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Syrian state media says U.S. struck army base, U.S. denies

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian state media and a military media unit run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said early on Thursday that the U.S.-led coalition targeted Syrian army positions in Syria’s desert, but U.S. military officials denied any knowledge of the strikes. “Some of our military sites between Albu Kamal and Hamimia were exposed at dawn today to aggression launched by ...

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Trump fundraiser launches subpoena blitz in Qatar legal fight- sources

(Reuters) – Lawyers for Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for U.S. President Donald Trump, have sent out more than 40 subpoenas to internet service providers, lobbying firms and others in an escalating legal fight against Qatar for allegedly hacking into his emails, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The subpoenas, issued in recent weeks as part of a ...

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Malaysia’s ex-PM resumes giving statement to anti-graft agents

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak, whose near 10-year rule ended two weeks ago, returned to an anti-graft agency on Thursday to resume his explanation for the suspicious transfers of millions of dollars into his bank account. Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak arrives to give a statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Putrajaya, Malaysia ...

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Japan women see turning point on sexual harassment after scandal

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese women, long accustomed to enduring sexual harassment in silence, are speaking out after a high-profile scandal involving a top bureaucrat stirred debate and protests. Social Democratic Party’s lawmaker Mizuho Fukushima poses with the #MeToo banner during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai In interviews with Reuters, six prominent women said ...

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U.S., in tit-for-tat, expels two Venezuelan envoys

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it has ordered two Venezuelan diplomats to leave the United States within 48 hours, a move that follows Venezuela’s decision to expel two American diplomats. The envoys are the chargé d’affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the deputy consul general of the Venezuelan consulate in Houston, the ...

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Pentagon uninvites China from major U.S. military exercise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Wednesday uninvited China from a major U.S.-hosted naval drill in response to what it sees as Beijing’s militarization of islands in the South China Sea, a decision China called unconstructive. “As an initial response to China’s continued militarization of the South China Sea we have disinvited the PLA Navy from the 2018 Rim of ...

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Trump says will know next week if North Korea summit to go ahead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would know next week whether his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would take place on June 12 in Singapore as scheduled, casting further doubt on plans for the unprecedented meeting. U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he boards Air Force One to travel ...

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Multiple casualties in bomb blast in Iraqi capital Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Multiple people were killed or wounded in a suicide attack in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Thursday, Iraqi security services said. The attack took place in the predominantly Shi’ite Shula district, in northwest Baghdad. According to a statement from Iraq’s National Security media center, the attacker detonated an explosive vest after he was besieged by security forces at ...

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