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Kim Jong Un ‘very sorry’ over killing of South Korean: Seoul

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare apology on Friday over what he described as the “unexpected and disgraceful” killing of a South Korean at sea, Seoul’s presidential office said. Apologies from the North — let alone attributed to Kim personally — are extremely unusual, and the message …

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‘Enough is enough’: China attacks US at UN Security Council

China on Thursday lashed out at the United States at a high-level UN meeting over its criticism on the coronavirus, with its envoy declaring “Enough is enough!” Two days after President Donald Trump used his annual address to the General Assembly to attack China, its ambassador to the United Nations, …

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US President Trump won’t commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

United States President Donald Trump again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November 3 presidential election. “We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said on Wednesday at a news conference, responding to a question about whether he’d commit to a peaceful …

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Support for Taiwan independence ‘doomed to fail’: China

China on Monday increased its rhetoric over Taiwan, describing any support for its independence as “doomed to fail”, and threatened retaliation against US diplomatic visits to the island. Taiwan has been ruled separately from China since the end of a civil war in 1949, but Beijing considers the island part …

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Saudi Arabia announces gradual restoration of Umrah services

Saudi Arabia has announced a phase-wise restoration of Umrah services in the country keeping in view the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Arab media reports quoted Saudi Hajj and Umrah Minister Muhammad Saleh Benten during Umrah Forum as saying that Umrah pilgrims would be allowed in the country in a phase-wise manner …

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Trump to block any TikTok deal allowing Chinese parent firm to retain control

US President Donald Trump on Monday — throwing into doubt a deal to restructure ownership of the popular video app TikTok — vowed to block any deal that allows its Chinese parent firm to retain any control. The comments raised fresh concerns over a weekend deal that appeared to avert …

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China air force video appears to show simulated attack on U.S. air base on Guam

China’s air force has released a video showing nuclear-capable H-6 bombers carrying out a simulated attack on what appears to be Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam, as regional tensions continue to rise. The video, released on Saturday on People’s Liberation Army Air Force Weibo …

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Britain health minister warns of second national lockdown if COVID-19 rules flouted

Britain is at a tipping point on COVID-19, health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday, warning that a second national lockdown could be imposed if people don’t follow government rules designed to stop the spread of the virus. COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in recent weeks to more than 4,000 …

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World should oppose US sanctions or expect the same: Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday said that the world community should oppose the United States’ use of sanctions to impose its will as a “bully,” or expect to face sanctions itself. Separately the chief of the elite Revolutionary Guards rejected as a “bluff” any possibility of a …

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Police clash with protesters at anti-lockdown demonstration in London

More than a thousand people gathered in central London on Saturday to protest against lockdown measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, before the event was broken up by police. The protest, which led to 32 arrests, came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering whether to reimpose …

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