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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Residents of Venezuela's capital say they're confused by banknotes coming out of ATMs as the country's new currency starts circulating. The reality of President Nicolas Maduro's economic plan kicks in Tuesday as Venezuela battles runaway inflation and a plummeting economy. Businesses in Caracas appear slow to begin reopening following a bank holiday a day earlier to allow for the conversion. Opposition politicians have called for a work stoppage and protests Tuesday... (Full Story)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Pakistan's newly-elected prime minister on Tuesday offered to start a dialogue with India to resolve long-running disputes between the two nuclear-armed rivals, including over the Kashmir region. Imran Khan, a former cricket star who was sworn in last week, tweeted that the two countries should focus on alleviating poverty in South Asia by pursuing new trade agreements. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Khan after his swearing-in and expressed a desire for... (Full Story)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
British and European Union negotiators expressed cautious optimism Tuesday that they would reach a deal to prevent a disorderly U.K. exit from the bloc, saying talks will be intensified and take place "continuously" over the next few crucial months. After meeting U.K. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab in Brussels, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said differences remained between the two sides on future economic relations and maintaining an open border between EU member Ireland... (Full Story)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday denounced as a "witch-hunt" accusations put forward by Microsoft Corp over alleged attempts by hackers linked to Russia's government to launch cyberattacks on U.S. institutions. "It is regrettable that a large international company, which has been working in the Russian market for a long time, quite actively and successfully has to take part in a witch-hunt that has engulfed Washington," the ministry said in a... (Full Story)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
British director Danny Boyle has exited the latest upcoming James Bond movie due to "creative differences," the producers of the multi-million film franchise said on Tuesday. "Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25," said a statement on the official 007 Twitter account. The tweet gave no details of the differences and no information on who would take... (Full Story)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Islamic State's Amaq News Agency issued a statement Tuesday claiming responsibility for what it called a mortar strike on the presidential palace earlier in the day. A barrage of rockets hit Kabul, just as President Ashraf Ghani was on television delivering his address for the Muslim holy festival Eid-al-Adha in a special ceremony at the presidential palace.  At least one rocket landed near the palace in Kabul’s green zone. Kabul police said a group of five suicide bombers... (Full Story)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
The United States is confident the top al-Qaida bomb maker, believed to be the mastermind behind a failed bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner in 2009, has been killed, two U.S. officials said even as others cautioned the evidence was not conclusive. Washington has long sought Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, a militant with al-Qaida's Yemen branch who is one of the world's most feared bomb makers because of his ability to create hard-to-detect bombs, including some implanted in suicide... (Full Story)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration weakened environmental controls on coal production Tuesday, overturning national regulations set by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. The Environmental Protection Agency said it will now allow individual coal-producing states to set their own rules for carbon emissions rather than have to adhere to an overall country-wide standard. The plan is subject to a 60-day comment period before it is finalized. The action marks a... (Full Story)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Italian actress Asia Argento, an outspoken advocate in the movement against sexual harassment, denied on Tuesday ever having had sexual relations with Jimmy Bennett, an actor who the New York Times reported had accused her of sexual assault. The New York Times reported on Sunday that Bennett had accused Argento of sexually assaulting him in 2013 when he was 17 and she was 37. Argento agreed to pay him $380,000 after he asked for $3.5 million, the paper said. "I am deeply shocked... (Full Story)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Iran said on Tuesday it would boost its military might and also showcased a new fighter jet amid increased tensions with the United States and with regional rivals over conflicts in the Middle East. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic's military prowess was what deterred Washington from attacking it, adding that under President Donald Trump the United States was becoming isolated even from its own allies. "We should make ourselves ready to fight against... (Full Story)
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