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Trump Sends Family $25,000 After Claim Of Broken Promise

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The White House says President Donald Trump has sent a personal cheque to a dead soldier’s family after they said he had not kept his promise to do so. The father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan said Mr Trump offered $25,000 (£19,000) of his own money during a June phone call. The White House said it was “disgusting” that the media would exploit the ... Read More »

Brexit: EU Leaders Seek Brexit Talks Progress


EU leaders have urged Theresa May to do more to break the deadlock in the Brexit negotiations as they gather at a crunch Brussels summit. Dutch PM Mark Rutte said “a lot more clarity” on the UK’s financial offer was needed before talks could progress. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were “encouraging” signs but that progress so far was “not sufficient” to open trade ... Read More »

Catalonia Crisis: Spain Moves To Suspend Autonomy


Spain is to start suspending Catalonia’s autonomy from Saturday, as the region’s leader threatens to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region. Catalonia’s leader said the region’s parliament would vote on independence if Spain continued “repression”. Catalans voted to secede in a referendum outlawed by Spain. Some fear ... Read More »

Kenya’s Opposition Leader Calls Mass Protests On Election Day


Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga called Wednesday for mass protests on the day of the October 26 presidential election, which he has refused to take part in. “​Protests will go on, on the 26th (it) will be the biggest demonstrations in the whole country,” he told a rally of thousands of supporters in a suburb of Nairobi.   <<punch>> Read More »

Saudi’s Flynas Makes First Commercial Flight To Baghdad After 27 Years


Saudi budget carrier flynas on Wednesday made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990, as ties with neighbouring Iraq show signs of improvement. “Our first flight took off today from Riyadh to Baghdad,” the company wrote on Twitter, posting pictures of the cabin crew and passengers. Tickets for the maiden flight were advertised for as low as $7 (six euros) excluding taxes ... Read More »

Xi Jinping: ‘Time For China To Take Centre Stage’


China has entered a “new era” where it should “take centre stage in the world”, President Xi Jinping says. The country’s rapid progress under “socialism with Chinese characteristics” shows there is “a new choice for other countries”, he told the Communist Party congress. The closed-door summit determines who rules China and the country’s direction for the next term. Mr Xi has been consolidating power and ... Read More »

Kirkuk: Iraqi Government Forces Enter Disputed City


Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk, residents say, after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Witnesses told the BBC they saw federal forces entering the provincial government building. Clashes were reported south of Kirkuk earlier in the day, while thousands of residents fled the city. It comes three weeks after the Kurdistan region held a controversial independence referendum. While Kirkuk ... Read More »

Russia’s Putin Signs Decree Imposing Restrictions On North Korea


Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree imposing restrictions on North Korea in order to comply with a United Nations Security Council resolution. Russian President Putin The resolution, about special economic measures, was a response to Pyongyang’s missiles tests in late 2016. Read More »

Portugal And Spain Wildfires: Dozens Dead And Injured


A spate of wildfires in central and north Portugal which started at the weekend has killed at least 31 people, civil defence authorities say. Dozens of the 145 fires still raging are considered serious, a spokeswoman said. To the north, fires which broke out across the border in Spain’s Galicia region claimed at least three lives. Thousands of firefighters are battling the flames, which erupted ... Read More »

Iran Nuclear Deal: Donald Trump ‘decertifies’ 2015 Pact

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US President Donald Trump has refused to certify Iran’s compliance with a landmark 2015 deal curtailing Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. Trump – who opposed the agreement between Iran and world powers, including the US, from the outset – on Friday said that Iran was not living up to the spirit of the accord, despite the UN nuclear watchdog repeatedly confirming that ... Read More »

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