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US ‘will not be a migrant camp’: Trump

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MNA International Desk: US president Donald Trump vowed Monday that the United States would not become a “migrant camp,” as he faced soaring pressure to end the separation of immigrant families on America’s southern border. While top administration officials stood by Trump’s policy of “zero tolerance” towards unauthorized border crossers, and insisted children were being held in humane conditions, criticism swelled from rights groups and within the president’s own Republican Party. With the US border crisis shaping up as a critical challenge of his presidency, Trump stood defiant even as Democratic lawmakers accused authorities of keeping children in “cages” separate ...

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Melania Trump ‘hates to see children separated from their families’ at border

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MNA International Desk: US First lady Melania Trump ‘hates’ to see families separated at the border and hopes ‘both sides of the aisle’ can reform the nation’s immigration laws, according to a statement Sunday about the controversy over separation of immigrant parents and children at the US-Mexico border. Mrs. Trump didn’t refer specifically to the Trump administration’s ‘no tolerance’ policy, which was leading to a spike in children being separated from their families. Government statistics indicate that nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May. A spokeswoman for the wife of President ...

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‘I can send you 25 million Mexicans’: Trump to Abe

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MNA International Desk: The United States President Donald Trump threatened Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he would ship 25 million Mexicans to his country, one of a series of bizarre missives that jarred fellow leaders at last week’s acrimonious G7 meet. The Group of Seven summit gathering of top industrialized democracies finished in disarray after the US president abruptly rejected its consensus statement and bitterly attacked Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, reported news agency. Behind the scenes, Trump’s counterparts were dismayed by verbal jabs on topics ranging from trade to terrorism and migration, The Wall Street Journal said, quoting European ...

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World escaped nuclear weapons threat: Moon

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MNA International Desk: South Korean President Moon Jae-In said on Thursday the world had escaped the threat of war after this week’s Singapore summit, echoing US President Donald Trump’s upbeat assessment of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump and Kim issued a joint statement after their historic meeting that reaffirmed the North’s commitment to “work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, an end to joint US-South Korean military exercises and gave US guarantees of security to North Korea. “There have been many analyses on the outcome of the summit but I think what’s most important ...

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Trump, Kim enter wider talks ending one-on-one meeting

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MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un entered wider talks attended by their top leaders in Singapore, after ending a 41-minute one-on-one meeting on Tuesday. Kim and Trump shook hands and smiled cautiously as they met. The two men will look for ways to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula. “Working together we will get it taken care of,” Trump told Kim at the start of the wider meeting. “We will solve it.” Should they succeed in making a diplomatic breakthrough, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of ...

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Trump and Kim in Singapore for summit

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MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that could lay the groundwork for ending a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and the transformation of the isolated Asian nation. Trump flew into Singapore’s Paya Lebar Air Base aboard Air Force One, looking to strike a deal that will lead to the denuclearisation of one of America’s bitterest foes. He came from a divisive G7 meeting in Canada with some of Washington’s closest allies that further strained global trade ties. After stepping down from Air ...

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Israel kills 4 more Palestinians

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MNA International Desk: Israeli troops killed four Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others on Friday with live fire and tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza border, reported news agency. Israel said it was defending the frontier against crowds that threw stones and burned tyres in an attempt to cross. It said at one location at least two Palestinian militants fired guns at its forces and others had thrown grenades. The protests tapered off around sunset when many demonstrators left border camps for the evening meal that breaks their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Palestinians ...

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18 killed in Baghdad explosion

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MNA International Desk: At least 18 people were killed and over 90 wounded in an explosion in Baghdad’s Sadr City district on Wednesday, an Iraqi police source said. An interior ministry spokesman said in a brief statement the blast was the result of the detonation of an ammunitions cache and that security forces had opened an investigation. The ammunition had been stored in a mosque and the explosion happened during its transfer into a car parked nearby, the police source said. Earlier, state television cited a ministry spokesman describing the explosion as “a terrorist aggression on civilians,” which had caused ...

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Qatar eager to join NATO

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MNA International Desk: Qatar’s defence minister said on Tuesday that his country’s long-term strategic “ambition” is to join the Western military defence alliance NATO, reported news agency. Speaking on the anniversary of a year-long bitter Gulf diplomatic dispute, which has seen Qatar separated from its former regional allies, Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah said Qatar wanted to become a full member of the 29-country alliance. “Qatar today has become one of the most important countries in the region in terms of the quality of armament,” Attiyah told the official magazine of the Qatari defence ministry, Altalaya. “Regarding the membership, we are ...

