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Saudi Arabia hopes US will not recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel

05 December 2017

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia has expressed hope the United States would not recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and warned such a decision would have serious implications, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. “The recognition will have very serious implications... Read More

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South Korea, US launch air drills amid North Korean warnings of nuclear war

04 December 2017

SEOUL/BEIJING –The United States and South Korea went ahead with large-scale joint aerial drills on Monday, a move North Korea had said would push the Korean peninsula to “the brink of nuclear war”, ignoring calls from Russia and China to call them off. The drills... Read More

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Philippine president vows to get to the bottom of dengue vaccine ‘health scam’

04 December 2017

MANILA − The office of the Philippine president on Sunday vowed to hold accountable those responsible for a suspended dengue immunisation programme, which it said placed thousands of lives at risk. The Department of Health (DOH) halted on Friday the use of a dengue... Read More

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Apple's Tim Cook says developers have earned $17 billion from China App Store

04 December 2017

WUZHEN − Apple Inc’s chief executive Tim Cook said developers using its platform in China number 1.8 million and have earned a total 112 billion yuan ($16.93 billion), representing roughly a quarter of total global App Store earnings. Cook shared the data on Sunday... Read More

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US allies fret as ‘guillotine’ hangs over Tillerson

03 December 2017

BRUSSELS/BERLIN – On the eve of his trip to Europe, Rex Tillerson gave a speech last week that European allies had waited months to hear: an “ironclad” promise of US support to its oldest allies. The relief in European capitals lasted barely a day as reports surfaced... Read More

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EU could give the nod next week to trade talks with Britain

03 December 2017

BRUSSELS − The European Union expects to offer a first signal next week that enough progress has been made in Brexit talks to warrant opening new negotiations with London in December on future trade relations, diplomats said. The sources saw that happening even though... Read More

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Trump, asked about Flynn plea, says 'absolutely no collusion'

02 December 2017

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump, in his first comment on a guilty plea by his first national security adviser Michael Flynn to lying to the FBI, said on Saturday there was “absolutely no collusion” between his campaign and Russia. Trump made his comment to... Read More

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Cuba battling medicine shortages in wake of cash crunch

02 December 2017

HAVANA – Cuba is working on fixing chronic medicine shortages that started appearing a year ago due to its cash crunch, health officials said in an article published late on Thursday in ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma. Cuba’s healthcare system, built by... Read More

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Music producer Russell Simmons steps down after sex assault claim

02 December 2017

LOS ANGELES – Music producer Russell Simmons said on Thursday he was stepping down from his fashion and production businesses after a screenwriter said in a column in the Hollywood Reporter that Simmons sexually assaulted her in 1991. Jenny Lumet, the screenwriter... Read More

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One dead, scores hurt in protests over delayed Honduran vote count

01 December 2017

TEGUCIGALPA – At least one protester died and more than 20 people were injured in Honduras after a delayed presidential vote count sparked unrest amid opposition accusations of electoral fraud. Honduras will publish the final result of last Sunday’s presidential... Read More

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Matt Lauer apologises after Today firing as more women come forward

01 December 2017

NEW YORK – Longtime Today show host Matt Lauer apologised for what he called his “troubling flaws” in a statement read out on the NBC morning show on Thursday, a day after the network fired him for inappropriate sexual behaviour. As his 20 years as a fixture of US... Read More

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EU, UN and African leaders draw up emergency plan for migrants in Libya

01 December 2017

ABIDJAN – The European Union, United Nations and African Union have agreed to an emergency plan to dismantle people smuggling networks and repatriate stranded migrants in an effort to ease a human rights disaster in Libya, officials said. Details of the strategy... Read More

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Pope urges decisive measures for Myanmar refugees, avoids ‘Rohingya’

01 December 2017

DHAKA – Pope Francis called on Thursday for decisive measures to resolve the political reasons that caused mostly Muslim refugees in Myanmar to flee to Bangladesh and urged countries to help the Dhaka government deal with the crisis. However, just as on the first... Read More

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Honduran protesters barricade streets in escalating election crisis

30 November 2017

TEGUCIGALPA − Honduran protesters set up barricades and clashed with police near a vote-counting centre on Thursday, following a widely criticized presidential election that produced no clear result in four days and which the opposition says was fraudulent. Both... Read More

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Trump angers UK with truculent tweet to May after sharing far-right videos

30 November 2017

LONDON – US President Donald Trump sparked outrage in Britain’s political establishment on Thursday with a sharp rebuke of Prime Minister Theresa May on Twitter after she criticised him for retweeting British far-right anti-Islam videos. As British politicians lined... Read More

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NBC News fires Today co-host Matt Lauer for sexual misconduct

29 November 2017

NEW YORK – NBC News fired popular Today show host Matt Lauer after receiving what it called a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace, the network said on Wednesday. NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said that, after... Read More

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In upset, TV star leads US ally in Honduras presidential vote

28 November 2017

TEGUCIGALPA – A TV host took a surprise lead in the Honduran presidential election, initial results on Monday showed, upsetting forecasts of a win for the country’s US-friendly incumbent and raising concerns about instability as both parties claimed victory. Flamboyant... Read More

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Britain's Prince Harry to marry US actress Meghan Markle

27 November 2017

LONDON – Britain’s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle announced on Monday they were engaged and would get married in the spring of next year. Harry, 33, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and fifth-in-line to the British throne, and Markle, 36, best known for her... Read More

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South Africa to outline ‘decisive’ policy in 2018 after debt rating cut

27 November 2017

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa will use its annual budget next year to outline “decisive” policy to strengthen its fiscal framework, the finance ministry said on Saturday after S&P Global Ratings cut its local currency debt to “junk” status. S&P announced the downgrade... Read More

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Online sales? Maybe one day, says Chanel

27 November 2017

PARIS – France’s Chanel has no immediate plans for online sales of its coveted outfits or handbags, a senior executive said on Friday, making it one of the fashion world’s last hold-outs as rivals experiment with websites to win over new clients. The label, known... Read More

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Ousted Zimbabwe finance minister Chombo in court over corruption charges

25 November 2017

HARARE – Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, among those detained by the military when it seized power before Robert Mugabe resigned, was charged on Saturday with three counts of corruption in offences that allegedly occurred more than a decade ago. ... Read More

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