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Typhoon Hagibis batters Japan with ‘unprecedented’ rain

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis barrelled through Japan Saturday, killing at least two people and lashing large parts of the country with “unprecedented” rain that caused floods, landslides and emergency disaster warnings. Around 7.3 million people…

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16 killed in Burkina Faso mosque attack

Sixteen people died and two were seriously injured in an attack on a mosque in Burkina Faso’s volatile north, security sources said Saturday. Armed men attacked the Grand Mosque in Salmossi on…

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Hong Kong riot police patrol along a road to clear up barricades after protesters blocked the way during an anti-emergency laws march in Hong Kong on October 12, 2019.

Petrol bombs thrown inside HK’s metro station

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Petrol bombs were thrown inside a Hong Kong metro station on Saturday but no one was injured, the government said, as pro-democracy protesters angry at what…

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Damaged houses caused by weather patterns from Typhoon Hagibis are seen in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019.

Two dead as ‘unprecedented’ Typhoon Hagibis slams into Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday, killing at least two people and prompting authorities to issue their highest level of disaster warning over “unprecedented” downpours that caused flooding and landslides. Around 7.3…

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Typhoon Hagibis slams into Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday, killing one even before making landfall and prompting authorities to issue their highest level of disaster warning over “unprecedented” downpours. More than 7.3 million people were…

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Modi tells Xi summit will launch ‘new era’ for India and China

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday that his summit with Chinese leader Xi Xinping would launch a “new era” between the neighbours who are seeking to overcome troublesome differences….

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Kenya’s Kipchoge busts mythical two-hour marathon barrier

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge on Saturday made history, busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on a specially prepared course in a huge Vienna park. With an unofficial time of…

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One dead as Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on Saturday claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than 1.6 million people. Rated “large and…

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Live cameras at many of Japan’s landmarks show the effects of Typhoon Hagibis in real-time

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis churned towards Japan on Saturday, heading straight towards the capital with potentially record-breaking rains and sparking evacuation orders, transport disruption and power outages even before making landfall. These links…

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Power outages, evacuations as Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis churned towards Japan on Saturday, heading straight towards the capital with potentially record-breaking rains and sparking evacuation orders, transport disruption and power outages even before making landfall. Rated “large…

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Thanathorn defends himself against accusations of meddling in with Hong Kong protests

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has denied that he has any connections with political groups in Hong Kong and said he respects China’s law regarding the Hong Kong Special…

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NATO chief calls on Turkey to show ‘restraint’ in Syria operation

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed “serious concerns” on Friday about Turkey’s ongoing operation against Kurdish forces in Syria and called for “restraint”.  “I shared… my serious concerns about this…

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Indonesia minister stabbed by IS-linked pair

Two members of an IS-linked terror network stabbed Indonesia’s chief security minister Wiranto on Thursday, the intelligence head said, as the powerful politician underwent emergency surgery for his wounds. Television images…

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Supporters of jailed activist Edward Leung, gather outside the High Court as Leung appeals against his conviction and sentence, in Hong Kong, China, October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist appeals against sentence as more protests loom

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist jailed for six years for rioting in 2016 appeared in court on Wednesday to appeal against his sentence, as anti-government protests…

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Iraqi PM pledges reforms to calm angry protests

The Iraqi government announced a series of reforms early Sunday after an “extraordinary” session overnight in response to sweeping anti-government rallies that have left nearly 100 dead in less than…

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Xi and Kim hail ‘immortal’ China-North Korea relationship

Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised to promote a “long-term, sound and stable” relationship with North Korea, state news agency Xinhua said Sunday, as the two countries mark 70 years of diplomatic…

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Hong Kong court rejects mask ban challenge as fresh protests break out

A Hong Kong court rejected on Sunday a challenge to an emergency law criminalising protesters wearing face masks as democracy activists hit the streets again in defiance of the ban despite half the…

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Lawmaker Dennis Kwok speaks to journalists outside the High Court as he and some 23 other lawmakers seek an emergency injunction in a bid to overturn a face mask ban, in Hong Kong on October 6, 2019, two days after the city’s leader outlawed face coverings at protests invoking colonial-era emergency powers not used for half a century.

