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Canada-US relations at a low after Trudeau-Trump trade tiff

Toronto, June 14 : For the first time in decades, one of the world’s most durable and amicable alliances faces serious strain as Canadians — widely seen as some of the nicest, politest people on Earth — absorb Donald Trump’s insults against their prime minister and attacks on their country’s trade policies. Some Canadians are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ...

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UN Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not Hamas

United Nations, June 14 : The U.N. General Assembly approved a Palestinian-backed resolution Wednesday blaming Israel for violence in Gaza and deploring its “excessive use of force,” after narrowly rejecting a U.S. demand to add a condemnation of attacks on Israel by Gaza’s Hamas rulers. The votes reflected wide concern in the 193-member world body that the resolution sponsored by ...

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Big hurdles for bold push to split California into 3 states

Sacramento, June 14 : Californians will face a choice this November of whether to divide the nation’s most populous state into three, an effort that would radically shake up not only the West Coast, but the entire nation. The “Cal 3” initiative is driven by venture capitalist Tim Draper, who has tried and failed in the past to place an ...

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Koreas holding military talks to reduce tensions on border

Seoul, June 14 : The rival Koreas were holding rare high-level military talks Thursday to discuss reducing tensions across their heavily fortified border. It’s possible North Korean officials during the talks at the border village of Panmunjom will seek a firm commitment from the South on stopping its military drills with the United States. President Donald Trump said after his ...

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Senators seek to soothe relationship with Canada

Washington, June 14 : Senators from both parties sought to mend a frayed relationship with Canada during a closed-door meeting Wednesday with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. The meeting involving members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee followed President Donald Trump calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “dishonest” and “weak” after the Group of 7 summit in Quebec over the ...

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‘Like dominoes’: Utah homes burn as wildfires menace US West

Denver, June 14 : A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the Utah tourist town of Moab, while more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming fled multiple wildfires scorching the drought-stricken U.S. West on Wednesday. The blaze in Moab, known for its dramatic red rocks, started in a wooded area Tuesday night and quickly spread to homes over ...

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Brazil president names general to lead Defense Ministry

Sao Paulo, June 13 : Brazilian President Michel Temer has named a general to the position of defense minister, the first time a military officer has held the post since it was created in 1999. Reserve Gen. Joaquim Silva e Luna has been serving as the interim defense minister since February, when the incumbent was tapped to lead the newly ...

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Argentine Congress begins debate on legal elective abortion

Buenos Aires, June 13 : Argentina’s legislature has begun debating a measure that would allow elective abortions in the first 14 weeks of gestation. It’s a debate that has sharply divided the homeland of Pope Francis. Crowds of supporters and opponents of the measure have been watching the debate on large screens set up outside Congress. Abortion-rights student demonstrators also ...

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Australia PM will make national apology to sex abuse victims

Sydney, Jun 13 : Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a national apology to child sex abuse victims as part of the government’s response to a long-running inquiry that heard allegations against government and private institutions and prominent individuals in five years of hearings. The apology to be delivered on Oct. 22 was announced Wednesday as Turnbull outlined his ...

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Iraq’s al-Sadr joins forces with Iran-backed coalition

Baghdad, Jun 13 : Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in last month’s parliamentary elections, has announced an alliance with an Iran-backed coalition ahead of marathon negotiations to form a new government. The move, which was announced by al-Sadr and Hadi al-Amiri of the Fatah coalition on Tuesday, came largely as a surprise ...

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