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AP sources: WH aide dismisses McCain view, says 'he's dying'

AP sources: WH aide dismisses McCain view, says 'he's dying'

WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House official dismissed Sen. John McCain's opposition to President Donald Trump's CIA nominee, saying "it doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway," two people in the room told The Associated Press. Kelly Sadler was discussing McCain's opposition to Trump's...

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Chatter grows about Trump's Nobel Peace Prize prospects

Chatter grows about Trump's Nobel Peace Prize prospects

(AP) — Barack Obama won it.  So did Jimmy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Now, President Donald Trump's supporters are pushing for him to be the next U.S. leader to win the Nobel Peace Prize — a move that's being met by smirks and eye rolls in Europe, where Trump...

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Gazans rally near Israel border in blockade-busting campaign

Gazans rally near Israel border in blockade-busting campaign

(AP) — Gaza activists burned tires near the sealed border with Israel on Friday in a seventh weekly protest aimed at shaking off a decade-old blockade of their territory. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas volleys from the other side of the border fence. The protest came just three days...

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US 'wrong' to abandon Iran nuclear deal: Erdogan, Putin

US 'wrong' to abandon Iran nuclear deal: Erdogan, Putin

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed it was "wrong" for the United States to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, a Turkish presidential source said late Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday defied the wishes of world powers when...

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Putin, Merkel reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal: Kremlin

Putin, Merkel reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal: Kremlin

 Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation Friday reaffirmed their commitment to preserving the Iran nuclear deal after the U.S. pulled out of it, the Kremlin said. "The situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action...

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Gaza protester wounded in border demonstration

Gaza protester wounded in border demonstration

Israeli troops shot and wounded a Palestinian protester in Gaza, Palestinian medical workers said, as demonstrators arrived for the last Friday of a six-week protest at the Gaza-Israel border. Organizers of the protest, called the "Great March of Return," said they expected tens of...

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UN’s Palestine refugee agency starts fundraising drive

UN’s Palestine refugee agency starts fundraising drive

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has begun a global fundraising campaign after the U.S. administration reduced financial aid to the organization earlier this year.    UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl told Anadolu Agency on Thursday that...

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Mahathir sworn in as Malaysia’s 7th prime minister

Mahathir sworn in as Malaysia’s 7th prime minister

Mahathir Mohamad, who led an opposition alliance to a surprise victory in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections, has been sworn in as seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia on Thursday.  The 92-year-old Mahathir was sworn in at a ceremony held at the State Palace.  In a...

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 Iran does not want 'new tensions' in Mideast: Rouhani

Iran does not want 'new tensions' in Mideast: Rouhani

   Iran does not want "new tensions" in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday in a telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "Iran has always sought to reduce tensions in the region, trying to strengthen security and stability," Rouhani said,...

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Trump to meet with North Korea's Kim on June 12 in Singapore

Trump to meet with North Korea's Kim on June 12 in Singapore

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a historic summit on June 12 in Singapore where the U.S. leader will try to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons. It will be the first ever summit between the leaders of the two...

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Germany wants to keep Iran nuclear deal, Merkel urges de-escalation

Germany wants to keep Iran nuclear deal, Merkel urges de-escalation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Iran's president that she supports maintaining a big-power nuclear accord, following the withdrawal of the United States, as long as Tehran upholds its side of the deal, her office said Thursday. In a telephone call with Hassan Rouhani, Merkel...

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Heads of Armenian security service, police dismissed at new PM's request

Heads of Armenian security service, police dismissed at new PM's request

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has dismissed the head of the security service and the police chief at the request of newly elected Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the presidential press service said on Thursday. Opposition leader Pashinyan was elected Armenia's prime minister by...

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Trump gives freed Americans flag-waving, wee-hours welcome

Trump gives freed Americans flag-waving, wee-hours welcome

Staging a made-for-TV, still-of-the-night arrival ceremony, President Donald Trump welcomed home three Americans freed by North Korea and declared their release a sign of promise toward his goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. Speaking early Thursday on an air base tarmac with...

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Malaysia's Mahathir says expects to be sworn in as PM on Thursday

Malaysia's Mahathir says expects to be sworn in as PM on Thursday

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he expects to be sworn in as prime minister on Thursday because his opposition coalition has the support of the majority of members of Parliament. Mahathir said his coalition will have the support of 135 members of Malaysia's...

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Pompeo to immediately pursue talks with allies on Iran - US officials

Pompeo to immediately pursue talks with allies on Iran - US officials

Immediately on returning from North Korea on Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will embark on talks with allies in Europe, the Middle East and Asia to try to persuade them to press Iran to curb its nuclear and missile programs, U.S. officials said. The open question is whether...

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Trump’s opposite approaches to Iran, NKorea

Trump’s opposite approaches to Iran, NKorea

Just as U.S. President Donald Trump reached one hand out to North Korea, he yanked the other back from Iran. The president’s dramatic withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal was the most vivid illustration to date of how his impulses and capricious instincts tend to pull him in paradoxical...

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ICC seeks UN help in arresting 3 Libyan fugitives

ICC seeks UN help in arresting 3 Libyan fugitives

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor requested help from the United Nations Security Council Wednesday to arrest three fugitives in Libya, including military strongman Khalifa Haftar and a son of the late leader Moammar Gadhafi. During a U.N. Security Council meeting,...

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US-North Korea summit will not be at demilitarized zone: Trump

US-North Korea summit will not be at demilitarized zone: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will announce the site for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un within three days and it will not be held at the demilitarized zone along the border between the two Koreas. "It will not be there," he told reporters at the start of a...

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