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Mike Pence quashes Trump rifts reports

US Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday dismissed reports of a rift with his boss President Donald Trump, saying the pair laughed about the suggestion in a phone call. Following a New York Times report that suggested Trump was privately questioning the loyalty of his deputy, Pence told reporters in Port Moresby that they had still had a good rapport....

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Malaysian PM Mahatir Mohammad accepts PM Imran’s invitation to visit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Following the invitation furnished by Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Thursday the Malaysian Premier Dr. Mahathir Mohammad accepted his counterpart’s invitation to visit Pakistan. PM Imran telephoned his Malaysian counterpart this morning and invited him to visit Pakistan. Dr Mahathir accepted the invitation and also extended an invite to PM Imran for an early visit to Malaysia. During the...

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‘Last piece’ by missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi published

WASHINGTON: Two weeks after he disappeared, The Washington Post on Wednesday published what it said appears to be Jamal Khashoggi’s final column, in which the missing Saudi journalist writes of the importance of a free press in the Arab world. Such a forum is currently lacking, says Khashoggi, a Post contributor and US resident who disappeared entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate...

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Canada becomes first industrialized nation to legalise cannabis

TORONTO: Canada became the first industrialised nation to legalize recreational cannabis on Wednesday, but a lawful buzz will be hard to come by in its biggest cities like Toronto and Vancouver, which will have no stores open. Weed enthusiasts in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s easternmost province, kicked off the first permissible sales at midnight. Over 100 people braved the cold...

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Indian minister in #MeToo storm announces resignation

NEW DELHI: India's junior foreign minister announced his resignation on Wednesday following allegations of sexual harassment by a string of women, as the country's fledgling #MeToo movement gathers pace. "Since I have decided to seek justice in a court of law in my personal capacity, I deem it appropriate to step down from office and challenge false accusations against me,"...

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Mike Pompeo says Saudis promise nobody exempt in missing journalist probe

Saudi Arabia has promised that no one will be exempt from the enquiry into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. Asked if a member of the Saudi royal family might conceivably be held accountable in the case, Pompeo said after talks in Riyadh: "They made no exceptions to who they would hold...

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Lewinsky affair not an abuse of power, says Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has said her husband Bill´s affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power and he was right to not resign from the US presidency in the wake of the scandal. The two-decades old episode has come under renewed scrutiny in the #MeToo era, with critics questioning whether the power imbalance between a...

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UN rights chief calls to lift Saudi ‘immunity’ over Khashoggi

The UN human rights chief called Tuesday for the lifting of the immunity of officials who might be involved in the disappearance of a Saudi Arabian journalist at the kingdom´s consulate in Turkey. "In view of the seriousness of the situation surrounding the disappearance of Mr (Jamal) Khashoggi, I believe the inviolability or immunity of the relevant premises and officials...

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Pompeo arrives in Riyadh to discuss missing journalist with Saudi king

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who arrived in Riyadh Tuesday for talks with King Salman on missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, will also meet the Saudi crown prince, a US official said. After talks with the king earlier in the day on what happened to Khashoggi after he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, Pompeo...

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Flash floods in southern France kill at least 10 people

VILLEGAILHENC, France: At least 10 people died in southwestern France on Monday when some of the worst flash floods in a century turned rivers into raging torrents that engulfed homes and swept away cars. Up to seven months’ rain fell in just a few hours overnight, local officials said, catching sleeping residents by surprise and isolating villages. Several deaths were...

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Saudi king orders probe in Khashoggi case, Turkey to search consulate

ANKARA/WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday ordered an internal probe into the unexplained disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a joint Turkish-Saudi team was set to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he was last seen on Oct. 2. A Turkish diplomatic source said investigators would inspect the consulate on Monday afternoon, following delays last week when...

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U.S. is seeking regime change in Iran: Rouhani

The United States is seeking regime change in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday in a speech broadcast on state TV. The United States is using psychological and economic warfare and questioning the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic to pursue regime change in Iran, Rouhani said in a speech commemorating the beginning of the academic year at Tehran University....

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Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill at least 22 security forces

Kabul: Taliban militants killed at least 22 security forces, including a district police chief, in separate attacks on security checkpoints in two Afghan provinces, officials said on Sunday, ahead of parliamentary elections set for this week. The Taliban have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces in their battle to expel foreign forces, topple the Western-backed government and restore their version...

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Trump vows ‘severe punishment’ for Saudi Arabia if Khashoggi was killed

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said in a CBS interview on Saturday that there would be “severe punishment” for Saudi Arabia if it turns out that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Trump said he did not want to block military sales to Saudi Arabia, one option that has rattled US. defense contractors,...

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US envoy for Afghan peace Khalilzad meets Taliban officials in Qatar: Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON: The US envoy for Afghanistan peace efforts met with Taliban representatives in Qatar on Friday as President Donald Trump’s administration pushed to find a way to end the 17-year-old Afghan war, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Journal, citing a person familiar with the gathering, said Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, met with Taliban officials...

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Hurricane Michael death toll rises to 13

MEXICO BEACH: The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to at least 13 on Friday amid fears it would continue to climb as search-and-rescue teams scour the debris of the Florida town that bore the brunt of the monster storm. "Mexico Beach is devastated," Florida Governor Rick Scott said of the town where Michael made landfall as a Category 4...

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Japanese PM Abe to make rare China visit this month

Shinzo Abe will pay the first visit to China by a Japanese prime minister since 2011 later this month, Beijing announced Friday, in the latest sign of warming ties between the rivals. Abe will visit from October 25 to 27 and mark the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations, said Chinese foreign ministry...

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