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Jordan’s PM submits resignation after protests, source says

Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki submitted his resignation to King Abdullah on Monday, an official source said, to soothe widespread anger over economic policies that have sparked the largest protests in several years and dozens of arrests. Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of the capital Amman and main provincial towns again on Sunday,…

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Trump makes an about-face, revives summit with North Korean leader

U.S. President Donald Trump, in a complete reversal, said on Friday he would hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore in the latest twist in the high-stakes diplomacy over eliminating Pyonyang’s nuclear arms program. Eight days after canceling the unprecedented summit, citing Pyongyang’s “open hostility,” Trump welcomed…

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Rain delay frustrates England in second Test against Pakistan

Rain delayed the scheduled 11:00am local time (1000 GMT start) of the second day´s play in the second Test between England and Pakistan at Headingley on Saturday. Persistent early morning drizzle saw the pitch and surrounding square remain fully covered, with the rain that was falling steadily from grey skies above Leeds not showing much…

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Weinstein’s lawyer concerned about publicity, ‘pressure’ on prosecutors

The lawyer defending movie mogul Harvey Weinstein against rape charges said Tuesday he was concerned that publicity surrounding the case and “inappropriate pressure” on prosecutors could be unfair to his client. The lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, spoke to reporters after a closed-door proceeding before New York Supreme Court Justice James Burke in Manhattan, which he said…

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Thousands go home as India, Pakistan agree to end Kashmir firing

Thousands of people from the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir headed back to their homes near the de facto border with rival Pakistan on Wednesday, after their armies agreed to stop exchanging artillery fire following repeated recent clashes. More than 50,000 people had taken shelter in schools and colleges in the Indian-ruled part…

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Ronaldo presents a happier face as Real celebrate European triumph

As Cristiano Ronaldo milked every last drop of his moment on the microphone at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night, it was hard to imagine this was a player about to leave Real Madrid. Real’s players were introduced one-by-one onto the podium and when Ronaldo’s moment came, a gap left after “Cristiano” for the delirious…

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South Korea says North Korea committed to Trump summit and ‘complete’ denuclearization

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to “complete” denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday. In Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump signaled that preparations for a June 12 summit with Kim were going ahead, despite having…

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Russia, Saudis signal oil production boost

Russia and Saudi Arabia said Friday they believe a deal is possible to gradually boost oil output from as soon as July as world oil prices have recently hit highs last seen in 2014.  Meanwhile President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow would be satisfied with the price of crude oil dropping to $60 per…

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North Korea blows up nuclear test site amid doubts over summit

North Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels at its nuclear test site on Thursday, media reported, as part of steps that have reduced tension on the Korean peninsula and raised the possibility of a summit with the United States. North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests at the…

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EU could compensate firms hit by U.S. sanctions over Iran: French minister

France is looking to see if the European Union could compensate European companies that might be facing sanctions by the United States for doing business with Iran, said French finance minister Bruno Le Maire on Sunday. Le Maire referred to EU rules going back to 1996 which he said could allow the EU to intervene…

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Trump Jr. met Gulf princes’ emissary in 2016 who offered campaign help

Donald Trump Jr., the U.S. president’s eldest son, met in August 2016 with an envoy representing the crown princes of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The meeting was first reported by the New York Times on Saturday and confirmed by an attorney representing Trump Jr. The meeting was a chance for the envoy to…

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EU’s Tusk asks: ‘With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?’

U.S. President Donald Trump has “rid Europe of all illusions” by quitting the Iran nuclear deal and driving trade disputes, the European Union chairman said on Wednesday, underlining the depth of trans-Atlantic discord. The 28 worried EU leaders are gathering in the Bulgarian capital for discussions over dinner on Wednesday on how to salvage the…

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Iran warns Trump it might withdraw from Non-Proliferation Treaty

LONDON: A senior Iranian official said on Tuesday that Tehran might quit a treaty designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons if U.S. President Donald Trump scraps the nuclear accord Iran signed with world powers in 2015. Trump has said that unless European allies fix what he has called “terrible flaws” in the accord…

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Shoaib Malik, Sania Mirza set to welcome their first child

Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and tennis ace Sania Mirza are expecting their first child, according to the latest tweet from both celebrities.  #BabyMirzaMalik 👶🏽❤️ pic.twitter.com/RTYpqok1Vl — Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) April 23, 2018 Shoaib and Sania both shared an illustration from their respective Twitter and Instagram accounts. The illustration showed a locker room and in the…

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Israeli troops kill four more Palestinians in border protest

Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, bringing to 35 the death toll in recent weeks among Palestinian protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland. Gazans used catapults and sling-shots to launch stones at Israeli forces, and some Palestinians brought wire-cutters to cut through the border fence,…

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Russia likely to call U.N. meeting over Syria attack: Russian lawmaker

Russian lawmaker Vladimir Dzhabarov said on Saturday that Russia was likely to call for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss U.S., British and French air strikes on Syria, RIA news agency reported. “The situation is being analysed right now. Russia will demand a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, I think,…

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Cinema to open in Saudi Arabia on April 18

A new cinema is reported to be opening this month in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, after agreements were signed with AMC Entertainment Holdings.  Marvel’s superhero movie “Black Panther” will be the first to be screened. The cinema will have 500 leather seats, orchestra and balcony levels, and marble bathrooms. “We think it’s…

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Australia slaps 12-month bans on Smith and Warner

Sacked Australia captain Steve Smith and David Warner have both been banned for 12 months for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Wednesday, after uncovering a web of lies told by the players after they were caught. Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months following…

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Pakistan’s young guns all set to trouble WI in T20 series

Pakistan is all set to face West Indies in the upcoming T20 series that will begin from April 1. Asif Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Hussain Talat are raring to go at the visitors after giving impressive PSL performances.  The first of the three T20 matches will be played on April 1 at the National Stadium,…

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Kremlin reiterates has ‘nothing to do’ with Skripal case

The Kremlin on Monday insisted that Moscow is innocent in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal after the US, Canada and several EU countries expelled Russian diplomats over the case.   “We very much regret these decisions. The reason that is being given for them is the so-called Skripal case. We have already…

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Kamran Akmal hits out at critics for ‘negative mentality’

KARACHI: Peshawar Zalmi opening batsman and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal hit out at critics for taking him to task after he dropped a crucial catch in the final against Islamabad United.  Speaking to SAMAA TV, Akmal said in response to a question that those who harboured a negative mentality were involved in spreading propaganda against him….

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