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Yemen faces worsening threat of famine: UN aid chief

International aid agencies are losing the fight against famine in Yemen, where 3.5 million people may soon be added to the eight million Yemenis already facing starvation, the UN aid chief warned Friday. A sharp drop in the value of Yemen´s currency that has sent fuel prices spiraling compounded with renewed fighting has led to a worsening of what the...

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U.S. sends Iran messages ‘every day’ to begin negotiations: Iran president

GENEVA  - The United States constantly sends messages to Iran to begin negotiations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday in a speech broadcast on state television. Tensions ramped up between Iran and the United States after President Donald Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic last month....

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Obama blasts Trump, GOP, urges Democrats to vote

Former US President Barack Obama assailed President Donald Trump and Republicans on Friday, urging Democrats to deliver a check on the administration’s “abuses of power” and restore a sense of sanity to politics by voting in November’s elections. In an unusually blistering attack on his successor, Obama said Americans were living in dangerous times and accused Republicans of threatening democracy,...

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Ex-Trump aide Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison over Russia probe

WASHINGTON: George Papadopoulos, a former aide to then-Republican candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, was sentenced on Friday to 14 days in prison after pleading guilty last year to lying to federal agents investigating whether campaign members coordinated with Russia before the election. Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller said Papadopoulos lied to agents about his contacts with Russians during the...

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Japan toll rises to 30 after powerful quake

The death toll from a powerful quake that triggered landslides in northern Japan rose to 30 Saturday, as tens of thousands of rescue workers raked through the mud for survivors. The majority of the dead are from the small rural town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings were wrecked when a hillside collapsed from the force of the 6.6-magnitude...

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Fate of Syria’s Idlib in balance at Tehran summit

The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey meet Friday in Tehran for a summit set to decide the future of Idlib province amid fears of a humanitarian disaster in Syria´s last major rebel bastion. Hundreds of civilians fled the northwestern province Thursday as government forces and their allies readied for what could be the last — and bloodiest — major battle...

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Toll from Japan quake rises to 18 as hopes fade for survivors

Japanese rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs scrabbled through the mud Friday to find survivors from a landslide that buried houses after a powerful quake, as the death toll rose to 18. Around 22 people are still unaccounted for in the small northern countryside town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings were wrecked when a hillside collapsed with...

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Three questions on Trump official’s anonymous critique

WASHINGTON: The publication of a searing New York Times op-ed by an unnamed Trump administration senior official describing the president as amoral and making "reckless decisions" has thrown the White House into unprecedented turmoil. The explosive revelation of insider "resistance" paints a White House in which aides are aiming to thwart an unmoored Donald Trump and his "worst inclinations" in...

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Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Kabul on Friday for an unannounced visit to war-torn Afghanistan, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. His trip comes a little more than a year after President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped strategy for Afghanistan that saw him commit thousands of additional...

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Passengers fall ill on two flights from Europe to Philadelphia

Passengers and crew on two flights arriving in Philadelphia from Europe on Thursday were screened by medical teams after 12 people aboard became ill with flu-like symptoms, a day after a similar outbreak on a flight from Dubai to New York. All 250 people on separate American Airlines flights from Munich and Paris were “held for a medical review” as...

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International Criminal Court says it has jurisdiction over alleged crimes against Rohingya

AMSTERDAM: The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled on Thursday that it has jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity. The decision at the Hague-based court paves the way for prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to further examine whether there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case, although she has not...

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Saudi prince rejects speculation over royal family rift

Saudi King Salman's brother on Wednesday has played down controversial remarks he made to anti-Saudi protesters in London that sparked furious speculation about possible discord within the royal family. Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Saud apparently told a crowd in London to stop chanting slogans against the Saudi royal family over the kingdom's involvement in the three-year conflict in Yemen. "What...

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New book by Woodward says Trump wanted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad assassinated

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated last year but his defense secretary ignored the request, according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders to limit what they saw as damaging and dangerous behavior. Excerpts from the book, Fear: Trump in the White House, written by famed Watergate...

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Amid ‘bloodbath’ fears, US warns Assad against using chemical weapons

Washington  - With the United Nations warning of a potential "bloodbath" in Syria's Idlib province, the United States warned President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday it would respond "swiftly and appropriately" if he uses chemical weapons against his own people. As Syrian troops massed near the northwestern region of nearly three million people, the last major rebel stronghold, renewed Russian airstrikes...

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Israel confirms 200 strikes in Syria in 18 months

Jerusalem - An Israeli military official said Tuesday the army had carried out some 200 strikes in Syria over the past 18 months against mainly Iranian targets, a rare confirmation of such action. A total of 202 strikes were carried out in neighbouring Syria, the official said, all of which involved "military targets, most of them belonging to the (Iranian)...

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Donald Trump to chair ‘Security Council’ meeting on Iran

UNITED NATIONS: US President Donald Trump will chair a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Iran this month to spotlight its “violations of international law” during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday. The United States, which holds the council presidency for September, has unsuccessfully pushed the UNSC to call...

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Strong typhoon kills nine, shutters airport in Japan

TOKYO: The toll in the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in a quarter century rose Wednesday to nine, with thousands stranded at a major airport because of storm damage. Typhoon Jebi slammed into the west coast of Japan around noon on Tuesday, bringing maximum winds of 216 kilometres (135 miles) an hour and heavy rain. The powerful gusts ripped...

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