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Trump and Biden clash on COVID-19 as they hold rallies in battleground state Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden showcased their contrasting approaches to the resurgent coronavirus pandemic as they rallied supporters on Thursday in the battleground…

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Tunisian man beheads woman, kills two more people in Nice church

A knife-wielding Tunisian man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday before…

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People wearing face mask walk by an empty cafe in Berlin, Germany / REUTERS

France and Germany thrust into lockdown as second COVID-19 wave sweeps Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered their countries back into lockdown on Wednesday, as a massive second wave of coronavirus infections threatened to overwhelm Europe before…

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A motorcyclist traverses a flooded street after Typhoon Molave hit the town of Pola, Oriental Mindoro province, on October 26, 2020. / AFP

3 dead, dozen missing after Typhoon Molave hit Philippines

Three people died and a dozen others are missing after a typhoon triggered flooding across the central Philippines, officials said Tuesday, with thousands still sheltering in evacuation centres. Typhoon Molave…

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Spain orders nationwide curfew to stem worsening outbreak

Buckling under the resurgence of the coronavirus in Europe, the Spanish government on Sunday declared a national state of emergency that includes an overnight curfew in hopes of not repeating…

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Malaysia rulers meet to consider PM Muhyiddin’s emergency proposal

Malaysia’s rulers met on Sunday to discuss what sources have said is a proposal by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to impose a state of emergency amid a political crisis in…

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Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78

Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee, who transformed the South Korean firm into a global tech titan, died at the age of 78 on Sunday, the company said. Under Lee’s leadership, Samsung rose to…

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Malaysian PM Muhyiddin seeks king’s assent to declare emergency: sources

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is seeking the king’s assent on Friday for the monarch to declare a state of emergency, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said….

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial Brazil volunteer dies, trial to continue

Brazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had died but added that the…

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Fiancee of Khashoggi, human rights group sue Saudi crown prince in U.S.

The fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and a human rights group that he founded filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court on Tuesday with allegations that Saudi Arabia’s…

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A view shows an almost empty international departure terminal of Haneda Airport, where fewer people than usual are seen during Golden Week holidays following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan April 29, 2020.

First group of Chinese tourists from Shanghai to arrive in Thailand this evening

The first group of 41 Chinese tourists is due to arrive at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport from Shanghai at about 5pm today (Tuesday), to be followed by a second group…

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Economy, pandemic overshadow climate for young U.S. voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – The two dozen students who signed up for air pollution expert James Goldstene’s advanced environmental studies class all say they are deeply passionate about fighting climate…

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New Zealand’s Ardern wins 2nd term in election landslide

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office Saturday in an election landslide of historic proportions.   With most votes counted,…

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An arriving passenger walks to the taxi queue area in a terminal of the Changi International Airport in Singapore (AFP)

Hong Kong, Singapore agree ‘travel bubble’

Hong Kong and Singapore on Thursday said they had agreed “in principle” to set up a bubble allowing residents to travel freely between the two financial hubs as long as…

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Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Oct 13, 2020. (REUTERS)

Palace postpones meetings with allies of Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysia’s national palace has postponed audiences with the king for allies of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, senior opposition leaders said on Wednesday, amid a fresh tussle for the country’s premiership….

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Anwar Ibrahim speaks during a press conference after meeting the nation’s king in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Anwar met the king on Tuesday (AP)

Malaysia’s Anwar meets king in bid to form new government

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he presented the king Tuesday with evidence that he has enough support among lawmakers to topple the prime minister and form a new government,…

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Malaysian opposition leader Anwar to meet King

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was reported to be on his way to the national palace this morning for an audience with the King to discuss what…

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the office of Japan prime minister in Tokyo, Japan October 6, 2020. REUTERS

China urges U.S. to drop ‘Cold War’ mentality

China said on Wednesday that the United States should stop its unprovoked attacks and accusations against China, accusing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of maliciously creating political confrontation and…

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COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by year-end, says WHO’s Tedros

A vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by year-end, the head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for solidarity and political commitment…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, greet prior to their meeting at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, ahead of the four Indo-Pacific nations’ foreign ministers meeting. (Charly Triballeau/Pool Photo via AP)

