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Former Envoy to Turkey Tapped for MI6

Former envoy to Turkey tapped for MI6

LONDON – A former British ambassador to Turkey has been named head of the government’s secret intelligence service (MI6) on Wednesday. Richard Moore, political director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will take up his new position in the fall. He served as the UK envoy to Ankara between January …

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Russia, China Boycott UNSC Meeting on Syria

Russia, China boycott U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria

UNITED NATIONS – Russia and China Tuesday boycotted what Moscow deemed a closed-door “unacceptable” videoconference with the U.N. Chemical arms in Syria Defense Committee. “Russia and China have empty tiles” on the wall, a member of the Security Council told AFP on condition of anonymity. Russia’s U.N. Envoy Vassily Nebenzia …

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Europe Grappling with New Emergency Decrees


BRUSSELS – According to the Council of Europe, an organization dedicated to respecting human rights, “an indefinite and uncontrolled state of emergency cannot guarantee respect for the fundamental principles of democracy.” European Parliament has expressed its “concern” and has asked the Commission “to assess whether the [Hungarian state of emergency …

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UK Health Minister Tests Positive for Coronavirus


LONDON – British MP Nadine Dorries, Minister of Health, has tested positive for the coronavirus, she said in a statement on Tuesday. “I can confirm that I have tested positive for coronavirus … and that I have self-isolated at home,” said the Conservative MP. Health officials are now trying to …

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Abdullah Starts Forming His Cabinet: Saadati

Abdullah Starts Forming Cabinet, Appointing Governors, Sadaati

KABUL – Abdullah Abdullah has begun work on forming his cabinet and appointing new governors, said Assadullah Saadati, a close aide to Abdullah, who at a parallel swearing-in ceremony in Kabul on Monday also took an oath of office as president and vowed to establish an “inclusive” government that will …

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GCC to Take Measures Against New Coronavirus


RIYADH – The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced Wednesday that it would take preventive measures at GCC border crossings in a bid to counter the deadly new coronavirus. The GCC issued a statement following an extraordinary meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh attended by the health ministers of Saudi Arabia, …

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