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Trump slams Venezuela at UN; Maduro calls him 'Hitler'

President Donald Trump urged world leaders Tuesday to help restore "democracy and political freedoms" in Venezuela, singling out the South American country for some of his most blistering criticism in a speech to the United Nations.

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US Senate passes $700bn military bill, including $60 bn for war

The US Senate has passed a massive military bill for the year 2018 that far exceeds President Donald Trump's previous budget request, despite a fight over amendments that slowed down the legislation.

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Hamas agrees to steps toward Palestinian unity

Hamas said Sunday it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah, announcing it would dissolve a body seen as a rival government and was ready to hold elections.

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UN Security Council unanimously backs new North Korea sanctions

The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea, slapping a ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test.

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Israel-Africa summit canceled

The Israeli Foreign Ministry says an Israel-Africa summit scheduled next month in Togo has been postponed.

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Putin: North Koreans would rather 'eat grass' than give up nukes

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that North Koreans would rather "eat grass" than suspend a nuclear weapons program that has prompted the Trump administration to call for the toughest possible sanctions against Kim Jong Un's isolated nation.

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China says Trump’s trade threat over North Korea ‘unacceptable'

China on Monday criticized President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off U.S. trade with countries that deal with North Korea and rejected pressure to do more to halt the North’s nuclear development.

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China's Xi says BRICS must promote open world economy

The BRICS group of emerging economies must promote trade liberalization and an open world economy, Chinese President Xi Jinping said at a business meeting on Sunday at the start of a three-day summit being held in southeastern China.

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France’s Macron sets up advisory body to help shape Africa policy

French President Emmanuel Macron has established a brand new Presidential Council for Africa, designed to advise him on African issues and help identify and address the many challenges facing the continent.

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Cuba: UN Security Council Lacks Transparency, Accountability

Cuba has reiterated its long-held position that the United Nations Security Council requires more transparency, a democratic style of organization and genuine accountability

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ALBA Rejects Latest US Sanctions Against Venezuela as Illegal

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, ALBA, has firmly rejected as illegal the economic and financial sanctions announced by the United States government against Venezuela.

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Communist Parties Around the World Reject EU Day for ‘Victims of Communism and Nazism’

In response to the European Union’s event to commemorate the “victims of Nazism and communism”, more than 60 communist parties from around the world released a statement denouncing it.

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Trump announces change of heart on Afghanistan

America’s longest war is about to get longer.

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U.S Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies

Dick Gregory, the U.S comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.

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UN secretary-general joins heads of US army and marines in condemning Donald Trump's Charlottesville response

Donald Trump sparked outrage on Tuesday by saying "both sides" were to blame for the unrest in Charlottesville at the weekend, while prominent far-right figures praised him for his "honesty".

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Trump finally succumbs to pressure and condemns white-supremacist groups, days after violence

Donald Trump has bowed to overwhelming pressure and directly condemned the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, two days after violent clashes left one woman dead.

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64 U.S. lawmakers express 'profound concern' over Trump's rhetoric

More than 60 Democratic lawmakers have expressed their “profound concern” over US President Donald Trump’s threatening rhetoric about North Korea, insisting that any military attack “must be debated and authorized by Congress.”

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North Korea details Guam strike plan and calls Trump 'bereft of reason'

North Korea has defied threats of “fire and fury” from Donald Trump, deriding his warning as a “load of nonsense” and announcing a detailed plan to launch missiles aimed at the waters off the coast of the US Pacific territory of Guam.

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North Korea vows harsh retaliation against new U.N. sanctions

North Korea vowed Monday to bolster its nuclear arsenal and launch "thousands-fold" revenge against the United States in response to tough U.N. sanctions imposed after its recent intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

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Usain Bolt finishes third in the his final 100m race, Gatlin takes world title

American veteran Justin Gatlin was booed after he stunned Usain Bolt to win the 100m world title in London on Saturday.

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