Politics

Trump Administration Defends Travel Ban in U.S. Supreme Court Brief

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK, Aug 10 – President Donald Trump’s administration reiterated arguments defending its temporary travel ban in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, repeatedly citing the executive’s broad powers to exclude foreigners from the United States. The travel ban barring refugees and people from six Muslim-majority nations was signed

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Iran’s Rouhani Presents New Ministers to Parliament

LONDON, Aug 8 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani presented his cabinet to parliament for a vote of confidence on Tuesday, keeping in place the chief architect of Tehran’s nuclear accord with global powers. In his first term, Rouhani championed an agreement with the United States and five other powers in 2015 that led to the

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“Interim” Pakistan PM May Stay Put Amid Doubts over Sharif’s Brother

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug 3 – Interim Pakistani leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took control of prime ministerial duties on Thursday after a guard of honour amid growing uncertainty that the brother of ousted leader Nawaz Sharif will eventually take over the job as planned. Sharif, disqualified by the Supreme Court last week, named

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Pakistani Lawmakers Elect Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif’s Ally as Replacement

By Asif Shahzad and Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Aug 1 – Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday elected former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, an ally of ousted leader Nawaz Sharif, to replace him and the new premier immediately sought to project an image of stability. Lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party banged on benches

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Turkey’s Erdogan Ends Tour With No SIgn of Qatar Progress

DOHA, July 25 – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan left Qatar on Monday after two days in the Gulf trying to mediate in the worst row among Arab states for years but there was no sign he had made any progress. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and travel ties with

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Erdogan Gambling With Centuries-Old Ties to Germany

By Paul Carrel BERLIN, July 24 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is putting at risk vital and long-established relations with Germany, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in an interview published on Monday. Relations, already strained over Erdogan’s security crackdown since a coup attempt against him a year ago, have deteriorated further over the arrest in

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Trump’s Son-in-Law Kushner: “I Did Not Collude” With Foreign Government

By Jeff Mason and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON, July 24 – President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner said on Monday that he “did not collude” with Russia and had roughly four meetings with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and presidential transition. In a written statement released ahead of his appearance

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Iran Top Judge Demands U.S. Release Assets, Jailed Iranians

DUBAI, July 24 – Iran’s top judge called on the United States on Monday to release Iranians held in U.S. jails and billions of dollars in Iranian assets, days after Washington urged Tehran to free three U.S. citizens. The statement by Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani capped a week of heightened rhetoric over the jailing and disappearance

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