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‘Serious digital sabotage near’ – North Korea link emerges in cyberattack

THE HAGUE, May 16, (Agencies): The world may be close to a “serious act of digital sabotage” which could trigger unrest, “chaos and disorder,” Dutch spy chief Rob Bertholee warned Tuesday. Sabotage of critical infrastructure “is the kind of thing that might keep you awake at night,” Bertholee told a …

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Trump defends intel sharing – Kremlin calls reports ‘complete nonsense’

WASHINGTON, May 16, (RTRS): US President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended having disclosed information to senior Russian officials last week, saying he had an “absolute right” to do so and had shared facts to get Moscow to step up its fight against the Islamic State militant group. The president took …

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Re-engagement with world at stake in Tehran election – Hardliners unite behind Raisi

ANKARA, May 16, (RTRS): Iranians vote for president on Friday in a contest likely to determine whether Tehran’s re-engagement with the world stalls or quickens, although whatever the outcome no change is expected to its revolutionary system of conservative clerical rule. Seeking a second term, pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, 68, …

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Ancient human sacrifice discovered in Korea

Evidence of human sacrifice to try to ensure the success of ancient construction projects has been found for the first time at a Korean site, officials said Tuesday. Two skeletons dating from the 5th century were found under the walls of the Wolseong, or Moon Castle, in Gyeongju in South …

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Saudi soldier killed in Qatif

DUBAI, May 16, (Agencies): A Saudi soldier was killed and five others were wounded fighting suspected militants in the Kingdom’s Qatif province, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, days after a child and a Pakistani builder were killed in the same town of al-Awamiya. The town, in an oil-producing province …

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Berlin looks at Kuwait, Cyprus for new base

German MPs’ visit blocked BERLIN, May 15, (AFP): Berlin on Monday slammed Ankara’s refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit a NATO base near Syria and warned it could move its troops elsewhere. The German foreign ministry described as “absolutely unacceptable” Turkey’s latest ban on a visit to the Incirlik …

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‘World’s tallest tower’s work in progress’

Project represents Saudi’s 2030 Vision: Prince Alwaleed RIYADH, May 15: HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) and Chairman of the Board of Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) visited the project site that will include the highest tower in the world on Thursday, May …

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UK’s May promises more workers’ rights – PM targets Labour voters

LONDON, May 15, (RTRS): Prime Minister Theresa May will promise on Monday to extend British workers’ rights in the workplace and the boardroom, part of a push to win over traditional working class supporters of the opposition Labour Party in next month’s election. May, appointed prime minister after Britain voted …

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Macron picks PM from right

New French president seeks close ties with Germany PARIS, May 15, (RTRS): Newly-inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a conservative prime minister on Monday in a move to broaden his political appeal and weaken his opponents before legislative elections in June. Edouard Philippe, 46, a lawmaker and mayor of port …

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‘Missile can carry heavy nuke’ – Tests any time, any place: Pyongyang

SEOUL, South Korea, May 15, (Agencies): North Korea on Monday boasted of a successful weekend launch of a new type of “medium long-range” ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. Outsiders also saw a significant technological jump, with the test-fire apparently flying higher and for a longer time …

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