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U.S. House Democrats Vow To Continue Russia Probe, Issue Own Report

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WASHINGTON – Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they would keep investigating Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, despite a decision by Republicans on the panel to shut down the probe. “We are going to do our best to continue our work. There are individuals who want to…

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Trump Transcript In Full: ‘Jerusalem Is (Not) Israel’s Capital’

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  WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has announced that the US formally recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy. Here is the transcript of that announcement, made in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on…

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Muslims Pray Outside White House To Protest Trump Jerusalem Move

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  WASHINGTON – Hundreds of Muslims attended Friday prayers in front of the White House to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Responding to the call of American Muslim organizations, worshippers laid out their prayer mats at a park in front of the president’s residence. Wearing traditional Palestinian…

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US Defends Trump On Jerusalem At UN

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  THE United States stood alone on Friday as one after another fellow UN Security Council member criticised its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The debate unfolded at a largely symbolic emergency meeting of the council — no vote on a resolution was planned, as the US has veto power — two days…

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US Ambassador To UN Calls For UN Members To Cut Off All Ties With N. Korea

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  NEW YORK – US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called on countries across the world to sever their ties with North Korea on Wednesday as the UN Security Council met to discuss its response to North Korea’s recent long-range missile launch, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. Haley also said that US…

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PM Arrives In London To Meet Theresa May

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KUALA LUMPUR: After a highly successful meeting with United States President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is about to meet another world leader. Najib tweeted that he would be meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May. “Just arrived in the UK. Will be meeting PM @theresa_may . Looking forward to further strengthening our…

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M’sia Reaffirms Commitment To Fight Terrorrism

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WASHINGTON DC: Malaysia has reaffirmed its commitment to the US to continue fighting the Islamist State (IS) and all forms of terrorism. Labelling them a common enemy of both nations, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Malaysia would ensure its part of the world was safe as part of its commitment. “The other goal…

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Ringgit Higher Against US Dollar

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KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit was slightly higher against the US dollar and other major currencies early Wednesday on renewed demand for the domestic unit, a dealer said. At 9.00 am(0100 gmt), the local unit was quoted at 4.2050/2080 against the greenback from Tuesday’s close of 4.2060/2090. The dealer said the ringgit’s rebound was due to…

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Syrian Rebels: US Allies Push For Retreat

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AMMAN- Two Western-backed Syrian rebel groups fighting the Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias in southeastern Syria have been asked by their Western and Arab backers to pull out of the area and retreat into Jordan, rebels and diplomatic sources said on Sunday. Both Usoud al-Sharqiya and Martyr Ahmad Abdo, part of the Free Syrian Army…

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Turkish Deputy PM Demands US ‘Immediately’ Arrest Gulen

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ANKARA – The US needs to “immediately” arrest the head of the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO), Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency (AA) reported. Terror leader Fetullah Gulen, who martyred many and tried to overthrow democracy in Turkey last July, resides in the US state of Pennsylvania as if nothing…

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Cuban Government Says New US Policy Towards Cuba Bound To Fail

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  HAVANA – Washington’s newly announced foreign policy towards Cuba is bound to fail, the Cuban government said on Friday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. “Any strategy aimed at changing the political, economic and social system in Cuba, whether it aims to achieve it through pressure or imposition, or by using more subtle methods, is…

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Chinese Jets Intercept US Surveillance Plane

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WASHINGTON – Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 180m of the American aircraft, US officials told Reuters. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed that the US P-3 Orion surveillance plane was 240km southeast of Hong…

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US Launches Missile Strike Against Syria

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PALM BEACH – US President Donald Trump ordered a massive military strike against Syria on Thursday in retaliation for a chemical attack with a sarin-like nerve agent which Washington blames on President Bashar al-Assad. A White House official said 59 precision-guided missiles hit Shayrat Airfield in Syria, where the United States believes Tuesday’s deadly attack…

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Frustration As Cabin Electronics Ban Comes Into Force

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The US and British ban on laptops and tablets in carry-on luggage on some flights from the Middle East and North Africa has come into force, immediately drawing complaints from passengers at several airports. The ban requires that personal devices larger than a mobile phone – such as tablets, laptops and cameras – be placed…

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No Malaysian Detained At JFK, Ministry Confirms

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KUALA LUMPUR: No Malaysian was detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry said. The ministry was responding to a report by a news portal that said a traveller from Malaysia was being held there, although the report noted that it was unknown whether the detainee was a Malaysian…

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U.S. Has “No Position” On Aleppo, Rebel Official Says