Hong Kong braces for more protests as lawmakers go to court

The majority of Hong Kong’s subway stations remained closed Sunday as the city braced for more protests with pro-democracy activists vowing to hit the streets and opposition lawmakers trying to overturn a…

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People wear masks and light up their mobile phones during a flash mob rally in the Sham Shui Po district in Hong Kong on October 5, 2019, a day after the city’s leader outlawed face coverings at protests invoking colonial-era emergency powers not used for half a century.

Hong Kong protesters defy mask ban as city grinds to halt

Masked pro-democracy protesters marched through Hong Kong in defiance of a ban on face coverings as much of the city ground to a halt on Saturday, with the subway suspended and many shops…

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Iraqi security forces cut off Jamhuriya bridge, which leads to Baghdad’s administrative and diplomatic Green Zone, with military vehicles near the Iraqi capital’s Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on October 5, 2019 after a curfew was lifted following a day of violent protests.

Baghdad curfew lifted but Iraq on alert for new protests

A curfew was lifted in Baghdad on Saturday following days of protests which have left nearly 100 dead, but tensions remained after firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr demanded the government quit….

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Protesters smash up a metro station in Shek Mun area of Sha Tin district in Hong Kong on late October 4, 2019, as people hit the streets after the government announced a ban on facemasks.

Hong Kong mask ban sparks violent clashes, rail shutdown

Hong Kong’s entire mass transit rail system was suspended on Saturday after a night of violence sparked by a ban on pro-democracy protesters wearing face masks, as the government invoked emergency…

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Malaysian PM says Hong Kong leader should quit

Malaysia’s prime minister said Friday Hong Kong’s embattled leader should resign over the city’s increasingly violent pro-democracy protests and warned China would take “harsh action” to end the demonstrations. Hong Kong has been rocked…

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Protesters burn items at the Causeway Bay metro station entrance in Hong Kong on October 4, 2019, as people hit the streets after the government announced a ban on facemasks.

Clashes in Hong Kong as face masks banned under rare emergency powers

Hong Kong’s leader invoked colonial-era emergency powers Friday to ban protesters wearing face masks, but the move aimed at quelling months of unrest sparked immediate rallies, widespread clashes and vows to…

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A protester wearing a mask takes part in a protest in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong on October 4, 2019, after people hit the streets when the government earlier announced a ban on facemasks.

Hong Kong leader invokes emergency powers to ban protester face masks

Hong Kong’s leader invoked colonial-era emergency powers Friday to ban protesters wearing face masks, but the move aimed at quelling months of unrest sparked immediate fresh rallies and vows to defy…

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FILE PHOTO: People attend a march in Causeway Bay in solidarity with the student protester who got shot by police with live ammunition in Hong Kong, China October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Hong Kong protesters rampage as police call for curfew

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong demonstrators clashed with police into the early hours of Thursday, throwing petrol bombs and venting their anger over the shooting of a teenager earlier…

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Global problems, housing and land shortages : Is there a solution?

Bangkok, like other major cities around the world, is getting bigger, in terms of population. Bangkok has the highest population density in Thailand, with approximately 5.6 million people residing in…

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A protester throws a Molotov cocktail against riot police in Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as violent demonstrations take place in the streets of the city on the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China’s founding. – Strife-torn Hong Kong on October 1 marked the 70th anniversary of communist China’s founding with defiant “Day of Grief” protests and fresh clashes with police as pro-democracy activists ignored a ban and took to the streets across the city. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Police shoot Hong Kong protester as China celebrates 70th birthday

(AFP) Hong Kong police shot a pro-democracy protestor in the chest on Tuesday as violent clashes erupted across the city hours after China held a massive military parade in Beijing…

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China flexes military muscle to mark 70 years of Communist rule

BEIJING (Reuters) – China celebrated its growing power and confidence with a big display of military hardware and goose-stepping troops in Beijing on Tuesday, overseen by President Xi Jinping who…

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Protesters carry black balloons as they take part in a march in the Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as intense protests were expected on the 70th anniversary of communist China’s founding. – Police fanned out across Hong Kong on October 1 in a bid to deter pro-democracy protests as the city marked communist China’s 70th birthday, with local officials attending a closed door flag-raising ceremony behind closed doors. (Photo by Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

