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Assange mulls appearing before US Senate panel: Lawyer

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for six years, is considering an offer to appear before the United States Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election, his lawyer said on Thursday. “The US ...

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China unveils list of US goods to face additional tariffs

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – China has unveiled a list of US goods worth $16 billion to face additional tariffs of 25 percent, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said, amid an escalating trade tariff spat between the two countries. The Chinese ministry said on Wednesday that the new tariffs will be imposed ...

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Death toll in Lombok quake hits 131, more than 156,000 displaced

MATARAM, Indonesia (AFP) – The death toll from a shallow 6.9-magnitude earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen above 130, officials said Wednesday, with some 156,000 forced from their homes. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake triggered panic among locals and tourists on Lombok on Sunday, just a week after ...

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Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has been officially charged with three counts of money laundering, to which he has pleaded not guilty. Najib was charged at a lower court in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday. The charges were related to three electronic transfers amounting ...

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Indian lawmakers toughen penalties for sex offenses

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Indian lawmakers have toughened penalties for sex offenses with brutal attacks against minors younger than 12 years of age becoming punishable by death. The Indian parliament on Monday passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018 which ensures stringent punishment for those convicted of raping girls below ...

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Iran’s Zarif: ‘no one trusts America’ anymore

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday it was hard to imagine new talks with the US after it lost the trust of the world with its erratic decision-making. “Imagine negotiating now — how can we trust them?” Zarif told reporters on state broadcaster IRINN. “America ...

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North Korea frees South Korean prisoner

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – North Korea has freed a South Korean man who had been arrested last month after crossing the border into the North, as Pyongyang and Seoul continue to build a relationship. “Our side received a South Korean national surnamed Seo, born in 1984, through Panmunjom from the ...

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UN adopts measures to facilitate humanitarian aid to North Korea

Muslim Times(Web Desk) -The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted measures to ensure that tough sanctions imposed on North Korea would not hinder the delivery of desperately-needed humanitarian aid to the country. The measures, which were proposed by the United States last month, were approved on Monday after weeks ...

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Two Koreas finalize list of family reunion applicants

(AFP) – The two Koreas have finalized a list of families separated by the Korean War whose members will be briefly reunited this month after decades of separation, Seoul says. The two nations agreed in June to resume the reunions of families torn apart by the 1950-53 war, after a ...

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Bomb attack kills 3 NATO soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

Muslim Times(Web Desk) -Three NATO soldiers have been killed in a bomb attack during a routine foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan. The attack was carried out in the Khalazai area of Charikar, the capital city of eastern Parwan Province on Sunday. Four other soldiers, including two Afghans, were wounded in ...

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