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US demands social media details from visa applicants

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Some diplomatic visitors will be exempt but people travelling to the United States for work or study will be forced to hand over the information if they want a visa . In a new regulation issued by the US State Department , it has been made mandatory for all US visa applicants to submit their social media details. Read More »

Major efforts for hygiene at public places during Eid

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If the crescent moon is spotted on Monday night, Eid Al Fitr will begin on Tuesday June 4. Whoever sights the crescent by naked eyes or through binoculars should report to the nearest court and register their testimony, the Supreme Court said. Read More »

Jared Kushner on the 2016 Trump Tower meeting

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Kushner is leading a White House effort to draft a new peace proposal for the Israelis and Palestinians, and Trump said Sunday be believed a deal could probably be reached. Let me put you in my shoes at that time. Kushner and Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt, the other Washington official who designed the peace plan, are touring the region to lay the groundwork for its economic section, which is to be unveiled at a conference in Bahrain later this month. Read More »

Taliban Rejects Ceasefire During Holiday Marking End of Ramadan

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The Taliban have rejected repeated demands for a cease fire, saying the fighting will continue until US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops withdraw from Afghanistan. Afghan security forces were seen embracing the Taliban on the outskirts of the capital, and the fighters were allowed into Kabul if they temporarily turned in their weapons at the edge of the city. Read More »

Virginia Beach gunman DeWayne Craddock quit job hours before massacre

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He was an employee "in good standing" and showed "satisfactory" job performance, city manager Dave Hansen said. "He notified his chain of command that morning", Hansen said. "I will tell you, he was not terminated, and he was not in the process of being terminated". The others were an account clerk, a technician, an administrative assistant and a special projects coordinator. Read More »

To get United States visa you must give all media accounts

Help us grow and continue telling Israel's story to the world. Last March, the state department had originally proposed the idea of collecting social media handles, email addresses used in the last five years, and phone numbers. The memorandum was published soon after Trump issued an executive order banning travelers to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries, according to CNN . Read More »

'Purged' aide to Kim Jong-un reappears alongside dictator

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This was said to be part of a purge of senior officials conducted after the collapse of Kim Jong-un's summit meeting with Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February. Kim Hyok Chol was the North's counterpart of United States special representative Stephen Biegun in the run-up to the Hanoi summit. A report Friday in South Korea's conservative Chosun Ilbo newspaper had claimed, citing an unnamed source, that Kim Yong Chol had been sent to a labor and re-education camp in remote Jagang province ... Read More »

Mexico to begin talks with U.S. on Monday over Trump tariff threat

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He doubled down a few hours later. Trump imposed a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminum from many countries past year. Mike Pompeo, the USA secretary of state, is expected to return from Europe to lead the American side of the discussions on Wednesday as Mexico aims to avert a 5 per cent tax on its exports. Read More »

Chances of finding missing climbers in Himalayas bleak

Four British climbers were rescued on Sunday from a base camp of the Nanda Devi peak in Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district which has been hit by avalanches, AFP reported on Sunday. He said that his wife had been nervous and excited before the trip and "certainly wasn't blase about it". Mr Goldsack said the expedition was something Ms McCance wanted to do for as long as he'd known her and was "well within her capabilities". Read More »

Two killed as Sudan military tries to disperse sit

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The Sudanese Professionals Association said three people had been killed, but the number of people wounded has not been confirmed. Another resident of the area, which is near the sit-in, said he had seen forces in "police uniform" trying to expel the demonstrators. Read More »

Mexican Avocado Growers Expect US Consumers to Bear Tariffs

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In his Sunday Twitter broadside, Trump also hit out at USA companies operating in Mexico. "We will be tendering six construction contracts at the end of June so that all the parts that are under construction can start at the same time and we can finish the refinery in three years", she said, without giving more details. Read More »

Donald Trump Denies Calling Meghan Markle 'Nasty,' Despite Audio Evidence

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He cited a 2016 Comedy Central interview in which Markle, who was an actress at the time, said she would move to Canada if Trump was elected president. A debate over the president's comments ignited over the weekend. On learning this, the president said, "I hope she is okay". Trump then blamed the "fake news media" for making up the story. Read More »

Duterte on South China Sea: 'Can a country claim the whole ocean?'

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He said when he met his now ex-wife Elizabeth Zimmerman he told himself "this is it". I became a man again", Duterte said, adding, "Duterte is gay. "So I am gay, I don't care if I'm gay or not". It comes after his controversial remarks in January about gay bishops. "Same-sex marriage is good". And there is the Civil Code, which is you can only marry a woman for me, and for woman to marry a man. Read More »

Donald Trump urges UK to be 'very careful' over Huawei and 5G

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Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is boycotting a state banquet with Trump, called it an "entirely unacceptable interference in our country's democracy". Trump has already denied calling the Duchess of Sussex "nasty" , despite audio recordings showing he said "I didn't know she was nasty" when he was told that she said she would leave the USA if he won the 2016 election. Read More »

Sudan bans Al-Jazeera as pro-democracy demonstrations continue

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The women's march comes the day after the end of a two-day general strike to pressure military council, which took power after ousting Bashir, into resuming suspended talks over the future shape of a transitional authority. The network's office director said authorities from various security branches arrived and informed them of the TMC decision to close the office and seize its belongings. Read More »

China says USA can't use pressure to force trade deal

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In negotiations "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed", Wang said . "During the consultations, China has overcome many difficulties and put forward pragmatic solutions". goods and services deficit with China is closer to $150 billion and not the $410 billion quoted by U.S. officials, he said, adding that China's processing trade with the United States should not be included in deficit calculations. Read More »