Security ramped up as Hong Kong braces for China anniversary clashes

(AFP) Police fanned out across Hong Kong on Tuesday in a bid to deter pro-democracy protests as the city marked communist China’s 70th birthday, with local officials watching a flag-raising…

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China marks 70th anniversary with military parade

Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a review of troops from a car during a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, to mark the 70th anniversary of…

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The US-China trade war leads to an increase of FDIs in Thailand

The escalation of the US-China trade war has prompted Chinese and Hong Kong investors to move to Thailand.  In the first half of this year, they altogether sought approvals for…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen outside the venue for the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester, Britain, September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

PM Johnson vows to stay put to hit Oct. 31 Brexit deadline

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Boris Johnson said on Sunday he would not quit as Britain’s prime minister even if he fails to secure a deal to leave the European Union,…

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Anti-government protesters set barricades on fire after a clash with riot police in Hong Kong, China September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Street fires burn in Hong Kong amid running battles between protesters and police

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired water cannon, rubber bullets and round after round of tear gas at petrol bomb-throwing protesters on Sunday in some of the most…

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Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (L) shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping (R) during an awards ceremony at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People

Princess Sirindhorn receives “Friendship Medal” from President Xi

BEIJING (Agencies) –  HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn today received the Medal of Friendship, China’s highest state honor for foreigners, from President Xi Jinping in a ceremony on the occasion…

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Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters in shopping district

Hong Kong descended into a second day of clashes between protesters and riot police on Sunday with officers firing tear gas in a busy shopping district. Pro-democracy activists have stepped…

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Hong Kong police fire pepper spray as protesters turn violent

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police used pepper spray on Saturday to try to disperse anti-government protesters who threw rocks and blocked a key road next to a huge…

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 18, 2019. Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERS

Khashoggi murder ‘happened under my watch,’ Saudi crown prince tells PBS

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said he bears responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year by Saudi operatives “because it happened under my watch,” according…

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg wins ‘alternative Nobel Prize’

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was named on Wednesday as one of four winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize….

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Anti-government protesters burning a barricade during protests in Yuen Mun, Hong Kong, China on Saturday.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas after storming shopping mall

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired tear gas on Sunday to break up pro-democracy protesters who trashed fittings at a station and shopping mall, the latest in more…

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Mahathir to set date for premiership hand-over to Anwa

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said that he would be setting the time and date when he would hand over the premiership to his successor Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian media…

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Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

(AFP) Thousands of schools were shuttered across Malaysia and IndonesiaThursday, affecting at least 1.7 million pupils, officials said, as toxic hazefrom rampant forest fires sent air quality plummeting. Nearly 2,500 schools were ordered to shut their doors in Malaysia — including nearly 300 in the smog-hit…

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UK’s worst-case no-deal Brexit plan warns of food shortages, public disorder

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government’s plans for a no-deal Brexit warn of severe disruption to cross-Channel routes, affecting the supply of medicines and certain types of fresh foods, and…

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Hong Kong Stock Exchange unveils shock £32bn bid for London rival

(AFP) The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has bid almost £32 billion for its London rival in a shock move Wednesday to bring together two of the world’s largest financial hubs…

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President Trump fires national security adviser Bolton

WASHINGTON (Agencies) – White House national security adviser John Bolton resigned on Tuesday at the request of President Donald Trump, who said he called for the resignation due to numerous…

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Photo taken on Sunday shows fire set by demonstrators at the Central station of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) in Hong Kong.

HK police fire tear gas as clashes erupt after thousands appeal to Trump

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the upmarket Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday, after demonstrators had rallied at the US Consulate…

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Protesters wave US national flags as they march from Chater Garden to the US consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday to call on the US to pressure Beijing to meet their demands.

HK protesters, waving Stars and Stripes, call on Trump to ‘liberate’ city

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of Hong Kong protesters on Sunday chanted the US national anthem and called on US President Donald Trump to “liberate” the Chinese-ruled city, the latest…

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Top UK minister quits in new Brexit blow to PM Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received a fresh blow Saturday when senior minister Amber Rudd quit her work and pensions post in protest at his handling of the Brexit crisis….

