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US ends funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

WASHINGTON: The United States announced it was halting funding for the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees Friday after declaring the organization was ‘irredeemably flawed.’ Washington has long been the UN Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) largest donor but is “no longer willing to shoulder the very disproportionate share of the burden,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a ...

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Colombia Says Rebels Must Free 19 Hostages Before Peace Talks Can Resume

Colombia’s Marxist ELN rebels must free all 19 hostages it holds before President Ivan Duque, who is evaluating peace talks with the group, will resume dialogue, a senior government official said on Friday, Reuters reports. The National Liberation Army (ELN) had been in negotiations with the administration of former President Juan Manuel Santos since February 2017. The last round of ...

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Judge Halts First Public Grizzly Bear Hunts In More Than 40 Years Near Yellowstone

A federal judge temporarily blocked the opening of the first public grizzly bear hunts for the first time in decades in Wyoming and Montana as he considers whether the Trump administration was wrong by removing federal protections on the animal after it was recently taken off the threatened species list, according to The Guardian. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen issued ...

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Bruce Ohr Reported Hearing Russians Say They Had Trump ‘Over A Barrel’

A Justice Department lawyer whose ties to the infamous dossier about President Donald Trump and Russia has drawn the ire of Republicans told House lawmakers that he was told Russian intelligence thought they had the then-candidate “over a barrel” during the 2016 campaign, a source with knowledge of the testimony told CNN. Bruce Ohr, who testified behind closed doors this ...

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S. Korean envoy to travel to North for pre-summit talks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president will send a special delegation to North Korea next week for talks on a nuclear standoff and to set up a summit planned for next month, his office said Friday. The planned trip on Wednesday comes amid growing worry over the slow pace of getting North Korea to end its nuclear program ...

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South Korea snubs Israeli president

South Korea has denied an official visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to the country in a move that could trigger a diplomatic dispute between Tel Aviv and Seoul. Israeli website Ynetnews reported the snub on Thursday, saying the visit had been planned to take place either this…

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Pak-Iran talks focus on regional peace

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday held talks with his Iranian counterpart to enhance cooperation and strengthen relations with Iran and all the neighouring countries to achieve regional peace and stability. Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Islamabad a day earlier on a two-day visit, met with the foreign minister. The Iranian minister is ...

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