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Trump´s fortune slides by $600 mn on Forbes wealth list

NEW YORK: America´s richest may be getting richer but President Donald Trump´s fortune has slid by $600 million to $3.1 billion, according to a list of 400 billionaires released by Forbes magazine on Tuesday. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates topped the list for a 24th consecutive year on a net worth of $89 billion with Amazon´s Jeff Bezos, worth $81.5 billion, …

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With drug deaths soaring, US indicts Chinese fentanyl producers

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department announced Tuesday the indictment of two Chinese producers of fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that causes a rising share of the country’s 60,000-plus annual overdose deaths. But questions remained over whether the Trump administration will go after the US makers and distributors of legal opioids that have fuelled the nation´s addiction crisis. Early Tuesday President Donald …

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Total’s CEO says will try to move ahead with Iran gas project

PARIS: French oil and gas major Total will push ahead with its Iran gas project if the United States decides to slap unilateral sanctions on Teheran after President Donald Trump said he will not certify the landmark Iran nuclear deal. Total´s Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said in an interview with International Oil Daily that the company would wait to …

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No progress on aid, refugee return in UN-Myanmar talks

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – A senior UN official on Tuesday returned empty-handed from five days of talks in Myanmar where he appealed for the safe return of Muslim Rohingyas sheltering in Bangladesh and access for aid workers. Jeffrey Feltman, the UN under-secretary-general for political affairs, discussed the plight of the 582,000 Rohingyas who have fled an army campaign in Myanmar …

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Trump faces backlash over US servicemen claim

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump was facing a backlash on Tuesday after falsely claiming that Barack Obama and other former US leaders did not call the families of fallen soldiers. “Stop the damn lying — you´re the president,” Obama´s former attorney general Eric Holder said in a tweet. Holder added that he had personally accompanied Obama to Dover air force …

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Infographic: Mass migrations across the globe since World War II

(Web Desk) – As people escape war-torn regions, poverty, persecution and natural disasters, unparalleled waves of migration affect the world with record numbers of people fleeing. According to the UN refugee agency, the growth that was driven mainly by the war in Syria along with other conflicts in the region, with the influx of people so far in 2017 with …

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‘Hungry bear’ crisis grips far east Russian region

MOSCOW: Large numbers of hungry, aggressive bears are approaching humans and have killed two people in Russia’s far east due to depleting food sources, a forestry worker told AFP Monday. Authorities on Sakhalin island last week said 83 bears had to be shot dead because they were hostile, a figure that has nearly tripled from last year. “This has never …

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France to impose instant fines for street harassment of women

PARIS: A new law banning cat-calling and harassment of women on French streets will see men fined on the spot for lecherous and aggressive behaviour, France’s women’s minister said Monday. The legislation is being piloted by 34-year-old Marlene Schiappa, a feminist and early supporter of French President Emmanuel Macron who wants to tackle sexist male attitudes in public spaces. “It´s …

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‘Total termination’ of Iran nuclear deal possible: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Monday that a “total termination” of the Iran nuclear deal remains possible, after refusing to certify the 2015 accord and leaving its fate to Congress. His comments came as the EU announced it was sending its chief diplomat to Washington next month to try to save the agreement that saw Tehran dramatically scale back …

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Three killed, 360,000 without power as freak storm hits Ireland

DUBLIN: Ireland was hit by an “unprecedented storm” on Monday that left three people dead, more than 300,000 customers without power and shut down schools and government offices. A police spokesman said one woman in her 50s was killed outside the village of Aglish, near the south coast, by a tree falling on her car. A female passenger in her …

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