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Trump says he’ll declare emergency on U.S.-Mexico border

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Friday announced he would declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, a move Democrats vowed to challenge as an unconstitutional attempt to fund his promised border wall without approval from Congress. “I’m going to be signing a national emergency,” Trump said from the Rose Garden of the White House. “We have an invasion of...

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US thaws from Arctic deep freeze as death toll climbs

CHICAGO: A brutal cold spell that paralyzed the US Midwest, freezing water mains, causing power outages and canceling flights, eased on Friday, with forecasts predicting a rapid thaw. The two days of intense cold from the so-called polar vortex that descended on the US Midwest and Northeast will go down in memory for its scenes of winter at its most...

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Donald Trump ‘serious’ about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan: Taliban spokesman

US President Donald Trump is serious about getting out of Afghanistan, the Taliban told AFP on Friday, outlining the “Islamic system” comprising “all Afghans” that the group says it hopes to establish under any peace deal. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid spoke to AFP via WhatsApp a day after the US said talks with the militants are “on the right path”,...

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Canada’s Trudeau set for ugly election amid cries of ‘traitor’

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who swept to power on a wave of optimism in 2015, is set for an ugly reelection campaign this October, judging by exchanges with voters in public town halls this month where he was grilled on topics ranging from immigration to housing affordability. Opinion polls show his centre-left Liberals are barely ahead of their...

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Indian tyranny continues, two youth martyred in IoK’s Pulwama district

SRINAGAR: Indian forces in a fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district of occupied Kashmir on Friday. According to Kashmir Media Service, the youth identified as Shahid Ahmad Baba and Inayat Ahmad were killed by troops during a cordon and search operation in the Baba Mohalla of Drabgam village in the district. The troops also razed...

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Over 20 dead in US polar vortex, frostbite amputations feared

Tens of millions of Americans braved Arctic-like temperatures on Thursday as low minus 49 Celsius that paralysed the US Midwest and were blamed for at least 21 deaths. Warmer-than-normal weather was on the way, but that offered little comfort to vulnerable populations such as the homeless and elderly enduring cold that caused frostbite in minutes and made being outside potentially...

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Key to peace is Afghanistan not Pakistan: Ashraf Ghani

KABUL: Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that the “keys to war are in Islamabad, Quetta, Rawal­pindi”, suggesting Pakistan was a safe haven for cross-border militant activities. Ghani said the “key to peace was in Afghanistan”, as talks between Taliban and US officials on ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan appear to be gaining momentum. Ghani made the remarks...

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Saudi’s anti-corruption probe ends with many detained; state coffers $107bn richer

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday the end of a high-profile anti-corruption probe that boosted the state coffers by more than $100 billion and has left dozens detained. The crackdown on graft launched in 2017 saw hundreds of elite princes, ministers and businessmen held at the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Many were detained for weeks in the...

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Malaysia enthrones new king after historic abdication

Malaysia on Thursday installed a new king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, after the last monarch abdicated in a historic first following his reported marriage to a Russian ex-beauty queen. In a ceremony steeped in pomp and centuries of tradition, the sports-loving sultan, dressed in aqua blue formal wear, took the oath of office at the national palace in Kuala...

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Iran facing the toughest economic situation in 40 years: president

GENEVA:  Iran’s president said on Wednesday the country was facing its toughest economic situation in 40 years, and the United States, not the government, was to blame. U.S. President Donald Trump last year pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions. Workers, including truck drivers, farmers and merchants, have since launched sporadic protests against economic hardships,...

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EU says ‘no’ as British Parliament instruct Theresa May to change Brexit deal

LONDON: British lawmakers on Tuesday instructed Prime Minister Theresa May to reopen a Brexit treaty with the European Union to replace a controversial Irish border arrangement — and promptly received a flat rejection from Brussels. Two weeks after overwhelmingly rejecting May’s Brexit deal, parliament backed a proposal intended to send her back to Brussels with a stronger mandate to seek...

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Grenade attack kills two as victims sleeping at southern Philippines mosque

A grenade attack on a mosque in the troubled southern Philippines killed two people early Wednesday, authorities said, just days after a deadly Catholic cathedral bombing and a vote backing Muslim self-rule in the region. The blast tore through the building as the victims were sleeping in the predawn darkness on the insurgency-plagued island of Mindanao, which is home to...

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Palestinian PM, government resign

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah has tendered his resignation and that of his unity government to President Mahmoud Abbas, he said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to faltering reconciliation efforts with Gazas Islamist Hamas rulers. The government will continue to carry out its duties until a new one is formed, it said in a statement issued after...

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Brexit plots and passions split UK parliament

Britain´s bickering parliament has splintered into rival factions with their own remedies for Prime Minister Theresa May´s Brexit deal. Tuesday will be their big chance to have their say. Here is what the political lay of the land will look like when the House of Commons holds votes that could alter the course of Britain´s planned split from the EU...

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Afghan president Ashraf Ghani calls for ‘serious talks’ with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Monday the Taliban should "enter serious talks" with his government, after the insurgents and Washington both touted progress during unprecedented negotiations in Qatar last week. The Taliban have long refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, branding them "puppets". But a months-long diplomatic push by the United States to broker talks culminated in six days...

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Corruption seen rising in Donald Trump’s US: watchdog

The United States last year slid down the rankings of a global corruption index as America´s system of checks and balances faced growing threats on Donald Trump´s watch, Transparency International said Tuesday. The US lost four points to score 71 out of 100 on the watchdog´s 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, sending the country tumbling out of the top 20 for...

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Bahrain’s opposition leader loses appeal against life sentence

Bahrain's supreme court, whose verdicts are final, on Monday upheld a life term for Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman for spying for Gulf rival Qatar, a judicial source said. Salman, who headed the Al-Wefaq group, was convicted in November of “communicating with Qatari officials... to overthrow constitutional order”, a ruling rights groups have called a travesty. Salman's aides Ali...

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