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Russia, Turkey, Iran ink deal on safe zones in Syria

Russia, Turkey, Iran ink deal on safe zones in Syria

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ASTANA, Kazakhstan: Syrian regime allies Russia and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey signed a memorandum on a Moscow-backed plan to create safe zones in Syria to bolster a fragile truce. However, a member of the rebel delegation left the room, shouting against regime ally Iran. The Syrian government and rebel…

North Korea accuses CIA of plot to assassinate Kim Jong-Un

North Korea accuses CIA of plot to assassinate Kim Jong-Un

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SEOUL: North Korea accused the CIA of plotting with South Korea to assassinate leader Kim Jong-Un, amid soaring tensions in the flashpoint region. The CIA and Seoul’s Intelligence Services have “hatched a vicious plot” involving unspecified “biochemical substances” to kill the hermit state’s young leader during public ceremonial events in…

82 freed Chibok schoolgirls arrive in Nigeria’s capital

82 freed Chibok schoolgirls arrive in Nigeria’s capital

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ABUJA, Nigeria: Five Boko Haram terrorists have been released in exchange for the freedom of 82 Chibok schoolgirls, says a Nigerian government official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to reporters on the matter. The confirmation of the prisoner swap comes a…

Moon’s rise to power in South Korea causes worries, hopes abroad

Moon’s rise to power in South Korea causes worries, hopes abroad

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SEOUL, South Korea: Which of South Korea’s neighbors and allies stand to benefit most from liberal Moon Jae-in’s ascension to the presidency this week? It might be North Korea, which sees Moon as an advocate of a softer approach to ridding the North of nuclear weapons. This in turn could…

US sends dozens of troops to Somalia, 1st time in decades

US sends dozens of troops to Somalia, 1st time in decades

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MOGADISHU, Somalia: The US military is sending dozens of regular troops to Somalia in the largest such deployment to the Horn of Africa country in roughly two decades. The United States pulled out of Somalia after 1993, when two helicopters were shot down in the capital, Mogadishu, and bodies of…

North Korea rolls out missiles, other weaponry at parade

North Korea rolls out missiles, other weaponry at parade

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PYONGYANG: North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang, with ruler Kim Jong Un looking on with delight as his nation flaunted its increasingly sophisticated military hardware amid rising tensions across the region. Kim did not speak during the annual parade, which celebrates…

Australia abolishes visa programme popular with Indians

Australia abolishes visa programme popular with Indians

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MELBOURNE: Australia abolished a visa programme used by over 95,000 temporary foreign workers, majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment in the country. The programme known as 457 visa allows business to employ foreign workers for a period up to four years in skilled jobs where there is…

North Korea fails in new missile test: US military

North Korea fails in new missile test: US military

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SEOUL: The US military detected a failed North Korean missile launch attempt, with a missile exploding within seconds of its launch, a US military spokesman said. South Korea said the apparent North Korean test launch did not go off normally. But the US military statement shed more light on the…

North Korea maintains readiness for nuclear test at any time: South Korea

North Korea maintains readiness for nuclear test at any time: South Korea

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SEOUL: North Korea has maintained readiness to conduct a new nuclear test at any time, a South Korean military official said, amid a report of a possible test within days as Pyongyang defies international pressure. US and South Korean military surveillance assets were closely monitoring the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test…

South Korea prosecutors seek arrest of ex-president Park

South Korea prosecutors seek arrest of ex-president Park

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SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors sought an arrest warrant for ousted president , they said, days after questioning her over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down. Park, 65, had her removal from office confirmed by the country’s top court earlier this month, ending her executive immunity,…

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