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92-year-old Mahathir sworn in as Malaysian PM

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KUALA LUMPUR (Xinhua) — Mahathir Mohamad, 92, a former Malaysian prime minister who led the opposition to achieve a stunning victory in the general election, took the oath of office on Thursday night, becoming the world’s oldest government leader. Mahathir won the election after his coalition Pakatan Harapan secured 113 seats out of the 222 […]

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Trump welcomes freed Korean-Americans’ return to US

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JOINT BASE ANDREWS: Three Korean-Americans who were detained in North Korea for more than a year were greeted by President Donald Trump beneath a giant American flag after they returned to the mainland US early Thursday. Despite a middle-of-the-night landing, first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and a host of senior administration officials […]

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North Korea agrees to warn of activity hazardous to aviation: UN agency

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BEIJING: North Korea has agreed not to engage in activities hazardous to aviation without advanced notice, a UN aviation agency official said on Thursday, an assurance that could lead to major airlines resuming flights through its airspace. Airlines take indirect routings to avoid North Korea due to the threat posed from unannounced missile launches that […]

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PM Hariri should retain post: Lebanese assembly speaker

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BEIRUT – Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has nominated current Prime Minister Saad Hariri to head up the country’s next government following parliamentary polls conducted last weekend. “My candidate for the premiership, regardless of his stance on the Finance Ministry, is Saad Hariri,” Berri said late Wednesday in an interview with Lebanon’s MTV television channel. Earlier […]

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Russia calls on Iran, Israel to hold dialogue

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MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday called on Iran and Israel to resolve their difference through dialogue. His remarks came after the Israeli army claimed that Iranian forces in Syria had fired 20 rockets into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights last night, but all had been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air-defense system. In […]

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Trump says will meet with North Korea’s Kim on June 12 in Singapore

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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore. “The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” Trump said […]

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Merkel reaffirms commitment to Iran nuclear deal

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BERLIN – Germany will remain committed to nuclear deal with Iran, as long as Tehran would continue to fulfil its commitments, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in a phone call on Thursday, her office said. “The Chancellor underlined that Germany – as well as France and Great Britain – will remain committed to […]

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Russian FM: US withdrawal from Iran deal is significant violation of UN resolution

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LONDON: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that US withdrawal from the Iran deal is a significant violation of a UN resolution. Speaking after talks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, he also said that the withdrawal is a “very very significant” blow to non-proliferation in the region. Lavrov’s German counterpart Heiko Maas added that it is crucial that […]

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Turkey detains dozens of air force personnel over Gulen links

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ISTANBUL: Turkish police detained 65 suspects on Thursday in an operation targeting air force personnel accused of links to the US-based preacher whom Ankara says orchestrated an attempted coup in 2016, state-run Anadolu news agency said. Prosecutors issued arrest warrants for a total 96 people, of which 91 were from the air force, and police […]

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CIA nominee says she doesn’t believe torture works

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee said during her confirmation hearing that she doesn’t believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her “strong moral compass” would prevent her from carrying out any presidential order she found objectionable. Under questioning Wednesday by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, acting CIA Director Gina Haspel said […]

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