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Iran leader shrugs off IS attacks

TEHRAN -- Iran’s supreme leader shrugged off attacks on Wednesday by gunmen and suicide bombers in Tehran that killed 13 people as US president Donald Trump warned the nation was reaping what it sowed. The assault was the first claimed…

Actor mistaken for terrorist

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LYON, France -- An actor who was rehearsing in the toilet of a French train was quizzed by police as a possible terrorist threat after a guard overheard the words “weapon” and “gun”, transport authorities said. The 35-year-old had shut…

Mass shooting

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ORLANDO -- A US Army veteran who had been fired in April from his job at a Florida company opened fire Monday at the Orlando business, killing five people before taking his own life, authorities said. Four people were killed…

Indian baby ruthlessly killed by young mother’s ‘rapists’

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NEW DELHI -- A nine-month-old baby died when she was thrown out of a moving autorickshaw by men accused of gang-raping her mother, police said Tuesday, in the latest case of sexual violence in India. Police said they had registered…

6 dead in ‘terror attack’ in London

LONDON, June 4 (AFP) -- Three assailants stabbed passers-by at random after smashing into pedestrians in a van, killing six people in a “terror attack” in a popular nightlife hub in London before being shot dead by armed police. Prime…

Belligerent

WASHINGTON -- The White House hit back Friday at criticism of Donald Trump’s decision to scrap a major global climate deal, accusing Europe of trying to “shackle” the US economy and refusing to acknowledge climate change is real. With the…

Court frees daughter of S. Korea ‘Rasputin’

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SEOUL -- The daughter of South Korea’s “Rasputin”, whose lavish lifestyle in Europe saw her caught up in the country’s snowballing influence-peddling scandal, was freed Saturday after being extradited from Denmark. Chung Yoo-Ra is the equestrian daughter of Choi Soon-Sil,…

California plots to fight ‘AWOL’ Trump on climate

LOS ANGELES -- California stands poised to fill the US leadership vacuum in the battle against climate change, analysts say, as the state’s governor Jerry Brown headed to China on Friday for a high-profile visit largely centered on environmental issues.…

Mattis reassures allies as US pivots on N. Korea

SINGAPORE -- Pentagon chief Jim Mattis moved to reassure Asian allies Saturday that the United States could work with China on reining in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program without compromising its opposition to Beijing’s continued “militarization” of the South China…

Global outrage

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, prompting a furious global backlash and throwing efforts to slow global warming into doubt. In a sharply nationalistic address from the White…

Japan parliament passes emperor abdication law

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TOKYO -- Japan’s lower house of parliament passed a bill Friday that allows ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, as it also called for a rare debate on the role of women in the male-dominated monarchy. Japan has not had…

US cities and states defy Trump, embrace climate pact

NEW YORK -- When President Donald Trump announced America’s abandonment of the Paris climate deal Thursday, saying he was elected to represent “Pittsburgh, not Paris,” several US cities and states responded with a defiant counter-declaration: We’re staying in. “As the…

Cyberwar victim?

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton went a step further Wednesday in blaming her election loss to Donald Trump on cyber attacks by Russia, saying Americans including associates of the Republican president likely had a hand in the effort. The Democratic nominee…
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