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Malaysia says it will axe high-speed railway to Singapore

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Najib said the figures were based on the World Bank's financial analysis and report projecting the growth of Malaysia's gross domestic product for this year and over the next few years. Dr Mahathir is seeking more fiscal space to fulfill election pledges that include reducing living costs and fuel subsidies after finding the state saddled with debt and contingent liabilities exceeding 1 trillion ringgit (S$337.2 billion). Read More »

Trump says Mueller will be ‘meddling’ with 2018 vote

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The CNN host explained that the FBI's goal was to run down a claim made by former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos , who had bragged to an Australian diplomat about Russia's possession of dirt on Hillary Clinton. The president's break with the attorney general first went public in July, when Trump told the New York Times that he would not have nominated the former Alabama senator had he known Sessions would step away from the Russian Federation inquiry. Read More »

Trump, Kim raise summit hopes after days of brinkmanship

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A top North Korean official arrived in the USA on Wednesday for the highest-level talks between the two countries on American soil in 18 years, as the Trump administration works to prepare for a summit in Singapore with the isolated regime less than two weeks from now. Read More »

Militants attack Afghan ministry with bomb, grenades and gunfire

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but previous attacks - often following the same pattern of a bombing followed by a firefight - have been claimed variously by the Islamic State or the Taliban . Elsewhere in Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked a district headquarters in the northern Takhar province, killing five security forces, according to provincial police spokesman Khalil Asir. Read More »

Japanese diplomat warns Asia is ‘ticking time bomb’ with Donald Trump

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Top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol was en route to NY on Wednesday to meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for high-level talks. Jo Myong-rok, a vice marshal of the People's Army and a special envoy of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, paid a rare visit to the United States to meet President Bill Clinton at the White House in October 2000 to help pave the way for a summit between the two leaders. Read More »

Trump and Mexican president spar over border wall again

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Donald Trump got on his hobby-horse again yesterday, repeating his insistence that Mexico will pay for his wall on the Mexico-United States border. The two are hoping to replace GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., among other dignitaries. "That is what you call getting the job done", Mrs. Blackburn said. Read More »

Hamas: Gaza groups agree to truce if Israel ceases fire

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No Israelis have been killed and only a few soldiers have suffered minor injuries. Earlier, Tel Aviv's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Danny Danon, on the eve of an emergency meeting of the Security Council in connection with the shelling of Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip , called on the Security Council to officially recognize Hamas as a terrorist organization. Read More »

US to shorten length of visas for some Chinese citizens: White House

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President Trump has raised the stakes again in his trade dispute with China by pledging to make good on a threat to impose $50 billion of tariffs on imports within weeks. It was not clear if the developments would have any impact on the planned visit to China by Ross. Investor Wilbur Ross was brought into the administration as one of President Donald Trump's "killers" - but in recent months, the commerce secretary has been increasingly marginalized, with his agency widely seen in the ... Read More »

Kilauea Volcano In Hawaii Has Covered Almost 4 Square Miles In Lava

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About 2,200 acres has been covered in lava since the Kilauea volcano eruptions began May 3, Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno said. On Friday afternoon, firefighters went door to door in Leilani Estates urging resident to leave as the lava advanced toward the neighborhood. Magma is draining underground from a sinking lava lake at Kilauea's 4,091-foot (1,247-meter) summit before flowing around 25 miles (40 km) east and bursting from giant cracks, with two flows ... Read More »

Storm Alberto churns toward Florida, Alabama and Mississippi

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The storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and was moving north at 8 miles per hour (13 kph). Alberto is expected to cause heavy rains in South Florida and the Florida Keys while a tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of MS and Alabama. Read More »

Senator Orrin Hatch hails Donald Trump for helping secure release of prisoner

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Josh Holt has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending almost two years behind bars on weapons charges. Orrin Hatch . Holt's wife, Thamy, has also been released, Hatch said. "I'm just overwhelmed with gratitude for you guys, for everything that you've done", Holt said. "We're very proud of that record and we have others coming", he said. Read More »

Former teammate says former Saluki who stopped shooter has always been selfless

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Pres. Donald J. Trump sent a tweet Saturday saying: "Thanks to very courageous Teacher & Hero Jason Seaman of Noblesville, Indiana , for his heroic act in saving so many precious young lives". After the photographer asked her again, Rousey said she would make it happen for Seaman if he wanted that. A student in the class said Seaman saved the day by throwing a basketball at the gunman , then running at him and tackling him. Read More »

US, North Korea to focus on shipping N. Korea warheads overseas

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US President Donald Trump sees "brilliant potential" in North Korea , he tweeted on Sunday, continuing an upbeat tone about a planned summit with the North's leader Kim Jong-un. The North has previously used the term "denuclearization" to demand the United States pull out its 28,500 troops in South Korea and withdraw its so-called "nuclear umbrella" security commitment to South Korea and Japan. Read More »

Israeli army kills two militants in Gaza border shelling: Medics

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The army said the drone was recovered whole, and an investigation into the incident had been opened. It said the explosive device had been hidden inside a pair of fence cutters. Dozens of burning kites were flown from Gaza across the border over the weekend, sparking several fires in Israeli fields, Hadashot TV news reported Saturday night. Read More »

Ireland votes to liberalize abortion regime in landslide

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Other ministers have called for a referendum, but the Prime Minister is in a hard position because any change in the law would be strongly opposed by the DUP, the party on which she relies for her Commons majority. Archbishop Eamon Martin, the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, has said he will give thanks in prayer to the "courageous" people who took part in the No campaign in the referendum. Read More »

Indianapolis 500: Danica Patrick crashes out in final race of her career

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They were hopefully going to try and get the auto tuned up throughout the race but I think he had a rollbar issue was well; I could hear him saying he couldn't adjust the rollbar. Power is considered by many to be the best IndyCar driver now competing. Still, she is respected and in some cases revered at Indianapolis , where fans still remember her leading the 2009 race before finishing third. Read More »

After historic vote, Ireland poised to end abortion ban

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The strongest backing came from younger voters - the exit poll said the only age group in which a majority voted "no" were voters who are 65 or older. The question on the ballot asked citizens to opt to either retain or repeal the Eighth Amendment of the state's constitution, which prohibits terminations unless a mother's life is in danger. Read More »

High Prospects of US-North Korea Summit After Trump's Tweet

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Observers of the soap opera-style Trump-Kim summit drama could be forgiven for thinking that a fragile courtship is underway, where the tenor of each side's statements will determine whether the two can agree to sit down together. She says they were "really excited about the possibility of finally ending the threat of nuclear war on their border, very enthusiastic about a different approach". Read More »