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Joe Biden comes close to announcing presidential candidacy, denounces Trump

Joe Biden comes close to announcing presidential candidacy, denounces TrumpThe speech came at a time when speculation over whether the 76-year-old politician will run for president has intensified.



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House Democrats seek interviews with Trump's children and close allies

House Democrats seek interviews with Trump's children and close alliesThe House oversight committee chairman, Elijah Cummings, has said he will seek interviews with Donald Trump’s children and some of his closest allies after public testimony by the president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. Among those the committee will call in for testimony are Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump, as well as the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.



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China's desire for close Iran ties unchanged, Xi says ahead of Saudi prince's visit

China's desire for close Iran ties unchanged, Xi says ahead of Saudi prince's visitChina’s desire to develop close ties with Iran will remain unchanged, regardless of the international situation, President Xi Jinping told the speaker of Iran’s parliament, ahead of Thursday’s visit to Beijing by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. China has traditionally played little role in Middle East conflicts or diplomacy, despite relying on the region for oil, with Iran its fourth largest supplier last year, but has been trying to raise its profile, especially in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman visited Beijing in 2017, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives on Thursday for a two-day visit.



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Maduro threatens to close Colombia border as opposition travels to receive aid

Maduro threatens to close Colombia border as opposition travels to receive aidGuaido, who is recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state, is poised for a showdown with Maduro’s beleaguered government on Saturday, when the opposition plans to attempt to bring in food and medicine piling up on the Colombian side. Maduro denies there is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and said on Thursday he was considering closing the border with Colombia and would close the border with Brazil. The government has said soldiers will be stationed at crossing points to repel any “territorial violations.” The opposition lawmakers set off from Caracas just after 10 a.m. on a 800-km (500-mile) road trip to the Colombian border.



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US sanctions Venezuela officials close to 'former President' Maduro

US sanctions Venezuela officials close to 'former President' MaduroThe US Treasury announced Friday it was imposing sanctions on five intelligence and security officials close to crisis-hit Venezuela’s “former” President Nicolas Maduro. Among the five men is Manuel Quevedo, described by the Treasury as the “illegitimate” president of Venezuela’s state-owned oil firm, PDVSA.



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Turkey calls on China to close internment camps for Muslims

Turkey calls on China to close internment camps for MuslimsTurkey called on China to close its internment camps for Muslims, saying the camps which reportedly hold a million ethnic Uighur people are a “great shame for humanity”. Last week, rights activists urged European and Muslim nations to take the lead in establishing a U.N. investigation into China’s detention and “forced indoctrination” of up to 1 million Uighurs, who speak a Turkic language, and other Muslims in Xinjiang province. “The policy of systematic assimilation against the Uighur Turks carried out by the authorities of China is a great shame for humanity,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement late on Saturday.



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Turkey urges China to respect Uighur rights, close camps

Turkey urges China to respect Uighur rights, close campsISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has called China's treatment of its minority Uighurs "a great cause of shame for humanity."



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Assad Is Close to Victory, But New Conflicts Are Bubbling Up in Syria

Assad Is Close to Victory, But New Conflicts Are Bubbling Up in SyriaPresident Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops has fanned much of the flames. While it would leave the field to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s Russian and Iranian allies, it has also emboldened Israel to advertise that it’s pummeling Iranian positions, practically taunting Tehran to respond. Some analysts warn of a confrontation between them that could spark a regional war also drawing in Lebanon and Iraq.



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With Border Talks Set to Start, Trump Says He’s Willing to Close Government Again

With Border Talks Set to Start, Trump Says He’s Willing to Close Government Again“Does anybody really think I won’t build the WALL?” Trump said late Sunday in a tweet that ran through what he termed more success in two years than any other president. Trump’s acting chief of staff said earlier that Trump was prepared to shutter the government again or declare an emergency if needed to get the wall money. The first formal meeting of the Homeland Security Appropriations House-Senate conference committee will be on Wednesday, according to a senior Democratic aide.



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How Couples Can Close Their Retirement Plans' Age Gap

How Couples Can Close Their Retirement Plans' Age GapLove is blind, but an age difference can be a real eye-opener for couples as they prepare for retirement.



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