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Former world leaders warn against Israel annexation plan

Former world leaders warn against Israel annexation plan

United Nations:  A group of former world leaders urged European leaders on Friday to keep pressuring Israel against annexation of parts of the West Bank, warning against complacency after Israel made no move to take over the territory on July 1. The Elders, founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, said in letters to the leaders […]

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Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial (US):  At the foot of Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump made a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day, accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”       The president […]

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US envoy forges ahead with troubled Taliban peace deal

US envoy forges ahead with troubled Taliban peace deal

Islamabad:  Washington’s envoy to Afghanistan stressed Saturday the economic benefits of the peace deal with the Taliban, forging ahead with an agreement that has run into new political obstacles both in the US and regionally. Zalmay Khalilzad was wrapping up a week-long trip that included stops in Uzbekistan, Pakistan and the Gulf state of Qatar, […]

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Netanyahu signals delay in West Bank annexation plan

Netanyahu signals delay in West Bank annexation plan

Jerusalem:  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that discussions with the US on his plan to annex occupied West Bank territory would continue “in the coming days”, indicating he would miss a July 1 target date for beginning the controversial process. Netanyahu made the comments on Tuesday shortly after wrapping up talks with White House […]

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After security law’s passage, Hong Kong marks China rule

After security law’s passage, Hong Kong marks China rule

Hong Kong:  Hong Kong’s leader strongly endorsed the new security law China’s central government is imposing on the semi-autonomous territory in her speech marking Wednesday’s anniversary of its handover from colonial Britain. “This decision was necessary and timely to maintain Hong Kong’s stability,” Carrie Lam said. A pro-democracy political party, The League of Social Democrats, […]

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Divided West can do little as China tightens up on Hong Kong

Divided West can do little as China tightens up on Hong Kong

London:  From Tokyo to Brussels, political leaders have swiftly decried Beijing’s move to impose a tough national security law on Hong Kong that cracks down on subversive activity and protest in the semi-autonomous territory. But the rhetoric has more bark than bite. For people in Hong Kong, the question is: Will international anger and statements […]

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Israel undeterred by international opposition to annexation

Israel undeterred by international opposition to annexation

Jerusalem:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out his pledge to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, possibly as soon as Wednesday. His vision of redrawing the map of the Holy Land, in line with President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan, has been welcomed by Israel’s religious and nationalist right wing […]

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UN and West spar with Russia over cross-border aid to Syria

UN and West spar with Russia over cross-border aid to Syria

United Nations:  The UN humanitarian chief has warned that a halt to cross-border aid deliveries to the last rebel stronghold in Syria would cause “suffering and death,” but Syria’s ally Russia accused the UN and Western nations of trying to “sabotage” assistance from within Syria. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock told the UN Security […]

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Afghan official: Bomb, mortars kill 23 civilians in Helmand

Afghan official: Bomb, mortars kill 23 civilians in Helmand

Kabul:  A statement form a provincial governor’s office in southern Afghanistan says that at least 23 people, including children, have been killed in a car bomb and mortar attack at a busy market in southern Helmand province. Both the Taliban and the Afghan military are blaming each other for the attack on Monday in Sangin […]

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Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help

Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help

Tehran:  Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, a local prosecutor reportedly said on Monday. While Trump faces no danger of arrest, the charges underscore the heightened […]

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