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Trump axing summit: NKorea open to US talks ‘any time’

SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea said Friday it is willing to talk to the United States “at any time” after President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled a summit, a decision that once more casts a pall of uncertainty over the the turbulent Korean peninsula. Trump blamed …

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N. Korea preps nuclear site demolition despite US summit doubts

SEOUL (AFP) – Invited foreign journalists gathered in North Korea Wednesday to witness the slated destruction of the reclusive regime’s nuclear test site, a high profile gesture on the road to a summit with the US that Donald Trump now says might not happen. In …

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Trump-Kim summit in play as Moon visits White House

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Donald Trump holds a high-stakes meeting with South Korea’s president at the White House Tuesday, talks that could decide whether the US president’s much-vaunted summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un goes ahead. Moon Jae-in jets into Washington on a mission …

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US strategy in Afghanistan shows little result: US Watchdog

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s revamped Afghanistan strategy has made little progress against the Taliban insurgency, leaving the country a “dangerous and volatile” place nearly 17 years after the U.S. invaded, a government watchdog report said Monday. The conclusion contrasts with assertions last fall …

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Maduro rival Falcon calls for new Venezuela election

CARACAS (AFP) – President Nicolas Maduro was unsurprisingly declared winner of Venezuela s election Sunday in a poll rejected as invalid by his rivals, who called for fresh elections to be held later this year. Reeling under a devastating economic crisis, only 46 percent of …

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US, China back off on tariffs, easing trade tensions

ISLAMABAD(AFP) – US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed Sunday that Washington and Beijing have agreed to back off from imposing tariffs on each other, a day after reaching an accord on slashing the American trade deficit with China. “We have made very meaningful progress and …

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Afghan cricket stadium attack leaves 8 dead, 45 wounded

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AFP) – Eight people were killed and 45 wounded in a series of explosions targeting a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said Saturday, the first attack since the holy month of Ramazan began. The blasts exploded among spectators …

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Over 12 dead in Texas high school shooting

Over 12  people were killed when a male student opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday, a local sheriff said, as President Donald Trump expressed his “heartbreak” over the “horrific” shooting. The incident took place at Santa Fe High School in the city …

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Erdogan hosts Islamic summit to back Palestinians, condemn Israel

ISTANBUL (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday hosts for the second time in half a year a summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic group seeking to show solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Israel after its deadly shootings of Gaza protesters. Erdogan …

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With friends like Trump, who needs enemies: EU chief

SOFIA (AFP) – The European Union’s top official launched a stinging attack Wednesday on President Donald Trump, slamming his “capricious assertiveness” and saying the US leader acted more like an enemy than a friend. EU president Donald Tusk urged leaders meeting in Bulgaria to form …

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