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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Digital Revolution: Student Touts Prosthetic Third Thumb

LONDON, July 24 – “I’ve only got one pair of hands”, is the refrain of overworked office staff or stressed parents everywhere. But now a design student is suggesting that it could be possible to have more, with a prosthetic third thumb to aid productivity. The thumb is the brainchild of Dani Clode, a product

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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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Qatari Websites Unblocked in Saudi Due to Technical Glitch: Royal Adviser

RIYADH, July 24 – Websites and some television channels linked to Qatar were unblocked in Saudi Arabia on Monday morning but the change arose from a technical glitch and the restrictions will be reimposed shortly, a key Saudi royal court adviser said. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar

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Saudi Calls OPEC Members to Stick to Limits, Sees Oil Demand Up

By Katya Golubkova, Vladimir Soldatkin and Rania El Gamal ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 24 – OPEC leader Saudi Arabia said on Monday the group would quickly address weak compliance with output cuts by some OPEC states and would monitor rising production from Nigeria and Libya, which have been exempted from the curbs. OPEC has agreed

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Trump’s Son-in-Law Faces Capitol Hill Grilling Over Russia Contacts

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON, July 24 – President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, faces two days of closed-door questioning from Congress this week as lawmakers try to determine whether Trump’s campaign enlisted Russia’s help to win the White House in last year’s election. Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is expected to face questions about

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Yemen Cholera to Spread with Rains; Oxfam Sees 600,000 Cases

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, July 21 – Yemen‘s cholera outbreak is far from being controlled and may be further exacerbated by the rainy season, even if the rate of new cases appears to be slowing in some hotspots, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. Oxfam projected the number could rise to more than 600,000 cases,

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UAE Minister: No Dialogue with Qatar Until it Revises Policies

DUBAI, July 22 – The United Arab Emirates, one of four Arab countries that have imposed sanctions on Qatar, said on Saturday that Doha needed to change its policies before a dialogue could take place. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed an economic boycott last month, accusing it

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Israel Says Jerusalem Mosque Metal Detectors to Stay

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, July 23 – Israel will not remove metal detectors whose installation outside a major Jerusalem mosque has triggered the bloodiest confrontations with the Palestinians in years, but could eventually reduce their use, Israeli officials said on Sunday. With Israeli generals warning the violence may spiral, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering

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Global Pizza Brands Battle for Russia’s Far-Flung Regions

By Maria Kiselyova and Olga Sichkar MOSCOW, July 21 – Global pizza brands Domino’s and Papa John’s are preparing an assault on Russia’s provinces, betting they can turn a profit far from Moscow as online card payments become more widespread and consumers get to know foreign brands better. While stay-at-home Muscovites can order an array

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