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Iran defiant over drone as Trump reportedly halts strikes

Iran defiant over drone as Trump reportedly halts strikesIran vowed Friday to defend its borders after downing a US drone it insisted had violated the country’s airspace, as reports emerged that President Donald Trump had approved then called off retaliatory strikes on Iranian targets. The downing of the drone — which Washington insists was above international waters but Iran says was within its airspace — has seen tensions between the two countries spike further after a series of attacks on tankers the US has blamed on Tehran. The commander of the aerospace arm of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said the drone was warned twice before it was downed over the Gulf of Oman.



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Defiant New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

Defiant New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murderA right-wing extremist flashed a white power gesture as he faced the first of many murder charges in a New Zealand court Saturday, while a shellshocked community dug graves for 49 mosque-goers he stands accused of slaying. Australia-born, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant stood largely impassive in the dock wearing handcuffs and a white prison smock, as the judge read the first of what are expected to be a host of murder charges that could mean he dies in jail. Flanked by armed police, the former personal fitness trainer gestured an upside-down “okay”, a symbol used by white power groups worldwide.



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Netanyahu defiant after decision to indict him ahead of polls

Netanyahu defiant after decision to indict him ahead of pollsPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s long reign atop Israeli politics has earned him the nickname “King Bibi,” but a decision ahead of April elections to indict him on corruption charges may be his biggest challenge yet. After Israel’s attorney general announced Thursday night he intended to charge the prime minister with bribery, fraud and breach of trust pending a hearing, Netanyahu showed characteristic defiance in a televised statement. “Netanyahu will not resign,” said Ilan Greilsammer, political science professor at the University of Tel Aviv.



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Maduro Extends Carnival. Defiant Venezuelans Go to Work Anyway

Maduro Extends Carnival. Defiant Venezuelans Go to Work AnywayMost Venezuelans in the capital showed up to work in quiet defiance of President Nicolas Maduro’s abrupt order that carnival holidays begin Thursday instead of next week. Women and men in formal business attire hurried to work in Altamira’s business district and a long line of customers waited to purchase items like cornmeal and coffee from Jose Marquez’s kiosk in the Manzanares neighborhood. Guaido, the 35-year-old head of the opposition-dominated National Assembly, is battling with Maduro over who is the legitimate head of state.



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Roger Stone: Defiant ‘dirty trickster’ vows to fight Mueller and defend Trump to the end

Roger Stone: Defiant ‘dirty trickster’ vows to fight Mueller and defend Trump to the endRoger Stone, a self-described “dirty trickster” and longtime confidant of Donald Trump, is officially the latest person to be ensnared by the Russia investigation. Shouting “FBI, open the door,” authorities arrested Stone before dawn on Friday morning in a criminal case that claims senior members of the president’s campaign sought to benefit from the release of hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office released a seven-count indictment against Stone — the first criminal case in months from the special counsel.



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Putin defiant on Ukraine crisis despite Trump summit talks threat

Putin defiant on Ukraine crisis despite Trump summit talks threatRussia seized the Ukrainian vessels and their crews on Sunday near Crimea, the Ukrainian region which Moscow annexed in 2014, over what it said was their illegal entry into Russian waters, which Ukraine denies. Some of Ukraine’s Western allies have also raised the possibility of imposing new sanctions on Russia over the episode, which could deliver a blow to the Russian economy. Putin said he also still hoped to meet Trump at the G20, while the Kremlin said the meeting was still being prepared and Washington had not informed Moscow it was off.



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Saudi dissident YouTube star defiant after Khashoggi murder

Saudi dissident YouTube star defiant after Khashoggi murderSaudi dissident satirist Ghanem Almasarir, whose social media mockery of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gets millions of hits, told AFP he is undeterred by Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Speaking at a protest on Wednesday outside the Saudi embassy in London, Almasarir said Khashoggi’s slaying had shown the wider world a darker side to the power wielded by Prince Mohammed.



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On Istanbul streets, defiant Turks see U.S. hand behind lira crisis

On Istanbul streets, defiant Turks see U.S. hand behind lira crisis“This crisis is created by America,” she said. The lira has lost more than 35 percent against the dollar this year and hit a fresh low on Friday, its biggest one day fall since Turkey’s 2001 financial crisis. Food, rents and fuel prices in Turkey have all surged.



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Canada defiant after Saudi Arabia freezes new trade over human rights call

Canada defiant after Saudi Arabia freezes new trade over human rights callBy Aziz El Yaakoubi and David Ljunggren RIYADH/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada on Monday refused to back down in its defense of human rights after Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for Ottawa’s call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists. In her first public response to Saudi Arabia’s actions, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said, “Canada will always stand up for human rights in Canada and around the world, and women’s rights are human rights.” Riyadh on Sunday recalled its ambassador from Canada and gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave.



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Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters defiant, but rally turnout hits a low

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters defiant, but rally turnout hits a lowBy Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s annual pro-democracy protest saw one of the lowest turnouts in history, as thousands braved sweltering heat to protest against Beijing’s tightening grip over the city on Sunday, the 21st anniversary of its return to Chinese rule. Hong Kong’s opposition has lost much steam in the past year, which saw elected pro-democracy legislators disqualified and some of the most prominent activists jailed. Against the fall of Hong Kong.” “Now the government is already siding with the Communist Party.



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