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Argentina asks IMF to release $50bn loan as crisis worsens

Argentina’s government has unexpectedly asked for the early release of a $50bn (£37.2bn) loan from the IMF amid a growing economic crisis. President Mauricio Macri said the move was designed to restore confidence in the Argentine economy.   The Argentine peso has lost more than 40% of its value against the US dollar this year and inflation is rampant.   ...

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Don McGahn: Trump says White House counsel to depart

US President Donald Trump has said White House lawyer Don McGahn will leave his post in the coming months. The president tweeted that Mr McGahn would depart after the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee in the autumn.   His exit follows reports of White House unease at the extent of Mr McGahn’s co-operation with an ongoing inquiry into alleged ...

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US leaker Chelsea Manning to be barred from Australia

Convicted classified document leaker Chelsea Manning will not be allowed to enter Australia for a speaking tour scheduled to start Sunday, her tour organizer said on Thursday. Think Inc. said received a notice of intention from the government to deny Manning entry. The group is calling on her supporters to lobby new Immigration Minister David Coleman to allow her into ...

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Iraq official: Suicide bomber kills 6 at checkpoint in Anbar

An Iraqi security official says a suicide bomber has targeted a security checkpoint in the western province of Anbar, killing six people.   Maj. Gen. Qasem al-Dulaimi tells The Associated Press the attacker drove a booby-trapped vehicle into a joint security checkpoint managed by the Iraqi army and the Popular Mobilization Forces at the southern entrance of the town of ...

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Russia to hold biggest military drills since Cold War

Russia will flex its military muscles and hold the biggest war games since the Cold War era next month, including almost 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft, the defence ministry said Tuesday, leading NATO to warn of a “more assertive Russia”. The Vostok-2018, or East 18, exercises simulating large-scale warfare, which the Kremlin called “justified”, will be carried out from September ...

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Trump warns of ‘left-wing violence’ if Democrats win mid-term elections

US President Donald Trump has warned that his policies will be “violently” overturned if the Democrats win November’s mid-term elections. He told Evangelical leaders that the vote was a “referendum” on freedom of speech and religion, and that these were threatened by “violent people”.   He appealed to conservative Christian groups for help, saying they were one vote away from ...

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Thai Junta to soon ease restrictions on political parties

Thailand’s military junta announced Tuesday it will ease some restrictions on political parties to let them conduct basic functions and prepare for elections set for early next year, but campaigning will still be forbidden. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said after a junta meeting that the new rules would allow political parties to hold meetings, make adjustments to regulations, appoint managers ...

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Julia Banks: Exiting Australia MP decries ‘bullying’ of women

An Australian government MP has revealed she will not contest the next election, condemning the parliament’s “bullying and intimidation” of women. Julia Banks branded a party coup that ousted Malcolm Turnbull as PM last week as “the final straw” in her decision.   In a withering statement, Ms Banks took aim at the “scourge of cultural and gender bias” in ...

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Mexico says 300 sea turtles killed in illegal fishing net

Mexico City, Aug 29 : About 300 sea turtles have died on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast after they were trapped in an abandoned illegal fishing net. The office for environmental protection says the Olive Ridley turtles drowned after getting caught in the net. The office said in a statement Tuesday that the endangered turtles were badly decomposed when found in ...

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Yemen conflict: UN experts point to possible war crimes by all parties

UN human rights experts believe war crimes may have been committed by all parties to the conflict in Yemen. In their first such report, they allege Yemeni government forces, the Saudi-led coalition backing them, and the rebel Houthi movement have made little effort to minimise civilian casualties.   They point to the bombing and shelling of schools, hospitals and markets, ...

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