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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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Trump UN Pick Kelly Craft Says Climate Change A Threat To Planet

US President Donald Trump’s pick to be United Nations ambassador acknowledged on Wednesday that climate change is a threat and pledged to recuse herself from any UN talks on the issue involving coal because her husband is a coal billionaire. Speaking before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, …

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US Navy Says Mine Fragments Suggest Iran Behind Gulf Tanker Attack

Fujairah, UAE:  The United States sought on Wednesday to bolster its case for isolating Iran over its nuclear and regional activities by displaying limpet mine fragments it said came from a damaged oil tanker and saying the ordnance looked Iranian in origin. Iran has denied involvement in explosive strikes on …

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Has “The Sacrificial Lamb” Arrived?: New Recordings In Khashoggi Murder

Riyadh:  Moments before Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered last October, two of his suspected murderers waiting at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate fretted about the task at hand, according to a UN report published on Wednesday. Will it “be possible to put the trunk in a bag?” asked …

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Record 70.8 Million People Displaced At End Of 2018: UN

Geneva:  More than 70 million people were counted last year as displaced from their homes, a record that underestimates the real number of refugees and asylum seekers, the UN said Wednesday.  In its annual global trends report, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) described the figure of 70.8 million at …

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Egypt Accuses UN Of Trying To “Politicise” Ex-President’s Death

Cairo:  Egypt accused the United Nations on Wednesday of seeking to “politicise” the death of the country’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi by calling for an “independent inquiry”. Foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said he condemned “in the strongest terms” the call by the spokesman for the UN High …

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Pilots Tell US Congress More Training Needed On 737 Max

New York:  US pilots called Wednesday for enhanced pilot training on the Boeing 737 MAX before the aircraft is returned to service after being grounded worldwide following two deadly crashes. The pilots — including Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, who famously landed a damaged plane on the Hudson River in New …

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“From Economy To Cricket, It Is All Depressing”: Pakistan Chief Justice

Islamabad:  Pakistan’s chief justice Asif Saeed Khosa Wednesday lamented that Pakistanis were only hearing “depressing” news these days — on the state of the economy, politics and even from the cricket field. Addressing a ceremony to highlight the work of model courts in Pakistan, the Chief Justice of Pakistan said …

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Imran Khan Trolled After He Quotes Rabindranath Tagore As Khalil Gibran

Islamabad:  Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday was trolled after he posted a quote by Rabindranath Tagore on his official Twitter account, but attributed it to Lebanese writer and poet Khalil Gibran. Mr Khan posted the inspirational quote on Twitter that read, “I slept and I dreamed that life …

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