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US offers to help rebuild N Korea economy if it denuclearises

BEW YORK -UNS/BBC- US will help rebuild North Korea’s economy if it agrees to give up its nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. The US would be “prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our …

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Calls for restraint after Israeli raids on ‘Iranians’ in Syria

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Unprecedented clashes between Israel and Iran over Syria have sparked calls for restraint from world leaders worried about the risk of all-out war, even as both sides say they want to avoid a regional conflict. All eyes will be on any fresh …

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Iran targets Israeli bases across Syrian frontier, Israel pounds Syria

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011. The attack on the Israeli-occupied …

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Trump tried to sink: World scrambles to save Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Donald Trump faced diplomatic isolation on Wednesday as world powers scrambled to save a landmark deal curbing Iran s nuclear program that he has rejected. Trump s decision to withdraw from the accord and reimpose sanctions on the Islamic republic …

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NK frees 3 US detainees ahead of Trump summit

(AFP) – North Korea has freed three American detainees, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday, hailing a diplomatic victory ahead of a planned summit with Kim Jong Un. Pyongyang granted the three men “amnesty,” a US official said, and they are now on their way back …

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Trump withdraws from Iran’s nuclear deal, defying allies

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of a landmark deal curbing Iran’s nuclear program and reimposed crippling sanctions on Tuesday, defying European pleas and prompting international outcry. Trump poured scorn on the “disastrous” 2015 accord, describing it as an “embarrassment” …

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Iran-US deal:Trump to decide fate of Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Donald Trump is to decide the fate of the landmark Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, announcing his verdict on US sanctions relief underpinning the international accord, which he has repeatedly and harshly criticized. Officials and diplomats expect the pugnacious US leader to …

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US,Iran nuclear deal in danger: Trump set to announce sanctions

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Donald Trump will confirm on Tuesday whether he will make good on a threat to re-impose US sanctions on Tehran and thereby throw the entire Iran nuclear deal into question. Trump s announcement that a decision was imminent cut short a …

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Iran warns US it would regret quitting nuclear deal

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that if the United States quits the nuclear deal then Washington will regret it “like never before”, as British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson scrambles to save the agreement during talks with the Trump administration Monday. US President …

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Polls in Lebanon’s parliamentary election: AFP

BEIRUT (AFP) – Polling got under way Sunday across Lebanon, where voters electing their parliament for the first time in nine years are expected to return the same ruling parties, AFP correspondents reported. Polling stations opened at 7:00 am across the small country, which has …

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