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Lavrov: ‘Good chances’ for Iran agreement after shift from threats, ‘sanctions leverage’

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The sextet of international mediators and Iran have good chances to work out an agreement after dropping threats and the “leverage” of sanctions and switching to the essence of the matter, which Russia has been promoting for years, Sergey Lavrov said.
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There is no Palestinian issue for Syrian rebels

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The Palestinian issue has been uniting all Muslims for 65 years. Syrian rebels succeeded in their mission – they made the world forget about the Palestinian issue.
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Burma, S.Africa...Britain? Intl press freedom team dispatched to UK for first time

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An ‘unprecedented’ international mission is to enter the UK in January amid increasing concern over the country’s press freedom laws. The global community is becoming unsettled by the idea of a Royal Charter to restrict press freedom.
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Dutch FM: Gays in Russia not prosecuted, don’t need asylum in Netherlands

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Gays in Russia are not prosecuted and, thus, there are no grounds to grant them asylum in the Netherlands, the Dutch foreign minister said in an attempt to clarify a previous statement perceived as an offer of asylum to Russian homosexuals.
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Costly ‘technological marvel’: US Navy christens new class $13bn aircraft carrier

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The US Navy has christened the first of a new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, the 13-billion-dollar USS Gerald R. Ford. The ship, hailed as the most technologically advanced ever built, is expected to join the fleet in 2016.
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