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New Zealand’s “Buy-Back” Scheme For Guns Banned After Christchurch Attack

Wellington:  New Zealand’s government on Thursday launched a multibillion-dollar, six-month “buy-back” scheme to compensate owners of powerful but newly banned semi-automatic weapons prohibited in the wake of deadly attacks on two mosques in the Southern city of Christchurch. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Minister of Police Stuart Nash said in …

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He Told Women He Could Help Them, Was Found Guilty Of Leading A Sex Cult

The man who claimed to be a self-help guru, but actually ran what authorities called a cult-like secret society of “sex slaves,” was found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking on Wednesday. The verdict ended a six-week trial that revealed haunting details about Keith Raniere and his Albany, New York-area …

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US Senate To Vote On Blocking $8.1 Billion Saudi Arms Sales

Washington:  The US Senate will vote Thursday on whether to block $8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, a lawmaker said, as legislators’ outrage with the kingdom grows. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Mitch McConnell, the leader …

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South Korea Urges North Korea Summit Before Donald Trump’s Seoul Visit

Washington:  South Korea on Wednesday urged North Korea to hold another summit with its leader ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to Seoul next week, while the United States said its door remained “wide open” for talks with Pyongyang. US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun, speaking at …

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“Nothing New”: Saudi Arabia Rebuffs Report on Jamal Khashoggi Murder

Riyadh:  Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs on Wednesday rejected a UN report that said there is credible evidence Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-level officials are liable for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “Nothing new… The rapporteur in the human rights council repeats in …

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Facebook Called Before US Senate Panel Over Digital Currency Project

Washington:  Facebook’s plans to create a global cryptocurrency will face scrutiny from the US Senate Banking Committee on July 16, the latest sign that policymakers around the globe are casting a wary eye on the project. The hearing will explore the project, dubbed Libra, as well as any data privacy …

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“OBJECTION!” Ex-Trump Aide Hope Hicks Tight-Lipped In US House Interview

Washington:  Hope Hicks, formerly one of President Donald Trump’s closest aides, repeatedly declined to answer questions on Wednesday in an interview with US congressional investigators, with lawyers at her side carefully orchestrating her responses. Democrats said Hicks’ responses during the eight-hour session to questions from members of the House Judiciary …

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Xi Jinping Heads To North Korea To Meet Kim Jong Un Ahead Of Trump Talks

Pyongyang:  Chinese President Xi Jinping makes a historic trip to Pyongyang on Thursday, rebooting a troubled alliance as he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un face their own challenges with US President Donald Trump. Xi will be the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years after …

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Trump’s Big Show On July 4: Patriotic Speech Or Campaign Rally?

Washington:  President Donald Trump plans a speech at the Lincoln Memorial and a possible Air Force One flyover for an amped-up Independence Day celebration in Washington, drawing criticism that he wants to transform a traditionally nonpartisan, national event into a political rally. The Trump administration said on Wednesday that this …

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US Sex Cult Leader Who Starved, Branded Women With His Initials Convicted

New York:  Keith Raniere, a New York man accused of running a cult-like group in which women were kept on starvation diets, branded with his initials and ordered to have sex with him, was found guilty of all charges against him by a New York jury on Wednesday. Raniere, 58, …

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