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Maldives arrests ex-leader Yameen for money laundering

MALÉ, (AFP) : Maldivian authorities Monday ordered the arrest of former strongman president Abdulla Yameen over money laundering charges, officials said. The arrest came after a court began a preliminary hearing into allegations that Yameen received nearly $1.5 million in illicit payments just..

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Japan PM nominated Trump for Nobel after US request: report Monday, February 18th, 2019

TOKYO, (AFP) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after being requested to do so by Washington, a Japanese newspaper reported Sunday. Washington sounded out Tokyo over the possibility of nominating Trump for the prize after..

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Trump emergency declaration faces fights in the courts Saturday, February 16th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AP) — Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced..

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Trump declares national emergency to build border wall

By ALAN FRAM, CATHERINE LUCEY and ZEKE MILLER, WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bypassing..

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Pelosi, Schumer rip Trump emergency declaration Friday, February 15th, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Congress’ two top Democrats say they’ll use “every remedy available” to oppose President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency to shift billions of federal dollars into..

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Blast kills 12 soldiers in Indian Kashmir Thursday, February 14th, 2019

NEW DELHI, (AFP) - At least 12 Indian soldiers were killed on Thursday in the deadliest attack on government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir in more than two years, police said. They died when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off as a convoy of military vehicles drove on a highway..

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At least 20 Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

By AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A suicide bombing targeting a bus carrying personnel of Iran’s elite paramilitary Revolutionary Guard force killed at least 20 people and wounded 20 in the country’s southeast, state media reported. There was no immediate claim of..

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Why Vietnam for the second Trump-Kim summit ?

HANOI, (AFP) : Communist-run but with capitalist leanings, and a friend to both the United States and North Korea, Vietnam will host the next summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un from February 27-28. Like North Korea, Vietnam was once locked in a bloody and bitter war with the US. But..

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Thai princess disqualified from list of candidates for PM Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

BANGKOK, (AFP) - Thai Princess Ubolratana was on Monday formally disqualified for running for prime minister, ending her brief and ill-fated political union with a party allied to the powerful Shinawatra clan, just days after a stern royal command rebuking her candidacy was issued by her brother,..

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Trump’s Year 3 aims for dramatic sequels to rival originals Sunday, February 10th, 2019

By CATHERINE LUCEY and JONATHAN LEMIRE, WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump prepares to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un for a second time, he’s out to replicate the suspenseful buildup, make-or-break stakes and far-flung rendezvous of their first encounter. The reality star American..

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The Candidate Rides Again: The Bernie Sanders Re-Run Friday, February 22nd, 2019

He could not stay away, and few could blame him. Such political tendencies are nerves, conditions, diseases: eventually, we have to succumb to them. Bernie Sanders has..