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Trump scrapped White House plan to issue statement praising McCain - reports

President Trump and recently-deceased five-term Republican Senator from Arizona John S. McCain had been at loggerheads long before the former's presidential inauguration, and it seems like the status-quo has not changed even after McCain's death. According to the Washington Post, this...

Monday, August 27, 2018, 9:45 AM

Largest China-made amphibious aircraft completes trial flight

World's largest China-made amphibious aircraft, the AG600, has completed a trial flight from the city of Zhuhai in southern Guangdong province to Jingmen city in central province of Hubei and is ready to start tests on the water, the plane's manufacturer, the Aviation Industry Corporation...

Monday, August 27, 2018, 9:39 AM

Newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Morrison takes oath of office

Former Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison was sworn in as the country's prime minister in the Government House, located in the country's capital of Canberra, on Friday, finalizing the ouster of Malcolm Turnbull, The Guardian newspaper reported. According to The Guardian, Morrison was...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 4:00 PM

Ahed Tamimi under fire for praise of Hezbollah leader

Teenage Palestinian icon Ahed Tamimi is infuriating critics after she heaped praise on Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Tamimi was imprisoned by Israeli authorities in December after she was caught on video slapping an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier who entered her family's...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 10:12 AM

Ex-South Korean president jail term increased to 25 years

The South Korean appeal court on Friday extended ex-president Park Geun-hye's prison sentence in a case arising from a corruption scandal that led to mass protests and her dismissal in 2017. The Seoul High Court found Park guilty of charges including bribery, Yonhap news agency reported. Park...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 10:02 AM

Trump's lawyer warns of 'revolt' if president impeached

US President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that there was no reason for the president’s impeachment, noting that such step would only make US citizens "revolt." "There is no reason [for Trump's impeachment]. He did not collude with the Russians. He did not...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 9:56 AM

Duterte refuses to buy US fighter jets 'after they humiliated us'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has blamed the United States for trying to hamper the modernization of his country's army and for criticizing his crackdown on illegal drugs. Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed as “utterly useless” an offer by the US defense chief and other top US...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 9:47 AM

First case of rare flesh-eating STD reported in United Kingdom

The first case of a rare sexually transmitted disease that causes flesh-eating ulcers to appear near one's genitals has been diagnosed in the UK. According to the Lancashire Post, the unidentified woman, who lives in Southport, England, was diagnosed with donovanosis within the past year. She...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 9:33 AM

North Korea halts dismantlement of key missile site – reports

North Korea seems to have stopped dismantling what it calls a satellite launching station, believed to be a test site for intercontinental ballistic missiles, a US-South Korean monitoring website said. North 38 said commercial satellite imagery dating to August 16 showed there had been no "...

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 10:00 AM

Beijing might benefit from Trump's ban on Iranian oil – Chinese scholar

China might benefit from Washington's ban on Iranian oil purchases, which will start on November 5, 2018, Ji Kaiyun, director of the China Southwestern University’s Center of Iranian Studies, told Sputnik, recalling that Beijing had always found ways to circumvent American sanctions....

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 9:55 AM

US policies violate NATO principles, Erdogan spokesman says

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman on Wednesday criticized Washington for the attempts to intervene into detained pastor Andrew Brunson’s case. Turkish president's spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin urged the United States to respect Turkey's judicial independence in a...

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 9:44 AM

Australian Prime Minister sets conditions for resignation

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Thursday he would step down if his ruling Liberal party called a leadership ballot. "I now await a letter with signatures of a majority of the party room. That’s 43. If I receive that I will convene a new party room meeting," he said...

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 9:37 AM

China vows to challenge US import tariffs at WTO

Beijing will lodge a protest with the World Trade Organization against the implementation of US tariffs on $16 billion worth of goods, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said Thursday. The latest round of sanctions came into effect on Thursday. China had earlier warned it would respond in kind and hike...

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 9:28 AM

If US attacks Iran, allies in region will be targeted - senior Iran cleric

A Senior Iranian cleric has stated that Donald Trump’s offer of direct talks with Tehran is unacceptable, according to Mizan News. "Americans say you should accept what we say in the talks. So this is not negotiation, but a dictatorship. The Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation would...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 10:42 AM

Facebook, Twitter remove hundreds of pages tied to Iran

Facebook has removed more than 650 pages and accounts for inauthentic behavior that could be linked to Iran, the social media giant said in a statement. Twitter also announced the deletion of 284 accounts, many of which, according to the platform, originated from Iran. "We’ve removed...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 10:22 AM

Gun assault by militants kills at least 19 in Guzamala, Nigeria - reports

Heavily-armed militants attacked the village of Mailari in the Guzamala region of Nigeria's Borno state at around 2 a.m., Reuters reported, citing local eyewitnesses. Survivors reported that at least 19 people were killed although some eyewitnesses have put the death toll at 63. The militants...

Monday, August 20, 2018, 10:31 AM

Death toll from Ebola outbreak in DRС climbs to 49

The number of victims from the latest outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has increased to 49 people, the DRC Health Ministry said Sunday. On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the death toll stood at 44. To date, medical specialists have...

Monday, August 20, 2018, 10:26 AM

Unknown gunman attacks US embassy in Turkey

An unidentified person fired shots at the US Embassy in Ankara at around 5 A.M. local time, CNN Turk reported. The bullets were reportedly fired from a white vehicle; however, the license plate could not be determined. According to the local media reports, the gunman reportedly targeted the...

Monday, August 20, 2018, 10:22 AM

Italy asks EU Commission to solve situation around migrant vessel

Diciotti rescued Wednesday 177 migrants from a boat in the territorial waters of Malta. However, the authorities of Malta refused to accept the migrants saying that the boat was not in distress and the coast guard’s actions were explained only by the Italian wish to prevent the migrants from...

Monday, August 20, 2018, 10:17 AM

'No troops in Syria': China refutes media reports alleging conflict involvement

Media reports about the alleged Chinese military involvement in the Syrian conflict are speculations that provide false interpretation of the Chinese political course, Chinese Special Envoy for Syria Xie Xiaoyan said on Monday. “Recently, some media speculations that China is going to...

Monday, August 20, 2018, 10:10 AM

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