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Reporters to Trump ambassador: ‘This is the Netherlands — you have to answer questions’

Peter Hoekstra, the newly minted U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, held his first news conference with the Dutch media at his new residence in The Hague on Wednesday. Dutch journalists peppered Hoekstra with questions on unsubstantiated claims he made in 2015 about chaos that the “Islamic movement” had allegedly brought to the Netherlands. “There are cars being burned. There are …

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A pastor admitted a past ‘sexual incident’ with a teen, saying he was ‘deeply sorry.’ His congregation gave him a standing ovation.

Matt Lauer’s surprise firing from the “Today” show for sexual misconduct, a woman named Jules Woodson tapped out a short email. It ran only about 80 words but was nearly 20 years in the making. “Do you remember?” the subject line read. “Do you remember that night that you were supposed to drive me home from church and instead drove …

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Trump proves he is a parrot

President Trump, it has long been observed, has a propensity to agree with the last thing he hears. Certainly he has core convictions — Hillary is crooked, there was no collusion, he is very successful and brilliant — but beyond that he has shown himself to be swayed with remarkable ease: He said he was rethinking his position on Obamacare …

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Obama White House’s lavish gifts from foreign friends revealed

Cuban cigars and rum, sculptures decorated in gold, precious gems and even jewelry adorned in diamonds and rubies — all of them among the many lavish gifts the Obama family and administration officials received from foreign governments while President Barack Obama was in office. In most cases, the Obamas and other officials handed over the gifts to the National Archives. Federal …

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Two Pakistanis killed in Riyadh old building collapse: Saudi media

Two Pakistani workers were killed and another three were injured after part of an old building in a Riyadh hospital collapsed on Tuesday, according to a Saudi newspaper. The incident, at old lab buildings of King Saud Medical Complex, occurred when the workers were dismantling the building, the English-language Saudi Gazette reported. The old and unused parts of the building …

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Trump calls US court system ‘unfair’ after ‘Dreamers’ ruling

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at the US judicial system as “broken and unfair” after a judge blocked his decision to end a program that protects so-called “Dreamers” from deportation. Earlier, the White House had called the ruling Tuesday by US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco “outrageous,” coming the same day Trump met lawmakers from both …

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US Senate Democrat report hits out at Putin’s ‘malign’ threat

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Russia s Vladimir Putin employs corruption, military invasions in Europe and sprawling disinformation campaigns in attempts to undermine democracies, and US President Donald Trump has been “negligent” in countering the threats, a Senate Democratic report warned Wednesday. A searing assessment released by Ben Cardin, top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, documented the extent of the …

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S. Korea’s Moon willing to hold summit with Kim Jong-Un

SEOUL (AFP) – South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Wednesday he would be willing to sit down with the nuclear-armed North’s leader Kim Jong-Un, as the international community welcomed an agreement for Pyongyang to send its athletes to the Winter Olympics in the South. The Games in Pyeongchang next month have long been overshadowed by geopolitical tensions, with the North …

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RAW-NDS nexus undermining Pakistan’s stability, Islamabad tells foreign diplomats

ISLAMABAD: Top Pakistani civilian and military officials on Wednesday briefed foreign ambassadors and heads of resident missions in Islamabad on Pakistan’s achievements and challenges in counter-terrorism efforts, and combating violent extremism. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lt Gen Bilal Akbar, and the directors general of Military Operations and Military Intelligence briefed members …

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