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Saudi, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE cut ties with Qatar over ‘terrorism’

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RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar, as tensions escalate in the region over accusations Doha sponsors terrorism. Saudi news agency SPA said Riyadh cut diplomatic ties and closed borders with its neighbour to “protect …

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In shadow of deadly attacks, British election campaign resumes

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LONDON (Reuters) – After a militant attack on a nightlife district of London this weekend, British Prime Minister Theresa May will resume campaigning on Monday just three days before a national election which polls show is much tighter than previously predicted. May said Britain must be tougher in stamping out …

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Indian army martyrs four civilians in occupied Kashmir

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– Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism has martyred four Kashmiri youth in Bandipore district of occupied Kashmir. According to Kashmir Media Service, Indian police has claimed that the youth were killed during an encounter with Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Sumbal area of the …

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Outrage as Trump targets London mayor over attacks

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – Donald Trump lashed out Sunday at London s mayor Sadiq Khan, accusing him of downplaying the threat of terrorism a day after knife-wielding men mowed down and stabbed revelers in the British capital. London s mayor swiftly shot down the US president s remarks, made in a …

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FBI helping Qatar in ‘hacking’ probe: source

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DOHA, June 2, 2017 (AFP) – The FBI is helping Qatar investigate the source of an alleged “hack” of state media which sparked diplomatic tensions in the Gulf, a source with knowledge of the probe said Friday. An FBI team has been in Doha for the past week after the …

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UN slaps sanctions on North Koreans amid US warning

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UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The UN Security Council on Friday imposed sanctions on 18 North Korean officials and entities as the United States vowed to respond to Pyongyang s missile and nuclear tests “through other means, if necessary.” The council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that put North Korea s suspected spy …

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US states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord

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NEW YORK (AFP) – State governors, city mayors and powerful companies united Friday in defiance of President Donald Trump s pledge to take the United States out of the Paris climate accord, pledging to meet greenhouse gas emission targets regardless. A majority of Americans in every state, or 69 percent …

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Iraq forces announce gains in west Mosul

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MOSUL (AFP) – Iraqi forces have recaptured one neighbourhood in west Mosul and nearly half of another that are targets of a broad offensive against jihadists launched last week, officers said on Friday. Iraqi security forces are more than seven months into a massive operation to retake Mosul from the …

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93-year-old Zimbabwe President begins nationwide tour

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MARONDERA (AFP) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Friday launched a nationwide 10-venue speaking tour aimed at drumming up support ahead of elections next year when he plans to seek office again. The 93-year-old leader, who appeared in better health than at some recent public appearances, spoke for an hour …

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World leaders vow to defend climate pact after Trump pullout

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PARIS (AFP) – World leaders reacted with anger and defiance after President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the United States, the world s second biggest carbon emitter, was quitting the 2015 Paris climate agreement. With France s Emmanuel Macron taking the lead, they lashed Trump s decision as misguided and …

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