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Roundup: Palestinian presidency slams US attempt to liquidate Palestinian issue as "conspiracy"

Roundup: Palestinian presidency slams US attempt to liquidate Palestinian issue as "conspiracy"

File Photo: Sand sculpture at India’s Puri Beach by artist Sudarshan Pattnaik calling for Israel-Palestine ceasefire. (Xinhua) RAMALLAH, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) — Palestinian presidency slammed the U.S. attempt to liquidate the Palestinian issue as a “conspiracy,” saying it comes at the expense of the issue of Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees. Official Palestinian news agency (WAFA) […]

Woman fined $156 for wearing face veil in Denmark

Woman fined $156 for wearing face veil in Denmark

by Associated Press August 4 at 9:41 AM HELSINKI — A 28-year-old woman wearing a face veil has become the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new law banning such garments in public places. Danish news agency Ritzau reported that police were called to a shopping center in Horsholm, a city […]

Attackers target Shiite mosque in Afghanistan, killing at least 39

Attackers target Shiite mosque in Afghanistan, killing at least 39

by Sayed Salahuddin August 3 at 3:11 PM KABUL — Attackers clad in burqas opened fire on a Shiite mosque and set off a suicide blast Friday, killing at least 39 people and injuring scores of others in southeastern Afghanistan, officials said. The Taliban denied any links to the attack that occurred during prayers in […]

UPDATE 6-Turkish lira skids past 5 to dollar on US sanctions move

UPDATE 6-Turkish lira skids past 5 to dollar on US sanctions move

(Adds U.S. secretary of state, Turkish foreign minister to meet, paragraph 7) By Tuvan Gumrukcu and David Dolan ISTANBUL, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Turkey’s lira tumbled to a record low beyond 5 to the dollar on Thursday, after Washington imposed sanctions on two of President Tayyip Erdogan’s ministers over the trial of a U.S. pastor […]

Jacinda Ardern Embraces Dual Role: New Zealand Prime Minister and Mom

Jacinda Ardern Embraces Dual Role: New Zealand Prime Minister and Mom

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand returned to work on Thursday, six weeks after she gave birth to her first child, saying that she would not pretend she was superhuman or “hide the imperfections” of parenting. The prime minister has become something of a trailblazer on the gender and parenting […]

Army opens fire on violent opposition protests in Zimbabwe capital during wait for election results

Army opens fire on violent opposition protests in Zimbabwe capital during wait for election results

by Max Bearak August 1 at 9:48 AM Email the author HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s army opened fire on opposition supporters in the heart of the capital Harare on Wednesday after protests over delays in reporting election results turned violent. Thousands of backers of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) chanted anti-government slogans and […]

Islamic State claims foreign fighter bombed military checkpoint in the Philippines

Islamic State claims foreign fighter bombed military checkpoint in the Philippines

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a military checkpoint in Lamitan, a city in the Basilan province of the Philippines. At least 10 people were killed and several others wounded in the blast, according to initial press reports. The so-called caliphate has posted a picture of the bomber, who is […]

Rival Koreas' generals discuss easing military confrontation

Rival Koreas' generals discuss easing military confrontation

South Korean Maj. Gen. Kim Do-gyun leaves for the border village of Panmunjom to attend a joint meeting between North and South Korea to discuss how to ease military confrontations, at the Office of the South Korea-North Korea Dialogue in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press) by Hyung-Jin Kim | AP July 30 […]

China tempts Britain with free trade, says door to US talks open

China tempts Britain with free trade, says door to US talks open

BEIJING (Reuters) – China offered Britain talks on a post-Brexit free trade deal on Monday, reaching out to London as Beijing remains mired in an increasingly bitter trade war with Washington, even as a senior Chinese diplomat reiterated its door remained open for dialogue. Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (L) shakes hands with China’s Foreign […]

As Zimbabwe Prepares to Vote, Robert Mugabe Resurfaces With a Message

As Zimbabwe Prepares to Vote, Robert Mugabe Resurfaces With a Message

EPWORTH, Zimbabwe — As he buttonholed voters less than two days before Zimbabwe’s general election, the opposition candidate worked the crowd alone and on foot. He bounced from voter to voter, a wide smile across his face, ready with a handshake and a joke. In past elections, before Robert G. Mugabe was ousted in November […]