Archive for September, 2017

The United States opens communication channels with North Korea: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

September 30, 2017 10:30 pm
The United States opens communication channels with North Korea: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) looks at Chinese President Xi Jinping walking to his seat during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 30, 2017. (Photo by AFP) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States has opened channels of […]

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US President Donald Trump says Puerto Ricans ‘want everything done for them’

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US President Donald Trump says Puerto Ricans ‘want everything done for them’

US President Donald Trump (Photo by AFP) US President Donald Trump has blasted the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, for her “poor leadership” after Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz begged for help in handling the crisis and devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. In a series of early-morning tweets on Saturday, […]

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Turkey opens military base in Mogadishu

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Turkey opens military base in Mogadishu

Turkish army’s Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar, center left, escorts Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre during an inauguration ceremony of the Turkish military base in Mogadishu on September 30, 2017. (AFP photo) Turkey has opened its largest military base in Africa, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, as […]

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US Treasury Department increases financial sanctions on Russian banks, energy firms

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US Treasury Department increases financial sanctions on Russian banks, energy firms

An AFP file photo of the US Treasury Department in Washington, DC. The US Treasury Department has announced tighter financial sanctions on Russian banks and energy companies because of what Washington calls Moscow’s continued interference in Ukraine. The US Treasury on Friday cut the length of maturity of bonds issued […]

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Google cooperating with US probe of Russian meddling allegations

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Google cooperating with US probe of Russian meddling allegations

This file photo taken on December 28, 2016 shows logos of US multinational technology company Google in Vertou, western France. (By AFP) Google says it is digging into its vaults for evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, after Virginia Sen. Mark Warner slammed Twitter for a response to […]

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North Korea detected moving missiles out of Pyongyang facility: South Korean Media Report

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North Korea detected moving missiles out of Pyongyang facility: South Korean Media Report

This picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 3, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) looking at a metal casing with two bulges. (Via AFP) South Korean media say the North has been detected transferring several missiles out of a  research facility […]

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Shia Muslims marking Tasu’a worldwide

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Shia Muslims marking Tasu’a worldwide

Shia Muslims have begun marking Tasu’a, the eve of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), by holding mourning rituals the world over. The occasion falls on the ninth day on the lunar month of Muharram. It is marked annually by the Shia faithful in honor of the Third Shia Imam […]

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Tens of thousands Pro-independence Catalans hold large rally ahead of referendum

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Tens of thousands Pro-independence Catalans hold large rally ahead of referendum

Tens of thousands of secessionist Catalans have taken to the streets in Barcelona to promote the ‘Yes’ campaign in their final rally ahead of the controversial referendum on independence from mainland Spain. Organizers said around 100,000 Barcelona residents took part in the mass demonstration on Friday evening amid attempts by […]

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US President Donald Trump’s tax plan to benefit wealthy, cost $2.4 trillion: Study

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US President Donald Trump’s tax plan to benefit wealthy, cost $2.4 trillion: Study

National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn speaks about tax reform during a briefing at the White House September 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. (AP Photo) The broad-based US tax cuts proposed by US President Donald Trump this week would mostly benefit the very wealthy while lowering government revenues by $2.4 […]

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US Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price resigns amid scandal over his costly private flights

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US Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price resigns amid scandal over his costly private flights

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One in flight during a trip with US President Donald Trump to Beaver, West Virginia, July 24, 2017. (Photo by AFP) US Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price has been forced to resign […]

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The United States ‘does not recognize’ Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

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The United States ‘does not recognize’ Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (File photo) The United States does not officially recognize a unilateral independence referendum held by the Iraqi Kurdish region, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The controversial secession referendum was held on Monday in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in defiance of widespread calls for […]

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American Civil Liberties Union, others to challenge US President Donald Trump’s new travel ban in court

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American Civil Liberties Union, others to challenge US President Donald Trump’s new travel ban in court

Travelers from the Middle East arrive at the International Arrivals section at Los Angeles International Airport on June 29, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a number of other advocacy groups say they will challenge the latest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The […]

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Italian police, anti-G7 protesters clash in Turin

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Italian police, anti-G7 protesters clash in Turin

Clashes have broken out between Italian riot police and hundreds of people, mostly students, who protested against the policies of the leading industrial powers, known as the Group of 7 (G7), in the northwestern city of Turin. The protests took place in central Turin on Friday as a G7 ministerial meeting […]

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Hurricane-hit Puerto Ricans describe US President Donald Trump’s relief efforts as ‘disaster’

September 29, 2017 3:32 am
Hurricane-hit Puerto Ricans describe US President Donald  Trump’s relief efforts as ‘disaster’

A picture taken on September 28, 2017 shows a house destroyed by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, in the eastern part of storm-battered Puerto Rico. (Photo by AFP) Residents of the hurricane-hit Puerto Rican capital of San Juan have described relief efforts by US President Donald Trump’s administration as a “disaster,” […]

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Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron outline plans for post-Brexit European Union

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Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron outline plans for post-Brexit European Union

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) talks with French President Emmanuel Macron at a session of the Tallinn Digital Summit during a European Union summit in Tallinn, Estonia, September 29, 2017. (Photo by AFP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have outlined a new order for the European […]

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