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Gina Haspel Sworn in as First Woman CIA Director

Gina Haspel Sworn in as First Woman CIA Director

Veteran CIA officer Gina Haspel was sworn in on Monday as the intelligence agency’s first female director. Hailing the "heroines" who had gone before her and expressing hope she and her team would be "role models," she takes over from Mike Pompeo, whom President Donald Trump recently made his sec

US Vows Sanctions against Venezuela after Presidential Elections

US Vows Sanctions against Venezuela after Presidential Elections

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned on Monday the presidential election in Venezuela that saw Nicolas Maduro remain in power. He vowed "swift economic and diplomatic actions" following elections, which observers described as deeply flawed. "Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic

Turkey Sentences 104 to Life in Jail over Failed Coup

Turkey sentenced on Monday 104 suspects to life in prison over their links to the July 2016 failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The former military personnel were given "aggravated life sentences" by a court in the western province of Izmir, state news agency Anadolu said, for "at

North Korean Officer, Civilian Defect to South

North Korean Officer, Civilian Defect to South

A north Korean military officer and a civilian defected to the South on Saturday, a South Korean news report said, citing a government source. The two were found in the Yellow Sea, Seoul-based news agency Yonhap reported "A small boat was spotted in waters off the north of Baengnyeong Island"

Afghan Cricket Stadium Attack Leaves Dozens of Casualties

Afghan Cricket Stadium Attack Leaves Dozens of Casualties

As many as eight people were killed and 45 wounded in a series of explosions targeting a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad late Friday, the first attack since the holy month of Ramadan began. The blasts exploded among spectators crowded into the stadium at around 11pm on Frida

Survivors as Plane Carrying 104 Crashes in Cuba

Survivors as Plane Carrying 104 Crashes in Cuba

Three people were pulled out alive from the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Cuba shortly after take-off from Havana. The plane was carrying 104 passengers on board and the survivors are in critical condition. The country's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who visited the crash site, warned ear

2 Brothers Arrested as France Foils Possible Ricin Attack

2 Brothers Arrested as France Foils Possible Ricin Attack

Police in France have foiled a suspected terror attack using ricin or explosives, and arrested two Egyptian-born brothers, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Friday. "There were two young people of Egyptian origin who were preparing to commit an attack, with either explosives or rici

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