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East Timor President Dissolves Parliament To Hold New Elections

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DILI: East Timor President Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres said on Friday he was dissolving parliament and would call new elections in a bid to end a prolonged political impasse in the tiny country since polls last year.

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Trump Ordered Mueller's Firing, Then Backed Off: New York Times

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump last June ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller fired but backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than follow his directive, The New York Times reported on Thursday, citing four people told of the matter.

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Blaze In South Korean Hospital Kills 31, Injures Dozens

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SEOUL: A fire in a South Korean hospital killed 33 people and injured more than 50, Yonhap news agency reported on Friday, and firefighters said at least 10 of the injured were in a critical condition.

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Germany Calls On NATO To Discuss Turkey’s Military Operation In Syria’s Afrin

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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has asked the NATO Secretary General to raise the issue of Turkey’s military operation against Kurds in Afrin as tensions rise in the region.

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Negotiate Or Lose ‘Hundreds Of Millions’ In Aid, Trump Tells ‘Disrespectful’ Palestinians

US President Donald Trump has warned Palestinians they will miss out on US aid if they don’t sit down and hold talks with Israel, after they snubbed the visit from Vice President Mike Pence.

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Israel Planned To Shoot Down Passenger Jet In Arafat Assassination Plot – New Book

Israeli plans to assassinate Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat included a plot to blow up passenger planes and football stadiums, according to an explosive new book by Israeli investigative journalist Ronen Bergman.

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Syria War: Kurds Call On Damascus To Defend Against Turks

Kurdish authorities in Syria's northern Afrin enclave have called on Syrian troops to defend the region's border, as a Turkish offensive continues there.

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Trump Plan Offers Citizenship Path To 1.8 Million Immigrants

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump is proposing a plan that provides a path to citizenship for 1.8 million of the so-called “Dreamer” immigrants, tighter restrictions on legal immigration and $25 billion in border security, the White House said, putting forward an outline likely to find resistance from some of Trump’s conservative allies and deep opposition from immigration activists.

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Trump Casts Doubt On Middle East Peace Talks

US President Donald Trump has questioned whether peace talks with Israel will ever resume, blaming the Palestinians.

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Air Strikes Kill At Least 13 In East Syrian Islamic State Territory: Reports

BEIRUT - Air strikes on a village held by Islamic State in the eastern part of Syria’s Deir al-Zor province killed at least 13 people including seven women on Tuesday, Syrian state media and a war monitoring group reported on Thursday.

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