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Death toll from floods, landslides rise to 67 in Nepal

Monitoring Desk KATHMANDU: The death toll from floods and landslides caused by torrential rains in Nepal rose to 67, a police official said on Monday. At least 43 people were injured and 30 others missing as heavy monsoon rains over the last three days have triggered landslides and floods in the country’s central and eastern…

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Unwise to link trade with wartime issue: Seoul to Tokyo

Monitoring Desk ANKARA: Linking bilateral economy with historical dispute is “very unwise”, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday in reaction to Japan’s restrictions on exports to Seoul. Moon warned that Japan “will suffer bigger damage in the end” if Tokyo continues with its unilateral trade restrictions, South Korean news Yonhap reported. On July…

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Zuma tells inquiry he’s victim of conspiracy

CAPE TOWN (Agencies): Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa, has told an inquiry into corruption allegations that he has been the victim of a “character assassination” campaign by enemies seeking his removal from power. Zuma, who resigned last year following an internal battle at the ruling African National Congress (ANC), appeared before a…

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Trump presses attack on Democratic ‘squad’ congresswomen, wants apology

WASHINGTON (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his attacks against four first-year Democratic congresswomen on Monday after earlier telling them to “go back” to the “places from which they came” in a series of weekend tweets that Democrats and other critics called racist. Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress have had little public reaction to Trump’s…

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Renovated Ankara police HQ opens on coup anniversary

ANKARA (AA): Turkey’s president on Monday attended the inauguration ceremony of the police headquarters building in the capital Ankara, previously destroyed by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) during the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. “As long as Turkey has its soldiers, police and intelligence, no one will attempt again to occupy the country,”…

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Trump seeks further asylum limits for Central Americans

WASHINGTON (AA): President Donald Trump moved Monday to halt asylum claims at the U.S.-Mexico border in the latest effort to curtail immigration from Central America. The interim final rule to be published in the Federal Register Tuesday stipulates that migrants who pass through another country en route to the U.S. must apply for asylum in…

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UK says Iran nuclear deal is not dead

LONDON (AA): The U.K.’s foreign secretary on Monday has warned an EU summit of foreign ministers that if the Iran nuclear deal is not maintained then the Middle East could face an existential threat. Jeremy Hunt said that there is a small window to save the nuclear agreement but warned that if Tehran were to…

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2,800 Palestinians held by Israel this year: NGOs

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA): Around 2,800 Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since the beginning of this year, according to three Palestinian NGOs on Monday. The detainees included 446 minors and 76 women, said a joint report issued by the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees, the Palestinian…

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Thai prime minister declares end of military rule

BANGKOK (Reuters): Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha formally resigned as the head of the military government on Monday, saying the country would function as a normal democracy after five years of military rule. Prayuth stays on as prime minister with the backing of pro-military parties in parliament and a military-appointed upper house under a constitution…

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Nine killed as plane crashes during skydiving trip in Sweden

STOCKHOLM (Reuters): Nine Swedes were killed when their plane crashed during a skydiving trip near Umea, a small university city in northern Sweden, authorities said on Sunday. The small plane designed to carry parachutists crashed on an island on the Ume river shortly after takeoff from Umea airport, police spokesman Peder Jonsson said, adding that…

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