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Trump calls for an end to Russia’s expulsion from G7

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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has called for an end to Russia’s expulsion from the G7, as he prepared to fly to Canada to attend part of the three-day conference. Russia was ousted from the elite group in 2014 as punishment for President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and its support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. […]

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Trump may eye Ali pardon, though late champ may not need one

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said he is thinking “very seriously” about pardoning Muhammad Ali, even though the Supreme Court vacated the boxing champion’s conviction in 1971. And for futures acts of clemency, Trump said he may seek the recommendations of pro football players and other athletes who have protested racial injustice by kneeling during the […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to visit Russia next week

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MOSCOW: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Russia next week, Interfax cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Friday.

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Denuclearization – The great divide for Kim-Trump summit

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SEOUL: The issue at the top of US President Donald Trump’s agenda for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is also the most complicated — denuclearization. Pyongyang’s decades-long pursuit of atomic weapons and the means to deliver them to the US have seen it subjected to multiple rounds of sanctions by the […]

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Trump plays down need for preparation for Kim summit

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WASHINGTON: Heading into his North Korea summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump says that “attitude” is more important than preparation as he looks to negotiate an accord with Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Preparing to depart Washington for next week’s meeting, Trump dangled before Kim visions of normalized relations with the […]

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Putin: Cooperation with China at ‘unprecedented level’

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BEIJING: Cooperation between Russia and China is at an all-time high, Russian President Vladmir Putin told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in a meeting Friday ahead of a summit featuring their two countries and six Asian states. “Cooperation with China is one of Russia’s top priorities and it has reached an unprecedented level,” Putin said. […]

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Coalition to begin drawing up Iraq’s next government

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BAGHDAD: A coalition of the three parliamentary blocs — led by Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon bloc — will be responsible for drawing up Iraq’s next government, according to a Friday statement released by the coalition. Along with Sairoon (which won 54 parliamentary seats in Iraq’s May 12 poll), the coalition includes Iyad Allawi’s National Coalition (22 seats) […]

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Palestinians converge on Aqsa for Ramadan’s last Friday

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JERUSALEM: Thousands of Palestinians from the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem — and from Arab towns inside Israel — converged on Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on the last Friday of the Ramadan fasting month. Ahmed Baidon, 47, from the West Bank city of Salfit, told Anadolu Agency: “I want to spend the last Friday of Ramadan […]

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Iran granted visas and facilitated travel for Al-Qaeda: Deputy head of Iran Judiciary

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LONDON: Iranian TV interview details dealings between Iran and Al-Qaeda before and after 9/11 attacks on the US and reveals Iran agreed not to stamp passports of Al-Qaeda members in transit so they would still be able to enter Saudi Arabia Mohammed-Javad Larijani, the international affairs assistant in the Iranian judiciary, has revealed his country […]

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Use of armed drones increasing under Trump

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WASHINGTON: America’s use of armed drones is increasing under President Donald Trump just as oversight of the lethal technology appears to be dwindling, a study released Thursday found. The report by the nonpartisan Stimson Center think tank looks back at Trump’s drone actions during his first year in office, when he moved quickly to loosen […]

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