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Trump fires Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had replaced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, ousting the embattled top diplomat after a series of public rifts. Trump announced the Cabinet shakeup on Twitter and said he had tapped the CIA’s deputy director, Gina Haspel, to replace Pompeo at the intelligence agency. Tillerson’s departure ...

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11 killed as Turkish jet carrying hen party crashes in Iran

Eleven women were killed when a private plane crashed in Iran while flying the daughter of a prominent Turkish businessman and her friends back from a hen party, officials and media reports said on Monday. The Bombardier Challenger 604, carrying Mina Basaran and seven of her friends back from the United Arab Emirates, went down in southwestern Iran on Sunday ...

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50 Dead As Bangladesh Passenger Plane With 71 On Board Crash-Lands Near

Fifty people were killed after a Bangladeshi plane with 67 passengers on board crashed near Kathmandu airport on Monday as it was coming in to land, officials said, as firefighters battled to extinguish the burning wreckage and rescue passengers. An army spokesperson in Kathmandu said 50 people have been killed, news agency Reuters reported. Live footage posted on Facebook showed ...

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US officials: NKorea will face no more conditions for talks

Trump administration officials say there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation’s leaders beyond the North’s promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticize U.S.-South Korean military exercises. The officials’ comments Sunday followed the surprise announcement last week that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet ...

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Plane flying from UAE to Turkey crashes in Iran, killing 11

A Turkish private jet flying a group of young women from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul crashed Sunday in heavy rain in a mountainous region of Iran, killing all 11 people on board, authorities said. Days earlier, the doomed aircraft carried a bachelorette party bound for Dubai, although it was not clear who was on the plane when it ...

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Xi Jinping’s rule shatters hopes for China’s liberalization

When American scholar Orville Schell first visited China in 1975, Mao Zedong was leading the country through the tumultuous Cultural Revolution, when Chinese were being shamed, beaten and even killed for perceived political mistakes. Four years later, Schell returned to a nation transformed. Mao was dead, and the country was pulling itself together under reformist Deng Xiaoping. Some Chinese people ...

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China’s parliament approves constitutional amendment removing term limits for presidency

China’s largely rubber stamp parliament on Sunday passed a series of constitutional amendments, including one that removes presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely. The announcement of the vote, witnessed by reporters in the Great Hall of the People, passed with two “no” votes and three abstentions among almost 3,000 delegates. China’s ruling Communist Party ...

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Russian Aerospace Forces made training launch of Kinzhal hypersonic missile – MoD

A MiG-31 interceptor jet made a training launch of a Kinzhal aeroballistic hypersonic missile and the missile hit a target on the test range, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday. “A MiG-31 fighter crew of the Russian Aerospace Forces made a training launch of a hypersonic missile of the Kinzhal high-precision air missile system in the predetermined area,” the ...

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Syria army cuts off main rebel town in Ghouta as death toll tops 1,000

Syrian regime forces continued their offensive against Eastern Ghouta Sunday, a day after they cut off the rebel-held enclave’s largest town, pressing on with a 20-day assault that has left more than 1,000 civilians dead. Government troops and allied militia launched their military campaign for Eastern Ghouta on February 18 and have since overrun more than half of the area, ...

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Libyan navy rescues 335 immigrants off western coast

The Libyan navy on Saturday night rescued 335 illegal immigrants off the country’s western coast, a navy spokesman said. The coast guard picked up the immigrants including at least seven children during three rescue operations dozens of kilometers west of the country’s capital Tripoli, navy spokesman Ayob Qassem told Xinhua. All of them were provided medical treatment and were well ...

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