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UN envoy hails Yemen peace talks in Kuwait

UN envoy hails Yemen peace talks in Kuwait KUWAIT CITY: The UN envoy hailed a “constructive” first full day of Yemen peace talks on Friday (Apr 22) but called for a halt to air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition and missile fire by Iran-backed rebels. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said …

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China looks overseas in bid to slim down bloated steel sector

China looks overseas in bid to slim down bloated steel sector As part of efforts to ease domestic steel and coal overcapacity, widely blamed for triggering a global industry crisis, China said it will do more to help its firms shift capacity overseas while keeping tight control on adding new …

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U.S. says North Korean remittances at risk if it conducts nuclear test

U.S. says North Korean remittances at risk if it conducts nuclear test A fifth North Korean nuclear test could trigger new sanctions including an effort to choke off hard currency earnings by its workers abroad, the top U.S. diplomat for the Asia-Pacific region said on Tuesday. “Like a regimen of …

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Afghan Taliban attack central Kabul, at least 28 dead

Afghan Taliban attack central Kabul, at least 28 dead A major Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack on a government security office in central Kabul during rush hour on Tuesday killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 320, a week after the militant group announced a spring offensive. …

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Syrian government says Assad’s future not up for discussion

Syrian government says Assad’s future not up for discussion The Syrian government’s chief negotiator said President Bashar al-Assad’s future was not up for discussion at peace talks, underlining the bleak prospects for reviving U.N.-led negotiations postponed by the opposition. Bashar Ja’afari, speaking to Lebanese TV station al Mayadeen, also said …

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U.S. to give Philippines eye in sky to track South China Sea activity

U.S. to give Philippines eye in sky to track South China Sea activity The United States will transfer an observation blimp to the Philippines to help it track maritime activity and guard its borders amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, a U.S. diplomat said on Monday. Philip Goldberg, …

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Heavy fighting continues in Afghan city Kunduz

Heavy fighting continues in Afghan city Kunduz Afghan forces fought back a renewed series of attacks on Kunduz, killing dozens of Taliban fighters, officials said on Sunday as insurgent forces stepped up their bid to retake the northern city that they captured briefly last year. The attack on Kunduz, involving …

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Bomb kills two education ministry workers in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two education ministry workers in Afghan capital KABUL – Two people were killed and seven wounded when a mini-bus carrying workers from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education was hit by a bomb blast in the capital on Monday, the ministry said. A roadside bomb blew up the bus while …

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Rebels shoot down second Syrian jet in a month

Rebels shoot down second Syrian jet in a month Rebels shot down a second Syrian warplane in less than a month on Tuesday and a monitoring group said they captured its pilot in an area near Aleppo where heavy fighting has erupted in recent days despite a cessation of hostilities …

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Panama Papers probes opened, China limits access to news on leaks

Panama Papers probes opened, China limits access to news on leaks HONG KONG/BEIJING — Authorities across the globe have opened investigations into the activities of the world’s rich and powerful after a cache of leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm showed possible wrongdoing using offshore company structures. The “Panama Papers” …

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