US, Australia, India, Japan discuss China’s growing power

Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday at a meeting with the U.S. and other diplomats that their “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” initiative, a concept to counter China’s growing…

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President Donald Trump stands on the balcony outside of the Blue Room as returns to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump, still infectious, back at White House — without mask

President Donald Trump staged a dramatic return to the White House Monday night after leaving the military hospital where he was receiving an unprecedented level of care for COVID-19. He…

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FILE – Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file)

French-Japanese designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19

Kenzo Takada, the iconic French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died. He was 81. The family said in a statement…

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Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after the President was admitted for treatment of COVID-19 on October 4, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. The President announced via Twitter early Friday morning that he had tested positive. Numerous other prominent GOP figures and members of Congress have also tested positive in the last few days. AFP

Trump criticized for leaving hospital to greet supporters

US President Donald Trump sparked an angry backlash from the medical community Sunday with a protocol-breaking visit to his supporters outside the hospital where he is being treated for the…

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Trump tests positive for Covid, quarantines in W. House

US President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19 along with First Lady Melania Trump but is “well” and will continue to perform his duties while quarantined at the White…

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Trump starts ‘quarantine process’ after aide Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was beginning a quarantine process after Hope Hicks, a top adviser and trusted aide, tested positive for the coronavirus.  …

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A police officer displays a warning banner on China’s National Day in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.

Hong Kong police arrest 86 for protesting on China holiday

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested at least 86 people on suspicion of unauthorized assembly on China’s National Day holiday after crowds gathered on the streets of a…

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In this photo provided by the United Nations, Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. (Rick Bajornas/UN Photo via AP)

UN meeting that began with unity concludes with divisions

This year’s U.N. General Assembly meeting began with calls for multilateralism and cooperation — a declaration that the urgency for countries to unite “has rarely been greater.” It concluded with…

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the first 2020 presidential campaign debate held on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., September 29, 2020. Olivier Douliery/Pool via REUTERS

Chaos reigns in first Trump-Biden debate

Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden battled fiercely over Trump’s leadership on the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and the integrity of November’s election in a chaotic first…

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File photo, workers from “Hevra Kadisha,” Israel’s official Jewish burial society, prepare a body before a funeral procession at a special morgue for COVID-19 victims in the central Israeli city of Holon, near Tel Aviv. The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Worldwide grief: Death toll from coronavirus tops 1 million

Joginder Chaudhary was his parents’ greatest pride, raised with the little they earned farming a half-acre plot in central India to become the first doctor from their village. For the…

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A South Korean navy ship is seen near Yeonpyeong island, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. South Korea said Thursday North Korean troops shot a South Korean government official who may have attempted to defect and set his body on fire, after they found him on a floating object in waters near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary.

N. Korea’s Kim apologizes over shooting death of S. Korean

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very…

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Yin Weidong, CEO of the Chinese pharmaceutical company SinoVac, speaks to journalists during a tour of a vaccine factory in Beijing on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. SinoVac, one of China’s pharmaceutical companies behind a leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate says its vaccine will be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the U.S.

Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese pharmaceutical company said Thursday the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the United States.   Yin…

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Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim waves after a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Anwar said he has secured a majority in parliament to form a new government that is “strong, stable and formidable.” (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar plans new government

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Wednesday he has secured a majority in Parliament to form a new government that is “strong, stable and formidable.” Anwar said he has been…

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© Reuters/UNITED NATIONS U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly

U.S.-China tensions take center stage at U.N. as Trump accuses Beijing of unleashing ‘plague’

U.S. President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him…

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A waiter wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cleans a table outside a restaurant in Covent Garden, London on September 22, 2020.

