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Erdogan warns Turkey could ‘say goodbye’ to EU

ANKARA -UNS/ AFP – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Brussels that Turkey would bring the curtain down on its over half-century bid to join the European Union if new accession chapters were not opened. Erdogan s threat to say “goodbye” to the …

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32 killed in IS attack at Syria refugee camp

At least 32 people were killed on Tuesday in an Islamic State group attack near a refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq, a monitor said. The attack came as the Kurdish-Arab alliance known as the Syrian Democratic Forces presses an …

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China demands ‘immediate’ halt to US missile shield

BEIJING: China called Tuesday for the immediate suspension of a controversial missile defence system hours after Washington confirmed the shield was now operational in South Korea. “China’s position is clear-cut and firm. We oppose the deployment of the THAAD system in (South Korea) and urge …

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North Korea will bolster nuclear deterrence at maximum speed:Spokesman

Pyongyang -UNS — A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK in a statement Monday said that the touch-and-go situation, created on the Korean peninsula due to the U.S. DPRK-targeted joint military exercises for aggression and the military threat, has left a serious lesson. …

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I would be honoured to meet Kim Jong-un: Trump

WASHINGTON -UNS/BBC- US President Donald Trump has said he would be “honoured” to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in the right circumstances. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would – absolutely. I would be honoured to do it,” …

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Turkish President calls for peacefull settlement of Kashmir dispute

ANKARA -UNS -Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a negotiated settlement of Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India. In an interview in Ankara ahead of his visit to India, he totally rejected any similarity between Kurdish terrorist groups and Kashmiris. Erdogan said the …

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Pope in Egypt: Tiptoeing through a minefield

By James M. Dorsey Billed as a bid to stimulate inter-faith dialogue, Pope Francis, on a visit to Egypt, is tiptoeing through a religious and geopolitical minefield. Designed to improve the fragile position of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, North Africa and …

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US growth hits three-year low in Trump’s first quarter

WASHINGTON -AFP/UNS  – US growth slid to its lowest level in three years in the first quarter, a disappointing start to Donald Trump s presidency on the eve of his first 100 days in office. GDP increased only 0.7 percent in the first three months …

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China urges NK to stop nuclear programme: ‘Use of force will lead bigger disaster’

UNITED NATIONS -UNS : China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged North Korea on Friday to stop its nuclear and missile development activities and cautioned all parties that “the use of force does not solve differences and will only lead to bigger disasters.” Wang also told …

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German MPs approve partial burqa ban

BERLIN: German lawmakers on Thursday approved a partial ban on the full-face burqa Islamic veil and a package of security measures aimed at preventing extremist attacks. The new laws follow several jihadist attacks, including a truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market that claimed 12 …

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