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New assembly dividing Venezuela starts work

‘Body breaching democratic order’ CARACAS, Aug 5, (AFP): A new assembly packed with allies of unpopular President Nicolas Maduro and with sweeping powers was to begin work on Saturday, deepening divisions in a crisis-wracked Venezuela. The Constituent Assembly, headed by a former foreign minister, Delcy Rodriguez, is tasked with rewriting …

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‘Sanctions breach N-deal’ – Khamenei vows to continue missile program

TEHRAN, Aug 3, (Agencies): Iran said new sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump on Wednesday break the terms of its nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, and vowed an “appropriate and proportional” response. Trump, who during his election campaign called the nuclear agreement — negotiated …

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Netanyahu to build new settlements – Palestinian presidency criticizes Israel’s policy

RAMALLAH, Aug 3 (Agencies): Palestinian Presidency on Thursday criticized Israel’s policy and its bids to jeopardize the two States’ solution, said the Presidency Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudainah. East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip are Palestinian properties not Israeli, said Abu Rudainah in a press release broadcast by the official Palestinian news …

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Japanese PM revamps cabinet – Abe embraces critical voices as he seeks new start

TOKYO, Aug 3, (Agencies): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday dumped arch-conservatives and embraced critical voices in a cabinet revamp he hopes will stem a decline in public support after a series of scandals and missteps. Political blueblood Abe, in office since late December 2012, has pushed a nationalist …

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4 hurt in attack that killed 2 US troops – Father of Afghan robotics girl killed in mosque attack

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug 3, (Agencies): The US military in Afghanistan says that four American troops were wounded in the same suicide bombing near the city of Kandahar the previous day that killed two US service members. The statement released in Kabul on Thursday says their injuries are not life threatening. …

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‘Trump ready for war with N. Korea’ – US ICBM test ‘success’

WASHINGTON, Aug 2, (Agencies): A Republican senator said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump has told him he would go to war to destroy North Korea rather than allow it to develop a long-range nuclear-armed missile. Influential lawmaker Lindsey Graham, a foreign policy hawk, told NBC’s Today Show: “There is …

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Curfew, strikes in Kashmir after top militant’s death

Thousands of Indian police and troops enforced a lockdown Wednesday in parts of Kashmir, fearing violent reprisals a day after a top militant commander and two civilians were killed in clashes in the disputed Himalayan territory. Residents in the old quarters of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-administered Kashmir, were …

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Trump signs ‘Russia sanctions’ – Moscow takes over US compound

WASHINGTON, Aug 2, (Agencies): US President Donald Trump has signed legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia into law, a White House official said on Wednesday. The US Congress voted last week by overwhelming margins for sanctions to punish the Russian government over interference in the 2016 presidential election, annexation of …

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Russia says embassy in Syria hit in mortar attack, no casualties – IS attacks Syrian army east of Homs – monitors

MOSCOW, Aug 2, (Agencies): Russia’s foreign ministry said Wednesday that its embassy compound in Damascus came under mortar fire from “terrorist groups of fighters”, causing no casualties. “Two shells fell in the grounds of the Russian diplomatic mission and two more exploded just outside the perimeter,” Moscow said, causing slight …

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