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US states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds

A coalition of 16 US states led by California sued President Donald Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building a wall along the US-Mexico border. The lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California came after Trump invoked emergency powers...

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Indian troops martyred 95,238 Kashmiris since Jan 1989: Report

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred 95,238 innocent Kashmiris, including 7,120 in custody, since January 1989 till date. A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the World Human Rights Day, today, revealed that these killings rendered 22,894 women widowed and 107,551 children orphaned. The troops...

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UK PM can stay on if parliament rejects Brexit deal: Brexit minister

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May can stay on if she loses a crucial vote on her Brexit deal in parliament on Tuesday, her Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Sunday. Asked about reports May could delay the vote, which she looks set to lose, and go back to the EU and ask for further concessions, Barclay told the BBC...

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Body found in search for British tourist in New Zealand

MELBOURNE: New Zealand police said on Sunday that they believe they found the body of a missing 22-year-old British woman after charging a 26-year-old man with her murder. Grace Millane, who was traveling the world after finishing university, went missing on Dec. 1 in Auckland. On Saturday the police said that she was murdered and that they were questioning a...

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Trump slams former Secretary of State Tillerson

WASHINGTON : US President Donald Trump on Friday blasted his former secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, in a sharply critical tweet one day after the nation’s former top diplomat publicly recounted that the president had tried to do things in a way that violated the law. Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His...

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US fails to win enough support at UN to condemn Hamas

A US attempt to get the United Nations to condemn violence by Palestinian militant group Hamas for the first time failed on Thursday because the draft resolution fell short of votes needed in the General Assembly. The resolution required two-thirds support and while Assembly resolutions are non-binding, they can carry political weight. The US text received 87 votes in favor,...

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Suicide car bomber kills at least three in southeastern Iran: governor

DUBAI: At least three people were killed and 24 others were injured in a suicide car bomb attack on the police headquarters in Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar on Thursday, Iranian state media reported. Television also reported shooting in the area, located in the region of Sistan-Baluchestan, which is home to a Sunni Muslim minority in the largely Shi’ite...

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British middleman held in India over AgustaWestland chopper deal

NEW DELHI: The alleged British middleman in a dicey helicopter deal between India and an Anglo-Italian firm was remanded in custody on Wednesday after being extradited from the UAE, authorities said. Christian Michel James is accused of arranging kickbacks to Indian officials to secure a deal for AgustaWestland to supply New Delhi with 12 helicopters for 556 million euros ($630...

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New Caledonians ordered to shelters in tsunami alert after big quake

NOUMEA: A shallow and powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off New Caledonia Wednesday prompting a tsunami alert and evacuations on the Pacific island, authorities said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that tsunami waves had been "observed" in the region but did not say where. Residents of New Caledonia, which lies north of New Zealand, received text messages directing them to...

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Hassan Rouhani threatens to cut off Gulf oil

TEHRAN: Iran´s President Hassan Rouhani struck a defiant stance against US sanctions on Tuesday, renewing his threat to cut off international oil sales from the Gulf. "America should know... it is not capable of preventing the export of Iran´s oil," Rouhani said at a televised rally in Semnan province. "If it ever tries to do so... no oil will be...

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani orders probe of sex abuse on women’s football team

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Tuesday called for an investigation into claims of sexual abuse against the national women´s football team, calling the allegations "shocking" and vowing to act immediately. The president´s call comes days after the Guardian newspaper broke a story about allegations of sexual and physical abuse of members of the women´s team by male officials, including the president...

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Emmanuel Macron to calm fiery protesters by halting fuel tax hikes

PARIS: The French government plans to announce Tuesday the suspension of fuel tax increases slated for January in a bid to quell the fierce protests which have ballooned into the deepest crisis of Emmanuel Macron´s presidency, sources said. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will also unveil other measures to help boost the living standards of low-income households, the government sources told...

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Woman set on fire in India after complaining of attempted assault

NEW DELHI: Two men accused of trying to molest a 20-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh set her on fire two days later after she lodged a complaint with police, authorities and her family said. Women in India have struggled to secure prosecution for sexual attacks in the face of widespread police indifference, rights activists say. The woman was in a...

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I will never accept violence, Macron says after Paris protests

BUENOS AIRES: French President Emmanuel Macron denounced protesters against him as chaos-seekers, as the growing demonstrations first triggered by planned fuel price hikes turned Paris violent. "I will never accept violence," Macron told a news conference at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires amid the massive "yellow vest" demonstrations. "No cause justifies that authorities are attacked, that businesses are plundered,...

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China, US declare 90-day halt to new tariffs, says White House

BUENOS AIRES: China and the United States have agreed to halt additional tariffs as both nations engage in new trade negotiations with the goal of reaching an agreement within 90 days, the White House said on Saturday after President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping held high-stakes talks in Argentina. Trump agreed not to boost tariffs on $200 billion...

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Five key moments from the G20

Global leaders hunkered down for what threatened to be a fractious two-day summit in Buenos Aires with deep disagreements evident over world trade and climate change. But it wasn´t all doom and gloom. Here are five moments from the first day of the summit Friday: That handshake All eyes were on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and how his...

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Former US president George HW Bush dead at 94

Former US president George HW Bush, who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War, has died at age 94, his family announced late Friday. Tributes quickly poured in for the former US leader, a decorated war pilot and onetime CIA chief who also saw his son George follow in his footsteps to the Oval Office. Bush´s passing...

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