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US to exit UN Human Rights Council: Reports

Washington: The US plans to announce its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, media reports said. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who had last year threatened to pull out of it given longstanding US complaints that it is biased against Israel, along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, plans to

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Trump aggressively defends border family separation

Washington: US President Donald Trump has aggressively defended his policy of separating children from their parents at the Mexico border, accusing the migrants of “infesting” the country, media reports said. In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump used language evoking images of pests, not human beings, when describing migrants approaching the US border and blaming the Democrats

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Taliban announces end to Afghanistan Eid festival ceasefir

Kabul: A widely welcomed three-day ceasefire between security forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan appears to be over, with the latter saying its militants had been ordered to take up arms again on Sunday night. The government says it will continue a unilateral ceasefire for another 10 days, although security forces can defend themselves if attacked,

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Three killed in Japan quake

Tokyo: At least three people were killed and over 50 others injured on Monday when a an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Japan’s Osaka city. The victims comprised a nine-year-old girl and two men, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. The earthquake was recorded at 7.58 a.m. and had its hypocenter at about 13 km

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Fires break out in towers in Britain on Grenfell anniversary

London: Two separate fires broke out in high-rise residential blocks in London and Glasgow, on the first anniversary of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire. Eight people were treated for smoke inhalation after a fire started in a kitchen in a 14th floor flat at Commercial Court in the Gorbals area of Glasgow on Thursday morning. Video

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US F-15 fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan

Tokyo: A US F-15 fighter jet crashed into the sea off Okinawa in Japan’s on Monday, with a Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) helicopter rescuing the pilot, according to government officials here. The crash of the F-15 jet, which belonged to the US Kadena Air Base, occurred at around 6:40 a.m. local time and around 80 km

Italy shuts ports to migrant rescue ship

Rome: Italy’s new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has refused permission for a rescue vessel to drop off 629 migrants picked up off the Libya’s coast saying ports were closed to migrants from that country, the Guardian reported. Salvini, leader of the far-right League, said Malta should let the Aquarius dock but he was rejected. However, the

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Merkel calls Trump’s attitude towards G7 depressing

Berlin: Germany’s chancellor on Sunday described the decision of the President of the US to withdraw his support for the joint statement of the Group of Seven (G7) summit “depressing”. “We had been talking seriously about key issues, we had reached an agreement and then the way the President withdrew his support, through a tweet, was

White House blasts Trudeau over G7 statements

Washington: Two senior White House officials on Sunday blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his earlier statements during the just concluded Group of Seven (G7) summit. Trudeau announced on Saturday that all G7 members had endorsed the joint communique; however, he noted that the US tariffs are “insulting” and Canada “will not be pushed around”.

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Trump to skip G7 climate sessions following spat with Macron, Trudeau

Washington: US President Donald Trump will skip scheduled sessions on climate change, clean energy and oceans during the two-day G7 Summit which is slated to begin on Friday in Quebec, Canada, the White House announced. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, announced on Thursday that Trump will leave the resort in Charlevoix (where all

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