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Police check the ID of a man (centre L) as he walks outside Chek Lap Kok International Airport in Hong Kong on September 7

Hong Kong police fend off airport protest after night of violence

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police checked people traveling to the airport for passports and air tickets on Saturday, preventing protesters gathering for another “stress test” of road and…

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Students and alumni of high schools in the Tuen Mun district of Hong Kong take part in a joint “school human chain rally” on September 5

HK protests to target airport after night of violence

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong protesters plan to block one of the world’s busiest airports on Saturday after a night of violence in which police used tear gas and…

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German leader Merkel says peaceful solution needed for HK

BEIJING (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that she discussed Hong Kong with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and that there needed to be a peaceful solution for…

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ThaiPBS World: September 5, 2019 : Hong Kong crisis: A view from Thailand

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HK leader says China ‘respects and supports’ withdrawal of extradition bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Thursday that China “understands, respects and supports” her government’s move to formally withdraw an extradition bill, part of measures…

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US, China to resume trade talks in Washington in October

(AFP) US and Chinese trade negotiators will resume talks in Washington in early October, Beijing said Thursday, after new punitive tariffs raised fears of a breakdown in the protracted negotiations….

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HK leader Carrie Lam withdraws controversial extradition bill

HONG KONG (Agencies) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Wednesday she will formally withdraw the contentious extradition bill which sparked months of protests. “The government will formally…

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HK leader Carrie Lam to withdraw extradition bill: media report

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam will this afternoon announce a formal withdrawal of the much-despised extradition bill that sparked the nearly three-month long protest crisis now roiling the city,…

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Election bid looms as British MPs defeat Johnson on Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the prospect of a snap election on Tuesday after he suffered a major parliamentary defeat over his Brexit strategy that could delay Britain’s exit from…

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An elderly man implores police not to charge at Tung Chung MTR train station in Hong Kong on Sunday.

Hong Kong protesters smash MTR station

HONG KONG (Agencies) – Anti-government protesters this evening vented their fury on a mass transit railway (MTR) station in Tung Chung, a satellite town near Hong Kong International Airport which…

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Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on September 1, 2019. Hundreds of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city’s airport on September 1, as the financial hub began cleaning up after another night of serious violence marked by fires, tears gas and police beatings.

Protesters briefly storm Hong Kong Airport

HONG KONG (Agencies) — Hundreds of protesters briefly stormed Hong Kong’s international airport on Sunday, despite attempts to heighten security in anticipation of a planned demonstration, before they were chased…

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Widespread flooding in NE as storm Podul moves west today

Widespread flooding was reported on Saturday in several of Thailand’s northeastern provinces as Podul, which has now weakened to low pressure cell, loomed over the northeastern province of Loei at…

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Kwok Pak-chung, regional commander of the Hong Kong Island, shows an evidence image of violent acts by radical protesters in the past two months during a daily press conference in south China’s Hong Kong on Thursday. – Xinhua photo

HK police ban mass weekend protest rally

HONG KONG (Agencies) — Police in Hong Kong, citing public safety concerns,  have banned both a rally and a march planned for tomorrow by the human rights group that has…

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A man wearing a mask of Boris Johnson protests outside Downing Street, Central London on Wednesday. Parliament will be suspended just days after MPs return to work in September – and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline.

British PM Johnson sparks outrage after forcing suspension of parliament

LONDON (AFP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sparked fury among pro-Europeans and MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit by forcing the suspension of parliament weeks before Britain’s EU departure…

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Situation in Hong Kong after 10 weeks of protests

After the 10 week long of protests and demonsteations in Hongkong over the controversial extraditon bill, people around the world turn their attention to the financial hub. What is really…

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Warriors outlast Raptors to square NBA Finals at 1-1

TORONTO, June 2 (Reuters) – The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors used a massive third quarter to overcame a sluggish start and secure a 109-104 win over the Toronto…

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New breast cancer drug found to boost survival rates by 30%

