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Iranian officials split over response to US demands

Iranian officials split over response to US demands

ANKARA: For all of Iran’s fierce verbal response to fresh US threats of tougher sanctions, some senior officials in Tehran believe the door to diplomacy should stay open. On Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  for Iran, including abandoning nuclear enrichment, its ballistic missile programme and its role in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, or face […]

West Bank votes in polls underlining Palestinian split

West Bank votes in polls underlining Palestinian split

Agencies RAMALLAH, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES:  Palestinians in the occupied West Bank voted Saturday in municipal elections that underscored deep rifts between president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party and rival Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip. Their failure to reconcile is seen as a major obstacle to any settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The West Bank and Gaza […]