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Trump cancels Singapore summit with Kim

Washington, United States | AFP | US President Donald Trump informed Kim Jong Un Thursday he is canceling their nuclear summit next month in Singapore, blaming “anger” and “hostility” from the North Korean regime for the collapse of the historic event. Trump and Kim had been due to hold high-stakes talks …

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UN lifts travel ban for North Koreans to Kim-Trump summit

United Nations, United States | AFP | A UN Security Council committee has agreed to lift a travel ban on North Korean officials heading to Singapore for the planned summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un next month, diplomats said. Singapore last week asked the sanctions committee to grant …

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Iran president questions lack of women’s sport on TV

Tehran, Iran | AFP | Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday questioned why the successes of women athletes representing the Islamic republic were not being shown on state television. “What problem is there in television showing women or girls in competition, especially when they courageously take on prestigious international …

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Macron and Putin: ‘frenemies’ reunited

Paris, France | AFP | With relations between the West and Russia at historic lows, French President Emmanuel Macron travels to St Petersburg Thursday to seek common ground with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The talks between the two come at a crucial time for their relationship which has been marked …

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Kidnapped Syrian released in Nigeria: police

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | A Syrian engineer who was abducted last week by unknown gunmen in Sokoto state in northern Nigeria has been released, the police said on Wednesday. Abdul Nasir was kidnapped on May 16 on his way to a road construction site outside the state capital of …

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MH370 search under review, may be scrapped: Mahathir

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP | The hunt for missing flight MH370 is being reviewed and may be scrapped, Malaysia’s prime minister said Wednesday, as the country’s new government seeks cuts in public spending. The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared in March 2014 with 239 mostly Chinese people onboard while en …

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UN asks oil traders to shore up sanctions on North Korea

United Nations, United States | AFP | UN sanctions experts are asking global commodity trading firms and oil companies to spell out what measures they are taking to prevent illegal oil shipments from reaching North Korea, the panel’s coordinator said Tuesday. The UN Security Council in December adopted a new …

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