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Afghan president touts cease-fire in Eid address

Kabul, Jun 15 : Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday touted a three-day cease-fire with the Taliban in an address to the nation heralding the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The holiday marks the end of the Ramadan holy month, when devout Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. The cease-fire took effect at midnight Thursday and lasts through the ...

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Italy PM meets French leader amid tensions over migration

Paris, Jun 15 : French President Emmanuel Macron and new Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte meet Friday amid tensions between the two countries over migration. Conte, who heads a populist government, will have a working lunch with the pro-European Macron at the Elysee palace. They will then hold a joint news conference. Macron’s office said the discussions will focus on migrant-related ...

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UAE: US rejects military aid request in Yemen port assault

Washington, Jun 15 : The U.S. has rejected three separate requests from the United Arab Emirates for military assistance in the Saudi-led coalition attack on the Yemeni port of Hodeida, a senior UAE official said Thursday. The official said that the Trump administration denied the requests within the past 24 hours as a UAE operation to wrest control of the ...

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Trump’s halt of ‘war games’ could weaken defenses in Korea

FILE – In this March 30, 2015, file photo, marines of South Korea, right, and the U.S aim their weapons near amphibious assault vehicles during U.S. Washington, Jun 15 :  President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend major U.S. military exercises in South Korea could weaken allied defenses, depending on the length and scope of the hiatus. But the potential for ...

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Trump approves plan to impose tough China tariffs

In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump China’s President Xi Jinping arrive for the state dinner with the first ladies at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Washington, Jun 15 : President Donald Trump has approved a plan to impose punishing tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese goods as early ...

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Health of ex-Pakistani PM’s wife worsens at London hospital

Islamabad, Jun 15 : The health of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife has deteriorated following a cardiac arrest at a hospital in London, where she was undergoing treatment following throat cancer surgery. According to Sharif’s family, Kulsoom Nawaz is on the ventilator. Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of Sharif who flew to London along with her father, asked Pakistanis ...

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Texas abortion clinics sue to undo laws dating back decades

Austin, June 14 : Texas abortion providers who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2016 that blocked a new wave of anti-abortion efforts are now using that decision to try undoing laws on the books for decades in a lawsuit filed Thursday. In suing over anti-abortion measures that stretch back 20 years in some cases, Texas clinics are ...

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Lake Tahoe clarity sinks to all-time low in 2017

Incline Village, June 14 : Scientists at Lake Tahoe say the clarity of the alpine lake that straddles the California-Nevada line sank to an all-time low last year. Experts say the 9.5-foot (2.8-meter) decline was most likely due to a convergence of drought, record precipitation and warm temperatures. The dinner-sized disc used to measure clarity was only visible as deep ...

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Assailants kill journalist, police bodyguards in Kashmir

Srinagar, June 14 : A senior journalist and his two police bodyguards were fatally shot Thursday by assailants in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police and the journalist’s colleagues said. Shujaat Bukhari was shot by unidentified gunmen as he left his office in Srinagar, the disputed region’s main city. Bukhari, who was a group editor for three daily newspapers and a weekly, including ...

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Colorado wildfire forces nearly 2,000 evacuations

Denver, June 14 : National Forest Service officials told residents of 163 more homes near the fire in the southwestern Colorado to be ready to leave Thursday — as well as residents who had been allowed to return to 180 homes on Wednesday. Dry thunderstorms and gusty winds have expanded a San Juan National Forest wildfire that has forced evacuations ...

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