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Blinken visits Afghanistan as US set to withdraw troops

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to brief the country’s leaders on U.S. plans to withdraw its remaining troops by Sept. 11 and to press for a peace agreement with the Taliban.

Denmark becomes first in EU to drop AstraZeneca vaccine

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Denmark has become the first country in the European Union to drop AstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine from its COVID-19 inoculation program, amid concerns over blood clots.

Jordan’s powerful tribes on collision course with monarchy over alleged royal plot

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It all began with cake. Sakher Fayez, a Jordanian activist, was celebrating his birthday with friends and relatives April 3 at his family's apartment building in Amman's upscale Khaldah district.

Jack Ma’s double-whammy marks the end of China tech’s Golden Age

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The full implications of Beijing’s rapid-fire moves against Jack Ma’s internet empire in recent days won’t be apparent for weeks, but one lesson is already clear: The glory days for China’s technology giants are over.

Biden plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

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President Joe Biden is planning to withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan and will complete the pullout before Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that sparked the United States’ longest war, according to a senior U.S. official.

Canada to vaccinate all who want by end of summer, Trudeau says

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday said any adult in the country who wants to be vaccinated can be fully inoculated by the end of summer.

Biden expelling asylum-seeking families with young children to Tijuana after flights from Texas

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The Biden administration has flown roughly 2,000 asylum seekers — all families with children — from Texas to San Diego and expelled them from the United States to Mexico without giving them a chance to request protection.

What is the Secret to Turkey’s Success in Africa?

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The image of France in Africa is deteriorating year by year, as shown by the findings of a survey which is conducted every year with opinion leaders of the continent. 

Europe finds some rare successes in its struggle to defeat COVID-19

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Europe’s stumbling efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic look to be yielding results at last. After becoming an epicenter of a renewed surge in the pandemic, there are tentative signs that Western Europe is turning the corner. Stocks in the region hit a record high twice this week, as accelerating vaccinations boosted expectations of a rapid economic recovery.

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband and closest confidant and adviser, dies at 99

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Philip Mountbatten, the rakish naval officer who captured the heart of a young Elizabeth Windsor and became the lifelong consort to the British queen, has died in England at age 99.

On Iran nuclear deal, Biden faces more distrust in Tehran and sharpened knives in...

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With the first serious efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal unfolding this week, President Biden faces an increasingly urgent dilemma: He can go slow, risking war and a collapse of talks, or move fast, even if it means a possibly flawed deal that damages his ambitious domestic agenda.

Jordan says king’s sibling plotted to destabilize country

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Jordan said it uncovered a plot to destabilize the kingdom that involved King Abdullah II’s half brother and extended beyond the country’s borders.

British officials confirm 7 deaths from rare blood clots after AstraZeneca shots, but say...

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British regulators have confirmed that seven people have died from unusual blood clots after taking the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine — but they are urging the public to continue taking the shots.

Ineffective Armenian lobbyism through German MPs

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Separatism, as a political practice - especially if it’s a proxy movement – heavily relies on external support for attainment of some sort of legitimacy.

Armenia premier confirms he will step down to allow election

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Armenia’s embattled prime minister confirmed that he will step down from the post in April in order to allow for an early parliamentary election.

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