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NHS: Beloved but beleaguered at 70

When planning the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games, director Danny Boyle was tasked with choosing themes that would best sum up the United Kingdom. Some were obvious: the Queen, the Beatles, James Bond, but others less so, at least from outside. A chain of nurses encircling the main stage, bustling around children who jumped up and down on their hospital beds symbolised the country’s National Health Service (NHS). {articleGUID} While the Olympics might have seemed a strange place to celebrate a government body, a national poll conducted at the 2012 games ranked the NHS as the institution...

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US, South Korea suspend contentious war games

The US and South Korea have agreed to suspend contentious military exercises off the Korean Peninsula until after the Winter Olympic Games in a sign that nuclear tensions with North Korea may be easing. US President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that planned talks between Seoul and Pyongyang “are a good thing” as he praised the United States’ “strong” stance and its willingness “to commit our total ‘might’ against the North”. The two Koreas restored a cross-border hotline on Wednesday that had been shut down since 2016. They also agreed to hold high-level talks next week –...

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Will Trump cut all aid to Palestine and Pakistan?

Palestinian leaders say they will not be blackmailed after United States President Donald Trump threatened to cut aid worth around three quarters of a billion dollars a year. He made the statement on Twitter, blaming Palestinians for refusing to engage in Middle East peace talks. The Palestinian Authority responded saying the US should not blame Palestinians for “its own failures”. Relations with the US have plummeted since Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last month. The aid cut threatens money allocated to the Palestinian Authority. But most US funding goes to development and building projects – and not directly...

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Deadly suicide blast hits Afghan capital

At least 11 people were killed in a suicide bombing targeting security forces in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday. Waheed Majrooh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, told Al Jazeera at least 25 others were wounded in the attack that happened in the Banaee area in Kabul’s PD9 district.  Ambulances rushed to the scene to transfer the wounded to hospitals from the area close to the US embassy and other foreign missions. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) issued a statement on its Amaq news agency saying it was responsible for the blast. A suicide...

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Iran prosecutor blames CIA, Israel, Saudi for protests

Iran’s protests have calmed in recent days after 22 people were killed over a week [Francois Lenoir/Reuters] A CIA agent was the “main projector” of deadly demonstrations in Iran with assistance from Israel and Saudi Arabia, the country’s chief prosecutor alleged on Thursday. Planning for the plot – dubbed “Consequential Convergence Doctrine” – was initiated four years ago by an operative from the Central Intelligence Agency, Iran’s prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency as saying. The CIA operative and an agent affiliated with Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency were in charge of masterminding the...

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