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Pompeo: Qassem Suleimani was not on diplomatic mission when killed

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has refuted claims that assassinated Iranian General Qassem Suleimani was on a diplomatic mission to Baghdad when he was killed by a US strike last week. Speaking at the State Department on Tuesday, Mr Pompeo called the claim by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif “propaganda of the first order”. “Is there any history that ...

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Pedro Sanchez wins cliff-hanger vote to form new Spanish government

Spain’s parliament chose Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez to form a new government Tuesday, ending almost a year of political limbo for the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy. Mr Sánchez won a cliff-hanger confidence vote 167-165, with 18 abstentions. It was the slimmest victory for a prime minister candidate in decades. His party will lead a leftist coalition with the left-wing United We ...

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Pedro Sanchez wins cliff-hanger vote to form new Spanish government

Spain’s parliament chose Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez to form a new government Tuesday, ending almost a year of political limbo for the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy. Mr Sánchez won a cliff-hanger confidence vote 167-165, with 18 abstentions. It was the slimmest victory for a prime minister candidate in decades. His party will lead a leftist coalition with the left-wing United We ...

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Vladimir Putin may need to go back to the drawing board on Iran

Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, killed last week by a US drone in Baghdad, has been credited with persuading Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene militarily in Syria in 2015, a claim the Kremlin denies. Regardless of the truth of that particular story, though, the inevitable escalation following Soleimani’s death has the potential to change Putin’s calculus in the region. Commenting ...

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Vladimir Putin may need to go back to the drawing board on Iran

Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, killed last week by a US drone in Baghdad, has been credited with persuading Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene militarily in Syria in 2015, a claim the Kremlin denies. Regardless of the truth of that particular story, though, the inevitable escalation following Soleimani’s death has the potential to change Putin’s calculus in the region. Commenting ...

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