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US Senate blocks bid to end military involvement in Yemen

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Senate on Tuesday rejected a bipartisan bid to end American involvement in Yemen s civil war, voting down a rare effort to overrule presidential military authorization. The vote addressing American war powers had aimed to shut down US military involvement …

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UK,EU agree terms for Brexit transition period

LONDON -UNS/BBC- The UK and EU have agreed on a “large part” of the agreement that will lead to the “orderly withdrawal” of the UK. Brexit negotiators Michel Barnier and David Davis said the deal on what the UK calls the implementation period was a …

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Manmohan Singh blames Modi govt for deteriorating situation in India-held Kashmir

Former Indian premier Manmohan Singh on Sunday held the right-wing Narendra Modi-led government responsible for the worsening situation in India-held Kashmir (IHK), NDTV reported. There has been a noticeable increase in violence in IHK since Modi’s hardline Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into power. The …

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Genocide : UN ‘failed to prevent’ Syria crimes: opposition

RIYADH (AFP) – The head of Syria’s main opposition group on Saturday accused the United Nations of failing to prevent violence raging in the war-wracked country, including the assault on the Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave. “We hold the United Nations, the Security Council and the …

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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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Russia warns Britain over spy poisoning speculation

LONDON-UNS : Russia warned the British government Monday it was playing a “dangerous game” that risked harming bilateral ties as Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to update MPs on a spy attack that politicians and the media have linked to Moscow. May will make a …

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Erdogan slams NATO for failing to back Syria campaign

ANKARA- AFP – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday angrily lashed out at NATO, accusing the Western military alliance of failing to back Turkey s campaign against Kurdish militia in Syria. Erdogan s latest comments were among the toughest he has directed in recent …

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Parliament abolished presidential term limits: China’s parliament puts Xi on course to rule for life

BEIJING (AFP) – China s Xi Jinping on Sunday secured a path to rule indefinitely as parliament abolished presidential term limits, handing him almost total authority to pursue a vision of transforming the nation into an economic and military superpower. The move reverses the era …

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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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