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North Korea’s Kim agrees to inspections in bid to salvage nuclear talks

SEOUL: North Korea said on Wednesday it would permanently abolish its key missile facilities in the presence of foreign experts, in a new gesture by leader Kim Jong Un to revive faltering talks with Washington over his country’s nuclear program. After a summit in Pyongyang, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the North was also willing to close...

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120 Afghan forces, civilians killed in battle with Taliban

Four days of ferocious fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over a key provincial capital has claimed the lives of about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers and at least 20 civilians, the defence minister said on Monday. The staggering numbers provided by Gen. Tareq Shah Bahrami were the first official casualty toll since the Taliban launched a massive assault...

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Iran unveils next generation missile: media

Iran unveiled a next generation short-range ballistic missile on Monday and vowed to further boost its capabilities, Iranian media said, at a time of rising tensions with the United States. State broadcaster IRIB said the new Fateh Mobin missile had "successfully passed its tests" and could strike targets on land and sea. "As promised to our dear people, we will...

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Iran’s problems ‘internal, not just sanctions’: Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that the country´s economic problems were the result of internal mismanagement by the government and not just US pressure. "Economic experts and many officials believe the cause of this issue is not foreign, it's internal," he said in a speech in Tehran, according to tweets released on his official account. "Not that...

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Trudeau meets with shooting victims’ families

MONTREAL: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Sunday with the families of victims of a fatal shooting in eastern Canada — but said “now is not the time” to discuss gun control. Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, opened fire in the sleepy city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, early Friday, killing four people, including two police officers. Trudeau met the families privately, and laid...

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Arrested and killed: inside the Bangladesh prime minister’s war on drugs

DHAKA: Bangladesh police arrested Riazul Islam as he was walking home from his in-laws’ house. At 3:15 a.m., he was shot dead in a sandy field beside a set of railroad tracks north of Dhaka. Police say he was killed in a gunfight with other drug dealers, and they recovered 20 kg of marijuana from the site. His parents say the officers extorted...

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Stormy Daniels lawyer says would ‘hit harder’ to beat Trump in 2020

WASHINGTON: As the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti has been a persistent thorn in Donald Trump's side. But in the last few days, Avenatti has gone a step further, strongly suggesting he is ready to take on the president in the 2020 elections and positioning himself as someone tough enough to take on Trump in a...

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Koreas hold high-level talks on third leaders’ summit

The two Koreas opened high-level talks Monday to prepare for a possible summit in Pyongyang between the South's President Moon Jae-in and the North's leader Kim Jong Un, as the diplomatic thaw on the peninsula builds. The exact date and location of what would be their third meeting have yet to be decided, but at their historic first summit in...

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Ex-White House staffer releases tape of her firing

WASHINGTON: A former White House staffer who has written a bombshell memoir of her time serving under President Donald Trump released a secret tape Sunday of the chief of staff firing her. Omarosa Manigault Newman said she decided to release the secret recording of John Kelly in the Situation Room — which marks a breach of security protocols — and...

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Narendra Modi confident of bigger win in 2019 elections

MUMBAI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would be re-elected with an even bigger majority in parliament in 2019, dismissing opposition attempts to rouse opinion against his government for failing to deliver on promises of swift economic development and more jobs for young people. Modi told the Times of India in an interview published on Sunday that his Bharatiya Janata Party...

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Fight between Afghan forces and Taliban for Ghazni city amid misreports who has the edge

GHAZNI: The fight for the embattled eastern Afghan city of Ghazni entered its third day as Taliban militants and security forces engaged in heavy clashes Sunday after Kabul vowed the city was firmly under government control. An AFP reporter on the ground said Taliban fighters continued to roam the city, torching government offices and in control of several police checkpoints,...

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Dismissing ‘apartheid’: Arab Israelis rally against Jewish nation-state law

TEL AVIV: Tens of thousands of Arab Israelis and their supporters chanted against "apartheid" and for "equality" on Saturday in central Tel Aviv at a rally protesting a law that declares Israel the nation state of the Jewish people. Israeli Jews also joined the demonstration, the second since last Saturday, when thousands from Israel's Druze minority took to the streets...

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Iran jumps amid on-going US-Turkey row

TEHRAN: Iran´s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waded into the mounting row between Turkey and the United States on Saturday, accusing Washington of an "addiction to sanctions and bullying". US President Donald Trump´s "jubilation in inflicting economic hardship on its NATO ally Turkey is shameful," Zarif wrote on Twitter. "The US has to rehabilitate its addiction to sanctions (and) bullying...

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Yemen’s Houthi Rebels welcome UN call for Saudi Strike Probe

SANAA, Yemen  — Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Friday backed a U.N. call for a probe into a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country’s north that killed dozens of people the previous day, including many children, in an attack that drew wide international criticism. Senior Yemeni rebel leader Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said on Twitter that the rebels — known as Houthis...

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A Canadian tweet in a Saudi king’s court crosses a red line

OTTAWA/RIYADH/DUBAI: For years, Canadian pressure on human rights in Saudi Arabia had elicited no more than a standard rejection. But all that changed last week when a Canadian complaint was translated into Arabic and set off a diplomatic row. When Riyadh responded to a call from Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland to release civil society activists with an abrupt severing...

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US pilot posts explicit photos of flight attendant ex-girlfriend online

CHICAGO: A United Airlines flight attendant is accusing the airline of failing to protect her from sexually explicit pictures that a pilot posted of her online, according to a lawsuit filed in a San Antonio, Texas, federal court. The lawsuit, filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), said United failed to prevent and correct the pilot’s behaviour, even...

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Explosion at military hardware factory in UK leaves one dead, one injured

An explosion at a military hardware factory near Salisbury, Wiltshire has left one person dead on Friday, British defense equipment maker Chemring Group Plc said. The explosion at the Chemring Countermeasures factory of the British contractor also injured another person who was taken to a hospital, the company said in a tweet. The site was evacuated and the incident was...

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