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Saudi King Salman silent on Khashoggi in annual Shura address

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has addressed the kingdom’s Shura Council but failed to mention the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Speaking to the council in a televised address on Monday, the king lauded his country’s judiciary and public prosecution for “carrying out their duty in the ...

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South Africa’s highest court legalises cannabis use

South Africa’s highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places. Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted “Weed are free now” when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. In a unanimous ruling, judges also legalised the growing of marijuana for private consumption. ...

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Rod Rosenstein: Russia inquiry chief set for Trump showdown

Rod Rosenstein, the US deputy attorney general, is set for crunch talks with Donald Trump on Thursday, amid doubts over his future in the job. The two already spoke on Monday to discuss reports that Mr Rosenstein had talked last year about ousting the president and secretly taping him. Mr ...

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Jacksonville shooting: Two killed at video game tournament

Two people have been shot dead by a gunman at an entertainment complex in Jacksonville, Florida, police say. They named the killer as David Katz, 24, from Baltimore, who then shot himself dead at the scene. No other suspects are being sought. Eleven people were injured in the incident. The ...

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Scores die in Indonesian earth quake

At least 91 people are now known to have died after a powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok. Hundreds of people have been wounded by Sunday’s quake, officials say, mostly in the north of the island. The 6.9 magnitude tremor was fairly shallow, occurring only 30km (18 miles) ...

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Switzerland crash – Twenty dead in WW2 plane crash

Twenty people have died after a World War Two vintage aircraft crashed into a mountainside in eastern Switzerland, police say. The plane – a Junkers JU-52 HB-HOT – was carrying 17 passengers and three crew on a sightseeing flight when it took off on Saturday afternoon. Operator JU-Air said it ...

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Trump’s focus on China trade: Right target, wrong approach

In assailing China’s unfair trade practices, President Trump has aimed his fire at a potent political symbol. Both progressive supporters of Bernie Sanders and conservative stalwarts of President Trump believe China deserves blame for job losses and wage stagnation. Trump is on firm footing in arguing that China’s unfair policies ...

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Gaza clashes: Dozens killed as US opens Jerusalem embassy

At least 41 Palestinians have been killed and 1,800 wounded by Israeli troops in clashes on the Gaza border, Palestinian officials say. The violence came as the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem, a controversial move that has infuriated Palestinians. They see it as clear US backing for Israeli rule ...

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