Britain to impose new virus curbs as WHO issues grim warning

The British government announced fresh steps on Tuesday to try to stop a coronavirus surge in England, as the World Health Organization warned that new cases worldwide soared to record…

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Trump aims to use UN address to send strong message to China

President Donald Trump, who prefers speaking to boisterous crowds, is set to give a prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, chilly relations…

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FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2012, file photo, Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang poses for photos in his office in Beijing, China. Ren, the former chairman of a Chinese state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 in a corruption case, the government announced. (Color China Photo via AP, File)

Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years in graft case

The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday on…

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England to require earlier 10 p.m. closing time for pubs, eateries after virus spike

All pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues across the whole of England must start closing at 10 p.m. from Thursday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson tackles a second wave…

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At least eight dead in Mumbai building collapse, several feared trapped

MUMBAI (Reuters) – At least eight people were killed in India when a three-storey residential building collapsed before dawn on Monday, media reports said, while a disaster agency official said…

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Three new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand

Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 cases today among Thai returnees in state quarantine.   According to the CCSA, one new infection is a 48-year old Thai man, who worked as…

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U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach arrives at an airport in Taipei, Taiwan September 17, 2020.

China begins military drills as senior U.S. official visits Taiwan

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – China began combat drills near the Taiwan Strait on Friday, the same day a senior U.S. official began high-level meetings in Taipei, as Beijing denounced tightening ties…

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Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference following his confirmation as Prime Minister of Japan in Tokyo, Japan September 16, 2020.

Japan’s ‘Suganomics’ will target quick wins, not grand visions

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s new prime minister will pursue economic structural reforms through a mixed bag of policies that target specific industries, rather than a grand strategy to reshape society…

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Thailand removed from UK’s mandatory COVID-19 quarantine list

From this Saturday, Thailand will be dropped from the United Kingdom’s quarantine list, which means that travelers, from Thailand to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, need not be quarantined…

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan react on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Israel signs pacts with 2 Arab states: A ‘new’ Mideast?

Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with two Gulf Arab states at a White House ceremony that President Donald Trump declared will mark the “dawn of a new Middle…

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Thai coconut milk cannery denies involvement in illicit drugs seizure in Australia

A Thai coconut milk cannery has denied any involvement in the smuggling of liquid methamphetamine into Australia, contained in cans apparently bearing the company’s brand name. In August, Australian Border…

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Thailand conditionally to open its doors to long-stay tourists

The Thai cabinet has approved, in principle, the guidelines of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to be used to open Thailand to long-stay foreign tourists, in a bid to…

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This photo taken on January 11, 2019 shows the river separating the town of Muse in Myanmar (foreground) and Ruili in China (background), as seen from Muse in Shan State [File: Ye Aung Thu/AFP]

China locks down city on Myanmar border over coronavirus

China has locked down a city on the border with Myanmar and will launch a mass coronavirus testing programme, officials said Tuesday, after a handful of infections were detected there….

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Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga acknowledges as he is elected as new head of Japan’s ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) leadership election Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Tokyo. The ruling LDP chooses its new leader in an internal vote to pick a successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced his intention to resign last month due to illness. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)

Yoshihide Suga wins party vote for Japan prime minister

Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party on Monday, virtually guaranteeing him parliamentary election as the country’s next prime minister. Suga received 377 votes in…

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Family members of 12 Hong Kong activists, detained as they reportedly sailed to Taiwan for political asylum, sought to publicise their plight at a news conference on Saturday [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

Hong Kong says will not interfere with Chinese law enforcement arrest of 12 residents at sea

Hong Kong’s government stood fast in its refusal to interfere with the arrest of 12 residents seeking to flee to Taiwan by sea, despite pleas from families for assistance, saying…

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Flowers are placed in the inscribed names of deceased at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in New York. Americans will commemorate 9/11 with tributes that have been altered by coronavirus precautions and woven into the presidential campaign. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

US remembers 9/11, with virus altering familiar tributes

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans commemorated 9/11 on Friday as another national crisis, the coronavirus, reconfigured ceremonies and as a presidential campaign carved a path through the memorials. In New…

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Pompeo tells Southeast Asia to stand up to China, shun its firms

HANOI (Reuters) – The United States’ top diplomat on Thursday urged Southeast Asian countries to stand up to maritime bullying by China and to reassess business deals with its state…

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EU considers legal action against Britain over plan to break Brexit deal

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union will hold emergency talks on Thursday over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to undercut parts of the Brexit divorce treaty, with Brussels…

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A smoke plume rises following an explosion targeting the convoy of Afghanistan’s vice president Amrullah Saleh in Kabul.