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – The United States has “no position” on the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, and is so far only willing to help coordinate an evacuation of fighters as demanded by Russia, an official with an Aleppo rebel group said. The official said there was currently “no American position, apart…

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Science Group Warns Of Shortcomings In U.S. Missile Defence

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. missile defence system to counter attacks from rogue states like North Korea has no proven capability to protect the United States and is not on a credible path to achieve that goal, a science advocacy group said on Thursday. The ground-based midcourse missile defence system, which has deployed 30 interceptors…

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US Accuses Russia Of Harassing, Intimidating Diplomats

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  WASHINGTON – The United States has complained to Russia about a mounting campaign of harassment and intimidation of American diplomats and their families in Moscow, the State Department said on Monday. Among those to raise objections, US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin in March, State Department…

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Several People Stabbed During Neo-Nazi Event In Sacramento

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Ten people were wounded — two of them with life-threatening injuries — on Sunday when counter-protesters clashed with members of neo-Nazi groups that planned to rally outside the California state Capitol building in Sacramento, authorities said. California Highway Patrol Officer George Granada said about 30 members of the Traditionalist Worker Party were gathering for a…

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Ted Cruz Drops Out Of Presidential Race

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WASHINTON: Ted Cruz suspended his White House campaign on Tuesday after suffering a crushing defeat in Indiana’s primary, leaving the road wide open for Donald Trump to seize the Republican nomination. “From the beginning, I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight, I’m sorry to…

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Former US First Lady Nancy Reagan Passed Away At 94

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Nancy Reagan, one of the most high-profile and influential first ladies of the 20th century, has died. She was 94. The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to her rep Joanne Drake, a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library. “Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California,…

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Mysterious High-Pitched Tone Keeps Oregon Residents Up At Night

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An unexplained high-pitched tone has kept residents of a Portland suburb awake at night for at least a week, confounding the best efforts of police and firefighters to pinpoint its source, officials in the community said on Monday. Adding to the mystery is the fact that the noise, a steady, whistle-like note resembling a flute,…

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US Firearms Industry Marketing To Children, Says Report

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WASHINGTON, United States: The American firearms industry is targeting children as young as six with brightly-coloured guns and encouraging parents to let children take up shooting at an early age, according to a report released Thursday. The Violence Policy Center, which aims to stop gun violence, said in its report that gun manufacturers are marketing…

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Najib Promises US Businessmen Stability, Certainty

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  SAN FRANCISCO – As Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak rolled a red carpet for American businessmen, he promised stability and certainty for those investing in Malaysia. “As businessmen you want stability and certainty. As prime minister, I will deliver stability and certainty for you,” he told the American captains of industry during…

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Hypocrisy In International Relations

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Issues of good governance, democracy and human rights will always be low on the agenda of any country when dealing in foreign affairs. The first American president to visit us was Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s. His reasons for visiting were probably the same as President Barack Obama’s: security (although in those days it…

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US Destroyer Heads For Chinese Man-Made Islands

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy plans to send a destroyer within 12 miles of China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea within the next 24 hours, a U.S. defense official confirmed to CNN. The official said the mission now has the approval of President Barack Obama. News of the ship’s plan was first reported…

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Positive Attitude Of US Leaders On Putrajaya Administration Opens New Era

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WASHINGTON DC – The willingness of the United States’ administration to have close cooperation with Malaysia in matters concerning terrorism, cross-border crime and visa exemption will open a new era in bilateral relations. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia saw the positive attitude of the US leaders on the Putrajaya…

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ASEAN Has Potential To Be Fourth Largest Market Globally By 2050

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WASHINGTON DC – ASEAN has the potential to become the fourth largest market in the world by 2050, says the Malaysia US Chamber of Commerce (MYUSCHAM). Executive Director Roy Michael said with over 600 million people and a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of RM2.4 trillion in 2013, ASEAN was the seven largest market. “Should…

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Fifth Service Member Dies After Chattanooga Shooting

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CHATTANOOGO, Tennessee – U.S. Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith, wounded in a shooting rampage in Tennessee, died early Saturday, according to a family member. He is the fifth American service member killed in the attack. Darlene Proxmire, Smith’s step-grandmother, said the logistics specialist was shot in the attack at the Navy Operational Support Center in…

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Why US Presidential Candidates Should Worry More About China

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WASHINGTON – The world might be fixated on ISIS, Iran’s nuclear aspirations, Greece’s economic crash and a belligerent Vladimir Putin. But there’s one high-stakes geopolitical riddle that has the potential to do even more to vex the next president of the United States — and his or her successors for decades: What should the United…

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