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Modi, Trump share ‘warm’ phone conversation

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged Wednesday to work closely with Donald Trump after the new US president invited him to Washington, looking to ensure an upturn in ties survives a change at the White House. After their first phone call since Trump’s inauguration, the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies both

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Israel plans 2,500 settler homes in post-Trump expansion

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel has approved 2,500 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, officials said Tuesday, marking a major settlement expansion following the election of US President Donald Trump. The planned new homes approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be the largest number to have been given the

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Trump administration to maintain preceding US ambassador to Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Sarzameen News) – The new Trump administration has decided to keep US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale as more than 80 politically appointed ambassadors around the country have resigned by Inauguration Day. According to US laws, before the new administration takes charge of government, ambassadors around the world tender their resignations after which alternative

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Tsunami warning issued after 8.0 quake hits PNG

8.0-magnitude quake hits off PNG: USGS SYDNEY (AFP) – A major 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, with a tsunami alert issued for the Pacific island nation and neighbouring countries. The tremor struck 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Panguna on Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville Island at a depth

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At least 23 killed, scores injured as Indian train derails

NEW DELHI (AFP) – At least 23 people were killed and around 100 injured after an express train derailed in southeast India Saturday night in the latest disaster to hit one of the world s largest rail networks. Eight coaches and the engine of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar express derailed at 11:00 pm (1730 GMT) near Kuneru railway

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Thousands of Australians kick off anti-Trump Women’s March day

SYDNEY (AFP) – Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders on Saturday took to the streets in reaction to Donald Trump’s inauguration, kicking off the Women’s March day of global protest against the new US president. Several thousand women and men joined the movement in central Sydney and a similar number turned out in Melbourne, AFP

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Anti-Trump protesters set to flood Washington

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of protesters spearheaded by women’s rights groups are set to converge on Washington Saturday to send a defiant message to America’s new president, Donald Trump. The flag-waving crowds who turned out to cheer Trump’s inauguration will make way for a coalition of protesters who fear an erosion of women’s

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Bin Laden documents: worry over Daesh tactics, ‘aging’ Al-Qaeda

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Months before his death, Osama bin Laden fretted about the Daesh group’s impatient, violent tactics and the fading of Al-Qaeda, documents released by the CIA showed. The latest release from the trove of documents found when Navy Seals stormed the Al-Qaeda chief’s secret Pakistan compound and killed him in 2011 show bin

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Three dead, 20 hurt as car rams Melbourne shoppers

MELBOURNE (AFP) – A car ploughed into pedestrians on a popular shopping strip in the heart of Australia’s second-largest city on Friday, killing three people including a young child and injuring dozens more. Police said they were not considering the incident an act of terrorism. Witnesses described “bodies flying through the air” and people running

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Trump to be sworn in as 45th US president

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday — capping his improbable journey to the White House and beginning a four-year term that promises to shake up Washington and the world. An estimated 800,000 people will gather on the National Mall in the center of the

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