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Mali extends state of emergency in bid to quell Islamist attacks

30 Apr 2017
Mali's National Assembly has voted to extend a state of emergency by six months in a bid to quell an upsurge in attacks by Islamist militants based in the desert north of the West African country. On Saturday, Zoumana N'dji Doumbia...
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Absent glitter and Trump, journalists honor press freedom

30 Apr 2017
Prominent Washington journalists, if not Hollywood stars, celebrated the First Amendment during the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, an event that lacked the glitter of past years because of the absence of the president of...
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Wary of Trump, EU courts Iran to bolster moderates ahead of polls

30 Apr 2017
Wary of US President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, the European Union is courting Tehran to signal to its commitment to a nuclear deal and holding out the promise of its economic payoff ahead of May 19 presidential polls, EU...
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North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

A man walks in front of portraits of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong Il in central Pyongyang, North Korea April 16, 2017 (Damir Sagolj / Reuters).
 
29 Apr 2017
North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to "catastrophic consequences".   US...
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British police say they aborted active terrorism plot after woman shot


Police work at Carriage Gate outside the Houses of Parliament (Neil Hall / Reuters). 

 
28 Apr 2017
British police said on Friday they had thwarted an active terrorism plot after a woman was shot during an armed raid on a house in north London.   Armed counter-terrorism officers using CS gas stormed a house in the Willesden area of...
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Trump disregards Taiwan president's suggestion of another phone call: Reuters exclusive

President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban to the United States sparks international furor and days of protests (Mandel Ngan / AFP / File photo).
28 Apr 2017
US President Donald Trump on Thursday spurned the Taiwanese president’s suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping when Beijing appears to be...
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UK could join US action in event of future Syria chemical attack: Johnson

27 Apr 2017
Britain would find it difficult to refuse a request for military assistance in Syria from the United States if President Donald Trump decided to take action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over chemical weapons use, foreign...
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Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits

27 Apr 2017
President Donald Trump has given the military the authority to reset a confusing system of troop limits in Iraq and Syria that critics said allowed the White House to micro-manage battlefield decisions and ultimately obscured the real...
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Israel seeks US backing to avert permanent Iran foothold in Syria

Trump, Netanyahu discuss bringing Arab nations into talks on Palestinians
27 Apr 2017
Israel is seeking an "understanding" with the Trump administration that Iran must not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Israel's intelligence minister told Reuters on Wednesday. In an interview,...
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France says analysis shows Syrian regime behind sarin attack

A suspected gas attack by Syrian government or Russian jets killed at least 35 people, including nine children, in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday, a British-based war monitoring group said (Khan Shaykhun / AFP).
26 Apr 2017
France's foreign minister said on Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar al-Assad's government and shows...
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