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U.S. envoy offers to meet North Korea anywhere anytime

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The U.S. special representative for North Korea on Monday offered to meet with Pyongyang "anywhere, anytime, without preconditions", with no public contact so far between the Biden administration and the nuclear-armed nation. Sung Kim's remarks came after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week gave his first reaction to… Read

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Australian PM promises more COVID-19 shots to states as Sydney cluster grows

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Australian states and territories will get more doses of COVID-19 vaccines soon, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, as authorities look to avoid further delays in an immunization drive that has hit several roadblocks. Australian states have been asking for increased supplies of vaccines after Australia last week announced… Read

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Adviser to jailed HK tycoon Jimmy Lai says Apple Daily to shut within days

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Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily will be forced to shut "in a matter of days" after authorities froze the company's assets under a sweeping national security law, an adviser to jailed tycoon Jimmy Lai told Reuters on Monday. Mark Simon, speaking by phone from the United States, said Next… Read

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Israeli PM: World powers must wake up on Iran nuclear deal

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Israel's new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett opened his first cabinet meeting on Sunday by slamming Iran's newly-elected president and calling on world powers to “wake up” to the perils of returning to a nuclear agreement with Tehran. Later in the day, Bennett warned Gaza's militant Hamas rulers that Israel would… Read

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Former president says U.S. failed in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan’s former president said Sunday the United States came to his country to fight extremism and bring stability to his war-tortured nation and is leaving nearly 20 years later having failed at both. In an interview with The Associated Press just weeks before the last U.S. and NATO troops leave… Read

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Suspect arraigned in killing of American student in Russia

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A court in central Russia on Sunday arraigned a suspect on murder charges in the death of an American woman who was studying at a local university. The body of 34-year-old Catherine Serou was found Saturday in a wooded area near the city of Nizhny Novgorod, 400 kilometers (250 miles)… Read

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12 dead, including 10 children, after tropical storm sweeps Alabama

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Tropical Depression Claudette claimed 12 lives in Alabama as the storm swept across the southeastern U.S., causing flash flooding and spurring tornadoes that destroyed dozens of homes. Ten people, including nine children, were killed Saturday in a fiery multi-vehicle crash about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Montgomery on Interstate… Read

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UK records 9,284 new COVID-19 cases, amid rising trend

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Britain recorded 9,284 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday and six new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test. Although lower than recent days, the number of new cases reflects an upward trend in recent weeks driven by the spread of the more infectious Delta variant first detected… Read

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U.S extends travel restrictions at Canada, Mexico land borders through July 21

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U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said on Sunday. The 30-day extension came after Canada announced its own extension on Friday of the requirements that were set to expire on Monday and have… Read

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U.S. senators haggle over funding of $1 trillion infrastructure compromise

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A bipartisan infrastructure plan costing a little over $1 trillion, only about a fourth of what President Joe Biden initially proposed, has been gaining support in the U.S. Senate, but disputes continued on Sunday over how it should be funded. Biden told reporters last week that he will have a… Read

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