Chicago (AFP) – A new form of drug drastically improves survival rates of younger women with the most common type of breast cancer, researchers said on Saturday, citing the results…

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Liverpool beats Tottenham 2-0 to win sixth European title

Liverpool has defeated Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final to win its sixth European title. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the second minute…

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(Photo) The building where the shooting took place in Virginia Beach

Disgruntled city worker kills 12 in Virginia beach resort; suspect also killed

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Reuters) – A disgruntled public utility employee opened fire with a handgun on co-workers at a municipal building in Virginia on Friday afternoon, killing 12 people and…

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Raptors hold off Warriors to win Game 1 of NBA Finals

TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored a career-playoff-best 32 points and added eight rebounds and five assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 118-109 Thursday night in the…

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Tobacco kills eight million people each year: WHO

Tobacco kills eight million people each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, ahead of World No Tobacco Day on Friday. WHO said on Wednesday that 40% percent of…

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Hazard double powers Chelsea to Europa League title

Eden Hazard scored twice and then admitted it was his parting gift as the Belgian’s brace helped Chelsea sweep away Arsenal to win 4-1 in the Europa League final in…

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Knife-wielding man slashes schoolgirls at bus stop in Japan, killing two

TOKYO (Reuters) – A knife-wielding man slashed at a group of schoolgirls at a bus stop in Japan on Tuesday, killing one girl and an adult who may have been…

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Brazilian riot police prepare to invade the Puraquequara Prison facility in Manaus on May 27, 2019, where at least 55 inmates were killed in clashes/AFP

Brazil to send gang leaders to federal prisons after massacre: minister

LISBON (Reuters) – Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro said on Tuesday that the prison gang leaders responsible for killing 55 inmates in prisons across the northern city of Manaus will…

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History man: Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the 2016 final against Andy Murray/AFP

Federer, Nadal threaten Djokovic bid for historic Slam

Novak Djokovic can become only the second man in history to have twice held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time with victory at the French Open. However,…

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Shane Lin (L) and Marc Yuan kiss before signing their marriage certificate in Taiwan’s first same-sex wedding.

Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

Taiwan’s first official same-sex weddings kicked off Friday in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia as gay couples took the historic step of registering as married, the culmination…

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Trump says ‘dangerous’ Huawei could be included in U.S.-China trade deal

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Thursday U.S. complaints against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd might be resolved within the framework of a U.S.-China trade deal, while at the…

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Interpol expects more arrests will follow as investigations continue, stemming from an operation into a site on the “dark web” that was launched two years ago/AFP

50 children saved after police bust paedophile website: Interpol

International police group Interpol said Thursday that nine people had been arrested in Thailand, Australia and the US and 50 children had been rescued after investigators took down an online…

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Police in Jakarta clashed with some anti-Widodo protesters

Indonesia curbs social media, blaming hoaxes for inflaming unrest

JAKARTA, May 22 (Reuters) – Indonesia has introduced curbs on social media in a bid to prevent the spread of hoaxes, some calling for violent post-election attacks, and quell two…

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North Korea U.N. Ambassador Kim Song speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., May 21, 2019./REUTERS

North Korea warns U.S. over seized ship at rare U.N. news conference

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea stepped up its campaign on Tuesday for the United States to return a seized cargo ship belonging to Pyongyang, warning Washington that it had…

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Huawei puts Honor above Android at new smartphone launch

LONDON (Reuters) – Huawei put uncertainty over the future of its devices business to one side on Tuesday with the launch of new Honor smartphones, in a confident display of…

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Huawei’s founder has defiantly hit back after a bruising week for the Chinese smartphone giant

U.S. eases restrictions on Huawei; founder says U.S. underestimates Chinese firm

U.S. eases restrictions on Huawei; founder says U.S. underestimates Chinese firm NEW YORK/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The United States has temporarily eased trade restrictions on China’s Huawei to minimize disruption for…

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(Photo) US President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 20, 2019/AFP

Trump: Iran will be met with ‘great force’ if it moves against U.S

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Iran would be met with “great force” if it attempted anything against U.S. interests in the Middle East, adding that…

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A 3-D printed Android logo is seen in front of a displayed Huawei logo in this illustration picture May 20, 2019./ REUTERS

