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Venezuela's Maduro makes surprise visit to Cuba

Havana - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro paid tribute to the late leftist icon Fidel Castro during a surprise visit to Cuba, state media reported Wednesday.The daily Granma said Maduro traveled Tuesday to Castro's tomb in Santiago de Cuba.

Trump renews attack on Amazon, claiming 'jobs lost'

Washington - President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Amazon, claiming the US online colossus is doing "great damage" to other retailers and destroying jobs.Trump, who has criticized Amazon in the past, offered no specific facts to back up his argument.

Trump at Camp David on Friday for Afghanistan talks

Washington - US President Donald Trump will meet Friday with his national security team at Camp David, as he mulls whether or not to send more American troops to war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Trump praises N. Korean leader's 'wise' decision to halt Guam missile test

New York - US President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korea's leader for backing off on plans to fire missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam."Kim Jong-Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision.

US urges LatAm powers to isolate N.Korea

Santiago - US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday called on Brazil, Mexico and other Latin American powers to break off economic and diplomatic ties with North Korea over Pyongyang's missile threats.

UN chief offers help in N.Korea diplomacy efforts

New York - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday offered his personal help to help reach a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear stand-off, saying it was time to "dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy.

Kenya's defeated Odinga to take poll dispute to top court

Nairobi - Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Wednesday he would take his claims that Kenya's presidential election was rigged to the Supreme Court, after previously refusing to do so, and vowed to protest peacefully.

British PM says 'no equivalence' in US clashes

London - Far-right views should always be condemned and there could be no equivalence with opponents of fascism, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday in comments that implicitly criticised US President Donald Trump.

Hong Kong activists defiant in face of possible jail term

Hong Kong - A defiant Joshua Wong, who became the face of Hong Kong's huge Umbrella Movement, said Wednesday he had no regrets as he prepared for a possible prison sentence for his leading role in the mass pro-democracy protests.

Macron approval rating at 37 percent: poll

Paris - Only 37 percent of French voters are happy with President Emmanuel Macron's performance in his first three months in power, a new survey showed on Wednesday.

Former Pakistan PM Sharif challenges ouster, demands case review

Islamabad - Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has hit back against his ouster by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations, demanding a review of his case.

Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: 'Blame on both sides'

New York - US President Donald Trump sparked another political firestorm Tuesday when he doubled down on his initial response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was "blame on both sides.

US issues first religious freedom report of Trump era

Washington - The United States on Tuesday issued its first report on world religious freedom since President Donald Trump took office, and again targeted the Islamic State group's campaign of "genocide.

Argentina warns US against military move on Venezuela

Buenos Aires - US Vice President Mike Pence heard more complaints from Latin American allies Tuesday about President Donald Trump's warning of a possible US military option to deal with the crisis in Venezuela.

China says N.Korea crisis faces 'turning point'

Bejing - China said Tuesday that the North Korean nuclear crisis had reached a "turning point" and it was time to enter peace talks.

New generation of white nationalist groups flourish under Trump

Washington - The violent protests that left a woman dead in Charlottesville, Virginia shocked many Americans with TV footage of an estimated 1,000 neo-Nazis and white supremacists, guarded by "militiamen" brandishing semi-automatic rifles and wearing body armor.

Taliban warn Trump against troop increase in open letter

Kabul - The Taliban published an open letter to US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warning him against sending more American forces to Afghanistan.

Algeria's PM sacked after less than three months in office

Alger - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday, less than three months after appointing him, according to a presidential statement carried by state media.

Creaky Slovak coalition agrees deal to end crisis

Bratislava - Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico struck a deal Tuesday to keep his three-party coalition in power, ending a week-long crisis triggered when a eurosceptic junior partner threatened to quit.
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