of what it says is evidence that Iran is providing missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen, threatening a key U.S. ally in the region, according to four U.S. officials. This week, Nikki Haley is set to unveil components of a short-range ballistic missile that Houthi rebels fired into Saudi Arabia at Defense Intelligence Agency headquarters at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., according to the officials. According to a senior intelligence official, she will also present other evidence of Iran’s…

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Why Trump’s provocative Jerusalem move hasn’t sparked an intifada

Less than a week after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinian protests have largely fizzled out. Trump’s move broke with decades of precedent and U.S. policy, sparked uproar among world leaders and triggered accusations that it jeopardized the prospects of Middle East peace. Protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday. Abed Al Hashlamoun / EPA The announcement prompted the leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas to call for a new intifada — or uprising — against Israel….

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Trump’s Jerusalem move sparks outrage — but not much more

Less than a week after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinian protests have largely fizzled out. Trump’s move broke with with decades of precedent and U.S. policy, sparked uproar among world leaders, and triggered accusations that it jeopardized the prospects of Middle East peace. Protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday. Abed Al Hashlamoun / EPA The announcement was followed by the top leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas calling for a new intifada — or uprising…

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Iran reveals details on ‘honed’ missiles as minister turns Europe against Trump

Writing in the New York Times, foreign minister Javad Zarif also called on European powers to help preserve a 2015 deal under which Iran curbed its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of a number of international sanctions. Mr Trump struck refused to certify the deal in October and alleged Iran was flouting its terms despite findings to the contrary by UN nuclear inspectors.  The US president has also called Iran an “economically depleted rogue state” that exports violence. Mr Zarif wrote: “Europe should not pander to Washington’s determination…

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Crown prince’s latest move is happy ending for Saudi movie buffs

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia announced on Monday it will allow movie theaters to open in the conservative kingdom for the first time in more than 35 years. Movie theaters were shut down in the 1980s during a wave of ultraconservatism in the country. Many of Saudi Arabia’s clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt as sinful. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has recently backed reforms including lifting a ban on women driving and bringing back concerts and other forms of entertainment. The 32-year-old heir…

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