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US warns Russia, others on enforcing North Korea sanctions

Singapore, Aug 04 : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is warning Russia, China and others against any violation of international sanctions on North Korea. He says Washington will take seriously any action that reduces pressure on the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. Speaking in Singapore on Saturday, Pompeo told reporters the U.S. has new, credible reports that Russia ...

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Brazil’s top court wrestles with abortion at special hearing

Rio De Janeiro, Aug 04 : Supporters and opponents of legalizing abortion testified Friday in front of Brazil’s top court, an extraordinary session at a time when strengthening women’s movements are pushing against often decades-old laws in South America. The first of two expected hearings at the Supreme Federal Tribunal came just days before Congress in neighboring Argentina was expected ...

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Deadly California blaze spawned destructive fire tornado

San Francisco, Aug 04 : A deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot in dry and windy conditions that it birthed a record-breaking tornado of flame, officials said Friday. They also warned of worsening conditions throughout the region. Winds in the “fire whirl” created July 26 near Redding reached speeds of 143 mph (230 kph), a speed that rivaled some ...

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UN experts condemn President Trump’s media criticism

President Donald Trump’s media attacks raise the risk of violence against journalists, UN experts have warned. In a statement, David Kaye and Edison Lanza of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights called the attacks “strategic” and said they undermined press freedom and “verifiable facts”.   The comments follow hours after Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka distanced herself from her father’s attacks. ...

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Myanmar floods leave 12 dead, 132,000 displaced

Flooding in Myanmar has killed 12 people and forced more than 132,000 others to take shelter at nearly 300 temporary camps, a report said Wednesday. The state newspaper Global New Light of Myanmar cited the National Natural Disaster Management Committee as saying the highest death toll was in Bago region north of Yangon, where four people died and more than ...

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OAS human rights body counts 317 dead in Nicaragua unrest

The human rights arm of the Organization of American States said Thursday that 317 people have been killed during violence surrounding anti-government protests in Nicaragua that began in April. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said the toll included 23 minors and 21 police officers.   President Daniel Ortega has acknowledged 195 dead, while the independent Nicaraguan Pro-Human Rights Commission ...

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Yemeni officials say Saudi-led airstrikes kill 28 in Hodeida

Yemeni medical officials said the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels conducted airstrikes in the rebel-held port city of Hodeida on Thursday, killing at least 28 people and wounding 70. But the coalition denied carrying out any attacks in the city. The airstrikes took place close to the city’s main public hospital, al-Thawra, and near a popular fish market, the ...

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Siemens sees lower profit, but books more big-ticket orders

Frankfurt, Aug 02 : Siemens AG saw net profit fall 14 percent in the most recent quarter as higher taxes and lagging profits at its oil and gas business weighed on earnings. On the positive side, the Munich-based company said Thursday it booked sharply higher orders, a key factor for earnings down the road. Those included 800 million euros for ...

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ASEAN asked to brace amid trade feuds, repel protectionism

Singapore, Aug 02 : Southeast Asia’s top diplomats opened an annual meeting Thursday to tackle a slew of security concerns, including South China Sea territorial disputes, with host Singapore calling on the bloc to brace for external tumult such as rising protectionism. North Korea’s rapprochement with South Korea and the U.S. is expected to be welcomed by the Association of ...

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern returns from maternity leave

Photo: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Wellington, Aug 2 : New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has returned to work after spending six weeks away on maternity leave, Reports BBC. Ms Ardern, 38, gave birth to her first child in June, making her only the second world leader to give birth while in office. On Saturday she recorded a ...

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