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In impeachment document, Democrats say Trump endangers security, Trump denies

Democratic US lawmakers leading the impeachment case against Republican President Donald Trump said on Saturday (January 18) the president must be removed from office to protect national security and


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Taliban open to 10-day ceasefire with US, talks with Afghan govt: sources

The Taliban will implement a 10-day ceasefire with US troops, a reduction in violence with Afghan forces and discussions with Afghan government officials if it reaches a deal with US negotiators in ta


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'You have not seen anything yet,' climate activist Greta says ahead of Davos

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and a crowd of some 10,000 protesters marched in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday (January 17) before many of them head to Davos next week to challenge political an


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Trump impeachment trial opens as watchdog faults White House on Ukraine

The Senate impeachment trial on whether to remove US President Donald Trump from office formally began on Thursday (January 16) even as a congressional watchdog found that the White House broke the la


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Countries demand Iran compensate relatives of plane-crash victims

Five countries whose citizens died when Iran shot down an airliner last week said on Thursday (January 16) that Tehran should pay compensation to families of the victims, and warned that the world is


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White House broke law by withholding Ukraine aid, congressional agency says

The White House violated federal law by withholding security aid approved by lawmakers for Ukraine, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog said on Thursday, in a blow for US President Donald Trump as th


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US Treasury Dept will allow 90-day wind-down period for fresh Iran sanctions

The US Treasury Department said on Thursday (January 16) it would allow for a 90-day period to wind down transactions in certain sectors of Iran’s economy hit with fresh US sanctions last week.


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Acting head of UN Palestinian refugee agency says US, Israel working against it

The interim head of the UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees accused the United States on Thursday (January 16) of lobbying foreign parliaments to stop donations to the organization, to which Wash


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China, US sign initial trade pact but doubts and tariffs linger

China will boost purchases of US goods and services by $200 billion over two years in exchange for the rolling back of some tariffs under an initial trade deal signed by the world’s two largest econom


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Russian prime minister and government resign after Putin speech

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday (January 15) that his government was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitut


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Too early to say Libya ceasefire has collapsed: Turkish defense minister

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Wednesday (January 15) it was too early to say that a ceasefire in Libya had collapsed after Khalifa Haftar, commander of eastern Libyan forces, failed to


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Putin proposes vote on constitutional shake-up that could extend his rule

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (January 15) proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping constitutional changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament and the prime minister, a move


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Ukraine asks Iran to return black boxes from crashed plane

Ukraine’s prosecutor’s office and security service have asked Iranian authorities to give Kiev black boxes from the crashed Ukrainian plane, the prosecutors office said on Wednesday (January 15).


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Democrats say measure to rein in Trump on Iran will pass Senate

US Senate Democrats said they had enough votes in the Republican-controlled Senate to pass a resolution curbing President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war on Iran without congressional approval, whi


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Libya peace talks in Moscow fall short of ceasefire deal

Libya’s warring leaders made some progress at indirect peace talks in Moscow on Monday (January 13) but failed to agree on an open-ended ceasefire to end a nine-month war over the capital Tripoli.


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US calls shooting by Saudi officer in Florida 'act of terrorism'

The fatal shooting of three Americans by a Saudi Air Force officer at a Florida naval base last month was “an act of terrorism,” US Attorney General William Barr said on Monday (January 13), adding th


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US House chairman 'frustrated' Pompeo refused to testify on Iran

The Democratic chairman of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Monday (January 13) he was “disappointed and frustrated” that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had declined t


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France and Russia want to safeguard Iran nuclear deal, Macron says

France and Russia have a shared desire to safeguard Iran’s nuclear deal, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.


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Rumbling volcano shuts down Philippine capital

Schools and businesses shut across the Philippine capital on Monday (January 13) as a volcano belched clouds of ash across the city and seismologists warned an eruption could happen at any time, poten


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Canadian PM Trudeau tells Iran crash vigil he will pursue justice

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his voice sometimes breaking, on Sunday (January 12) told a vigil for some of those killed in an Iranian plane disaster that he would “pursue justice and accoun


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