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US hits Russia with sanctions for election meddling

WASHINGTON, (AFP): Donald Trump's administration on Thursday levied sanctions against Russia's top spy agencies and more than a dozen individuals for trying to influence the 2016 US presidential election and two separate cyberattacks. The announcement follows a lengthy delay that had caused anger..

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US diplomacy in disarray as Trump-Kim summit looms Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP): As Donald Trump prepares to make a historic gamble by meeting North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the US diplomatic corps is in disarray after the president's brutal sacking of his secretary of state. Rex Tillerson's departure adds to the long list of senior job vacancies at the..

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Trump fires top diplomat Tillerson, names Pompeo successor Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP): Donald Trump Tuesday sacked his top diplomat Rex Tillerson and named current CIA chief Mike Pompeo to succeed him, ending a rocky tenure by the Texas oilman who had frequently been at odds with the mercurial US president. The outgoing secretary of state, who returned overnight..

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49 dead in Nepal’s worst plane crash in decades

KATHMANDU, (AFP): Forty-nine people were killed when a Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near Kathmandu airport on Monday, in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in nearly three decades. Officials said there were 71 people on board the US-Bangla Airlines turboprop plane from..

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Bangladesh plane carrying 67 passengers crashes in Nepal Monday, March 12th, 2018

KATHMANDU (Reuters): A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, an airport official said, adding that 17 people on board had been rescued. The state of the other people on the flight from the Bangladeshi..

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Trump says Chinese leader ‘helpful’ on Kim Jong Un meeting Sunday, March 11th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP): US President Donald Trump said Saturday that China's President Xi Jinping is being "helpful" as the United States moves toward a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump gave few details in a tweet about his telephone conversation with Xi Friday, but the White House..

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US vows no let-up on N. Korea ahead of historic Trump-Kim summit Saturday, March 10th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP): The United States vowed Friday there would be no let-up of pressure on North Korea until it takes concrete steps to end its nuclear program after Donald Trump agreed to meet Kim Jong Un in a stunning diplomatic gamble. A day after the bombshell announcement that the US and North..

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World marks Women’s Day hot on heels of rights demands Friday, March 9th, 2018

PARIS, (AFP): Countries around the world mobilised Thursday for International Women's Day with Spaniards on an unprecedented strike, France threatening to "name and shame" firms that pay women less and Iraqi women running a shortened 'marathon'. The #MeToo and #Timesup campaigns that went global..

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Florida passes bill to restrict guns, arm some teachers Thursday, March 8th, 2018

FLORIDA, (AFP): The US state of Florida on Wednesday passed a gun control bill that raises the minimum age to buy firearms to 21 while funding a program that allows some teachers and school employees to be armed. The "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act," which takes its name..

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Eight questioned in Belgium anti-terror raids Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

BRUSSELS, (AFP): Eight people were questioned in Brussels following counter-terror raids as part of an investigation into what one source said Monday appeared to be preparations for an attack. All eight were arrested Sunday in Molenbeek, an immigrant district in the Belgian capital linked to the..

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Syria regime retakes quarter of rebel enclave as civilians flee Sunday, March 4th, 2018

(AFP): Syria's regime seized control of over a quarter of rebel-held Eastern Ghouta on the edge of Damascus after two weeks of devastating bombardment, sending hundreds of civilians into flight, a monitor said Sunday. As the United States, Britain and France stepped up pressure on Damascus and..

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Washington pauses as Reverend Billy Graham lies in honor Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP): President Donald Trump, lawmakers and everyday Americans paid their final respects Wednesday to the beloved late Reverend Billy Graham, who was bestowed a rare national tribute as his remains lay in honor in the US Capitol. The one-time backwoods minister, who rose to become a..

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