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Cuba nominates Castro replacement Miguel Díaz-Canel

Cuba's lawmakers say Miguel Díaz-Canel is the sole candidate to succeed Raúl Castro, bringing the family's decades-long rule to an end. Raúl Castro took over as president from his ailing…

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Mike Pompeo, CIA chief, made secret trip to North Korea

CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US media report. The meeting to prepare for direct talks between US President…

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Southwest Airlines jet engine ‘explosion’ leaves woman dead

A woman who was partially sucked out of a window of a US passenger plane after an engine exploded in mid-air has died. Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 made an emergency…

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Former US First Lady Barbara Bush dies

Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died at the age of 92. She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents…

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Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site

Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria will be permitted to visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday, Russia has said. The international team has been in the country…

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China’s Sina Weibo backtracks from gay content ban after outrage

Chinese social media network Sina Weibo has backtracked from a controversial gay content ban after a massive outcry. Last Friday the microblogging platform said that posts related to homosexuality would…

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Russia denies tampering with site of alleged Syria chemical attack

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Monday denied allegations made by the U.S. envoy to the global chemical weapons watchdog that Russia may have tampered with the site of…

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Inspectors push to visit suspected Syria gas attack site after Western strikes

DAMASCUS - International inspectors were to try on Monday to visit the site of a suspected gas attack which brought U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria and heightened the diplomatic confrontation…

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Oman, Kuwait urge oil producers to pursue cooperation

KUWAIT CITY - Omani and Kuwaiti oil ministers on Monday called on OPEC and non-OPEC producers to continue their unprecedented cooperation to maintain stability in the energy market. Producers from…

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Germany continues to believe Syria must one day see regime change

BERLIN - Germany continues to believe that the Syrian government of Bashar Assad must be replaced at the end of a peace process, but acknowledges the realities that make this…

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