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North Korea leader says missile test was 'greatest success': KCNA

Seoul (AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has declared a recent submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test the “greatest success”, Pyongyang’s state media said on Thursday. The results of Wednesday’s launch proved the North had joined the “front rank of … Continue reading

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Colombia, FARC rebels reach historic peace deal

Havana (AFP) – Colombia’s government and FARC rebels announced Wednesday that they have reached a historic peace deal to end their half-century civil war, the last major armed conflict in the Americas. “The Colombian government and the FARC announce that … Continue reading

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CIA declassifies Nixon, Ford briefings

Washington (AFP) – The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday declassified a trove of secret daily briefings given to presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, offering fresh insights into pivotal moments in Cold War history. The 2,500 previously classified daily intelligence … Continue reading

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Facebook, Twitter failing on extremist content: UK MPs

London (AFP) – Facebook, Twitter and Google are not doing enough to prevent their social networks from being used by extremists for a recruitment drive, a panel of British MPs said Thursday. Failure to act would lead to the sites … Continue reading

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Post Arab Spring, lifespan drops across region: study

Paris (AFP) – The conflict and civil strife that has erupted across the eastern Mediterranean region since the Arab Spring began in 2010 has shortened lifespans and damaged health, according to a study released Thursday. Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt all … Continue reading

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Navy says Iranian boats harassed US ship in Strait of Hormuz

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Iranian small boats harassed a U.S. Navy warship near the Persian Gulf, but no missiles were fired, the chief of naval operations said Wednesday. Adm. John Richardson said the incident involving the guided missile destroyer USS … Continue reading

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Bill Clinton defends embattled family foundation

Former President Bill Clinton, left, says hello to Megan Bartlett, of Decatur, Ga., and her 3-month-old daughter Hannah Rice, as he works the crowd at historic Manuel’s Tavern, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, during a stop in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution … Continue reading

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Iranian navy in 'unsafe' intercept of US destroyer: defense official

Washington (AFP) – Four Iranian military vessels sped close to a US Navy guided missile destroyer with their weapons uncovered in the Strait of Hormuz in an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter, a US defense official said Wednesday. The USS Nitze … Continue reading

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UN report: Syrian troops carried out gas attacks

A confidential report by both the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog has alleged Syrian government forces carried out at least two toxic gas attacks and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reportedly used sulfur mustard gas. … Continue reading

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Pentagon probes possible civilian deaths in Syria strike

Washington (AFP) – A US-led coalition air strike on an Islamic State weapons factory near the jihadists’ Syria stronghold Raqa may have killed civilians, the Pentagon said Wednesday. “Reports indicate that what appeared to be a non-military vehicle drove into … Continue reading

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