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Princess’s run for prime minister shocks Thai politics

Photo (AP) The older sister of the king of Thailand said Friday she will run for prime minister in elections next month, upending the palace’s decades-long tradition of eschewing politics and setting up a surprise contest with the leading military-backed candidate. Princess Ubolratana Mahidol’s nomination by the opposition Thai Raksa Chart Party marks a shock

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Senate expects Trump’s decision on Khashoggi probe

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce a decision on Friday whether Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was responsible for the death of a Saudi journalist killed in Istanbul. In a letter addressed to Trump on Oct. 10, 2018, prominent senators Republican Bob Corker and Democrat Bob Menendez asked for an investigation into the killing

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Images suggest Iran launched satellite despite US criticism

Iran appears to have attempted a second satellite launch despite U.S. criticism that its space program helps the country develop ballistic missiles, satellite images released Thursday suggest. Iran did not immediately acknowledge conducting such a launch. Images released by the Colorado-based company DigitalGlobe show a rocket at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran’s Semnan

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Indonesia finds 193 Bangladeshis locked up in shop house

Photo Reuters Indonesian police found 193 Bangladeshis locked up in a shop house after human traffickers had lured them with the promise of getting them to Malaysia, an immigration official said on Thursday. The men entered Indonesia as tourists via Bali and the city of Yogyakarta with the intention of going to Malaysia for work,

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German antitrust watchdog restricts Facebook’s data gathering

Germany’s antitrust watchdog on Thursday announced a crackdown on Facebook’s data collection practices after ruling the world’s largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their knowledge or consent. Facebook said it would appeal the landmark ruling by the Federal Cartel Office, the culmination of a three-year probe, saying the

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Pope in UAE for historic trip after call for Yemen relief

Pope Francis landed Sunday in Abu Dhabi on the first-ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula, where he is seeking to turn a page in Christian-Muslim relations while also ministering to a unique, thriving Catholic community. Francis earlier Sunday called for the urgent observation of a limited cease-fire in Yemen reached in December and for

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Iran unveils new long-range cruise missile

Iran says the missile has a range up to 1,350 kilometers (around 840 miles) Iran on Saturday unveiled a new cruise missile with range up to 1,350 kilometers (around 840 miles), according to Iran’s state television. The missile, named Hoveizeh, was displayed in a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Amir Hatami. According to Hatami, the

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US pulls out of Cold War-era nuclear treaty, blaming Russia

Photo (AP) The United States announced Friday that it was pulling out of a landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, accusing Moscow of violating the Cold War-era pact with “impunity” by continuing to develop banned missiles. President Donald Trump said Russia has been secretly developing “a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat

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France approves bill banning protesters hiding faces

Violators face 1-year jail time, €15K fine French lawmakers approved a bill Thursday that restricts the use of masks to hide faces during demonstrations. Protesters wearing masks or covering faces during demonstrations will face one year of imprisonment and €15,000 ($17,200) fine, according to the bill. The French National Assembly also approved local governors to

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Looking for friends, Sudan’s Bashir reopens Eritrea border

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, apparently searching for regional friends amid weeks of protests against his 30-year rule, announced on Thursday he was reopening the border with neighboring Eritrea, shut for a year. Sudanese security forces used tear gas to disperse protests in the capital Khartoum and elsewhere on Thursday, witnesses said. A police spokesman said

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