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US Man Gets Life In Jail For Killing Muslim Couple, Relative In 2015

A North Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty on Wednesday to the murders of three young Muslims in a 2015 case that drew the condemnation of then-President Barack Obama. Craig Hicks, 50, accepted the sentence after prosecutors in Durham declined to …

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Zuckerberg May Have Known Of Facebook’s Suspect Privacy Practices: Report

Facebook Inc emails appear to show Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s involvement in discussions about its much criticized privacy practices, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The newspaper said reporters had not seen the emails and relied on unnamed people. The report said …

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Eye On China, US Seeks $30 Million For South Asia Security Project

Washington:  With an eye on countering increasing Chinese influence in key South Asian countries, the Trump administration has sought $30 million for what it has described as “Bay of Bengal” security initiative to provide foreign military financing to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives. This is in addition to the …

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Saudi Prince’s Sister Ordered Bodyguard To Beat Up Worker, Faces Trial

Paris:  The sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is to be put on trial in Paris next month for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to beat up a workman in the French capital, a legal source told AFP on Wednesday. The case against Princess Hassa bint Salman stems from …

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Donald Trump Says “In No Rush” To Make Nuclear Deal With North Korea

Washington:  U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was “in no rush” to make a deal with North Korea to get it to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, and touted what he called his positive relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “I think we’re going to do …

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Britain To Become First G7 Country With Net Zero Emissions Target

London:  Britain has announced it will enshrine a new commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 into law, marking a first among G7 nations facing increasingly severe impacts from the climate crisis. With global carbon emissions at record highs despite decades of talks aimed at bringing them …

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Donald Trump’s Son Questioned By Senators, Says Unconcerned About Perjury

Washington:  Donald Trump Jr wrapped up a return interview Wednesday with US lawmakers who questioned him about his contacts with Russians, with the president’s eldest son dismissing concerns he may have perjured himself in his 2017 testimony. The 41-year-old appeared relaxed as he emerged from a three-hour closed-door session with …

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Donald Trump Says He Has “A Feeling” US Will Make Trade Deal With China

Washington:  US President Donald Trump voiced confidence Wednesday that the United States and China would strike a deal in their high-stakes trade standoff. The two countries have hit each other with steep tariffs on more than $360 billion in bilateral trade, rattling global financial markets. “I have a feeling that …

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WHO To Hold Emergency Meeting After Ebola Spreads To Uganda

Geneva:  The World Health Organization said Wednesday that a key emergency committee would meet following confirmation that an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo had spread to neighbouring Uganda. The panel will meet on Friday to determine whether to declare the outbreak “a public health emergency of international concern,” …

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Kim Jong Un Sends Sister With Letter To Break Ice With South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent his sister to the border with South Korea on Wednesday to offer condolences for the death of a former first lady, in the first significant interaction between the two countries in months. Kim Jong Un’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, who holds a …

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