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Iran’s president says an end to UN arms embargo is a ‘right’

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Iranian president said Wednesday that lifting a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran would be an “obvious right” and added a veiled warning of unspecified steps Iran could take if the embargo is extended, as the United States wants. Hassan Rouhani’s remarks were in response to a push by the U.S., […]

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Coronavirus: President Trump defends tweets against US states’ lockdowns

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump says some states are too tough with restrictions President Donald Trump has defended tweets in which he appeared to endorse protests against stringent lockdown measures in several US states. At his Friday briefing, he said some measures imposed by Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia had been “too […]

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Mexico’s President Is Failing To Act

Gustavo Graf / Reuters A metro station in Mexico City, March 17. MEXICO CITY — Latin America is rapidly grinding to a halt over the threat of the novel coronavirus, with heads of state ordering border closures, curfews, and flight suspensions. Mexico? Not quite. Despite widespread criticism, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador continues traveling the […]

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Michel EU Council President calls for second online summit on COVID-19

Charles Michel, EU Council President has called for another EU summit on Coronavirus response, to be held on Tuesday, March 17, through videoconference. “Containing the spread of the virus, providing sufficient medical equipment, boosting research and limiting the economic fallout is the key,” Michel tweeted. EU27 leaders held a virtual summit last week, during which, […]

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Open letter to the president of the European Commission regarding #Poland ‘Muzzle Law’

Dear President von der Leyen,  As experts specialising in the rule of law, we wrote to you on 11 December to urge you to apply for interim measures to put an end to the persecution of Polish judges and prosecutors both by Polish authorities and by the two (unlawful) bodies they de facto control, the so-called Disciplinary Chamber and the new […]

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Musharraf: Death penalty for ex-Pakistan president thrown out

Image copyright Reuters A court in Pakistan has overturned the death sentence handed down to former president Pervez Musharraf by declaring the legal process unconstitutional. Gen Musharraf had challenged the formation of special court which found him guilty of treason last December. On Monday, the Lahore High Court sided with the exiled general, who seized […]

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George Skelton: Kamala Harris should have never run for president

California Sen. Kamala Harris should never have run for president in the first place. Her ambition far exceeded her ability. She hadn’t yet established herself in the U.S. Senate. And she hadn’t exactly excelled in her previous job as California’s attorney general. There wasn’t much of a record worth bragging about on the campaign trail. […]

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Former US president Jimmy Carter admitted to South Georgia hospital

Former US President Jimmy Carter, 95, was admitted to the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia, over the past weekend for a urinary tract infection, according to a press release issued by the Carter Center, Trend reports citing Sputnik. The Carter Center stressed that the former US president “is feeling better and looks forward […]

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President, lawyers should participate in impeachment hearing: Demings, McClintock

Reps. Val Demings, D-Fla., and Tom McClintock, R-Calif., said on ABC’s “This Week” that they think having President Donald Trump or his lawyers participate in Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing would be in the president’s best interests. Interested in Impeachment Inquiry? Add Impeachment Inquiry as an interest to stay up to date on the […]

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Vice President Pence Makes Surprise Visit To Iraq : NPR

Vice President Pence and his wife Karen Pence greet troops at a mess hall at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Saturday. At the base Pence spoke with Iraq’s prime minister by phone because of security concerns. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP Vice President Pence and his wife Karen Pence greet […]

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