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Putin meets Assad, calls for ‘political process’ on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a rare meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Thursday and said the situation in Syria is now favourable for the beginning of a “political process” which would lead to the withdrawal of foreign forces. “After the military success (of the Syrian army in recent ...

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Malaysia’s Anwar says Najib likely headed to jail

Newly released Malaysian political heavyweight Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday he expects ex-premier Najib Razak to be jailed over multi-billion-dollar graft claims. In an interview with AFP a day after he walked free from custody — where he had languished since 2015 on what supporters say were trumped-up charges levelled at ...

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Cambridge Analytica shared data with Russia: whistleblower

Cambridge Analytica former employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee on interference with the 2016 US election. Photo: AFP Political consulting group Cambridge Analytica used Russian researchers and shared data with companies linked to Russian intelligence, a whistleblower told a congressional hearing on interference in the ...

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Syrian rebels pull out of their last besieged area

A woman gestures as she stands on rubble of damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria May 14, 2018. Photo: Reuters The remaining fighters started to withdraw from the last rebel-held enclave in central Syria on Wednesday, state television reported, sealing the government’s control over the area and opening a major stretch ...

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EU’s Tusk asks: ‘With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?’

U.S. President Donald Trump has “rid Europe of all illusions” by quitting the Iran nuclear deal and driving trade disputes, the European Union chairman said on Wednesday, underlining the depth of trans-Atlantic discord. The 28 worried EU leaders are gathering in the Bulgarian capital for discussions over dinner on Wednesday ...

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Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning

Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off dramatically, with Israel on Wednesday pointing to what it said were Egyptian efforts to restore calm after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire. Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement, denying any pressure from neighboring Egypt to scale back the six-week-old ...

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Indonesia police shoot dead four men after attack on Riau HQ

Riau police headquarters in Sumatra. Photo: Courtesy Daily Star Indonesian police shot dead four men on Wednesday after they used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, a police spokesman said. The men had driven their car into the police yard before getting out to ...

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Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, two days after US move

Workers hanging from the side of a building place a banner welcoming the opening of the new Guatemalan embassy in Jerusalem, in the complex hosting the new embassy in Jerusalem, May 15, 2018. Photo: Reuters Guatemala opened an embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, two days after the United States made ...

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