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Fresh from Bannon feud, Trump meets Republican leaders to plot 2018 strategy

MARYLAND: Following a tumultuous start to 2018, President Donald Trump left on Friday for a two-day retreat in Maryland with top Republicans to lay out legislative priorities for the year and discuss a strategy for pivotal November congressional elections. Two days after explosive comments by Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, put the White House…

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Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle ‘set to boost UK economy’

LONDON: Prince Harry’s wedding to American actress Meghan Markle could provide a 500 million pound boost to Britain’s economy as tourists flock to the country and Britons celebrate, according to an estimate. Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and fifth-in-line to the throne, will tie the knot with Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle, the royal…

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Americans should worry about Kim’s mental fitness, not Trump’s: White House

WASHINGTON: The White House on Wednesday defended Donald Trump’s tweet about the size of his nuclear button, saying Americans should be concerned about the North Korean leader’s mental fitness, not their president‘s. On Tuesday, Trump responded to a New Year’s Day speech in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he had a nuclear…

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Trump to North Korean leader: my nuclear button ‘is bigger & more powerful’

US President Donald Trump warned Kim Jong-Un Tuesday he has a “much bigger” nuclear button than the North Korean leader, as Washington dismissed the prospect of high-level talks between Pyongyang and Seoul. Trump launched the highly personal missive on Twitter hours after his ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley described proposed dialogue between the two…

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U.S. threatens to withhold aid cash to Palestinians

UNITED NATIONS: U.S. President Donald Trump said in tweets on Tuesday that the United States may withhold future aid payments to Palestinians, accusing them of being “no longer willing to talk peace” with Israel. Trump said that Washington gives Palestinians “HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t…

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Iranian protesters attack police stations, raise stakes in unrest

TEHRAN: Iranian protesters attacked police stations late into the night on Monday, news agency and social media reports said, as security forces struggled to contain the boldest challenge to the clerical leadership since unrest in 2009. Videos on social media showed an intense clash in the central town of Qahderijan between security forces and protesters…

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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Holds Off ‘Jumanji’ on New Year’s Weekend

LOS ANGELES: In a battle of box office heavyweights, Luke Skywalker just managed to hold off Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the world rang in another year. Disney and LucasFilm’s ”“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” retained first place for the four-day New Year’s holiday weekend despite steep competition from Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”…

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Why have Iranians taken to the streets against their government?

TEHRAN: Iran warned of a tough crackdown on Sunday against demonstrators posing one of the boldest challenges to its clerical leaders since nationwide unrest shook the Islamist theocracy in 2009. How serious are the protests? Political protests are rare in Iran, where security services are pervasive. And yet tens of thousands of people have protested…

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Iran protesters rally again despite warning of crackdown

LONDON: Anti-government protesters demonstrated in Iran on Sunday in defiance of a warning by authorities of a crackdown, extending for a fourth day one of the most audacious challenges to the clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009. Giving his first public reaction to the protests, President Hassan Rouhani appealed for calm, saying Iranians had…

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Street protests hit Iran for third straight day as pro-government rallies held

Anti-government protests broke out in Iran for the third day running on Saturday as separate state-sponsored rallies were staged to mark the end of unrest that shook the country in 2009, according to Iranian news agencies and state media.  State television showed a rally in the capital Tehran as well as marchers carrying banners in…

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Reuters journalists in Myanmar appear in court, remanded for another 14 days

Reuters reporter Kyaw Soe Oo and his sister Nyo Nyo Aye hug each other as he arrives at court in Yangon, Myanmar, December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer YANGON: Two Reuters journalists who have been detained in Myanmar for the past two weeks were remanded in custody for a further two weeks on Wednesday as a probe…

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Now 80, Jane Fonda says she didn’t think she’d live to 30

LOS ANGELES: Actress Jane Fonda, who celebrated her 80th birthday last week, says that growing up she never expected to reach 30. “I never pictured 30,” Fonda told People magazine in an interview published on Wednesday. “I assumed I wouldn’t live very long and that I would die lonely and an addict of some sort….

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Reuters journalists in Myanmar remanded for another 14 days: lawyer

FILE PHOTO: Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski/File Photo YANGON: A court in Myanmar agreed on Wednesday to remand two Reuters journalists in custody for a second 14-day period as authorities…

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Apple faces lawsuits after saying it slows down aging iPhones

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc defrauded iPhone users by slowing devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance, according to eight lawsuits filed in various federal courts in the week since the company opened up about the year-old software change. The tweak may have led iPhone owners to misguided attempts to resolve issues over the…

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China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in $57 billion economic corridor

BEIJING: China and Pakistan will look at extending their $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday, part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road plan linking China with Asia, Europe and beyond. China has tried to position itself as a helpful party to promote talks between Pakistan and…

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Sylvester Stallone ‘categorically disputes’ claim of 1990s sexual assault

LOS ANGELES: Actor Sylvester Stallone on Thursday denied an accusation that he raped a woman in the 1990s and said the allegation was “completely fabricated.” Celebrity news site TMZ reported on Wednesday, citing law enforcement sources, that a woman had recently reported the allegation dating back to the 1990s against Stallone to Santa Monica police….

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Myanmar to grant families access to two Reuters journalists after remand period expires: media

Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who is based in Myanmar, is seen in this undated picture in Myanmar. REUTERS/Staff YANGON: Two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar will be allowed to meet their families once their first 14-day period of remand expires, according to local media reports. According to Reuters, reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo…

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U.N. Security Council imposes new sanctions on North Korea over missile test

NEW YORK: The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers abroad. The U.N. resolution seeks to ban nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North…

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Cryptocurrency stocks holding gains despite bitcoin pullback

Stocks that surged in recent weeks because of the cryptocurrency mania have managed to hold onto most of their gains despite the recent retreat in the price of bitcoin and scepticism from market participants. A Reuters analysis of 17 stocks of companies that have made blockchain or cryptocurrency announcements showed an average gain of 224…

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Myanmar says two Reuters journalists remanded in custody

FILE PHOTO: Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo, who is based in Myanmar, poses for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski/File Photo YANGON: The two Reuters journalists who were detained in Myanmar on Dec. 12 have appeared in court and been remanded in custody, a police spokesman said…

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Feminism and press freedom come together in ‘The Post’

LOS ANGELES: Steven Spielberg’s movie “The Post” is being hailed as a timely reminder about press freedom, democracy, whistle-blowing and government lies. But its makers says it is also intended as an ode to feminism that resonates as powerfully today as the 1970s era in which it is set. The movie, which begins its movie…

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