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US Mid-Term Elections: First Black Female Nominee For Governor

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A former Georgia lawmaker and author has taken a major step towards becoming the first ever African-American female governor of a US state. Stacey Abrams won the Democratic Party primary on Tuesday, telling voters that trying to “convert” Republicans into Democrats had previously failed. A Democrat has not held the red state’s governor’s mansion since 2003. Ms Abrams, 44, will face a Republican candidate in ... Read More »

Philip Roth: Portnoy’s Complaint Author Dies Aged 85

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One of the great American authors, Philip Roth, has died aged 85. The Pulitzer, National Book Award and Man Booker International Prize-winning novelist’s work drew its inspiration from Jewish family life, sex and American ideals. His works included American Pastoral, I Married a Communist and Portnoy’s Complaint. The New York Times reported that a close friend of Roth’s said he had died of congestive heart ... Read More »

Lebanon’s New Parliament Set To Hold First Session

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Nabih Berri, holding the position of assembly speaker since 1992, is widely expected to be reappointed in first session.  After a nine-year run and three extensions of its mandate, Lebanon’s parliament has finally dissolved, paving the way for a new house of assembly. Legislators elected in Lebanon’s May 6 parliamentary vote are set to convene on Wednesday for the assembly’s first session, when they are expected to ... Read More »

Iran Sanctions: Zarif Condemns Pompeo Announcement

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has condemned the US for vowing to impose what it said would be the “strongest sanctions in history” on his country. Measures outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said, showed the US was a prisoner of its “failed policies” and it would suffer the consequences. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also criticised the US. She said Mr ... Read More »

North Korea Summit: Pence Warns Kim Jong-Un Not To ‘Play’ Trump

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US Vice-President Mike Pence has warned North Korea’s Kim Jong-un not to “play” President Donald Trump if they meet next month. Mr Pence said in a Fox News interview that such a move would be a “great mistake” by the North Korean leader. Mr Pence also said there was “no question” that Mr Trump could walk away from the 12 June summit. North Korea has ... Read More »

Syria Army Pushes ISIL Out Of South Damascus District: State TV

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Army and its allies have battled for weeks to recapture tiny ISIL-held enclave in south of Damascus. Syria’s army has pushed the last ISIL fighters out of the al-Hajar al-Aswad district south of Damascus,Syrian state TV said on Monday. The Syrian army and its allies have been battling Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters for weeks to recapture ... Read More »

US Department of Justice to probe Trump campaign ‘infiltration’

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The US Department of Justice will investigate whether FBI agents spied on President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign for “inappropriate purposes”. In a tweet, Mr Trump said he wanted to know whether his predecessor’s administration ordered such a move. The call comes after US media reports suggesting the FBI had an informant meeting campaign aides. US Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein said action would be taken if ... Read More »

EU must increase Iran investments to save nuclear deal

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Iran’s foreign minister has said the European Union must increase its investments in Iran in order for an endangered nuclear deal to be preserved following the US’ withdrawal from the multinational pact earlier this month. Mohammed Javad Zarif made the comments on Sunday in Iran’s capital, Tehran, during a meeting with Miguel Arias Canete, the EU’s commissioner for energy and climate. “Under the current circumstances, the EU’s political will is not enough to preserve ... Read More »

Venezuela’s Maduro wins presidential vote boycotted by opposition

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Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term on Sunday, the election board announced in what is being seen as a controversial vote. According to the results announced by Tibisay Lucena, president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), President Maduro obtained 5.8 million votes while his main opponent, Henri Falcon, collected a total of 1.8 million votes. The turnout was 46.01 percent and the ... Read More »

EU moves to block US sanctions on Iran

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The European Commission will launch the process of activating a law that bans European companies and courts from complying with US sanctions against Iran after Washington pulled out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Jean Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said on Thursday the commission has a “duty to protect European companies” from American sanctions. “We now need to act, and this is why we ... Read More »

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