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North Korea tells US that Kim Jong Un ready to discuss nukes

A TV screen showing file footages of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. International Desk : North Korea’s government has communicated with the United States to say that leader Kim Jong Un is ready to discuss his nuclear weapons program with President Donald Trump, officials said Sunday, increasing the likelihood that the unprecedented summit ...

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Hungary’s Viktor Orban expected to win 4th term in election

  International Desk : Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is expected to win his third consecutive term, and fourth overall since 1998, as voting stations opened across the country for the election of 199 parliamentary deputies. Polls agree on the triumph of Orban’s Fidesz party and its allied Christian Democrats, but a splintered opposition and Hungary’s complex electoral system make ...

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Canada reels: 15 die when truck, hockey team bus collide  

International Desk : A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14 in a catastrophic collision that left a country and its national sport heartbroken. The crash sent shockwaves through the team’s small hometown. Canadians were moved to tears on as they learned of the identities of the deceased ...

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1 killed in fire at Trump Tower in New York

International Desk : A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower on Saturday killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president’s namesake skyscraper. New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause of the blaze is not yet known but the apartment was “virtually entirely on fire” ...

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Activists, medics: Gas attack near Syrian capital kills 40

International Desk : Syrian activists, rescuers and medics said Sunday that a poison gas attack on a rebel-held town near the capital has killed at least 40 people, allegations denied by the Syrian government. The alleged attack in the town of Douma occurred late Saturday amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce. The ...

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Canada police say 14 dead after hockey bus crash

International Desk : Canadian police say 14 people were killed in a bus crash involving a junior hockey team in Western Canada. Police said early Saturday another 14 were injured, three of them critically. The bus was carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. It collided with a transport truck in Saskatchewan. The team was on its ...

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NKorea-Squeezed by Beijing

China applies its own maximum pressure policy on Pyongyang International Desk : As the U.S.-North Korea summit looms, President Donald Trump’s maximum pressure policy on North Korea may be working — thanks to China. Beijing appears to have gone well beyond U.N. sanctions on its unruly neighbor, reducing its total imports from North Korea in the first two months this ...

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Migrant caravan winds up, Mexico calls in US ambassador

International Desk : Central American migrants headed to Mexico City late Friday to give thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the last stop for many on a caravan that drew criticism from President Donald Trump. The caravan itself never intended to reach the U.S. border. But Mexico has given many participants transit or humanitarian visas which could allow some to ...

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Gaza violence is latest salvo in war of narratives

  International Desk : Thousands of Palestinians took part in a mass protest along Gaza’s volatile border with Israel, the second large-scale demonstration in what is expected to be a steady turnout over the coming weeks. More than 30 Palestinians were killed and hundreds more wounded by Israeli fire in mass protests on Friday and the previous week. Gaza’s Hamas ...

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Arizona, Texas send 400 troops to border after Trump’s call

  International Desk : Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they would send 400 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border by next week in response to President Donald Trump’s call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said about 150 Guard members would deploy next week. And the Texas National Guard said it ...

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