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UK spy attack: US, Europe expel nearly 150 Russian envoys

PARIS (AFP) – The United States, its European allies and NATO have expelled scores of Russian diplomats in a coordinated action against Moscow which they accuse of poisoning an ex-spy in Britain. Here is a list of the countries and the number of Russians expelled. …

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Russian spy: US backs UK decision to expel diplomats

The White House says it “stands in solidarity” with “its closest ally” the UK and supports its decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats. PM Theresa May said the diplomats would be expelled after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on …

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Tillerson sacked as US secretary of state, to be replaced by CIA chief

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo, US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning. Pompeo will be replaced at the CIA by Gina Haspel, his deputy. She will be the first woman in …

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US does not support Baloch insurgency: Alice Wells

WASHINGTON -UNS – United States has made it overtly clear that it fully supports Pakistan’s territorial integrity while dismissing the notion that it supports baloch terrorists or any other insurgent group that threatens Pakistan’s sovereignty. Ambassador Alice Wells, the principal deputy assistant secretary, Bureau of …

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Three women, suspect dead in California hostage standoff

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A gunman and three women thought to be his hostages were found dead Friday at a California veterans home after an hours-long standoff with police. The assailant struck at 10:20 am (1820 GMT) at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville in the …

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Seeing ‘positive indicators’ from Pakistan on militants:US

WASHINGTON: The US military is seeing some “positive indicators” from Pakistan showing it is becoming more responsive to US concerns about militant safe havens in the country but Islamabad has yet to make a strategic shift, a top U.S. general said on Tuesday. “We are …

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US threatens action against Iran after Russia UN veto

The United States threatened unilateral action against Iran on Monday after Russia vetoed a western bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group. “If Russia is going …

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Trump endorses guns for teachers to stop shootings

WASHINGTON-UNS/BBC- US President Donald Trump has said arming teachers could prevent school shootings like that which left 17 people dead last week in Florida. A staff member with a gun could end an attack “very quickly”, he said. Mr Trump floated the proposal as emotional …

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Killing of 17 in Florida: Nikolas Cruz confesses to police

FLORIDA-UNS/BBC- The teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school on Wednesday has confessed to the shooting, police say. Nikolas Cruz, 19, said he arrived on campus and began shooting students before abandoning his weapon and escaping, according to a court document. …

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Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims: US court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries violates the U.S. Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday in another legal setback for the policy. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit …

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