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US president cancels summit with North Korean leader

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday cancelled a meeting planned for next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that would have marked a historic development between the rival countries. Trump wrote in a letter addressed to Kim that he based his decision on the “tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement”. “Therefore, […]

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DPRK officially dismantles Punggye-ri nuclear test site

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PUNGGYE-RI, The DPRK, May 24 (Xinhua) — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday blew up the tunnels of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site located in the northeast of the country, and officially announced its dismantlement. The three tunnels of the test site were blown up by 16:00 local time (0700 GMT), according […]

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Israeli court approves razing of W.Bank Bedouin village

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JERUSALEM – Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday approved the razing of a Bedouin village of 187 residents, half of them children, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Khan Al-Ahmar also includes a school serving 170 students from more than one Bedouin community in the area. “The hearing was the final appeal open to the village, which will […]

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UN chief hails efforts to keep Iran nuclear deal alive

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GENEVA – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday welcomed international effort to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive, after the U.S.’ controversial withdrawal from the agreement. “I welcome all actions, by the European Union and others, to work with Iran to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” Guterres said at a speech at Geneva University […]

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China slams US for disinviting it from military drill

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BEIJING: China criticized the U.S. on Thursday after Pentagon announced it withdrew its invitiation to Beijing to participate in the upcoming Pacific military drill on the pretext of the country’s continued militarization of the South China Sea. Ministry of National Defense spokesman Ren Guogiang described the U.S. decision as “not constructive”. “Closing the door of communication at any […]

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Iraq’s Sadr puts ‘finishing touches’ on cabinet lineup

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BAGHDAD: Shia political leader Muqtada al-Sadr, whose Sairoon bloc came in first in Iraq’s May 12 parliamentary polls, says he has put the “finishing touches” on a proposed cabinet lineup. The announcement follows two weeks of intense consultations with the leaders of other political groupings that won significant numbers of parliamentary seats in the recent election. […]

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Lebanon’s Saad Hariri asked to draw up new cabinet

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BEIRUT: Saad Hariri, head of Lebanon’s Future Movement, received a parliamentary mandate to draw up a new government on Thursday. Hariri received the endorsement of 68 out of 128 lawmakers from different parliamentary blocs. The pro-Hezbollah “resistance bloc”, for its part, has refrained from fielding a candidate for the premiership but has confirmed its willingness to […]

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Saudi envoy says US decision on Jerusalem ‘not healthy’

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ANKARA: The U.S. move on locating its embassy to Jerusalem is “not a healthy decision”, said Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Ankara. Speaking at “Turkey-Saudi Arabia Media Meeting” in capital Ankara on Wednesday, Walid Bin Abdul Karim El Khereiji said the Kingdom has always stood with Palestine. “We all saw that there are lots of variables in […]

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China, Germany back Iran nuke deal

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BEIJING: China and Germany reiterated Thursday their support for a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw. Speaking along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is in Beijing as part of her two-day visit to China, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said in a press conference that ending such deal […]

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No extra time: UK says Brexit transition will end in December 2020

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LONDON/DUBLIN: Britain will end its implementation period with the European Union after Brexit in December 2020, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday, denying a media report that the government was seeking a new transition until 2023. The spokeswoman repeated Britain’s stance that the transition period would end in December 2020 after […]

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