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Massive US-Saudi arms sale in works

Billions in spend ahead of Trump visit WASHINGTON, May 6, (RTRS): Washington is working to push through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others in the pipeline, ahead of US President Donald Trump’s trip to the kingdom this month, people familiar …

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Twin Manila blasts kill 2 – ‘No signs of terror’

MANILA, May 6, (AFP): Two explosions in the Philippine capital on Saturday night killed two people and injured six others, police said, just over a week after another blast in the same area. An initial blast occurred around 6:00 pm (1000 GMT) on Saturday near a mosque in Quiapo, one …

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Allies urged to do more against terror

Avoid costly, open-ended military commitment: Trump strategy WASHINGTON, May 6, (RTRS): A draft of President Donald Trump’s new counterterrorism strategy demands that US allies shoulder more of the burden in combating Islamist militants, while acknowledging that the threat of terrorism will never be totally eliminated. The 11-page draft, seen on …

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Macron blasts huge hacking attack

Le Pen says she ‘changed everything’ PARIS, May 6, (Agencies): French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s team blasted a “massive and coordinated hacking attack” against his campaign after a fl ood of internal documents were released online barely 24 hours before the election. The centrist candidate’s furious staff said the release …

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200 students hospitalised – Death penalty upheld

NEW DELHI, May 6, (Agencies): India’s top court on Friday upheld death sentences against four men who fatally gang raped a woman on board a bus in 2012, a crime that sparked widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women. Applause broke out in court among relatives of …

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Trump vows to broker ‘peace’ – No new policies for long-shot bid

WASHINGTON, May 4, (Agencies): US President Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday to do “whatever is necessary” to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians as he hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House, but gave no sign of how he could revive long-stalled negotiations. In their first meeting, …

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Macron files complaint after Le Pen ‘offshore account’ claim

Obama endorses Macron for presidency PARIS, May 4, (Agencies): Former U.S. president Barack Obama endorsed centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron for France’s presidential election on Sunday in a video message in which he praised Macron for appealing “to people’s hopes and not their fears”. “The French election is very important to …

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US moves toward extreme vetting – State Department seeks tighter visa process

WASHINGTON, May 4, (RTRS): The US Department of State has proposed tougher questioning of visa applicants who it believes warrant additional scrutiny, according to a government document published Thursday, in a push toward the “extreme vetting” sought by President Donald Trump. The additional criteria would apply to 65,000 people per …

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House passes healthcare bill – Victory for Trump

  WASHINGTON, May 4, (Agencies): The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday to repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with a Republican healthcare plan, handing President Donald Trump his biggest legislative victory but setting up a tough fight in the Senate. With the 217-213 vote, …

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Vatican, Myanmar OK diplomatic ties

VATICAN CITY, May 4, (Agencies): The Vatican and Myanmar established full diplomatic relations on Thursday in the latest step in the former pariah Asian state’s rehabilitation by the international community. The Vatican said it would appoint a papal nuncio to Yangon and that the country would open an embassy at …

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