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Australian court keeps Queen Elizabeth’s letters secret

A historian lost her court bid on Friday to force Australian authorities to release secret letters that would reveal what Queen Elizabeth II knew of her representative’s plan to dismiss Australia’s government more than 40 years ago. The National Archives of Australia has categorized the correspondence between the British monarch, …

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Islam doesn’t belong to Germany, new interior minister says

New Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam did not belong to Germany, in an interview published on Friday, setting him on a collision course with Chancellor Angela Merkel who has stressed the need to integrate Muslims. Seehofer also set out a range of hardline policies on immigration, as the new …

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Iran calls Saudi prince a delusional, naive person

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is a “delusional naive person,” who has no idea of politics apart from bitter talk that emanates from lack of foresight, Iran said on Thursday hours after young prince’s remarks about Tehran during an interview with CBS made headlines. During the interview, the prince …

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Hillary Clinton fractures hand on India trip

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI: Hillary Clinton has fractured her hand during a tour of India, reportedly slipping in a bathtub at a luxury hotel in a former palace. A doctor at the private Goyal Hospital told AFP Friday that Clinton had undergone screening after suffering pain in her right hand following a …

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Russia will expel British diplomats too: Lavrov

Astana, Kazakhstan: Moscow will expel British diplomats in response to London´s move to kick out 23 Russian officials over the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday. “Of course we will,” Lavrov told journalists when asked whether Moscow will respond in kind to the …

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We don´t want a new Cold War´, NATO chief says

London: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday the alliance did not want a return to Cold War hostilities with Russia while expressing support for Britain´s strong stance on the nerve agent attack. He said the targeting of former double agent Sergei Skripal fit a “pattern of reckless behaviour” to …

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Shucks, Finns: Finland tops 2018 global happiness index

HELSINKI: Fans of skiing, saunas and Santa Claus won’t be surprised to hear Finland is the happiest place to live. The World Happiness Report published Wednesday ranked 156 countries by happiness levels, based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption. Unlike past years, the annual report published …

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Al-Qaida in Syria losing ground in battles with insurgents

BEIRUT: For the first time since its meteoric rise in 2012 amid the chaos of war, al-Qaida’s branch in Syria is in retreat, battling rival militant groups in the north and fighting for survival in a key foothold near the capital, Damascus. Over the past three weeks, the extremist group …

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