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Beijing holds live-fire drills in Taiwan Strait for first time in 2yrs amid tensions with Taipei

Beijing has launched military drills in the Taiwan Strait, “the first of their kind since 2016,” which it says are aimed at protecting China’s sovereignty. Taiwan has slammed the move as “saber-rattling” and “intimidation.” The drills, which will last until midnight on Wednesday, aim to “safeguard China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,”according to the director of Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office, Liu ...

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Russia going kitty crazy amid falling ruble

The recent ruble crash has triggered an increased interest among Russians in cat purchases, according to data from advertising service Youla. After analyzing statistics on requests and transactions, the service found that sales of cats skyrocketed 213 percent on April 9 (when the ruble dropped), compared to April 3. The Russian currency fell to a two-year low last week as ...

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Armenian ex-president Sargsyan elected PM amid mass opposition protests

Thousands of people rallied in Armenia, blocking government offices and roads and vowing to bring about a ‘velvet revolution,’ following the appointment of former President Serzh Sargsyan as the country’s new prime minister. Protesters in the capital Yerevan blocked access to several government agencies on Tuesday, including the General Prosecutor’s Office and the Foreign Ministry. Carrying national flags, many chanted ...

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Trump wanted to bomb Russian & Iranian targets amid Syria strikes – report

President Donald Trump reportedly favored bombing Russian and Iranian targets in Syria, before Pentagon chief James Mattis talked the US leader out of it. Trump discussed three military options for Syria last week with his revamped national security team, led by Bush-era hawk John Bolton, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources familiar with White House decision-making. Read ...

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India’s rape crisis: New assault case emerges amid sex assault protests and hunger strike

With pressure mounting on India’s government over investigations into the gang rape of an 8-year-old girl, another brutal sexual assault and murder case is highlighting violence against minors and women in the country. Last week, protesters took to the streets of Jammu and New Delhi over the death of Asifa Bano, an 8-year-old girl reportedly gang raped and murdered in ...

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Sex, lies & abortion: RNC deputy finance chair quits amid reports of $1.6mn payoff to Playboy model

The week has gone from bad to worse for US President Donald Trump’s embattled lawyer Michael Cohen after damning reports of yet another high-profile ‘hush money’ sex scandal within the RNC emerged Friday. Cohen reportedly negotiated a $ 1.6 million confidentiality deal in 2017 between the former RNC deputy finance chair and LA-based venture capitalist Elliott Broidy, 60, and a ...

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China warns US against ‘arrogance’ amid trade standoff

In his first public remarks since the beginning of the tariff dispute with the United States, the president of China has issued a veiled warning to US President Donald Trump with a promise to lower levies. Speaking at the Boao Forum for Asia, the Chinese leader called on other countries to refrain from “seeking dominance” and “reject power politics.” He ...

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Douma ‘chemical attack’: ‘It would be stupid for Assad to commit war crime amid landslide victories’

It would be illogical for the Syrian government, which previously seems to have acted strategically, to suddenly launch a chemical attack on Douma amid its successful recapturing of territory, experts told RT. Two F-15 fighters targeted Syria’s T-4 airbase in Homs province on Sunday night, shortly after Western powers accused the Syrian government of orchestrating an alleged chlorine attack in ...

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US holds Russia ‘ultimately responsible’ amid reports of dozens gassed in Syria’s Douma

The US once again said Russia is “ultimately bearing responsibility” for all chemical incidents in Syria, regardless of who carried them out, after rebel sources accused Damascus of gassing dozens in Eastern Ghouta’s Douma. “The regime’s history of using chemical weapons against its own people is not in dispute,” said the US State Department, indicating, however, that it was relying ...

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