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King Salman bin Abdul Aziz has named a young prince, who is reportedly a mystery buyer of a $450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus, as head of the newly established Culture Ministry. Saudi Arabia has been dominated by a harsh strain of conservative Islam since the 1979 seizure of the Grand Mosque of Mecca by around 400 extremists, a reaction against what they saw as Saudi society's plunge into immorality with entertainment, including cinema and television, and women taking jobs.
  • [Newsmaker] Declaration of end to Korean War possible in Singapore

    [Newsmaker] Declaration of end to Korean War possible in Singapore

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    The meeting in the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone that separates North and South Korea is the latest in a flurry of diplomatic activity meant to salvage a thaw in relations with the isolated North. "We welcome the summits that already took place between Pyongyang and Seoul as well as planned meetings between North Korean and United States leadership".
  • Chaos unfolds as VISA payment crashes across Europe

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    Payment card company Visa reported a service disruption in Europe on Friday, leaving businesses and customers unable to make purchases or receive payments. . "This is an industry wide issue which is being investigated as a matter of urgency and we apologise for any inconvenience ". A Visa spokesperson confirmed the outage but did not reveal any other details, such as its cause or its scale.
  • Trump says he wishes he had not picked Sessions for Attorney General

    Trump says he wishes he had not picked Sessions for Attorney General

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    Rudy Giuliani says if the president decides to fire Sessions and Rosenstein, it won't happen until after Robert Mueller completes the Russian Federation investigation. In the meantime, Jeff Sessions has offered no hints that he may eventually resign from his post . The possible conflict of interest arose after Sessions was said to have two previously undisclosed interactions during the 2016 campaign with the Russian ambassador.
  • North Korea's Kim Yong-chol at the White House for Trump meeting

    North Korea's Kim Yong-chol at the White House for Trump meeting

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    After the meetings, Mr Pompeo told a media conference on Friday morning (AEST) it would be "tragic to let this opportunity go to waste" with North Korea. Kim has already had two meetings each with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency chief who has travelled to North Korea and met with Kim Jong-un twice in the past two months, said he believed the country's leaders are "contemplating a path forward where they can ...
  • Judge denies Michael Cohen's request for more time to review seized materials

    Judge denies Michael Cohen's request for more time to review seized materials

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    Wood also heard arguments about whether Avenatti - who represents Daniels in other lawsuits she has filed against Trump and Cohen - could join the case, providing the hearing's main drama. Morgenthau, a longtime Manhattan district attorney. "I don't want you to have some existence in a limbo, where you are free to denigrate Mr. Cohen and I believe potentially deprive him of a fair trial by tainting a jury pool".
  • Lake Tahoma Dam in Western North Carolina Deemed Safe, Evacuations Lifted

    Lake Tahoma Dam in Western North Carolina Deemed Safe, Evacuations Lifted

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    As of early Wednesday, McDowell County Emergency Management deputy director Adrienne Jones told the Associated Press that the dam had not failed. Local and state officials are closely monitoring the dams at Lake Lure, Lake Tahoma, Lake Tuxedo and North Fork Lake and are sending state dam safety engineers to areas of concern.
  • China urges U.S. to keep promise on trade issues

    China urges U.S. to keep promise on trade issues

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    An American business group called on Beijing on Wednesday to allow the same access to its state-dominated economy that China's companies have to US markets after Washington revved up a simmering trade dispute with a surprise announcement of plans to go ahead with a tariff hike.
  • 'Murdered' Russian journalist shows up alive in Ukraine

    'Murdered' Russian journalist shows up alive in Ukraine

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    The day before, Ukrainian officials said that Babchenko had died after being shot at home by an unknown assailant, leading Moscow and Kiev to blame one another for his death. Arkady Babchenko at the press conference in Kyiv. German says he started cooperating with Ukrainian counterintelligence after he was approached by an "old acquaintance" living in Moscow who "works at a Putin foundation, organizing unrest in Ukraine".
  • Reagan Sides With Trump on D'Souza, Blagojevich, Stewart

    Reagan Sides With Trump on D'Souza, Blagojevich, Stewart

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    The idea of pardoning Stewart, meanwhile, has become a favored cause of some conservatives who see a potential pardon as a way to stick it to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey , who was responsible for prosecuting the former host of The Apprentice: Martha Stewart , a spinoff of Trump's show that lasted only one season.
  • Italian Political Turbulence Monitored by Trump Administration

    Italian Political Turbulence Monitored by Trump Administration

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    Di Maio and Matteo Salvini finally chose to join forces but each vetoed the other for the prime minister post. Cottarelli stepped aside on Thursday, telling reporters that "it is no longer necessary to form a technical government". Yields and bond prices move in opposite directions. Maurizio Martina, the caretaker leader of the centre-Left party, said: "The populist, Rightist government that is about to be born has a programme that is risky for our country".
  • Russian foreign minister to head to North Korea

    Russian foreign minister to head to North Korea

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    A senior North Korean official is headed to NY to discuss an upcoming summit, US President Donald Trump says, the latest indication that an on-again-off-again meeting between Mr Trump and North Korea's leader may go ahead next month. USA negotiators, headed by Washington's current ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim , met with North Korean counterparts in the truce village of Panmunjom that divides the two Koreas on Sunday.