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Trump, Kim sign ‘comprehensive’ denuclearization deal

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SEOUL – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday insisted that North Korea’s denuclearization process will start “very quickly” as the pair wrapped up an unprecedented meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore. The two leaders signed what was described as a “comprehensive” deal in front of international camera crews. The American president was full of praise for […]

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Iraq: Al-Sadr allies with Fatah to form majority group

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BAGDAD, Iraq – Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced on Tuesday that he has forged an alliance with the Fatah Coalition to form the biggest group in Iraq’s parliament. In a joint news briefing with his new ally, Sadr also affirmed the continuation of his alliance with Iyad Allawi’s al-Wataniye coalition. In last month’s Iraqi parliamentary election, […]

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Trump and Kim open historic summit with handshake

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SEOUL: U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un warmly greeted one another Tuesday as they kicked off their highly anticipated denuclearization talks in Singapore. The Southeast Asian city state is hosting the unprecedented summit at Sentosa Island’s Capella Hotel. Gripping each other by the hand, the two leaders exchanged some brief words before […]

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US ready for Manbij-focused roadmap with Turkey: Mattis

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WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Jim Mattis said Monday the U.S. is ready to implement a Manbij-focused roadmap with Turkey. “We are prepared to go forward with the collaboration across the forward line of our own troops, which starts with knowing where each of us is at,” Mattis told reporters, referring to Turkish military forces. “Then start […]

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Supreme Court upholds Ohio law purging voter rolls

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SAN FRANCISCO: The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state of Ohio has the right to purge citizens from voter enrollment lists if they do not vote within a certain time frame. The 5-4 decision paves the way for a form of voter suppression, civil rights groups say, and will likely help Republican candidates and hurt […]

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Philippine president jeered by protesters during speech

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines: Protesters briefly interrupted an Independence Day speech by President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday as they waved signs and jeered the tough-talking leader. Duterte had just started delivering his speech for the 120th commemoration of Philippine Independence in the northern province of Cavite when a small but loud group shouted “Duterte traitor!”, “Fake independence!” […]

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Kim Jong Un could give up ICBMs but keep some nuclear forces

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SEOUL, South Korea: After years of effort to develop nuclear missiles that can target the US mainland, is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un really ready to pack them away in a deal with President Donald Trump? Perhaps, but that wouldn’t necessarily mean Pyongyang is abandoning its nuclear ambitions entirely. Tuesday’s meeting in Singapore between […]

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France challenges Beijing in South China Sea

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PARIS: France is increasing its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region, sending warships through the South China Sea and planning air exercises to help counter China’s military build-up in disputed waters. In late May, the French assault ship Dixmude and a frigate sailed through the disputed Spratly Islands and around a group of reefs that […]

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Search continues for Guatemala volcano survivors: UN

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GENEVA: Efforts are underway to find 200 people, who are unaccounted for, after Fuego Volcano eruption in Guatemala, a UN official said on Tuesday. “Rescue efforts were still continuing as of yesterday despite ongoing volcanic activity that is bringing continued lava flow, toxic gases, hot ash and rocks,” UNHCR’s spokesman Andrej Mahecic said in a news […]

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UNSC urges Taliban to take up ceasefire ‘in full’

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WASHINGTON: The UN Security Council urged the Taliban Monday to reciprocate the Afghan government’s ceasefire offer “in full”. The Taliban announced on Saturday a three-day truce for the forthcoming Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, in an apparent reply to the earlier unilateral ceasefire announced by the Afghan government for nine […]

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