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France hosts reformist Saudi crown prince on global tour

PARIS (AFP) – Saudi Arabia s crown prince arrived in France on Sunday on the next leg of a global tour aimed at reshaping his kingdom s austere image as he presses ahead with plans to reform the conservative petrostate. Prince Mohammed bin Salman will hold meetings with President Emmanuel Macron during …

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N. Korea ready to discuss denuclearization with US: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – North Korean officials have told their US counterparts that Kim Jong Un is ready to discuss denuclearization, an assurance that could pave the way for a meeting with President Donald Trump, reports said Sunday. It is the first time the offer was made directly to Washington, after …

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Trump warns of ‘big price’ after suspected Syria gas attack

BEIRUT (AFP) – An alleged chemical attack that left dozens dead in Syria s rebel-held town of Douma sparked international outrage Sunday, with US President Donald Trump warning there would be a “big price to pay”. As condemnation of Saturday s attack poured in, rebels began evacuating Douma, the last sliver they …

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France seeks urgent UN Security Council meet on Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Nine of the 15 United Nations Security Council members have demanded an urgent meeting Monday after an alleged chemical attack on Syria s rebel-held town of Douma, diplomatic sources said. France initiated the move, and the request was also signed by Britain, the Ivory Coast, Kuwait, the …

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Four killed in IS suicide attack on Iraq party hq

RAMADI (AFP) – A suicide attack targeting a political party headquarters in western Iraq has killed four people and injured seven others, including a candidate in polls set for May, officials said Sunday. The Islamic State (IS) group issued a statement claiming the attack, which took place late Saturday in …

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