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US says Palestine ‘not a state,’ withdraws from Vienna Convention’s ‘optional protocol’

Published time: 3 Oct, 2018 17:30 Edited time: 3 Oct, 2018 17:47 The US is withdrawing from the “optional protocol” in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, John Bolton has confirmed. He said it follows a case brought by Palestine, challenging the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem. “I am announcing that the president has decided that the United States will ...

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Saudi woman banned from marrying her beau because he ‘played musical instrument’

A truly heartbreaking story worthy of a place in One Thousand and One Nights has taken place in a Saudi Arabian city. A woman was denied to marry her sweetheart because he allegedly played a musical instrument, local media report. Roughly two years ago, a 20-year-old male school teacher, asked for the hand of a woman in the city of ...

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Neighbor from hell: Woman arrested for hiring assassin for noisy renovators next door

Good neighbors are a blessing, but bad ones can be a curse. So much so that a Russian woman decided to arrange a hit on hers, because they were too loud. Luckily for them, the assassin she found turned out to be an undercover cop. There are many ways neighbors can spoil your life. They can argue and smash dishes ...

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‘49 pieces of hardware’: Syria gets S-300 missile system & more from Russia in wake of Il-20 downing

Published time: 2 Oct, 2018 17:44 Edited time: 2 Oct, 2018 17:56 The S-300 air defense system and dozens of additional hardware pieces have been delivered to the Syrian military to boost security of Russian personnel there, Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, told President Vladimir Putin. “We have completed the delivery of the S-300 system,” Shoigu said Tuesday. The hardware ...

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Americans brace for texts straight from Trump – with no chance to opt-out

On Wednesday, every mobile phone in the US will receive a message from President Donald Trump, and the only way to stop it is to switch it off (or flee into the wilderness). Although three people want a court to shield them. Strangely enough, the message will have nothing to do with politics. Instead, it’s a test of a nationwide ...

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Tanks from France, US bombs from Spain: Saudis ‘empowered & enabled’ by West to obliterate Yemen

In Europe and across the Atlantic, officials like to talk about the war in Yemen as a horrible humanitarian crisis. They also like to sell weapons to the Saudi-led coalition, which bears most of the blame for that crisis. French President Emmanuel Macron talks about “the risk of harm to civilian population” as $ 3.5bn worth of French Leclerc tanks ...

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What to expect from tomorrow’s Microsoft Surface event

It’s fall. That means every big to mid-sized tech company is holding an event to debut its latest offerings in time for the holidays. Even if said offering is just a laptop made out of leather. Not to be left out, Microsoft’s got an event planned for tomorrow afternoon in New York. As we noted early last month, we know ...

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One step from bloodshed: Moscow slams Kosovo invasion of Serb-majority area

The “reckless” intrusion of Kosovar Special Forces into the Serb-majority area of Kosovo could have sent the entire Balkans into a new spiral of violence, the Russian Foreign Ministry has warned. The ministry’s comment was provoked by a recent incident, involving Kosovar police entering a northern part of the breakaway region, which is populated by ethnic Serbs. Pristina considers this ...

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