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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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Suu Kyi should have ‘resigned’ on Rohingya crackdown: UN

Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned as Myanmar’s de facto leader over last year’s brutal army campaign against the Rohingya Muslims, the outgoing UN human rights chief has told the BBC. A military crackdown in response to attacks by Rohingya militants drove around 700,000 of the Muslim minority from Rakhine state into Bangladesh, where they have given...

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Toronto mall evacuated after gunshots

A fight between two groups of young men that culminated in shots being fired on Thursday prompted the evacuation of a mall in Toronto, a month after a mass shooting in the nation´s largest city left two dead. Police Superintendent Rob Johnson said the shooting took place on the east side of the gigantic Yorkdale Shopping Centre that is popular...

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US-Canada NAFTA talks to resume Friday as deadline looms

With Friday's deadline fast approaching, talks continued late into the night on Thursday without reaching a deal between Canada and the US on an overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland held four meetings Thursday with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to try to bridge differences to preserve the three-nation trade pact with the...

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Trump threatens to withdraw US from WTO: Bloomberg

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump threatened in an interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday to withdraw from the World Trade Organization if “they don’t shape up,” in his latest criticism of the institution. Such a move could undermine one of the foundations of the modern global trading system, which the United States was instrumental in creating. “If they don’t shape...

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Trump tweets are ‘messages from some alternative universe’: China Daily

SHANGHAI: Twitter comments by US President Donald Trump — accusing China of hacking former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email server — are an attempt to cast China as a “scapegoat”, the official China Daily said in an editorial Friday. The strongly worded editorial also took aim at Trump directly, commenting: “To the thinking person, there are few things more disconcerting...

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Blasphemous caricatures: Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker cancels contest, reports AP

Web Desk: Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said late Thursday he has cancelled a planned blasphemous caricatures contest, the Associated Press reported. According to AP, the event has been cancelled by the organizer. BREAKING: Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker cancels Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that sparked Pakistan protests. — The Associated Press (@AP) August 30, 2018 Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said...

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US, Canada agreement on NAFTA 2.0 appears within reach

A deal on an overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement appeared within reach as Canada and the United States opened their third day of negotiations Thursday aimed at getting the pact done by the end of the week. Trade officials worked late into the night on details, and Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said, "There's a lot of...

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Top White House lawyer to leave as Russia probe heats up

Donald Trump said Wednesday that White House counsel Don McGahn would soon be leaving his post, a crucial shift as the probe into Russia´s election interference probe closes in on the US president´s inner circle. McGahn, who has advised Trump on dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller´s Russia probe, also has been interviewed at length as a cooperating witness by...

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China slams Trump’s ‘irresponsible and absurd logic’ on N. Korea

China on Thursday derided the "irresponsible and absurd logic" of the United States after President Donald Trump accused Beijing of making Washington's relationship with North Korea more difficult. Trump doubled down on his suggestion that China was not helping to rein in its Cold War-era ally -- a charge he first levelled when he cancelled a trip to North Korea...

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Trump accuses China for making things ‘much more difficult’ with N Korea

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of complicating Washington's relationship with North Korea by rendering its ally economic assistance, as talks on Pyongyang's denuclearization are at a standstill. But he insisted his relationship with Kim Jong Un remained "very good" and said he was not considering resuming joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula that Pyongyang considers...

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Migrant beaten in racist attack in north German city

A migrant was subjected to xenophobic insults and beaten up in the northern German city of Wismar Wednesday evening, police said, in an attack that comes as the country is shaken by far-right demonstrations against foreigners. The 20-year-old man, whose nationality was not specified, was walking home when "he was stopped by three German-speaking people who insulted him in a...

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Aung San Suu Kyi won’t be stripped of Nobel Peace Prize: committee

STAVANGER, NORWAY: The Nobel Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi will not be withdrawn in the light of a United Nations report that said Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings of Muslim Rohingya, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Wednesday. On Monday, UN investigators said Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes with “genocidal intent”, and the...

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Iran’s Khamenei says ready to abandon nuclear deal if needed

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that his government should be ready to "set aside" the 2015 nuclear deal if it is no longer in the country's national interests. "The JCPOA (nuclear deal) is not the objective, it is only a means," he said in a meeting with the cabinet, according to his website. "Naturally, if we reach...

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Israel renews threat to attack Iran targets in Syria

Israel on Wednesday renewed its threat to attack Iranian military targets in Syria, after the two Muslim allies signed an accord on security cooperation. "The accord concluded by (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad and Iran constitutes a test for Israel: Our response will be loud and clear," Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said on Israeli public radio. "We will not allow Iran...

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Saudi medical students allowed to complete training in Canada

OTTAWA: More than 1,000 Saudi medical students ordered to leave Canada because of a diplomatic row have been granted an extension that would allow them to complete their training, Ottawa confirmed Tuesday. According to medical and university officials, the 1,053 students received notice of the reprieve from the Saudi education ministry. “We are pleased that (Saudi) medical residents across the...

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Hurricane’s death toll in Puerto Rico put at nearly 3,000

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico’s governor raised the U.S. territory’s official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 on Tuesday after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the desperate, sweltering aftermath had been severely undercounted. The new estimate of nearly 3,000 dead in the six months after Maria devastated the island...

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