Trump tells United Kingdom to 'walk away' from EU

Media captionTrump's United Kingdom state visit: What's happening? "He's known Boris Johnson for a long time and what he's commenting on is his knowledge of Boris Johnson as a person", the ambassador said. Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan compared the language used by Trump to that of the "fascists of the 20th century". And, he's ticked off that Trump is receiving the red carpet treatment during his visit. Read More »

Top aide to NK leader appears in public despite rumors of purge

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Last June, Kim Yong-chol met with the U.S. president at the White House and hand-delivered a letter from the North Korean leader, helping to pave the way for the Singapore summit where the two sides agreed to a vague pledge to work toward denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Read More »

Cold front will bring scattered severe storms, cooler weather

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A few storms may produce damaging winds and large hail, especially north of Interstate 64. Scattered storms ongoing across parts of the area Monday morning. Highs will only be in the lower 70s Monday with temperatures increasing into the upper 70s by Tuesday. By Thursday night, expect 1.5 - 3 inches to fall. Read More »

US defense chief calls out China on tech theft, South China Sea

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Washington and Beijing have also been vying for influence in the Asia-Pacific region, which hosts potential flashpoints such as the South China Sea , the Korean Peninsula and the Taiwan Strait. Beijing is now firming up a pact with four rival claimants, containing norms and rules aimed at preventing a shooting war in the disputed waters. On Thursday, China's Defense Ministry dismissed a report that Australian navy pilots were hit by lasers earlier in May while exercising in the waters ... Read More »

Viral Mount Everest 'Traffic Jam' Video Raises Climber Safety Concerns

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My revised plan, subject to weather that at the moment looks promising, is to return up the mountain leaving basecamp Tuesday the 21st 0230 and, all being well and a lot of luck, arriving on the summit the morning of Saturday the 25th. On Wednesday (NZT), Nepalese government minister Gokul Prasad Baskota said the congestion on Everest wasn't due to the mismanagement of climbing permits but rather the inadequate training of some climbers . Read More »

Trump urges Britain to go for no-deal Brexit

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The Brexit Party leader claims that Number 10 told the U.S. president's team not to meet him when Trump makes his state visit from Monday to Wednesday next week. But Nigel Farage said that a boycott by senior politicians of the state dinner was hypocritical, pointing the finger at Jeremy Corbyn and others for attending the banquet after they attended one for Chinese President Xi Jinping. Read More »

Iran's President Suggests Willingness To Hold Talks With Washington

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In an interview with Al-Alam TV channel, Zarif said that shortly after the nuclear deal was clinched in 2015, and as Gulf states were concerned over the rapprochement between the USA and Iran , "we refused talks with Washington over the region, stressing that such dialogue should be between the region neighbors only". Read More »

USA prepared to engage with Iran without pre-conditions, Mike Pompeo says

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Pompeo (right) and Markwalder posing in front of the statue of the three mythical founding fathers of Switzerland in the entrance hall of the Swiss parliament building. "I think that's very smart of them and I think there's a possibility for that to happen also". The US has deployed additional forces to the Middle East and sent an aircraft carrier strike group to the region after picking up intelligence that Iran or its aligned-fighters might attack US troops. Read More »

Donald Trump denies labelling Duchess of Sussex as `nasty´

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An audio recording of the Sun's interview was later posted on their site. The Duchess, who just gave birth a couple of weeks ago, is likely to be hanging out at Frogmore Cottage with her newborn son, Archie , enjoying the peace and privacy of her maternity leave . Read More »

Russian Federation investigation didn't exonerate USA president: Mueller

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I've been in the business as I've said for over 50 years long before they were born and I know how to handle classified information and I believe strongly in protecting intelligence sources and methods. He added that although he'd "rather be back to my old life" he did not regret taking the job. "Mueller should have never been chosen". And whether Mueller likes it or not - and he clearly doesn't - this dispute with Barr over whether or not the president of the United States committed a ... Read More »

At Least Seven Killed In Afghanistan As Taliban Rejects Truce Calls

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The blast killed at least seven police reserve unit personnel and wounded eight others, said Naser Ahmad Faqeri, head of Ghazni's provincial council. In a separate attack late Saturday in eastern Ghazni province, a Taliban suicide bomber was able to enter a police compound using a stolen Humvee packed with explosives. Read More »

Andrea Nahles: SPD leader and Merkel coalition partner to resign

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Andrea Nahles has announced she will resign as leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD). Andrea Nahles confirmed today that she wanted "clarity" following recents doubts from within her own party about her ability to lead. She became leader of the SPD in April 2018, having led the party's parliamentary group since September 2017. The ruling coalition is due for a midterm review in the autumn, which could be an opportunity for the SPD to pull the plug on the alliance. Read More »

IAEA: Iran in compliance with nuclear deal

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However, it has been complicated by Washington's withdrawal a year ago coupled with reinstated and increased US sanctions. That raised questions for the first time about its adherence to a key provision of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers that was meant to limit the country's use of advanced centrifuges. Read More »

Pompeo Visits Germany As Tensions Rise Between US, Iran

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The German and US top diplomats also showed different views on the landmark Iran nuclear deal, in another sign of escalating trans-Atlantic tensions over trade and security. According to the U.S. State Department, Pompeo made the comment Thursday in response to a question about whether their clash of opinions over sanctions on Huawei and trade disputes makes it hard to secure China's cooperation in regards to North Korea denuclearization efforts. Read More »

William Barr says Mueller report could've decided on obstruction

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While Democratic presidential candidates demanded Mr Trump's impeachment, their House of Representatives leaders oppose such a move. Barr added: "I am not going to argue about those reasons but when he didn't make a decision, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I felt it was necessary for us as heads of the Department to reach that decision". Read More »