Huawei will continue security support for Android smartphones

LONDON (Reuters) – Huawei said on Monday it would continue to provide security updates and services for its smartphones and tablets after being barred from Google updates to its Android…

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Manchester City’s Belgian captain Vincent Kompany with the winner’s trophy after the English FA Cup final football match between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Kompany to leave Man City and join Anderlecht as player-manager

LONDON (Reuters) – Belgian defender Vincent Kompany said on Sunday he would be leaving Manchester City and joining Anderlecht as player-manager after helping the Premier League club to become the…

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Some awed Australian pundits have declared Prime Minister Scott Morrison a campaigning ‘legend’

Australian PM heads to church, football after ‘miracle’ election win

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked his fellow Pentecostal churchgoers on Sunday after a miraculous election victory that defied years of unfavorable opinion polls and bruised a…

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is showered with petals during a campaign stop.

India’s epic election ends as Modi meditates

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is showered with petals during a campaign stop Voting in India’s election, the world’s biggest ever, ends on Sunday after an acrimonious and at times…

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Novak Djokovic is a four-time Italian Open winner.

Djokovic and Nadal to meet in Rome final, Konta faces Pliskova

ROME (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal won on Saturday to set up an Italian Open final meeting, while British number one Johanna Konta booked a final clash with…

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Much of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet has resigned or gone into virtual hiding during the campaign because of their unpopularity.

Australia’s conservative government moves into election-winning position

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Liberal-led conservative government is in position to win the national election with more than half the votes counted on Saturday, media projected, though it is unclear…

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Bill Shorten’s Labor party has been tipped for victory in the Australian election.

Australians vote in first ‘climate election’

Australians flocked to the polls Saturday capping a bitterly fought election that may be the first anywhere decided by climate policy. Between 16 and 17 million people are expected to…

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(Photo) Maduro expressed gratitude to Norway and its support for “dialogue,”/AFP

Venezuela’s Maduro says Norway talks sought ‘peaceful agenda’ with opposition

CARACAS (Reuters) – Talks in Norway this week with representatives of Venezuela’s government and the opposition sought to “build a peaceful agenda” for the crisis-stricken South American country, President Nicolas…

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China backs Iran during U.S. tensions

BEIJING (Reuters) – China offered strong support to Iran on Friday, with its top diplomat telling Iran’s foreign minister that China opposes unilateral sanctions and supports Tehran’s efforts to safeguard…

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Trump administration hits China’s Huawei with one-two punch

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Wednesday took aim at China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, banning the firm from buying vital U.S. technology without special approval and effectively…

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(AFP) Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran is showing ‘maximum restraint’ despite the US withdrawal from their nuclear deal

U.S. pulls staff from Iraq, says Iran gave ‘blessing’ for tanker attacks

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Helicopters ferried U.S. staff from the American embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday out of apparent concern about perceived threats from Iran, which U.S. sources believe encouraged Sunday’s…

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Washington orders some U.S. government employees to leave Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq on Wednesday, after repeated U.S. expressions of concern about threats from Iranian-backed forces. The U.S. State…

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U.S. lawmakers want to tighten visas for Chinese students, researchers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress introduced legislation on Tuesday intended to prohibit anyone employed or sponsored by the Chinese military from receiving…

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One dead, 46 hurt in Venezuela May Day clashes

May Day clashes between opposition supporters and Venezuela’s armed forces in Caracas left a woman dead and 46 people injured on Wednesday, with opposition leader Juan Guaido attempting to rally…

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French seasteader blacklisted and has visa revoked

The Thai Immigration Bureau has revoked the non-immigrant visa of a French Polynesian and blacklisted him after it was discovered that he and his Thai wife had built a floating…

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Cabinet approves 3rd runway at Suvarnabhumi airport

The Thai cabinet today approved the construction of a third runway at Suvarnabhumi international airport as part of the country’s ambition to become the aviation hub of ASEAN. The 21.7…

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‘Seeing the unseeable’: Scientists reveal first photo of black hole

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Using a global network of telescopes to see “the unseeable,” an international scientific team on Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics — the first-ever photo of a…

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