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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 »

North Korea Threatens To Cancel Trump Summit

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North Korea has said it may pull out of a summit with US President Donald Trump if the US insists it gives up its nuclear weapons. The highly anticipated meeting between Mr Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is due to take place on 12 June. But in an angry statement, North Korea’s vice-foreign minister accused the US of making reckless statements and of harbouring ... Read More »

Guatemala Opens Embassy In Jerusalem After US Move

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Following in US’ footsteps, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem, despite international condemnation. Guatemala has opened its embassy in Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of the United States, which inaugurated its embassy in the city two days prior, in a move that has triggered international condemnation. Wednesday’s development comes amid widespread anger and protests in the occupied Palestinian territories, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or Catastrophe. ... Read More »

Malaysia: Anwar Ibrahim Released After Getting Full Pardon

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Former deputy prime minister arrives at the royal palace to meet with king after being released from prison. Malaysia’s former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has been released from prison after receiving a full pardon from the king on Wednesday. Speaking at a news conference after being freed following the royal pardon, he thanked the Malaysian people for standing by “the principles of democracy and freedom”. “Now ... Read More »

North, South Korea to Hold High-level Talks May 16

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North Korea and South Korea agreed on Tuesday to hold high-level inter-Korea talks on May 16 to discuss steps needed to uphold the pledge to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said. The meeting will discuss specific plans needed to carry out the April 27 inter-Korea summit declaration, which includes pledges to finally end a seven-decade war this year, and pursue “complete denuclearisation”. “The South and North ... Read More »

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