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Trump confirms payment to adult film actress

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday a payment to an adult film star, calling it a “monthly retainer” installment to his long-time lawyer Michael Cohen that had “nothing to do with the campaign”. Trump previously claimed he had no knowledge of the hush money payment or where the funds came from. It was made just […]

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Israel ‘not looking for fight with Russia’: Lieberman

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JERUSALEM  : Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday reiterated assertions that Israel was not seeking confrontation with Russia in Syria. “We are not looking for any confrontation with Russia,” Israeli Public Radio quoted Lieberman as saying. “On the contrary, in recent years, there was an open and transparent dialogue with Russia — both when our […]

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Human rights laws do not apply to Gaza rallies: Israel

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JERUSALEM – The Israeli authorities say that human rights laws do not apply to ongoing Palestinian protests along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Thursday. The Israeli government made the assertion in response to a petition lodged with Israel’s High Court by a handful of human rights groups. “The Palestinian protests on Gaza’s […]

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UN’s Yemen envoy arrives in Muscat to meet Houthis

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SANAA – UN envoy for Yemen Martin Griffith arrived in Omani capital Muscat on Thursday as part of a second regional tour aimed at reviving stalled talks between Yemen’s warring rivals. Sources close to Griffith told Anadolu Agency that the envoy had arrived in Muscat to meet with Houthi representative Mohamed Abdel Salam and an accompanying […]

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UN chief warns against scrapping Iran nuclear deal

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LONDON: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday against scrapping an international deal on Iran’s nuclear program unless there was a good alternative in place. U.S. President Donald Trump has been threatening to pull out of the agreement, leading to diplomatic tensions with Iran as well as with U.S. allies keen to preserve the agreement. […]

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UN chief sees meaningful progress on talks for North Korea denuclearization

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LONDON: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday said he was optimistic about the prospects for progress on the issue of North Korea’s nuclear program after recent diplomatic moves by Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington. “I am optimistic … I think now things are on track for a meaningful negotiation,” he said during an interview on […]

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Iraq wraps up security preparations in advance of polls

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BAGHDAD : Preparations for securing Iraq’s May 12 parliamentary polls wrapped up Thursday, according to the Interior Ministry. “The security plan for the elections… has been finalized,” ministry spokesman Saad Maan told reporters at a press conference in Baghdad. “The plan was drawn up by a security committee comprised of representatives of all the Iraqi security […]

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Turkish foreign minister to visit Washington

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ANKARA : Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his American counterpart Mike Pompeo have agreed to meet in Washington, according to a Foreign Ministry spokesman Thursday. Speaking at a news conference in capital Ankara, spokesman Hami Aksoy said the date of the visit remains undecided. On April 27, Cavusoglu and Pompeo held a bilateral meeting during the NATO foreign ministers summit […]

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Chinese foreign minister meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

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BEIJING: Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a rare visit to Pyongyang, China’s foreign ministry said Thursday on its official social media account. The two-day visit by Wang Yi — the highest-ranking Chinese official to travel to North Korea in years — follows a landmark inter-Korean summit […]

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In first under Trump, Guantanamo Bay inmate transferred

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RIYADH: A Saudi inmate from Guantanamo Bay has arrived back in the kingdom after the Pentagon said it was transferring him to his homeland, the first such move under President Donald Trump. The widely expected transfer of Ahmed Haza al-Darbi, who pleaded guilty to helping plan a 2002 attack on a French oil tanker, was […]

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