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US Senate icon McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war and the maverick 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his office announced Wednesday. The 80-year-old lawmaker from Arizona underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye last week and tests …

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Angry Democrats file no-confidence motion against Trump

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Two dozen congressional Democrats Wednesday launched a no-confidence motion against Donald Trump, an effort that will have no practical effect but highlights the rancor aroused by the US president. “This is an attempt at a political intervention,” Representative Steve Cohen told reporters as he unveiled the resolution …

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Chinese city leadership shake-up signals Xi power play

BEIJING (AFP) – A sudden leadership change in one of China s biggest cities has highlighted President Xi Jinping s ambition to consolidate his grip on power at an upcoming major political gathering, analysts say. Former Xi aide Chen Miner was named Communist Party chief in Chongqing last weekend, abruptly replacing a …

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India revokes Dr Zakir Naik’s passport

The 51-year-old president of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation is currently out of India. NEW DELHI (Roze News) – Ministry of External Affairs of India on Tuesday revoked the passport of Islamic preacher and scholar Dr Zakir Naik. The 51-year-old president of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) is currently out of …

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US and Iran in tit-for-tat sanctions over missiles

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US and Iran traded tit-for-tat sanctions on Tuesday over the Islamic republic s ballistic missile programme, just hours after Washington admitted Tehran was complying with a landmark nuclear deal signed two years ago. After the US announced its new sanctions, Iran hit back, calling them “worthless” and …

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Afghan civilian deaths hit new high: UN

KABUL (AFP) – The people of war-torn Afghanistan continue to bear the brunt of the grinding conflict with civilian deaths at their worst since records began, the United Nations said Monday. In the first half of the year, 1,662 civilians were killed and more than 3,500 injured with deaths in …

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