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US threatens 'strongest' sanctions on Iran, seeks sweeping change

Washington: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday threatened to impose the “strongest sanctions in history” against Iran if it did not accept a sweeping series of US demands, including effectively giving up its nuclear ambitions, curtailing its ballistic missile program and ending its expansionist behaviour. Weeks after the United States pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, ...

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Syrian army controls capital after ousting ISIS

Damascus: Syria’s army on Monday was in complete control of the capital and its outskirts for the first time since 2012, after ousting the Islamic State group from a last pocket of resistance. It marked a major milestone in the protracted war, which began in 2011 and saw parts of Damascus fall to armed rebels the following year. But in ...

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Muslim beaten to death in India for allegedly killing cow

A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was beaten to death by a mob in central India, police said Sunday, the latest vigilante murder over the animal considered sacred by Hindus. Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old tailor, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state early Friday and died at the scene, local police official Arvind Tiwari told ...

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North Korea nuclear site closing set to be high on spectacle, low on substance

TOKYO – Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un‘s planned summit with President Donald Trump next month. Expect good imagery. But not much else. The public display of the ...

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Nicolas Maduro declared winner of Venezuelan presidential election

Venezuela‘s President Nicolas Maduro comfortably won re-election in a controversial vote on Sunday, the election board said, though his main rivals both declared the poll illegitimate due to alleged widespread irregularities. Turnout at the election was just 46.1 percent, the election board said, way down from the 80 percent registered at the last presidential vote in 2013, due to a ...

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The challenges South Korea, U.S. may face with Kim Jong Un ahead of meeting

For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he pieced together crucial nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea following a year of intense animosity. But he now enters a White House meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump with his status in the diplomatic driver’s seat in doubt. READ MORE: North ...

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Cougar kills mountain biker, injures another in rare attack near Seattle

The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle. They got off their bikes. They faced the beast, shouted and tried to spook it. After it charged, one even smacked the cougar with his bike, and it ran off. It wasn’t enough, authorities said. ...

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Canada’s social media outreach to asylum seekers may not be as ‘aggressive’ as it seems

Canada’s federal government could be doing a better job reaching out to people who are thinking of crossing the Canada-U.S. border irregularly and claiming asylum, experts suggest, and it could start by actually paying for ads on social media. The ad buys that have been made in connection with the border crossings have been limited to search engines like Google, ...

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Deadly virus spreads in southern India, transferred through fruit bats

Officials say a deadly virus has killed at least three people in southern India, and medical teams have been dispatched to the area amid reports that up to six other people could have died from the disease and others are badly ill. Kerala state health minister K.K. Shailaja said the three who died of Nipah virus are all from the ...

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China launches relay satellite to explore Moon's far side

Beijing: China successfully launched a relay satellite early today to set up a communication link between the Earth and a planned Chinese lunar exploration mission to explore the Moon’s mysterious far side. Named Queqiao (Magpie Bridge), the 400-kg satellite has a designed life of three years. It was carried by a Long March-4C rocket that blasted off at 5:28 AM ...

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