Trump names woman as head of US Air Force

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(Washington) - US President Donald Trump announced he had nominated a former ambassador and Arizona businesswoman to lead the Air Force. Barbara Barrett, 68, served as the US ambassador to Finland from 2008 to 2009 under the George W. Bush…

BJP sweeps Indian polls, leads show

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(New Delhi) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked on course for a major victory in the world’s biggest election, with early trends suggesting his Hindu nationalist party will win a bigger majority even than 2014. Right-wing Bharatiya…

UAE offers golden visas to investors, ´exceptional talents´

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(Dubai) - The United Arab Emirates said it has launched a permanent residency scheme to attract wealthy individuals and highly skilled workers to the oil-rich Gulf country. The "Golden Card" programme is open to investors and "exceptional…

Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism

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(Wellington) - The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time, New Zealand police said. In addition to the terror charge, Brenton Tarrant also…

Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli

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(Tripoli) - Violent clashes raged south of Tripoli, marking an uptick in fighting as the UN envoy for Libya warned of a "long and bloody war". Heavy artillery fire could be heard from the city centre as the most intense fighting took place…

UAE, Jordan reviewing latest regional developments

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(Abu Dhabi) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and his Jordanian Counterpart Ayman Al Safadi have reviewed the latest regional and international developments of common interest. This…

Google and Android system start to cut ties with Huawei

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(San Francisco) - US internet giant Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world's smartphones, said it was beginning to cut ties with China's Huawei, which Washington considers a national security threat. In the…

EU adopts powers to respond to cyberattacks

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(Brussels) - The European Union adopted powers to punish those outside the bloc who launch cyberattacks that cripple hospitals and banks, sway elections and steal company secrets or funds. EU ministers meeting in Brussels said the 28-nation…

India´s election comes to an end

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Voting in one of India´s most acrimonious elections in decades entered its final day as Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrambled to hang on to his overall majority. The seventh and final round of voting ended the world´s…

Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings

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(Riyadh) - Saudi Arabia has called for urgent meetings of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the Gulf, the Saudi official news agency said. The Saudi Press Agency said King Salman…

Australian former PM Bob Hawke dead

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Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister Bob Hawke died aged 89. "Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian -- many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era," his second wife Blanche d'Alpuget said in a statement. "He…

US F-16 crashed in California

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A US military F-16 fighter jet has crashed into a commercial building at March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, California, media reports say. The pilot ejected and is being evaluated, local authorities stated. The US Air Force confirmed…

China hits back at US with tariffs on $60bn of products

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(Beijing) - China has hit back in its trade war with the US, announcing plans to impose tariffs on US$60bn of American imports. Tariffs will be imposed on 5,140 US products with an annual value of about $60bn from 1 June, the Chinese finance…

Amazon offers employees $10,000 to quit

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Amazon said it was offering employees $10,000 to quit their jobs and become independent package delivery entrepreneurs for the online retail colossus. An Amazon statement said the latest incentive would also include three months of wages…