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Yemen’s warring parties meet for 3rd day of talks in Sweden

Yemen’s warring parties meet for 3rd day of talks in Sweden

Yemen’s warring parties are meeting for a third day of talks in Sweden aimed at halting the country’s catastrophic 4-year-old war. Both the internationally recognized government, which is backed by a U.S.-sponsored and Saudi-led coalition, and the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels say they...

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Palestine, France sign agreements in various fields

Palestine, France sign agreements in various fields

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and his French counterpart have signed agreements in various fields, Palestine’s Foreign Ministry said early Saturday. The agreements were signed during Maliki’s visit to the French capital, where he met with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le...

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US: Prosecutors seek substantial sentence for Cohen

US: Prosecutors seek substantial sentence for Cohen

U.S. President Donald Trump's former attorney should receive a substantial prison term for paying hush money to women on his behalf and numerous finance-related crimes, federal prosecutors said Friday. Prosecutors from the Southern District of New York filed a sentencing memo for...

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Trump: Ex-State Secretary Tillerson 'dumb as a rock'

Trump: Ex-State Secretary Tillerson 'dumb as a rock'

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to attack former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after he said Trump asked him to do things that were against the law. Trump praised the man now in the post, Mike Pompeo, and went on to say Tillerson lacked the capabilities to be...

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Russia ready to extend TurkStream to Greece: Putin

Russia ready to extend TurkStream to Greece: Putin

Russia is ready to extend the TurkStream natural gas pipeline to Greece, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. Speaking at a joint news conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Putin reminded that a pipeline from Greece to Italy has yet to be filled with gas and...

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Merkel loyalist to replace her as leader of Germany's CDU party

Merkel loyalist to replace her as leader of Germany's CDU party

The contest, which required a runoff vote to secure a 52-percent majority for AKK as she is known, is expected to increase the likelihood that Merkel will be able to see out her fourth term until 2021. AKK, 56, pledged to maintain continuity after 18 years of Merkel at the helm while...

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US takes aim at UN migration pact ahead of conference

US takes aim at UN migration pact ahead of conference

The United States on Friday took a fresh swipe at a UN migration pact that it shunned a year ago, just days before an international conference in Morocco to endorse the accord. In a lengthy national statement, the United States said the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular...

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#MeToo takes fight for gender equality to new heights: UN Women chief

#MeToo takes fight for gender equality to new heights: UN Women chief

The global #MeToo campaign has taken the battle for women's rights to "where we have never been before", the head of the UN's agency for gender equality told AFP during her first official visit to Pakistan Friday. "The challenge for you and me now is to keep it going," Dr Phumzile...

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Germany's Merkel to deliver Harvard commencement address

Germany's Merkel to deliver Harvard commencement address

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be the commencement speaker at graduation ceremonies for Harvard University in May of next year, the university announced on Friday. "Angela Merkel is one of the most widely admired and broadly influential statespeople of our time," Harvard president...

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British Golden Globe sailor rescued in Pacific: official

British Golden Globe sailor rescued in Pacific: official

British Golden Globe Race sailor Susie Goodall was plucked from a stormy Southern Ocean by a Chinese ship on Friday, a day after her yacht was dismasted, Chile's Maritime Rescue Services told AFP. Goodall "was rescued at 1500 GMT and is already on the ship heading to Punta Arenas," in...

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The end of an era as Germany’s Merkel gives up party leadership

The end of an era as Germany’s Merkel gives up party leadership

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hand off leadership of her party Friday after nearly two decades at the helm, with the race wide open between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival. The contest’s outcome is expected to be crucial in deciding whether Merkel, Europe’s most...

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Gypsy girl mosaic pieces to be displayed in native home

Gypsy girl mosaic pieces to be displayed in native home

Missing pieces of the famed “Gypsy girl mosaic” are to be displayed in a temporary public exhibit in its original home in Turkey’s southeast, officials said on Friday. Arriving in their native Zeugma, Gaziantep last month, the pieces will be opened to temporary public viewing...

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Key Hezbollah financier pleads guilty in US

Key Hezbollah financier pleads guilty in US

Lebanese businessman Kassim Tajideen, designated by U.S. authorities as an important financial supporter of Hezbollah, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to evading sanctions against him, a Justice Department statement said. Tajideen, 63, pleaded guilty before a Washington court...

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Sudanese government, rebel groups to resume peace talks

Sudanese government, rebel groups to resume peace talks

The Sudanese government and two Darfur-based rebel movements signed an agreement Thursday in Berlin to resume peace talks. The parties agreed to resume negotiations in Qatar in January, the German Foreign Ministry said in a statement. German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass welcomed...

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Deposed aide to Saudi crown prince accused of role in female activists' torture

Deposed aide to Saudi crown prince accused of role in female activists' torture

A top aide to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, fired for his role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, personally oversaw the torture of at least one detained female activist earlier this year, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Saud al-Qahtani was a royal adviser...

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Palestine hails UN rejection of anti-Hamas resolution

Palestine hails UN rejection of anti-Hamas resolution

The Palestinian Authority on Friday welcomed the rejection of UN General Assembly of a U.S. draft resolution condemning Palestinian resistance group Hamas.  In a statement, the Ramallah-based authority thanked member states that voted against the U.S. draft.  "We will...

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Aquarius ship to end migrant rescues, say MSF and SOS Méditerranée

Aquarius ship to end migrant rescues, say MSF and SOS Méditerranée

MSF and SOS Méditerranée announced Thursday they will be ending the operations of the Aquarius migrant rescue ship, which has become a lightning rod for the controversy surrounding Europe's policies on accepting migrants. MSF (Médecins sans frontières or Doctors Without Borders) and...

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Algerian army seizes 11 missiles near border with Mali

Algerian army seizes 11 missiles near border with Mali

Algerian military discovered a hideout containing 11 missiles near the border with Mali, the Defense Ministry announced Thursday. "After a search operation in Bordj Badji Mokhtar town, an ammunition cache was found containing 11 anti-tank missiles," said the ministry without disclosing...

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