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France is US’ ally, not its vassal state, Macron tells Trump

Paris (Web Desk) French President Emmanuel Macron has hit back at his US counterpart Donald Trump’s recent Twitter attacks, saying France is an ally of the US, not its vassal state. “What I want you to understand is simply that the United States is our historic ally and will continue …

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Boko Haram kills 16 in Nigeria: militia

Abuja (Web Desk) Boko Haram militants have killed at least 16 farmers and left dozens missing in the latest attacks in restive northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, militia and residents said on Wednesday. The civilian militia fighting the militants found 15 bodies in fields around Kazaa and Daraa villages, five kilometres …

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Pentagon endorses non-military solution for Afghanistan, says State Dept

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Both civil and military officials in the United States believe that there’s no military solution to the Afghan conflict and that’s why Washington is committed to a peace deal between Kabul and the Taliban, says the US State Department. US special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, is currently …

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Fox News, others back CNN over White House access

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Media groups including Fox News joined CNN’s legal battle on Wednesday to restore the White House pass of a banned chief correspondent, as Donald Trump’s administration argued it had a broad right to allow or deny press access to the US president. Fox, which is controlled by Trump …

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US to squeeze Iranians ‘very hard’: John Bolton

Washington (Web Desk) US National Security Adviser John Bolton says his country will keep up pressure on Iran after imposing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic early this month. Bolton said on Tuesday that Washington’s ultimate aim was to zero Iran’s oil exports despite backing down on the pledge after …

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Germany’s Chancellor Merkel calls for ‘real, true’ European army

Berlin (Web Desk) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a “real and true” European Union military force, echoing earlier remarks by French leader Emmanuel Macron which US President Donald Trump described as “very insulting.” Addressing Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the northeastern French city of Strasbourg on …

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US Senate considers legislation to punish Saudi Arabia

Washington (Web Desk) The US Senate is expected to vote on legislation aimed at punishing Saudi Arabia over its brutal war on Yemen as well as the murder of a dissident journalist at its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, …

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3 civilians killed in terrorist attack on UN contractor in Mali

Somalia (Web Desk) At least three Malian civilians were killed and four foreigners working for a UN-contracted mine-clearing operation wounded in a suicide attack on Monday in the country’s violence-hit north, the security ministry and other official sources said. The attack, claimed by a group linked to Al-Qaeda, took place …

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UN Security Council meets on Gaza violence

UNITED NATIONS, UNITED STATES (Web Desk) The UN Security Council met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip but there was no agreement on how to address the crisis, diplomats said. Kuwait, which represents Arab countries at the council, and Bolivia requested the …

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Hate crimes surged in Trump’s first year: FBI

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Hate crimes surged 17 per cent in the United States in Donald Trump’s first year as president, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a new report on Tuesday. The FBI said that 7,175 hate crimes were reported during 2017, compared to 6,121 in 2016. Hate crimes of …

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