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German foreign minister doesn’t want American nukes in his country

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says American nuclear missiles must not be stationed in Germany, or anywhere in Europe, in Washington’s arms control debate with Moscow. “The deployment of new medium-range missiles would meet with widespread resistance in Germany,” Maas said in an interview with German news agency dpa. The US is set to quit the 30-year-old INF treaty with Russia, which has been preventing Washington from stationing such missiles in Europe. Both countries accuse each other of violating the …

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Poseidon in action: Russia ‘starts’ underwater trial of strategic nuclear drone

A Russian strategic drone propelled by a miniaturized nuclear reactor is undergoing underwater trials, according to reports. The weapon, called Poseidon, is slated to become a new class of the country’s nuclear deterrence. Poseidon, which was previously dubbed Status-6, was officially announced in March along with other upcoming weapon systems, meant to counter the development of anti-ballistic missile technologies by the US. It’s a long-range submersible drone capable of travelling at high speed deep underwater thanks to a miniaturized nuclear …

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Free fall: Oil slips to lowest since 2017 as fears over economic slowdown rattle market

Crude oil prices extended losses on Tuesday, plunging more than six percent amid concerns of receding global growth which may lead to weaker energy demand. Global benchmark Brent was trading down 6.2 percent, at $50.47 a barrel as of 9:12am GMT. The decline followed an 11 percent weekly downturn for the oil contract. Brent crude is at its lowest level since August 2017. US crude benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was down 6.7 percent, settling at $42.53 a barrel. US …

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Attack on Afghan govt building in Kabul leaves 43 dead – official

Afghan authorities said on Tuesday that 43 bodies were collected from a government compound, in the capital Kabul, that was targeted by a suicide bomber and extremists armed with assault rifles the previous day, officials said. Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said that so far 43 bodies and 10 injured had been transported by ambulances from the site. One policeman was killed and three militants were gunned down during seven hours of fighting inside the government compound, Reuters reports. Abdullah …

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‘What about bisexual Godzilla?’ Twitter reacts to suggestion next Bond should be transgender

Dominic West has been bombarded with sarcastic comments on Twitter after he suggested that a new James Bond should be played by a transgender woman. But what about female Thor, vegan Batman… and can 007 be a cat, people asked. So far, six male actors have played the fictional British secret agent working for MI6 during the whole 50-year-old franchise. The current Bond, Daniel Craig, has been in the last four movies and the fifth, currently being made, is expected …

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