Afghanistan VP lightly wounded in deadly Kabul blast

Afghanistan’s vice president Amrullah Saleh sustained minor injuries Wednesday when his convoy was targeted in Kabul in an explosion that killed at least six people and wounded a dozen more,…

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Trump to announce US troop withdrawals from Iraq, Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump will announce further troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan in the next few days, a senior administration official said Tuesday. The official told reporters traveling with…

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Covid-19 vaccine trial paused after unexplained illness

Clinical trials of one of the most advanced experimental Covid-19 vaccines, which is being developed by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and Oxford University, were “paused” Tuesday after a volunteer developed an…

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18 killed and more trapped in Pakistan mine rockslide

At least 18 miners were killed and more than a dozen were still trapped on Tuesday after a rockslide at a marble mine in northwest Pakistan, officials said. Boulders of…

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The Committee to Protect Journalists and other press freedom activists hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Saudi Embassy to mark the anniversary of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Wednesday evening in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger.

Saudi Arabia jails eight over Khashoggi murder, fiancee decries trial

A Saudi Arabian court on Monday jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years for the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, state media reported, four months after…

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Messi will stay with Barcelona despite wanting to leave

Lionel Messi made it clear that it was time to move on, seek new challenges and be happy somewhere other than Barcelona. He had won dozens of titles and broken…

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Kanye West files to run for president on Kentucky ballot

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Rapper and music producer Kanye West has filed to run for U.S. president on Kentucky’s ballot this fall. A tweet from Kentucky Secretary of State Michael…

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President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One, Friday, July 3, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump targets ‘white privilege’ training as ‘anti-American’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has directed the Office of Management and Budget to crack down on federal agencies’ anti-racism training sessions, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.” OMB director…

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Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow leaves Tai Po police station in Hong Kong on September 2, 2020, after reporting to police to extend her bail following her recent arrest under Beijing’s new security law. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

New China law a ‘serious risk’ to Hong Kong’s freedoms: UN experts

China’s national security law for Hong Kong poses a serious risk to the city’s freedoms and breaches international legal obligations, UN special rapporteurs on human rights have warned. Beijing has…

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FILE PHOTO: Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi

Italy’s former PM Berlusconi tests positive for coronavirus

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi vowed to carry on with political activities ahead of local elections in September after testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, this too has…

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Taiwan to change passport, fed up with confusion with China

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Fed up with being confused for China amid the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty, Taiwan said on Wednesday it would redesign its passport…

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Duch, the former mathematics teacher became the Khmer Rouge’s top torturer died early Wednesday in hospital in Phnom Penh.

Head of Khmer Rouge torture prison dies aged 77

The former chief interrogator and top torturer for Cambodia’s genocidal Khmer Rouge regime died early Wednesday in hospital in Phnom Penh. He was 77. Kaing Guek Eav, better known by…

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Duterte orders customs chief to shoot, kill drug smugglers

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly ordered the country’s top customs official to shoot and kill drug smugglers in one of his most overt threats during a deadly four-year campaign that…

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FILE PHOTO: Australia’s Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham (R) and South Australia’s Premier Stephen Marshall visit a cafe during a visit to Kangaroo Island, Australia January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy

Australian government says it was not told why Australian journalist detained in China

Australia’s trade minister, Simon Birmingham, said Canberra didn’t know why Chinese authorities had detained Australian citizen Cheng Lei, as he warned that the risks for Australian businesses engaged with China…

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ADDS THE SHOOTING WAS FATAL – A man is treated after being shot Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. It wasn’t clear if the fatal shooting late Saturday was linked to fights that broke out as a caravan of about 600 vehicles was confronted by counterdemonstrators in the city’s downtown. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

Trump, Portland mayor blame each other after deadly shooting

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, and President Donald Trump engaged in a real-time argument Sunday as the president sent a flurry of critical tweets about Ted Wheeler as the mayor…

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Japanese PM Abe resigns over worsening health

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier, announced his resignation because of poor health on Friday, ending a stint at the helm of the world’s third-biggest economy…

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Trump lauds virus response that left 180K dead

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is lauding the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the country having by far the highest confirmed case count and highest death toll…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 16, 2019, pro-democracy lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting (C) stands up and protests shortly before Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam (not pictured) leaves the chamber for the second time while trying to present her annual policy address at the Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong. – Two prominent Hong Kong opposition lawmakers were arrested early on August 26, 2020 in a police operation focused on last year’s huge anti-government protests, the latest move in a widening crackdown against the city’s democracy camp. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

Two Hong Kong opposition lawmakers arrested over protests

Two prominent Hong Kong opposition lawmakers were arrested on Wednesday in a police operation focused on last year’s huge anti-government protests, the latest move in a widening crackdown against the city’s democracy camp….

