Qatar slams Saudi refusal to negotiate

Qatar on Wednesday condemned Saudi Arabia’s refusal to negotiate the demands of the kingdom and its allies for ending a crippling embargo on the emirate. Speaking from Washington, where he held talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the Saudi position was unacceptable. “This is contrary to the […]

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Mongolia’s losing presidential candidate demands recount

Mongolia’s third-place finisher in the presidential vote demanded a recount on Tuesday, claiming fraud after election officials declared he had narrowly lost a spot in a runoff poll next month. “We should recount it, otherwise we lose our democracy,” Sainkhuu Ganbaatar of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) told AFP. His party officially filed a request for a new count […]

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May sets out Brexit proposals for EU nationals

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a backlash Monday after setting out proposals for the rights of EU nationals after Brexit that include new residency permit requirements and family reunion rules. May promised to end the “anxiety” of 3.2 million European nationals but is on a collision course with Brussels after vowing that the European Court of Justice would not […]

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Virginia man charged with giving secret documents to China

A Virginia man caught with $16,500 in cash in his carry-on luggage was charged Thursday with transmitting top-secret documents to an apparent Chinese agent. Kevin Mallory, 60, of Leesburg was arrested Thursday and made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. The self-employed consultant who speaks Chinese is charged under the federal Espionage Act and could face […]

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Merkel open to creating eurozone budget

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she could back a eurozone finance minister and eurozone budget “if the circumstances are right”. French President Emmanuel Macron has argued strongly for both, in order to reform the eurozone. Germany is wary of any move that might lead to a “transfer union” – a common budget used to prop up indebted governments in the […]

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