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Trump willing to be questioned ‘under oath’ in Russia probe

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he “would love to” be questioned under oath by Russia collusion prosecutor Robert Mueller, adding it could happen in the coming weeks. Trump confirmed that his lawyers are in discussion with Mueller, who is leading the investigation into collusion between the US president’s election campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, and also into allegations ...

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Kabul hotel attack killed 40 people: official

At least 40 people were killed in the attack on Kabul’s luxury Intercontinental Hotel at the weekend, official figures showed Thursday — almost double the earlier toll released by Afghan authorities. “The final death toll (among Afghans) from Intercontinental Hotel attack stands at 25,” health ministry spokesman Wahid Majrooh told AFP. “We don’t know about the foreign fatalities,” he said, ...

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Democrats withdraw offer to fund Trump’s border wall

Democrats said on Tuesday they had withdrawn an offer to fund US President Donald Trump’s border wall, as tough negotiations over the future of young illegal immigrants known as “Dreamers” resumed in the Senate. A day after the end of a government shutdown linked to wrangling over immigration, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he pulled the offer because of ...

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World’s first electric container barges to sail from European ports this summer

Dubbed the ‘Tesla of the canals’, the unmanned vessels will operate on Dutch and Belgian waterways, vastly reducing diesel vehicles and emissions The world’s first fully electric, emission-free and potentially crewless container barges are to operate from the ports of Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam from this summer. The vessels, designed to fit beneath bridges as they transport their goods around ...

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German leader Merkel says the current world order is under threat

Merkel said the answer to the world’s problems was to see multilateral solutions instead of a “unilateral, protectionist course” of action. German leader Angela Merkel said that multilateralism was under threat and said that protectionism is not the answer to the world’s problems. “Frankly speaking, the country I have the honor to represent and where I am chancellor has difficulties. ...

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Twin car bombs kill at least 22 in Libya’s Benghazi

The death toll following a double car bomb attack in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday night has risen to at least 22, a hospital spokeswoman said. A further 20 people were injured and the number of fatalities could rise, Fadia al-Barghathi, spokeswoman for the city’s al-Jala hospital, told AFP. An explosives-rigged vehicle blew up in front of a ...

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Maduro to seek re-election as Venezuela eyes vote by April

President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday he is ready to seek re-election after his allies pushed forward voting in a move widely seen as a bid to capitalize on disarray in the Venezuelan opposition and consolidate power amid a freefalling economy. Maduro’s comment came soon after the pro-government constitutional assembly ordered the presidential election be held by the end of April ...

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US pulled multiple ways in Syria as Islamic State recedes

For the last few years, the United States could neatly sum its objective in Syria in a single, uncontroversial bullet point: fighting the Islamic State group. Now that the extremists have been squeezed from all but the last bits of their former territory, the Trump administration is struggling to define the boundaries of its mission, and how and when America’s ...

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GSP+ to be maintained for Pakistan – MEP Karim

Trade Chief MEP, Sajjad Karim, today expressed his belief that Pakistan was on the right course towards maintaining its GSP+ trade status. Dr Karim, who is Chairman of the South Asia Trade Monitoring Committee within the European Parliament, specifically convened the meeting to hear from the visiting Pakistani delegation, where they gave evidence on the country’s current state-of-play of GSP+ ...

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Out of character, Trump keeps his distance as shutdown ends 

As the shutdown of the federal government lumbered toward an end, President Donald Trump remained out of sight, suppressing his instincts to become part of the story by making a deal or picking a fight. Trump told allies over the weekend that he hated being on the sidelines, but he followed the recommendations of his staff and key congressional Republicans ...

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