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Trump-Kim summit in play as Moon visits White House

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Donald Trump holds a high-stakes meeting with South Korea’s president at the White House Tuesday, talks that could decide whether the US president’s much-vaunted summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un goes ahead. Moon Jae-in jets into Washington on a mission to salvage a rare diplomatic opening between the US and

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Five dead in India from Nipah virus, dozens quarantined

NEW DELHI (AFP) – A deadly virus carried by fruit bats has killed at least five people in southern India and more than 90 people are in quarantine, a top health official said Tuesday. The death toll rose from three overnight and authorities ordered emergency measures to control the outbreak. “We can confirm that five

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Teen Texas gunman suspect studied previous mass shootings

Web News – The teenage boy charged with murdering eight students and two teachers during a gun rampage at a Houston-area high school on Friday studied previous mass shootings before carrying out his attack, sources told ABC News. The accused killer, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, “used aspects of those (attacks) in his own shooting,” a source told

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Muslim beaten to death in India for allegedly killing cow

MUMBAI (AFP) – A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was beaten to death by a mob in central India, police said Sunday, the latest vigilante murder over the animal considered sacred by Hindus. Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old tailor, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state early Friday and died at

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IS begins quitting last pocket of Syria’s capital

BEIRUT (AFP) – Islamic State group fighters began evacuating their final stronghold in southern Damascus on Sunday, a monitor said, bringing Syria s government closer than ever to flushing out the last threat to the capital. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used a combination of military pressure and evacuation deals in recent months to recapture territory

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Iran’s Zarif says EU efforts to save nuke deal ‘not sufficient’

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday that European efforts to save the nuclear deal after the exit of the United States were not sufficient. “The cascade of decisions by EU companies to end their activities in Iran makes things much more complicated,” Zarif told reporters. He spoke after meeting with

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India court jails ex-diplomat for spying for Pakistan

NEW DELHI (AFP) – An Indian diplomat convicted of passing state secrets to Pakistan s intelligence services has been jailed for three years, her lawyer said Sunday. Madhuri Gupta was found guilty in a New Delhi court on Friday of spying and wrongful communication of information while posted to the Indian embassy in Islamabad. Gupta, 61,

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US, China agree to abandon trade war: Beijing

BEIJING (Sarzameen News) – Washington and Beijing have agreed to abandon any trade war and back off from imposing tariffs on each other, Chinese state media reported Sunday. The announcement came after high-level talks in the US capital and followed months of tensions over what President Donald Trump has blasted as an unfair commercial relationship

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Royal wedding: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s ceremony begins

WINDSOR, England (AFP) – Britain’s Prince Harry and US TV star Meghan Markle headed to the chapel cheered on by jubilant crowds on Saturday for their wedding in front of a star-studded congregation, beamed live around the world. Markle set off from her hotel in a vintage Rolls-Royce bound for St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle,

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Ten dead in Texas school shooting, student arrested

SANTA FE (AFP) – Ten people, mostly students, were killed when a teenage classmate armed with a shotgun and a revolver opened fire in a Texas high school Friday, the latest deadly school shooting to hit the United States. The gunman, arrested on murder charges, was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old junior at Santa Fe

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