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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, prime minister who made India a nuclear power, dies at 93

He shocked the world in May 1998 with five underground nuclear tests, prompting international sanctions, rattling neighbors and setting off an arms race with archrival Pakistan.

Highway bridge collapses in Italy, leaving about two dozen dead

A major section of a highway bridge in northern Italy partially collapsed on Tuesday, sending vehicles hurtling toward the earth and leaving 22 people dead, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India, Dies at 93

As India’s leader from 1998 to 2004, Mr. Vajpayee ended a long moratorium on nuclear tests but also eased tensions with Pakistan and built closer ...

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US Sanctions Chinese, Russian, Singaporean Firms for North Korea Trading

The U.S. on Wednesday sanctioned companies in China, Russia and Singapore it says were violating the trade embargo with North Korea, Washington's ...

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Iran sanctions: US President Trump ‘behaving like a mafia boss’

The United States's actions on Iran are nothing to be proud of, says Prof Mohammad Marandi.

'Apocalyptic scene' as highway bridge collapses in Italy; 23 dead

An official warned that "an immense tragedy" appeared to be unfolding.

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Hundreds injured at Spain music festival when platform collapses

More than 300 people were injured after a wooden platform collapsed at a music festival in Spain on Sunday.

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Korea talks: Moon to visit Pyongyang in September

South Korea is trying to persuade the North to take concrete steps towards nuclear disarmament.

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Taliban Offensive Exposes Fragile US Hopes for Afghan Peace 

A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That's raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers. A Taliban ...

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US Ambassador Warns Britain to Back Trump Over Iranian Sanctions

The U.S. ambassador to London has publicly warned British Prime Minister Theresa May to side with President Donald Trump in the burgeoning ...

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Trump, France's Macron Discuss Iran, Mideast, Trade

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron about trade, Iran and the Middle East, the White House said. Trump, ...

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Trump Doubles Tariffs on Turkish Steel, Aluminum Imports

U.S. President Donald Trump further escalated tensions with Turkey Friday by announcing a sharp increase in tariffs on steel and aluminum imports in an early morning post on Twitter. In announcing 20 percent tariffs on aluminum and 50 percent ...

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North Korea: US Sanctions Pressure 'Outdated Acting Script'

North Korea on Thursday denounced U.S. calls for enforcing international sanctions despite its goodwill moves and said progress on denuclearization promises could not be expected if Washington followed an “outdated acting script.” North Korea’s foreign ministry said Pyongyang had stopped nuclear and missile tests, dismantled a nuclear test ...

Iranians react to US sanctions as new reality begins to bite

Even before the United States reimposed a raft of sanctions on Iran Tuesday, the mere threat of them had begun to hit home for people in the capital Tehran.

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North and South Korea to Discuss Plans for a 3rd Summit

The countries’ leaders have already met twice this year, but Seoul hopes that another meeting could break an impasse over the dismantling of Pyongyang’s nuclear arms program.

How the seizure of a US spy ship by North Korea nearly sparked nuclear war

North Korea seized the USS Pueblo 50 years ago on January 23, holding 84 Americans hostage for months while negotiations went on at the DMZ and the ...

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford promises 'a buck a beer'

Doug Ford vows this month to lower the minimum price for beer sold in the province.

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Iran sanctions: US can't stop our oil exports, says minister

Iran's foreign minister says Donald Trump's sanctions plan will not work and mocks his "tantrums".

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US Braces for Possible Cyberattacks After Iran Sanctions

The U.S. is bracing for cyberattacks Iran could launch in retaliation for the re-imposition of sanctions this week by President Donald Trump, cybersecurity and intelligence experts say. Concern over that cyber threat has been rising since May, when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal, under which the U.S. and other world powers eased ...

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New Zealand Leader Vows Daughter Will Learn Maori, a Waning Language

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been a vocal supporter of reviving the Maori language, which is now spoken by only about 2.5 percent of New Zealanders.

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Patience for North Korea Nuclear Progress is Being Tested

Increasing economic and political pressure could revive tensions with North Korea in the coming months, unless significant denuclearization progress ...

North Korean foreign minister visits Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong Ho, to Tehran on Tuesday, hours after the United States ...

The thinning cosmos could turn space aliens into star collectors

As galaxies spread apart, extraterrestrials might want to assemble a nuclear "nest egg."

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US Accuses North Korea of Not Moving Toward Denuclearization

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton accused North Korea Tuesday of failing to move ahead with denuclearization pledged by Pyongyang leader Kim ...

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Iran sanctions: Trump warns trading partners

Anyone doing business with Iran will not be doing business with the US, the president says.

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Iran sanctions: Rouhani condemns US 'psychological warfare'

As US sanctions come into effect, Iran's President Rouhani says the strategy "doesn't make sense".

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Europe Edition: Iran, Saudi Arabia, PepsiCo: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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