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Trump to sign Russia sanctions, Moscow retaliates

U.S. President Donald Trump will sign legislation that imposes sanctions on Russia, the White House said on Friday, after Moscow ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff and said it would seize two U.S. diplomatic properties in retaliation for the bill. The U.S. Senate had voted almost …

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Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources

Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close …

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Venezuela leader’s foes levy new sanctions and fresh strike

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro at home and abroad tried again Wednesday to pressure the socialist leader into halting his plans to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution though there was no public sign their efforts were working. The Trump administration announced sanctions on 13 current and former members of Maduro’s administration, freezing …

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China warns India of its ‘resolve’ amid border standoff

China on Monday warned India not to “push your luck” by underestimating Beijing’s determination to safeguard what it considers sovereign Chinese territory, amid an ongoing standoff between the two neighbors over a contested region high in the Himalayas. Defense ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian reiterated China’s demand that Indian troops …

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Dozens dead after Kabul bomb attack

At least 24 people have been killed in a car bomb attack in Kabul on Monday morning, according to an Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman. At least 42 others were injured in the blast. The blast occurred around 6:40 a.m. local time (10:10 pm ET), when a Toyota Corolla exploded in …

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BBC reveals its stars salaries: Chris Evans named as the best-paid star

Image copyrightBBC/GETTY IMAGESImage captionEvans and Winkleman are the BBC’s highest paid male and female stars Chris Evans has topped the list of the BBC’s best-paid stars. He made between £2.2m and £2.25m in 2016/2017, while Claudia Winkleman is the BBC’s highest-paid female celebrity, earning between £450,000 and £500,000. Match of …

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Cuba’s Castro rebuts Trump at national assembly

Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s partial rollback of the U.S.-Cuban detente, saying it ignored broad public support for better relations and would satisfy only a few Cuban-American hard-liners. In his first public riposte to Trump since the latter unveiled his new Cuba policy last …

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Pope tacks sign on his apartment door: ‘No Whining’

If anyone had any doubts how Pope Francis feels about people who always complain, the answer is now tacked to the door of his frugal suite in a Vatican residence: “No Whining”. Under the explicit warning, the red-and-white Italian language sign goes on to say that “violators are subject to …

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Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up. The one trillion ton iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between …

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