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WASHINGTON: Convincing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons is a “lost cause,” America’s top intelligence official, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said Tuesday, causing concern in the State Department and ally South Korea over an issue of long-standing US policy. The United States has always maintained it cannot accept…

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GOLD COAST, Australia: Two children had a “miracle” escape when a raft flipped at an Australian theme park killing four adults, police said Wednesday, as claims emerged that safety concerns had been raised at Dreamworld last year. Two women and two men died when two rafts on the Thunder River…

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WASHINGTON: Indonesian militant Riduan Isamuddin, who has been accused over a series of high-profile attacks, will stay in detention at Guantanamo Bay after US officials rejected his bid for release. A US government body tasked with reducing the number of inmates at Guantanamo said that Isamuddin, better known by his…

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SYDNEY: Vatican finance chief George Pell has been interviewed by Australian police in Rome over sexual assault claims, authorities said Wednesday, but no charges have yet been laid. It follows explosive allegations against Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric, aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in July, which he strongly…

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Iraq also records large number of people leaving war zone QAYYARAH, Iraq: A top US Army general on Tuesday flew in to an airbase south of Mosul that will prove vital in Iraqi forces’ offensive on the Islamic State-held city. US Army General Joseph Votel, who heads the military’s Central…

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WASHINGTON: The United States said Tuesday it was “troubled” by Iran’s reported 18-year sentence of an Iranian American accused of spying, a week after two other dual citizens were sentenced amid tense bilateral relations. In an interview from a prison in northeast Iran with the Los Angeles Times, Gholamrez Reza…

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UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned violence in the Central African Republic, one day after four people were killed and 14 others wounded in the capital of Bangui. The violence took place during demonstrations called by a coalition of civil society groups protesting against United Nations…

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CALAIS, France: Fires cut through a swathe of the Calais “Jungle” on Wednesday, sending migrants fleeing as French authorities prepared to ramp up demolition of the notorious camp. The blazes spread just hours after workers protected by police moved in Tuesday to clear the squalid camp that has been home…

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PODGORICA, Montenegro: Montenegro’s veteran leader Milo Djukanovic will not continue as prime minister in the next government according to his party, which topped recent parliamentary polls. The Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) late Tuesday said the party’s management had decided to propose Djukanovic’s deputy and former national security chief, Dusko…

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DAKAR: Gambia has announced its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, accusing the Hague-based tribunal of the “persecution and humiliation of people of color, especially Africans”. The announcement late Tuesday comes after similar decisions this month by South Africa and Burundi to abandon the troubled institution, set up to try…

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