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Maldives court frees ex-leader Gayoom Thursday, October 18th, 2018

COLOMBO, (AFP) - A Maldivian court overturned the 19-month jail term of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Thursday, a month after the former president's estranged half-brother and jailer suffered a shock election drubbing. Gayoom, 80, ruled the largely Muslim island nation for 30 straight years until he was..

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Pompeo in Ankara for talks on Khashoggi: AFP Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

ANKARA, (AFP) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday arrived in Ankara for talks with the Turkish leadership over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. Pompeo, arriving fresh from talks in Saudi Arabia, touched down at Ankara's..

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Mike Pompeo meets Saudi king over Khashoggi’s disappearance Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

By FAY ABUELGASIM, SUZAN FRASER and JON GAMBRELL, ISTANBUL, (AP)- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Tuesday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in..

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Putin foe Navalny freed from jail after back-to-back sentences Sunday, October 14th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from jail Sunday after three weeks behind bars for organising anti-Kremlin protests, his second spell in detention in as many months. The 42-year-old activist left a detention centre in the south of Moscow in the early hours of..

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China-US surplus hits record, adding fuel to trade war Friday, October 12th, 2018

BEIJING, (AFP) - China's trade surplus with the United States ballooned to a record $34.1 billion in September, despite a raft of US tariffs, official data showed Friday, adding fuel to the fire of a worsening trade war. Relations between the world's two largest economies have soured sharply this..

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Maldives court to hear election challenge on Sunday Thursday, October 11th, 2018

COLOMBO, (AFP) - The Maldives Supreme Court Thursday announced it would examine President Abdulla Yameen's challenge against his shock defeat at last month's election and fixed a hearing for Sunday. "The Supreme Court has decided to accept the constitutional dispute filed by President Yameen and..

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UN’s Nikki Haley to leave in latest Trump shake-up

By ZEKE MILLER, DEB RIECHMANN and JONATHAN LEMIRE, WASHINGTON (AP) — In the latest shake-up for President Donald Trump’s turbulent administration, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley abruptly announced Tuesday she is resigning at the end of the year, raising fresh questions about the Trump team and..

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Friend: Saudi journalist ‘killed’ at consulate in Istanbul Sunday, October 7th, 2018

ISTANBUL, Oct.7 (AP) — A friend of a Saudi journalist who went missing in Istanbul says officials told him to "make your funeral preparations" as the Washington Post contributor "was killed" at the Saudi Consulate. Turan Kislakci, a friend of Jamal Khashoggi and the head of the Turkish-Arab..

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Pakistan orders 18 international aid groups closed

By KATHY GANNON, ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan ordered 18 international aid organizations to close, threatening the assistance they provide to some of the country’s most vulnerable, international aid workers said Friday. The majority of the shuttered aid groups are U.S.-based, while the remainder..

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At least 13 killed in bus collision in western Russia Friday, October 5th, 2018

MOSCOW: At least 13 people were killed Friday after two buses collided on the Tver-Rzhev highway in west Russia's Tver region, the office of the regional governor Igor Rudenya said in a statement. "The accident occurred as a result of a head-on collision of a chartered Ford minibus and a bigger..

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US, Chinese unease as Putin seeks India arms deals Thursday, October 4th, 2018

NEW DELHI, (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India on Thursday looking to tie up billions of dollars in arms deals with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, likely irking the US, China and Pakistan in one fell swoop. The Kremlin said before the two-day visit by Putin and top ministers..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..