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China digs in for protracted trade fight with US

BEIJING (AFP): China is digging in for a tough period of deteriorating ties with the United States, fanning the flames of patriotism with Korean War films, a viral song on the trade war, and editorials lambasting Washington. The trade spat has turned into a war of words since President Donald Trump blacklisted Huawei last week…

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Aide to winning BJP candidate Smriti Irani shot dead

MUMBAI (Reuters): An aide to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Smriti Irani, who recently defeated Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi for a seat in parliament, was shot dead overnight, police said on Sunday. Surendra Singh was an aide to Irani, a former television actress and dogged minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet. In one…

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Iran’s president says country could hold vote over nuke deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) : Iran’s president has suggested the Islamic Republic could hold a referendum over the country’s nuclear program amid the unraveling deal with world powers and heightened tensions with the United States, Iranian media reported Sunday. According to the official IRNA news agency, President Hassan Rouhani, who was last week publicly chastised by…

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Trump and Abe tee off amid US-Japan trade tensions

MOBARA, Japan (AP): Golf never seems to be far behind whenever President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe get together. So on Sunday, during a four-day state visit to Japan, the president jumped aboard the Marine One helicopter in Tokyo and flew south to the Mobara Country Club for a steamy morning round…

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Europeans vote, with EU future in balance

BRUSSELS (Reuters): Europeans vote on Sunday in an election expected to further dent traditional pro-EU parties and bolster the nationalist fringe in the European Parliament, putting a potential brake on collective action in economic and foreign policy. Polls opened at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT) in the east of the bloc and will finally close at…

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Six killed in Mexican navy helicopter crash

MEXICO CITY (AFP): Six people, including five members of the Mexican Navy, died when their helicopter crashed during operations to put out forest fires, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday. The crash occurred in a remote, hilly area of the north-central state of Queretaro on Friday. The MI-17 helicopter, which took off from Valle Verde in…

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Citing Iran, Trump bypasses Congress to sell arms to Saudis, UAE

WASHINGTON DC (AFP): President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday bypassed Congress to sell $8.1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, citing a threat from Iran, infuriating lawmakers who fear the weapons could kill civilians in Yemen. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration would circumvent the required review by Congress…

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Battered Congress party closes ranks after election setback

NEW DELHI (Reuters): The head of India’s main opposition Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, offered to quit on Saturday after a crushing election defeat but senior party officials rejected his offer and called instead for a major internal shake-up. Gandhi, 48 and the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, had been under intense pressure since results released…

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Arson attack targets mosque in Hagen, Germany

COLOGNE (AA): An unidentified arsonist did considerable damage to a mosque in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, but there were no casualties, the mosque’s head reported on Saturday. Omer Oral, the head of Hagen’s Great Mosque Society, told Anadolu Agency that the arson attack took place at 10.00 a.m. when the assailant set fire to a…

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South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as president

PRETORIA (AA): South Africa’s sixth democratically elected president was officially sworn in on Saturday in a colorful ceremony attended by several African leaders in the capital Pretoria. “I, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, swear that I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa, and will obey, observe, uphold, and maintain the Constitution and all law…

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