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OPCW confirms visit to site of alleged chemical attack in Syria

© John Thys / AFP The collected samples will be sent to OPCW’s laboratory in Rijswijk, Netherlands and then “dispatched for analysis to the OPCW’s designated labs,” the mission said in a statement. The watchdog said it would “evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma.”   The OPCW team […]

Russian FM Lavrov says US using sanctions as blackmail against Turkey over S-400 deal

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Russian FM Lavrov says US using sanctions as blackmail against Turkey over S-400 deal

File image of Russian S-400 Triumf air defence system. (Reuters Photo) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that the U.S. was openly blackmailing Turkey with its threats, commenting on the latest S-400 comments of Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchel. Mitchell said Wednesday that if Turkey is to […]

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France rejects ‘vain and pointless’ trade fight with China

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France rejects ‘vain and pointless’ trade fight with China

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire. Photo: AFP France criticized Washington’s trade tactics on Friday, demanding Europe be permanently exempt from US steel tariffs, while refusing to be drawn into a “vain and pointless” trade fight with China. “We will not be satisfied with a provisional exemption,” French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said on […]

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China welcomes North Korea’s move to halt nuclear tests

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China welcomes North Korea’s move to halt nuclear tests

FILE PHOTO: Kim Jong Un in Beijing © KCNA / Reuters China has welcomed North Korea’s decision to halt its nuclear and ballistic missiles tests, expressing hope that Pyongyang will further follow the path of “denuclearization” and “political settlement” on the Korean Peninsula. “Denuclearization of the peninsula and lasting peace in the region are in […]

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Anger in Iran as ‘morality police’ scuffle video goes viral

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Anger in Iran as ‘morality police’ scuffle video goes viral

Iran’s regulations oblige women to completely cover their hair [File: Raheb Homavandi/Reuters] Clip of young woman being beaten by officers during argument over headscarf seen as reflection of recurrent struggle. Tehran, Iran – The so-called morality police here are facing a wave of criticism after a video showing female officers violently scuffling with a young […]

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North Korea decides to suspend nuclear, missile tests, shut down atomic test site

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North Korea decides to suspend nuclear, missile tests, shut down atomic test site

A photo released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state news agency of North Korea, shows a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea held on under the guidance of Kim Jong-un, chairman of the WPK and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of […]

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Man involved in killing four Saudi security guards identified

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Man involved in killing four Saudi security guards identified

Shihri lived with his parents and 11 siblings about an hour away from the checkpoint that he attacked. (Supplied) The Saudi ministry of interior said on Thursday that an armed man was killed and two others arrested after four security personnel were killed, and four others wounded in Asir. The security spokesman of the Saudi […]

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Moon, Kim connected with direct hotline

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Moon, Kim connected with direct hotline

A hotline connecting President Moon Jae-in to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been installed, Cheong Wa Dae said Friday, one week ahead of their historic April 27 summit. It said the direct communication line was set up between Moon’s office and Kim’s office at the State Affairs Commission. Kim serves as the commission chairman. […]

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Woman denied French citizenship for ‘refusing to shake official’s hand’

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Woman denied French citizenship for ‘refusing to shake official’s hand’

Photo: AFP A woman was denied French nationality after refusing to shake hands with officials during the official citizenship ceremony, it has been reported this week. The Algerian woman was attending the official ceremony in Isere south east France after her successfully applying for citizenship via her marriage to a French national. But she “expressly […]

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No reason not to supply S-300 missiles to Assad, Russian FM Lavrov says

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No reason not to supply S-300 missiles to Assad, Russian FM Lavrov says

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a joint media conference with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok (unseen) following their talks in Moscow, April 13, 2018. (EPA Photo) US. military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Bashar Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey […]

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