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Guatemala volcano death toll up to 69

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MNA International Desk: Guatemalan authorities have increased the confirmed death toll from the eruption of the Volcano of Fire to 69 as officials suspended the search until dawn on Tuesday. Fanuel Garcia is the director of Guatemala’s National Institute of Forensic Sciences and he announced the higher death toll late Monday. He said only 17 of the dead have been identified so far. The burning ash and mud that engulfed villages on the volcano’s flanks Sunday left many victims unrecognizable. They will have to be identified through DNA testing or other means. A lack of electricity in the most heavily ...

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Death toll from boat off Tunisia rises to 46

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MNA International Desk: A boat carrying migrants toward Europe sank off the coast of Tunisia and at least 46 people drowned, though dozens more could be missing, the North African nation’s defense ministry said Sunday. The ministry said 68 people were rescued overnight after the boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea near Kerkennah island, off Tunisia’s eastern coast. Authorities said the vessel was believed to have been carrying about 180 passengers, reported news agnecy. Rachid Bouhoula, the defense ministry press officer, said a rescue and recovery operation continued in the waters around the island. The ministry said earlier that those ...

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Trump says summit with Kim is back on

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MNA International Desk: Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June is back on, the US president says, a week after it was scrapped. Mr Trump made the announcement after talks with a senior North Korean envoy at the White House. The envoy, General Kim Yong-chol, hand-delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to President Trump. Mr Trump at first said the letter was “very interesting” but later said he had not yet opened it. He also said the issue of formally ending the Korean War would be on the table in Singapore. The 1950-53 conflict ...

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US-N Korea nuclear talks get underway

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MNA International Desk: High-ranking officials of the United States and North Korea met in New York late on Wednesday in the first of two days of talks about the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme and a possible summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, met for about 90 minutes over dinner and exited without providing any detailed remarks to reporters waiting outside. Earlier in the day, the White House left open the possibility ...

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Israel strikes 35 targets in Gaza

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MNA International Desk: Israel launched a massive airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, hitting 35 targets and a cross-border tunnel, the latest in a back-and-forth exchange of fire after Palestinians launched mortars from Gaza into Israel, reported news agency. The Israeli military in a statement said the airstrike was in response to the barrage of 28 mortar shells that Gaza militants fired at Israel on Tuesday morning. The attack from Gaza caused no major damage except for a man who was slightly injured in the hand, it said. The airstrike was carried out by Israeli fighter jets and aircraft ...

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Doctors uncertain about Skripals long-term health

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MNA International Desk: The doctors who treated a Russian former spy and his daughter after they were poisoned with a nerve agent in Britain say they don’t know what the pair’s long term health outlook is – and initially feared the incident could have been much worse. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia’s military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain, and daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a public bench in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4. Staff at Salisbury hospital, where they were treated, told news agency that some started to wonder whether ...

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N Korea summit could still possible: Trump

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MNA International Desk: One day after abruptly pulling the plug on a high-stakes summit with North Korea, US president Donald Trump said Friday the meeting with Kim Jong Un could go ahead after all-and would “likely” happen on the originally scheduled date of 12 June. The summit would be an unprecedented meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, which Washington hopes will result in the full denuclearization of the reclusive state. Trump said in a tweet that “very productive talks” were ongoing with North Korea about reinstating the summit. “If it does happen, will likely remain ...

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N Korea calls Pence ‘ignorant and stupid’

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MNA International Desk: North Korea called US Vice-President Mike Pence “ignorant and stupid” for his warnings over a planned summit with Donald Trump, renewing a threat to cancel as the US president said the fate of the historic talks will be decided next week, reported new sganecy. Trump is due to meet his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un in Singapore on 12 June for high stakes talks aimed at ridding the reclusive state of its newly acquired nuclear weapons and improving ties after decades of animosity. The summit announcement came after months of unusually cordial diplomacy between the historic ...

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Cuba plane crash: Black box found

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MNA International Desk: A black box from a Boeing passenger jet that crashed in Cuba, killing 110 people and wounding three others, has been found and is in “good condition,” Cuban Transport Minister Adel Yzquierdo said Saturday. “We should receive the other one in the next few hours,” he told state media. The two black boxes — the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder — will be key in determining what caused the crash of the plane, a 39-year-old Boeing 737-200 that plummeted to the ground on Friday just after take-off on a domestic run to the east ...

