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Donald Trump strikes blow against Iran nuclear deal in major shift in US policy

US President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Teheran is complying with the deal and warning he might ultimately terminate it.

Trump announced the major shift in US policy in a speech in which he detailed a more aggressive approach to Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and its support for extremist groups in the Middle East.

He accused Iran of “not living up to the spirit” of the nuclear agreement and said his goal is to ensure Teheran never obtains a nuclear weapon.

Trump’s hardline remarks drew praise from Israel, Iran’s arch-foe, but was criticised by European allies.

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French former culture minister Audrey Azoulay to head UN cultural agency Unesco

French former culture minister Audrey Azoulay was named to head the UN’s embattled cultural agency, beating her Qatari rival after a politically charged contest clouded by Gulf tensions and accusations of anti-Israel bias.

Azoulay, 49, came from behind after six rounds of voting to defeat Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, also a former culture minister, after he failed to pick up support from other Gulf states which are part of a Saudi-led coalition blockading Qatar.

The vote was 30 to 28.

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Weinstein film studio facing sale or shutdown: Report

The Weinstein Company is exploring a sale or shutdown as it reels from the fallout of allegations of serial sexual misconduct by its ousted co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The film and television studio is unlikely to continue as an independent entity, the Journal said, citing a person close to the firm.

Weinstein’s film studio fired him on Sunday after an explosive New York Times report alleged he had preyed for decades on young women hoping to break into the film industry.

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Tennis: Nadal sues ex-French minister for over $100,000

Rafael Nadal is seeking €100,000 (S$160,000) in damages from former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot after she accused the Spanish tennis legend of a dope test cover-up.

Nadal is suing Bachelot, who served as sports minister between 2007 and 2010, over remarks in March 2016 on French television.

She alleged that Nadal faked an injury in 2012, when he missed the final six months of the season due to knee problems, in order to hide a positive drug test.

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Football: Hostile Anfield atmosphere will motivate Man United, says Mourinho

Manchester United will feed off the atmosphere inside Anfield when they visit Liverpool on Saturday and the hostile reception they receive from the home fans will only serve as extra motivation, manager Jose Mourinho has said.

United have made a strong start to the Premier League season and are second in the table behind Manchester City on goal difference, but face a tough test at the home of their bitter rivals.

Mourinho knows his team cannot expect a warm welcome but is confident they will be equal to the occasion.

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