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DR Congo Leader Maintains Suspense over Plans

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, kept his country guessing on Thursday over his political plans five months ahead of crucial elections.

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Asia Markets Fall after Trump Criticizes Fed Rate Hikes

Asian markets mostly tumbled Friday tracking a fall on Wall Street after US President Donald Trump criticised the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes amid lingering fears about a global trade war.

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Trump Eyes New Putin Meeting, Slams Media as 'Enemy'

A defiant U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he is looking forward to another meeting with Vladimir Putin, assailing media who failed to recognize the "great success" of their first summit as the "enemy of the people."

Trump has come under bipartisan fire at home for what many saw as his unsettling embrace of the Russian strongman this week in Helsinki -- and his seeming disavowal of his own intelligence agencies and their assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election.

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U.S. General 'Satisfied' with UAE Response to Yemen Torture Report

A top U.S. general said Thursday he is "satisfied" with the United Arab Emirates' response following a report alleging human rights violations in a string of Emirati-run prisons in Yemen.

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Trump Rejects Putin's Proposal to Let Russia Interrogate U.S. Citizens

President Donald Trump has rejected a proposal by Vladimir Putin to allow Russian officials to interrogate a former U.S. ambassador and other American citizens, the White House said Thursday.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it," said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

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Hamas Supports New Egyptian Bid for Palestinian Unity

The head of Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas announced his backing Thursday for a new Egyptian-led push for reconciliation with the rival Palestinian faction Fatah.

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Report: UK Police Identify Novichok Suspects as Russians

British police believe they have identified the suspects who carried out the Novichok nerve agent attack on a former Moscow double agent and his daughter and that they are Russian, the Press Association news agency reported Thursday.

"Investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack through CCTV and have cross-checked this with records of people who entered the country around that time," a source with knowledge of the probe told the British agency.

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Republicans Mull Curbing Trump after Putin Summit

Donald Trump's unsettling embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin this week drew derision across the U.S. political spectrum, but it remains to be seen whether Republicans have the will to rein in their president.

The two major American political parties appear largely united in their desire to keep the Kremlin in check, particularly after Trump made the startling assertion in Helsinki Monday, with Putin at his side, that he believed the Russian leader when he said Moscow did not interfere in U.S. elections.

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Saudi Signs Deal for Five Warships with Spain's Navantia

Saudi Arabia's state-owned defense company has forged a deal with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia for a joint venture to build five warships, state media said Thursday.

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First Ukraine Nuclear Reactor Loaded 'Solely' with Non-Russian Fuel

Ukrainian authorities said on Thursday that the first unit of a nuclear power plant was fully loaded with fuel from Westinghouse Electric Co as Kiev seeks to break its dependence on Russian energy supplies.

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