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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, on May 21, 2018.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, on May 21, 2018. PHOTO: IRANIAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE

Iran's Rouhani: World no longer accepts US deciding for them

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani dismissed threats made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday (May 21), saying the rest of the world no longer accepts Washington making decisions on their behalf.

"Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?" Rouhani said in a statement carried by multiple Iranian news agencies.

"The world today does not accept that the United States decides for the world. Countries have their independence," he added.

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Barack and Michelle’s next act: TV deal with Netflix


Former US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, have struck a deal to produce films and series for Netflix Inc, the streaming service said on Monday (May 21), giving the former first couple a powerful and unprecedented platform to shape their post-White House legacy. 

Under the name Higher Ground Productions, the Obamas have the option to produce scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and feature films, Netflix said in a statement. 

The Obamas will have hands-on involvement in producing content and will appear personally in some of the shows while curating others, said a person familiar with the deal. 

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Meghan's nephew caught with knife blames Trump: Report

Tyler Dooley, nephew of Britain's newest royal Meghan Markle, took a knife to a London nightclub and then blamed Donald Trump's warnings about the dangers of the British capital, The Sun reported on Monday (May 21).

The daily said Dooley, 25, a cannabis farmer who was not invited to the royal wedding in Windsor, handed the four-inch blade to a bouncer outside the club in Kingston, southwest London.

London's Metropolitan Police did not name Dooley but confirmed they were called by security to the club "after a man openly declared he had a knife as he attempted to enter the club".

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Costly eczema injection also helps relieve severe asthma: Study

An injectable drug for the skin disorder eczema is also effective against severe asthma, a study released Monday (May 21) said, pointing to broader uses for a costly class of drugs known as biologics.

Dupilumab (Dupixent) was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2017. The drug's maker, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, set the price at US$37,000 per year.

Now, the anti-inflammatory has been tested in a randomized, controlled trial of more than 2,000 patients with moderate to severe asthma.

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Football: Marksman Icardi misses out as Argentina name World Cup squad

Mauro Icardi, the joint top goalscorer in Italy's Serie A this season, was left out of Argentina's World Cup squad on Monday (May 21) as coach Jorge Sampaoli named his 23 players for next month's tournament in Russia.

Sampaoli named just four forwards in his squad with Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain all selected.

That meant there was no place for Icardi, who scored 29 league goals for Inter Milan this season.

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