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Monster’ storm batters Australia


CAUSES TORRENTIAL RAINS, POWER CUTS  QUEENSLAND: A powerful cyclone has pummelled the north-east Australian coast, causing major damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes. Cyclone Debbie made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland as a category four storm, whipping gusts of up to …

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Trump’s son-in-law Kushner to face Russia investigation panel


WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner will appear before a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the US election, the White House said Monday. Kushner, 36, was Trump’s main intermediary with foreign governments during the 2016 election campaign and now plays that role in the White House. …

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Iran allows Russia to use military bases


‘CASE BY CASE BASIS’  TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said yesterday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch airstrikes against militants in Syria on a “case by case basis.” Russia and Iran are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and have played decisive roles …

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Trump to sweep away Obama’s climate change policies


WASHINGTON DC: US President Donald Trump is due to sign an executive order to overturn key parts of the Obama administration’s plan to tackle global warming. The move will undo the Clean Power Plan which required states to slash carbon emissions. The executive order also cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s …

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US vows to end ‘Israel-bashing’ at United Nations


WASHINGTON DC: The US ambassador to the United Nations received a rapturous welcome on Monday at Washington’s biggest pro-Israel forum, where she vowed never to allow “Israel-bashing” at the world body. Nikki Haley was addressing the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference for the first time since …

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China calls for cooperation on South China Sea


BEIJING:China and the countries surrounding the South China Sea should set up a cooperation mechanism to boost exchanges in efforts ranging from disaster relief to safety of navigation, a senior diplomat said in comments reported on Monday. China claims most of the resource-rich South China Sea, through which about $5 …

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