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Trump announces ‘heaviest ever’ sanctions on North Korea Saturday, February 24th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP): US President Donald Trump rolled out sanctions against North Korea-linked shipping assets Friday, hailing the package as the "heaviest sanctions ever" levied on the Pyongyang regime. Trump used a speech to conservatives just outside Washington to step up his campaign of "maximum..

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Five-day assault on Syria enclave kills more than 400 Friday, February 23rd, 2018

BEIRUT, (AFP): Fresh bombardment on Eastern Ghouta killed dozens Thursday, bringing the number of dead civilians in a five-day assault by the Syrian government to more than 400. Mounting calls for a humanitarian truce in one of the bloodiest episodes of Syria's seven-year conflict went unheeded as..

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More than 100 girls ‘missing’ after Boko Haram school attack Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

BAUCHI, Nigeria, (AFP): More than 100 girls were missing on Wednesday, two days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria that has raised fears of a repeat of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping that shocked the world. Islamist militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary..

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Sweden killer claims truck rampage for IS ‘caliphate’ Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

STOCKHOLM, (AFP): An Uzbek asylum seeker who mowed down shoppers in a truck claimed at his trial Tuesday that he killed them in the service of the Islamic State group -- but his accusers insisted he acted alone. Rakhmat Akilov, 40, is on trial on terrorism charges for the rampage on a busy..

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Norway attack film shifts focus from Breivik to young victims Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

OSLO, (AFP): A wrenching drama recounting Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 massacre in Norway in real time screened at the Berlin film festival Monday, seeking to restore the focus on the young victims and away from the neo-Nazi mass murderer. The premiere of "U - July 22", tracing the horror of that..

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Iran postpones hunt for plane lost in mountain blizzard Monday, February 19th, 2018

TEHRAN, (AFP): The hunt for a plane that disappeared with 66 people onboard in Iran's Zagros mountains was stopped until morning as blizzard conditions made progress impossible for rescue teams, state television said Sunday. "With the wind intensifying, and with snow, rain and darkness, it is not..

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US indicts 13 Russian nationals for election interference

WASHINGTON, (AFP): US Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday announced the indictments of 13 Russian nationals and three companies for alleged interference with the 2016 election. According to the unsealed indictment the accused conspired -- from 2014 until today -- to interfere "with the US..

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Trump avoids talk of gun curbs after Florida school shooting Friday, February 16th, 2018

WASHINGTON DC, (AFP): President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to make mental health a priority after a "disturbed" teenager with a firearms obsession sowed carnage at a Florida high school, while avoiding any mention of gun curbs to stem America's scourge of mass shootings. Former student named..

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S.Africa crisis: How Zuma reached the brink Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

JOHANNESBURG, (AFP): South Africa's scandal-tainted president, Jacob Zuma, is at the brink of being ousted after an extraordinary two-month saga. Here are key moments in the drama: - New ANC chief - The African National Congress (ANC) met in December to elect a new leader to succeed Zuma. The..

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US intel chiefs say Russia meddling threatens 2018 vote

WASHINGTON DC, (AFP): US intelligence chiefs said Tuesday that Russian attempts to meddle in US politics are continuing unabated -- and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November. They also said North Korea's nuclear program poses a potential "existential threat" to the United..

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Head held high, Kim’s sister returns to North Korea Monday, February 12th, 2018

Christine Kim, SEOUL (Reuters): A prim, young woman with a high forehead and hair half swept back quietly gazes at the throngs of people pushing for a glimpse of her, a faint smile on her lips and eyelids low as four bodyguards jostle around her. In her first appearance on the global stage, Kim Yo..

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71 feared dead in Russian passenger plane crash Sunday, February 11th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside Moscow on Sunday after taking off from the capital's Domodedovo airport, officials and local media said. The Antonov An-148 plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and..

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Kim Jong Un invites S. Korea’s Moon to Pyongyang Saturday, February 10th, 2018

SEOUL, (AFP): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited the South's President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang Saturday, Seoul said, even as the US warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive. The invitation, delivered by Kim's visiting sister Kim Yo Jong, said Kim was..

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George W. Bush says Russia meddled in 2016 US election Friday, February 9th, 2018

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP): Former President George W. Bush said on Thursday that “there’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 American presidential election, forcefully rebutting fellow Republican Donald Trump’s denials of Moscow trying to affect the..

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Trump attacks Britain’s public healthcare system Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP): US President Donald Trump on Monday attacked Britain's public healthcare system in comments that are likely to call his much-delayed visit to the country further into doubt. "The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK..

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