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N. Korea fires short-range missiles – China bans new business with North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 26, (Agencies): North Korea fired several rockets into the sea Saturday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving US troops that have angered Pyongyang. The US Pacific Command revised its initial assessment that …

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Over 40 killed in Kabul Shiite mosque attack – ‘Govt failed to protect us’

KABUL, Aug 26, (RTRS): Victims of the latest attack on Shi’ite Muslims in Afghanistan directed their anger squarely at the Afghan government, accusing it of failing to protect them despite repeated attacks. Suicide bombers and gunmen, some dressed in police uniforms, attacked a mosque in Kabul during prayers on Friday, …

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DAESH surrounded in Tal Afar – ‘Kurdish referendum potential reason for war’

BAGHDAD, Aug 24, (Agencies): The spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq says the militants are “completely surrounded” in the town of Tal Afar and “are being killed.” US Army Col Ryan Dillon says the IS militants in the town are being deprived of their …

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US lays out ‘concerns’ over Iran nuclear deal – March to Med

VIENNA, Aug 24, (Agencies): US President Donald Trump’s UN envoy Nikki Haley told the world’s atomic watchdog Wednesday that Washington has “concerns” about Iran’s adherence to the 2015 nuclear deal. Haley “praised the IAEA’s technical expertise and its credibility, professionalism and seriousness in conducting its monitoring and verification work in …

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Political refugees flocking Germany – Rivals tussle for position

BERLIN, Aug 24, (Agencies): The Turkish judge sits in a busy cafe in a big German city. Thirteen months ago, he was a respected public servant in his homeland. Now he is heartbroken and angry over the nightmarish turn of events that brought him here. The day after a 2016 …

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Most Americans reject Trump reaction – Charlottesville covers Confederate statues in black

WASHINGTON, Aug 24, (Agencies): Most Americans disapprove of Donald Trump’s response to the race-fueled protests and violence in Charlottesville and believe the president is dividing the country, a poll released Wednesday showed. Trump’s job approval also sank to one of the lowest levels of his turbulent seven-month presidency, as respondents …

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‘Teen killed before drugs links known’ – Drug war won’t stop: Duterte

MANILA, Aug 24, (RTRS): Philippine police on Thursday told a Senate inquiry that a high school student killed last week by anti-drugs officers had been involved in narcotics, but officers only learned of that the day after they shot him dead. The death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos, one …

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Saudi-led strikes hit Yemen hotel, killing at least 41

Majority of dead Houthi rebels: officials CAIRO, Aug 23, (AP): An airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition struck a hotel near Yemen’s capital on Wednesday, killing at least 41 people as the alliance stepped up airstrikes against the Houthi rebels and their allies in and around Sanaa. The escalation comes amid …

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Qatar limits hours, orders pay for domestic workers

DOHA, Aug 23, (Agencies): Qatar has approved a law limiting domestic staff to a maximum of 10 hours’ work a day, the first such protection for thousands of household maids, nannies and cooks in the emirate. The “Domestic Employment Law” also orders employers to pay staff wages at the end …

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Pakistan rejects role of ‘scapegoat for US failures’ – US officials warn aid cut

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug 23, (Agencies): Pakistan has rejected US criticism of its efforts to fight terrorism, saying it should not be made a scapegoat for the failure of the US military to win the war in Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump unveiled his policy for Afghanistan on Monday, stepping up …

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