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Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim released from jail

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MNA International Desk: Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim was freed from jail after receiving a royal pardon. Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad sought a pardon for Anwar, which was granted on Wednesday morning. Once seen as a potential future leader, he had been jailed on charges of sodomy and corruption after falling out with the government. Mahathir has promised to step aside for Anwar to become prime minister within two years. The politician was jailed for a second time three years ago on what he said were trumped-up sodomy charges, reports news agency. For years he had been heading Malaysia’s ...

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Israeli forces kill 41 in Gaza protests

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MNA International Desk: Israeli forces killed at least 41 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday as angry protesters demonstrated at the frontier hours on the day the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem, reported news agency. It was the highest Palestinian death toll in a single day since a series of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return” began at the border with Israel on 30 March, and since the 2014 Gaza war. The health officials said 900 Palestinians were wounded, about 450 of them by live bullets. Tens of thousands streamed to the coastal enclave’s land border ...

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Indonesia suicide bombings at churches kill 6

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MNA International Desk: Suicide bombers suspected to be from an Islamic State-inspired group killed at least nine people and wounded 40 in attacks on Christians attending Sunday morning services at three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya, security officials said. Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, has seen a recent resurgence in homegrown militancy inspired in part by Islamic State. Wawan Purwanto, communication director at Indonesia’s intelligence agency said Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) was believed to be behind the bombings. JAD is an umbrella organization on a US State Department ‘terrorist’ list that is estimated to ...

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Najib Razak banned from leaving country

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MNA International Desk: Malaysia’s scandal-hit former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were Saturday banned from leaving the country, the immigration chief said, after the shock election loss of Najib’s coalition. “The immigration department has just now blacklisted Najib and Rosmah from leaving the country,” Mustafar Ali, director-general of the immigration department, told news agency. Najib said in a tweet: “I have just been informed by the immigration department of Malaysia that my family and I are not allowed to go abroad. I respect the decision and I will remain in the country with my family.” The ...

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Mahathir to become world’s oldest elected leader

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MNA International Desk: Mahathir Mohamad will become the world’s oldest elected leader, after a shock victory in Malaysia’s election. The former PM, 92, came out of retirement and switched to the opposition to challenge his former protege Najib Razak, who has been beset by corruption allegations. His historic win has ousted the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which has been in power since independence in 1957. Mr Mahathir said his coalition would “restore the rule of law”. Mr Najib has not yet commented on his dramatic loss. Official results showed the opposition Pakatan Harapan – the Alliance of Hope – had ...

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Trump’s decision to come on Iran nuclear deal

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MNA International Desk: U.S. President Donald Trump will announce on Tuesday whether he will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal or stay in. It will also clear if US administration will work with its European allies who say the deal has successfully halted Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Trump has consistently threatened to pull out of the 2015 agreement because it does not address Iran’s ballistic missile program or its role in wars in Syria and Yemen, and does not permanently prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. A senior U.S. official close to the process said France, Germany and Britain had ...

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East Africa flood kills hundreds

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MNA International Desk: Weeks of torrential rain after a long drought have turned from blessing to curse in East Africa, killing hundreds of people and displacing hundreds of thousands of others. In Kenya, which had suffered from three failed rainy seasons, 120 people have died in two months, including eight who were swept off a bridge in a flashflood Thursday night outside the capital, reported news agency. The Red Cross appealed for $5 million (four million euros) to help those affected. Since early March, “112 people have lost their lives countrywide,” Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet told a press ...

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Dust storm kills 40 in India

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MNA International Desk: At least 40 people were killed as dust storm, thunder showers lashes over Rajasthan in India in early hours of Thursday. Several houses and electricity polls collapsed and trees were uprooted in the Matysya region in the early hours of Thursday, reported news agency PTI. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje expressed her condolences to the families affected and directed authorities to extend aid to the victims, reported enws agency. The government has announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the family members of the deceased, Rs 2 lakh to those with 60 per cent injuries and Rs ...

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Over 60 killed in Nigeria suicide blasts

MNA International Desk: Suicide bombers killed more than 60 people at a mosque and a market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, in a twin attack bearing the hallmarks of Boko Haram and a day after US president Donald Trump pledged greater support to fight the Islamist militants. The blasts, said to have been carried out by young boys, happened shortly after 1:00pm (1200 GMT) in Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the Adamawa state capital, Yola. Imam Garki, from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said a joint assessment with the police and Red Cross found that 26 people ...

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