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Amnesty, Watchdog Group: U.S.-Led Coalition Killed 1,600 Civilians In Raqqa

BEIRUT (AP) ― The U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in the northern Syria city of Raqqa during months of bombardment that liberated it from the Islamic State group, hundreds more than the number the U.S.-led coalition claims over the entire four-year campaign against IS, Amnesty International and a London-based watchdog group said Thursday. […]

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China tries to allay fears over BRI, says it’s not an exclusive club

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping on Friday sought to ease global concerns over debt traps and regional hegemony by China using the BRI project, saying his ambitious infrastructure project “is not an exclusive club” and vowed that it will have complete transparency and “zero tolerance” for corruption.In his inaugural address to the 2nd Belt and Road […]

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Trump Baby Blimp To Soar Again For President’s UK Visit

President Donald Trump ― both the man and the blimp ― will return to the United Kingdom in June for the commander in chief’s official state visit. CNN confirmed on Wednesday the 20-foot “Trump Baby” balloon will soar above London, portraying the president as a diapered, tantrum-throwing infant. Leo Murray, one of the organizers behind […]

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North Korea’s Kim says hopes for ‘successful’ Putin summit

MOSCOW: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said after crossing into Russia on Wednesday that he was looking forward to having a useful and successful summit with President Vladimir Putin.“I hope that this visit will be successful and useful, and I hope that during the talks … I will be able to have concrete discussions […]

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Death Toll Rises To 359 In Sri Lanka Bombings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The death toll from the Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 359, police said Wednesday, as the country’s leaders vowed to overhaul the security apparatus amid a series of intelligence lapses before the attacks. U.S. Ambassador Alaina Teplitz, meanwhile, told reporters that “clearly there was some failure in […]

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Trump says Congress ‘can’t impeach’ him

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Monday that Congress “can’t impeach” him over the findings of the Mueller report into Russian election meddling and his alleged attempts to hamper the investigation.Defiantly insisting that he did nothing wrong, Trump also denied a portrait of dysfunction in the White House where disobedient aides are said to have […]

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Sudan tensions escalate after talks with military break down

KHARTOUM (SUDAN): Tensions are rising in Sudan after talks broke down between protesters and the country’s military rulers who earlier in April ousted President Omar al-Bashir after months of street protests against his rule.Large crowds lit up the night sky with their cellphones, singing and chanting as protest leaders delivered fiery speeches in the capital, […]

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Holy Land Catholics condemn deadly Sri Lanka blasts

JERUSALEM: The Catholic Church in the Holy Land has voiced support for Sri Lanka‘s Christians and condemned Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels there that killed at least 156 people.A statement issued in Jerusalem said the blasts were particularly sad as they “came while Christians celebrate Easter.”“We pray for the souls of the victims […]

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Soccer Stars Boycotting Social Media To Protest Racism Receive Racist Abuse

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Soccer players in England boycotting social media in a protest against racism were targeted with abuse about the 24-hour campaign. Talks with the social media companies are now being urgently sought by the Professional Footballers Association, which coordinated the “Enough” campaign to demand a crackdown on racism by the platforms. There […]