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Bomb explodes in Kabul mosque, at least 4 killed

Bomb explodes in Kabul mosque, at least 4 killed Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the region earlier this week trying to resuscitate a USA peace deal with the Taliban. Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. But he said he anxious the Taliban might not live up to the concessions it claims to be willing to make - either with the United States or the Afghan government. [Full Article...]

Rally at your own risk: Trump campaign's coronavirus disclaimer to supporters

Rally at your own risk: Trump campaign's coronavirus disclaimer to supporters Reacting to the Trump campaign's choice of location and date for the rally, the California senator Kamala Harris, who is widely tipped to lead Biden's potential list of vice-presidential candidates, tweeted: "This isn't just a wink to white supremacists - he's throwing them a welcome home party". [Full Article...]

UK set to U-turn on border checks as virus hammers economy

UK set to U-turn on border checks as virus hammers economy The U.K. insists it won't ask to extend the transition period, even though a two-year extension is permitted under a U.K. -EU divorce agreement. The EU's chief Brexit negotiator said on Wednesday that he hoped the "high-level meeting" would bring fresh political impetus to the trade talks, which are deadlocked over fishing rights and EU demands for level playing field guarantees. [Full Article...]

Following economic crisis: Syria's Assad sacks PM Khamis

Following economic crisis: Syria's Assad sacks PM Khamis The vote has twice been delayed since because of restrictions imposed to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in Syria . The new date set last month is July 19. The government has criticised the looming wave of tighter U.S. sanctions, known as the Caesar Act, which takes effect later this month. The hardships have also sparked unprecedented protests in areas controlled by the Assad go... [Full Article...]

Arlene Foster says 'conversation' needed over statues — George Floyd death

Arlene Foster says 'conversation' needed over statues — George Floyd death The statue of Edward Colston, who made a fortune in the 17th century from the slave trade, was torn down in the city of Bristol on Sunday by demonstrators taking part in a worldwide wave of protests. Black Lives Matter organisers have advised protesters to stay away this weekend. Johnson called the targeting of Churchill "absurd and shameful". [Full Article...]

Australia prepares to reopen doors to international students in July

Australia prepares to reopen doors to international students in July Foreign students are a key source of income for Australian universities, and the border closures due to the coronavirus pandemic risk crippling some institutions. "If you want to open up borders for global students, then you have to open up borders for Australians". Australia recorded just 38 cases of the coronavirus over the past week, with travellers returning from overseas and already in qu... [Full Article...]

North Korea warns USA to stay out of inter-Korean affairs

North Korea warns USA to stay out of inter-Korean affairs Kwon Jong-gun, director general of the Department of U.S. Affairs at the North's Foreign Ministry, called the U.S. response "ridiculous" and "disgusting", while accusing Washington of double-dealing and meddling in inter-Korean affairs, according to an English-language statement carried by the North's official mouthpiece, the Korean Central News Agency ( KCNA ). [Full Article...]

Jefferson Davis Statue Torn Down in Richmond, VA

Jefferson Davis Statue Torn Down in Richmond, VA At one point, video shows a protester being struck by a falling Confederate statue. The iconoclasm spree comes this week on the back of mass protests against police brutality and institutionalized racism triggered by the choking to death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. [Full Article...]


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