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‘Trust erodes under Trump’ – Moscow icily receives Tillerson

MOSCOW, April 12, (RTRS): Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday trust had eroded between the United States and Russia under President Donald Trump, as Moscow delivered an unusually hostile reception to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a face-off over Syria. Any hope in Russia that the Trump administration would herald …

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Germany arrests suspected Islamist

Merkel appalled by Dortmund attack KARLSRUHE/DUESSELDORF, Germany, April 12, (Agencies): German authorities arrested a suspected Islamist on Wednesday in connection with an attack on a bus carrying players of one of the country’s top soccer teams, a spokeswoman for the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said …

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Dickinson tale ‘Passion’ burns bright

There is something deeply funny and also beautiful about the idea that it would take a British man in his 70s to make the definitive film about one of America’s greatest female poets. But that’s what Terence Davies has done for Emily Dickinson in “A Quiet Passion ,” a fiercely …

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‘No evidence’ Syrian gas attack was fabricated, say WH officials

WASHINGTON, April 11, (RTRS): Senior White House officials accused Russia on Tuesday of trying to deflect blame from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a deadly poison gas attack on civilians last week that the United States has laid firmly at the feet of the Syrian government. The officials, who briefed …

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King Salman hosts Philippine president

Leaders discuss labor, anti-narcotics RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 11, (AP): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met Tuesday with King Salman in Saudi Arabia, where hundreds of thousands of Filipinos work as nurses, domestic helpers, drivers, waiters and technicians. It was Duterte’s first time meeting with the Saudi king. Philippine media outlets …

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No Easter in Minya – Nod to emergency

CAIRO, April 11, (Agencies): Egyptian churches, in the southern city of Minya, said on Tuesday that they will not hold Easter celebrations in mourning for 45 Coptic Christians killed this week in twin bombings of churches in two cities during Palm Sunday ceremonies. The Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese said that …

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India offers $10b investment, $5 billion loan to Bangladesh

DHAKA, April 11, (RTRS): India will invest up to $10 billion in Bangladeshi sectors including infrastructure and medicine and will provide $5 billion in loans, including $500 million in military assistance, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Tuesday. Hasina returned to Bangladesh on Monday after a four-day state visit to …

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Burgan Bank welcomes home world champ in wheelchair fencing, Al-Qallaf

Burgan Bank was among the fi rst to give Kuwait’s World Champion in Wheelchair Fencing Titleholder, Tariq Al Qallaf, a hero’s welcome at Kuwait National Airport. The champion was returning from the World Fencing Championship for the disabled “US Épée Championship 2017” which was held in the state of Pennsylvania, …

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Egyptian bomber briefly in Kuwait

CAIRO, Egypt, April 10, (Agencies): The suicide bombers behind the blasts which targeted two churches in Egypt on Sunday were identified as Abu Ishaq and Abu al- Baraa al-Masri, Al Arabiya TV’s correspondent in Cairo reported. Abu Ishaq al-Masri is allegedly responsible for targeting the church in Alexandria. He was …

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Egypt sets 3-month state of emergency

ALEXANDRIA/TANTA, Egypt, April 10, (RTRS): Families of victims of Sunday’s bombing at Alexandria’s Coptic cathedral gathered at the Monastery of Saint Mina under heavy security on Monday as Egypt’s cabinet approved a three-month state of emergency ahead of a scheduled trip by Pope Francis. Hundreds of mourners, many outraged by …

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