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MOSCOW: Moscow on Wednesday said it would be “very difficult” to improve US-Russia relations, which have plummeted to Cold War lows on accusations of election meddling and crises in Syria and Ukraine. Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov accused the US of trying to meddle in Russia’s internal affairs ahead of…

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TOKYO: Japan has reported a new suspected sanctions violation by Pyongyang to the UN after spotting an apparent cargo transfer between a ship marked with Chinese characters and a North Korean vessel, the Japanese foreign ministry said. The incident is the third time this year that Tokyo has reported a…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Faced with an outpouring of grief and anger over a deadly school shooting in Florida, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday threw his support behind moves to ban “bump stocks” — an accessory that can turn a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic one. Trump also said school safety…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Mike Pence and North Korean officials had planned to meet secretly during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but Pyongyang scrapped the talks after the US vice president denounced abuses from the “murderous regime,” US officials said Tuesday. Pence did not interact with the North Koreans even though he…

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PARIS: Chronic heavy drinking is a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early onset of the disease, according to a study published Wednesday in The Lancet Public Health. Researchers examining more than 57,000 cases of early-onset dementia in France found that well over half were either alcohol-related,…

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VIENNA: Britain will not engage in “Mad Max-style” deregulation and easing of workers’ rights and environmental standards once it leaves the European Union, the country’s Brexit secretary said on Tuesday. “We will continue our track record of meeting high standards after we leave the European Union,” David Davis said in…

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea: The joint Korean women’s ice hockey team ended their historic Olympic run Tuesday with a crushing 6-1 defeat to Sweden but still received an emotional standing ovation from the crowd. The team was hastily assembled following a landmark deal between South and North Korea only a few…

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COX’S BAZAR: Bangladesh and Myanmar were to hold a border meeting on Tuesday on the fate of some 6,000 Rohingya refugees stranded in no man’s land between the two countries, officials said. The 6,000 at first refused to enter Bangladesh in the influx that poured across the border after the…

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