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Trump says he will leave office – if Biden victory is confirmed

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Thursday for the first time that he would leave the White House if Joe Biden is officially confirmed the winner of the US election, even as he railed against the “rigged” vote. Trump has made an unprecedented attempt to defy the results of the election by refusing to concede, spreading …

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Hassan Rouhani: Iran’s President hopes Joe Biden unravels Donald Trump’s Iran policies | World News

TEHRAN, IRAN: Iran’s President reiterated his hope on Wednesday that US President-elect Joe Biden would return America’s Iran policy to where he left things as Vice President four years ago, state TV reported, rejoining Tehran‘s nuclear deal with world powers. Hassan Rouhani said that if Iran and the US could find a path back to …

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Oxford’s 2020 Word of the Year? Well, It’s Unprecedented

Oxford Languages’ annual Word of the Year is usually a tribute to the protean creativity of English and the reality of constant linguistic change, throwing a spotlight on zeitgeisty neologisms like “selfie,” “vape” and “unfriend.” Sure, it isn’t all lexicographic fun and frolic. 2017 saw the triumph of “toxic.” Last year, the winner was “climate …

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Thousands protest against French bill to curb identification of police

PARIS: Several thousand people protested in Paris on Saturday against a bill that would make it a crime to circulate an image of a police officer‘s face with the intention that they should be harmed. Supporters say police officers and their families need protection from harassment, both online and in person when off duty. Opponents …

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Storm Iota leaves over 30 dead in Central America

SAN SALVADOR: Iota’s death toll rose to over 30 on Wednesday after the storm unleashed mudslides, smashed infrastructure and left thousands homeless in its wake across Central America, revisiting areas devastated by Hurricane Eta just two weeks ago. Iota made landfall in Nicaragua as a “catastrophic” Category 5 hurricane Monday, but its remnants will continue …

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Iran says US move against it would face ‘crushing’ response

DUBAI/JERUSALEM: Any US attack on Iran would face a “crushing” response, an Iranian government spokesman said on Tuesday, following reports US President Donald Trump asked for options for a strike on Iran’s main nuclear site last week but decided against doing so. “Any action against the Iranian nation would certainly face a crushing response,” spokesman …

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SpaceX rocket carrying four astronauts successfully takes off

SpaceX, the rocket company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station on Sunday. It is NASA’s first full-fledged mission sending a crew into orbit aboard a privately owned spacecraft. SpaceX‘s newly designed Crew Dragon capsule, which the crew has dubbed Resilience, lifted off atop a SpaceX …

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Pak court strikes down graft case against PM Khan’s confidant, family of PML-N’s Shahbaz

LAHORE: A Pakistani court on Thursday stopped the Federal Investigation Agency from taking action against Prime Minister Imran Khan’s friend Jehangir Tareen and the family of PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif in a sugar scam worth over Rs 400 billion. A division bench comprising Justice Shahid Karim and Justice Sajid Mahmood Sethi of Lahore High Court …

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Bahrain’s long-serving prime minister dies at age 84

DUBAI: Bahrain’s Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, one of the world’s longest-serving prime minister who led his island nation’s government for decades and survived the 2011 Arab Spring protests that demanded his ouster over corruption allegations, died on Wednesday. He was 84. Bahrain’s state-run news agency announced his death, saying he had been receiving …

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Russia Coronavirus Cases: Russia sees record surge in virus cases | World News

MOSCOW: Russia registered a record number of new coronavirus infections on Monday with cases in Moscow surpassing a previous high set in May. The Kremlin has so far ruled out putting back into place sweeping restrictions that were lifted earlier this year, despite weeks of rising cases in Russia. An official coronavirus tally on Monday …

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Kamala Harris wears ‘suffragette’ white during first speech as US vice-president-elect

WILMINGTON: Kamala Harris delivered her first speech as US vice president-elect on Saturday night in an all-white suit, paying homage to suffragettes of the 20th century who worked to get women the right to vote in the United States. She entered the stage to the song “Work That” by Mary J. Blige, wearing the all-white …

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Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar state counsellor Suu Kyi’s party expected to win second term in Myanmar polls | World News

BANGKOK: Myanmar‘s citizens go to the polls Sunday in an effort to sustain the fledgling democracy they helped install just five years ago. There are about 37 million registered voters, though turnout is expected to suffer because of a recent surge in coronavirus cases. In 2015, excitement was high over the opportunity to end more …

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McConnell says it’ll take while to count votes

WASHINGTON: Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is discounting President Donald Trump‘s early claim that he’d already won the election, saying it’s going to take a while for states to conduct their vote counts. The Kentucky Republican and Trump ally said Wednesday that “claiming you’ve won the election is different from finishing the counting.” McConnell also …

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Turkey Earthquake News: Three-year-old girl rescued 91 hours after Turkey quake | World News

BAYRAKLI: A three-year-old girl was pulled from the rubble 91 hours after a powerful earthquake hit western Turkey, killing more than 100 people, officials and AFP reporters at the scene said. “We have witnessed a miracle in the 91st hour,” Izmir mayor Tunc Soyer tweeted. “Rescue teams pulled Ayda out alive. Along with the great …

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