Crucial step

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SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he would halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches, in a Saturday announcement welcomed by US President Donald Trump ahead of a much-anticipated summit between the two men. Pyongyang’s declaration, long…

Comey memos add to Trump legal woes

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump lashed out Friday after memos of his meetings with the FBI’s then chief James Comey depicted the president as obsessed with the Russia probe and a smutty video allegedly showing him with two prostitutes. But the…

Kim’s nuclear promise: What it does and does not mean

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SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared an end to the nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests that sent tensions soaring on the peninsula, in the region, and beyond. The move, enshrined in a decision by the…

UN in security talks with Syria and Russia

BEIRUT -- UN security experts have said they were negotiating with Syrian and Russian authorities for international chemical inspectors to deploy to the site of an alleged toxic gas attack near Damascus, after a reconnaissance mission came under fire. The…

Former US first lady Barbara Bush dead

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WASHINGTON -- Former US first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, triggering an outpouring of praise for the matriarch of a Republican family once at the apex of American politics. Barbara and George H.W. Bush were…

Comey vs Trump

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Trump ‘morally unfit’ for office, fired FBI chief Comey says WASHINGTON, United States -- Fired former FBI chief James Comey lashed out at Donald Trump in an interview with ABC broadcast Sunday, calling him “morally unfit” to be president and…

3 allies pleased

WASHINGTON, United States -- US President Donald Trump and his allies in Britain and France on Saturday hailed their joint surgical strikes in Syria over the regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons, and warned Damascus that another such attack would…

Syrian army hails full recapture of big rebel enclave

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DAMASCUS, Syria -- The Syrian army has declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta, after a blistering two month offensive on the rebel enclave on the outskirts of the capital. The announcement, which represents a key strategic victory…

Western strike

US, France, Britain launch strikes on Syria WASHINGTON/DAMASCUS, United States -- The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime on Saturday in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks that President…

Dire warning

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WASHINGTON, United States -- US President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that “missiles will be coming” in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria, as the UN chief urged world powers to stop a face-off with Russia from spiraling out…

In hot seat

WASHINGTON -- Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg accepted personal responsibility Tuesday for the leak of data on tens of millions of its users, while warning of an “arms race” against Russian disinformation during a high-stakes hearing with US lawmakers. In his…

Wider access to China stock markets vowed

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SHANGHAI -- China said on Wednesday it would allow foreign investors greater access to its stock markets and promised that other previously announced financial reforms would come into effect within months in its latest conciliatory signals amid US trade tensions.…

Myanmar court won’t drop case vs journalists

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YANGON -- A Myanmar court on Wednesday rejected a motion to drop a case against two Reuters journalists arrested while investigating a massacre of Rohingya muslims, pushing ahead with a controversial prosecution that has sparked global outrage. Reporters Wa Lone,…
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