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Trump, Kim Jong Un to hold 2nd summit

United States President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear weapons, the White House announced. News of a second meeting with the reclusive North Korean leader came after Trump's 90-minute meeting in the Oval Office with a North...

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Trump, Kim Jong Un to hold 2nd summit

United States President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear weapons, the White House announced. News of a second meeting with the reclusive North Korean leader came after Trump's 90-minute meeting in the Oval Office with a North...

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Myanmar army kills 13 rebels in Rakhine clashes

NAYPYITAW: Myanmars army has killed 13 rebel fighters in the western Rakhine state, a military spokesman said on Friday, as government troops battle to contain a new insurgency in the troubled region. Fighting between security forces and the Arakan Army, an ethnic armed group seeking greater autonomy for Rakhine, has forced some 5,000 civilians to flee their homes since early...

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau renews calls for Saudi blogger’s release

OTTAWA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau renewed calls for the release of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi after meeting his wife on Friday, calling the issue "a priority" for him and all Canadians. Trudeau said Canadians' view of Saudi Arabia had been defined in part by its treatment of Badawi, who was jailed for 10 years and has received 50 lashes of...

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May calls EU leaders on ‘next steps’ for Brexit

BRUSSELS: British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk by telephone on Friday to discuss where to go next on Brexit. May had previously been in touch with Brussels only by text message since Tuesday, when the British parliament rejected the divorce deal she signed in November. "Discussed with PM @theresa_may the next steps...

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21 killed in car bomb attack on Colombian police academy

BOGOTA: Colombia´ s government declared three days of mourning Thursday after at least 21 people died in a car bomb at a Bogota police cadet training academy, and 68 were wounded -- the worst such incident in the city in 16 years. The defence ministry said the "terrorist act" was carried out using a vehicle packed with 80 kilograms (around...

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Trump cancels US delegation to World Economic Forum in Davos

WASHINGTON: Authorities in the US state of Georgia have arrested a 21-year-old man who sought to buy explosives and an anti-tank rocket for a suicide attack on the White House planned for Thursday. Byung Pak, the US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, announced the arrest of Hasher Taheb of Cumming, Georgia, late Wednesday after a months-long FBI investigation...

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Deadly IS-claimed suicide attack hits US forces in north Syria

A suicide attack killed four US personnel in northern Syria Wednesday, costing Washington its worst combat losses in the war-torn country since 2014 as it prepares to withdraw. The bombing, claimed by the Islamic State group, comes after US President Donald Trump s shock announcement last month that he was ordering a full troop withdrawal from Syria because the jihadists...

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British PM Theresa May survives confidence with a slight majority

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday survived a no-confidence vote sparked by the crushing defeat of her Brexit deal just weeks before the UK leaves the European Union. A stunning 24-hour span saw May on Tuesday dealt the heaviest drubbing by parliament in modern British political history — 432 votes to 202 — over the divorce terms she...

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EU ready to delay Brexit until 2020: Times newspaper

LONDON: European Union officials are examining plans to delay Brexit until 2020 after Germany and France indicated their willingness to extend withdrawal negotiations amid British political turmoil, The Times newspaper reported. Previous planning had centered on a three-month delay to Brexit from March 29 until the end of June but now, according to sources quoted by The Times, EU officials...

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Nearly 900 killed in ethnic violence in Congo in mid-December: UN

GENEVA: At least 890 people are believed to have been killed in ethnic violence in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo last month, the United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday. The toll doubles an estimate provided on Monday by a local priest and a civil society activist who said that at least 400 people had been killed in bloodshed...

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Al Shabab gunmen kill 15 in Kenya hotel compound attack

NAIROBI:  Gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and sending workers diving under desks to escape an attack claimed by Somalia-based group al Shabaab. Nearly 11 hours after the assault began at Nairobi’s upscale 14 Riverside Drive complex, bursts of gunfire and an explosion were heard in...

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May faces defeat in parliament over Brexit plan

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May faced the prospect of defeat in a historic vote on her Brexit deal in parliament on Tuesday, potentially leaving Britain in limbo about the biggest political and economic change for the country in decades. A day after May urged lawmakers to take a second look at her plan, parliament looked set to reject it in...

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Four killed, more than 90 wounded in Kabul car bomb attack

KABUL: At least four people were killed and 90 wounded when a bomb-laden car blew up near a high-security compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials said. An Afghan government security official said the blast occurred on Jalalabad Road in eastern Kabul near the Green Village compound, home to several international companies and charities. “Most of the victims...

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Military cargo plane crashes in Iran, 15 killed

TEHRAN: A Boeing 707 military cargo plane crashed in bad weather on Monday west of Iran's capital, killing 15 out of the 16 people on board, the Iranian army said. A flight engineer survived and was taken to hospital, the army said in a statement carried by the semi-official Fars news agency. The Fars news agency, considered close to the military, said...

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Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump faced uncomfortable new questions Sunday about his relationship with Vladimir Putin despite his angry dismissal of a report that he has kept top aides in the dark about his private conversations with the Russian leader. Republican lawmakers generally defended the president, saying he had been tougher on Russia than his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, but...

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Trump blasts FBI counterintel probe into whether he worked for Russia

President Donald Trump blasted the FBI Saturday, insisting it acted "for no reason & with no proof" when it opened an investigation into whether he was acting on Russia's behalf after he fired the agency's director, James Comey, in May 2017. The New York Times reported that the FBI launched the previously undisclosed counterintelligence investigation to determine whether Trump posed a national...

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