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PALM BEACH: US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) he hoped his improbable summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un would go ahead—but warned he was not afraid to walk away if the meeting appears unlikely to be “fruitful.” The odds of the Trump-Kim talks taking place…

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BEIRUT: UN security experts have said they were negotiating with Syrian and Russian authorities for international chemical inspectors to deploy to the site of an alleged toxic gas attack near Damascus, after a reconnaissance mission came under fire. The team from the world’s chemical arms watchdog has not yet been…

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THE HAGUE: Britain accused Russia on Wednesday of breaking the two-decade international ban on chemical weapons, at emergency talks on last month’s poisoning with a nerve agent of a former Russian spy. The accusations came as diplomats from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons met behind closed-doors in…

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BEIJING: Chinese combat helicopters conducted live-fire drills with missiles off the country’s southeast coast, state media said on Thursday, without confirming whether the exercises took place in the sensitive Taiwan Strait. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) exercise took place Wednesday and involved various types of helicopters that tested “all-weather operational…

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The Defense Ministry yesterday denied that weapons seized from a Thai national in Thailand’s Trat province, which borders Koh Kong province’s Cham Yeam International Border checkpoint, were from Cambodia. Chhum Sucheat, spokesman for Defense Ministry, said yesterday that news report published by Thai media outlet was false. “The spokesman of…

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ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections for June 24, bringing the polls forward by a year-and-a-half to accelerate the transition to a new system critics fear will lead to one-man rule. The announcement by the strongman leader, who has ruled his country since 2003, upended…

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TAMPA: NASA on Wednesday blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) soared into the cloudless, blue sky atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from…

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BEIJING: Chinese combat helicopters conducted live-fire drills with missiles off the country’s southeast coast, state media said on Thursday, without confirming whether the exercises took place in the sensitive Taiwan Strait. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) exercise took place on Wednesday and involved various types of helicopters that tested “all-weather…

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PALM BEACH, Florida: President Donald Trump gave his blessing to talks aimed at formally ending the Korean War in a series of diplomatic revelations on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), as reports said CIA director Mike Pompeo had met Kim Jong Un on a secret visit to Pyongyang. Raising expectations for…

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PALM BEACH, Florida: Donald Trump hosts his golfing buddy Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Tuesday, with both leaders eager to iron out differences on trade and display a united front on North Korea as the US president prepares to meet Kim Jong Un. Japan’s Prime Minister is making…

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