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Rattled UK PM May forced into ‘dementia tax’ U-turn after poll lead halves

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to publicly backtrack on one of her most striking election pledges on Monday after plans to force elderly people to pay more…

Turkey puts 200 suspected military coup plotters on trial amid heavy security

ANKARA Turkey put on trial 200 suspects on Monday including senior military officers accused of plotting and orchestrating last year’s failed coup, in a court case where prosecutors are calling…

Iran accuses U.S. of ‘Iranophobia’, arming ‘dangerous terrorists’

DUBAI Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to “dangerous terrorists” in the Middle East and of spreading “Iranophobia” aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms,…

Trump, in Israel, says he has new reasons to hope for peace

TEL AVIV U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Israel on Monday on the second leg of his first overseas trip since entering office and said he had new reasons to…

Bangkok hospital bomb wounds 24, junta blames its opponents

BANGKOK A bomb at a hospital in the Thai capital wounded 24 people on Monday, the third anniversary of a 2014 military coup, the government said, with the army chief…

British PM May’s election lead halves after ‘dementia tax’: surveys

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a much closer election after the lead held by her governing Conservative Party halved since she set out proposals to reduce financial…

Trump to visit Israel in search of revived peace process

RIYADH After an exhausting two days in Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Donald Trump travels to Israel on Monday, attempting to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process with visits to Jerusalem…

North Korea says missile tests warhead guidance, ready for deployment

SEOUL North Korea said on Monday it has successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile to confirm the reliability of the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead, indicating further advances in…

No time for Brexit delays, says UK’s May as poll lead slips

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday urge voters to back her to deliver the country’s exit from the European Union, playing one of her strongest cards in…

Trump tells Middle East to ‘drive out’ Islamist extremists

RIYADH U.S. President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their fair share to “drive out” terrorism from their countries on Sunday in a speech that put the burden…