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Rescue workers look for survivors after a residential building collapsed in Mahad, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) from India’s financial capital of Mumbai, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Many people feared injured and more than 65 were trapped inside after a residential building caved in on Monday evening in the central Indian state of Maharashtra. (AP Photo)

Rescuers find 60 survivors after building collapse in India

Rescuers found one dead body and pulled out nearly 60 survivors from a collapsed residential building in central India, an official said Tuesday. Workers were still looking for more than…

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A man on a bike rides past a city truck on fire outside the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S., during protests following the police shooting of Black man Jacob Blake August 23, 2020. Picture taken August 23, 2020. Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY via REUTERS

Wisconsin calls out National Guard after unrest over police shooting of Black man

Wisconsin’s governor called out the National Guard on Monday, and police in the city of Kenosha skirmished with protesters during a second night of unrest over the wounding of a…

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In this handout photo provided by the Philippine Red Cross, troopers secure an area after two explosions struck the town of Jolo, Sulu province southern Philippines on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Bombs exploded in the southern Philippine town Monday, killing several soldiers and wounding other military personnel and civilians despite extra tight security because of threats from Abu Sayyaf militants. (Philippine National Red Cross via AP)

At least 10 killed in bomb attacks in southern Philippines

Suspected Islamic militants set off powerful bombs in a southern Philippine town Monday, killing at least 10 soldiers and civilians despite extra tight security because of threats of attacks by…

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Biden slams Trump for ‘walking away’ as pandemic ravaged US

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Sunday he blames Donald Trump for “walking away” as COVID-19 ravaged the country, in a televised interview alongside running mate Kamala Harris on the…

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(FILES): This March 13, 2017 file photo shows former senior White House adviser Steve Bannon (L) listening as US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before meeting with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP)

Ex-Trump advisor Bannon says he is ‘political hit job’ victim

Former top Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who was arrested this week for defrauding donors to a Mexico border wall fundraising campaign, has said he is the victim of a “political…

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EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier holds a news conference after a meeting with Britain’s chief negotiator in Brussels on August 21, 2020. – Barnier said he was worried and “disappointed” at the lack of progress in the latest round of Brexit trade talks. (Photo by YVES HERMAN / POOL / AFP)

EU warns Brexit deal unlikely as talks deliver no progress

The EU and Britain on Friday traded blame for the lack of progress after the latest round of post-Brexit trade talks, with Brussels warning that a deal looked unlikely. The…

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden, U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff celebrate after Joe Biden accepted the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during the 4th and final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as participants from across the country are hosted over video links from the originally planned site of the convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Accepting Democratic nomination, Biden promises to end ‘darkness’ of Trump era

Joe Biden accepted the Democratic Party nomination for the White House on Thursday, vowing to heal a United States battered by a deadly pandemic and divided by four years of…

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FILE PHOTO: Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un attends wreath laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Pool

North Korean leader’s sister is ‘de facto second-in-command’, South Korean lawmaker says

South Korea’s intelligence agency believes that Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is serving as his “de facto second-in-command” but has not necessarily been…

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FILE – In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny takes part in a march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, Russia. Navalny has been poisoned and hospitalized on Thursday morning, Aug. 20, 2020 his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter, Navalny felt unwell on a flight back to Moscow from Tomsk, a city in Siberia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Russia’s Navalny in coma in ICU after alleged poisoning

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a coma and on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit in Siberia after falling ill from suspected poisoning during a flight,…

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A home burns in Vacaville, California, as the fast-moving fires in the Golden State have prompted widespread evacuations JOSH EDELSON AFP

Thousands flee as fast-moving wildfires spread in California

Thousands of people fled their homes in northern California on Wednesday as hundreds of fast-moving wildfires spread across the region, burning houses and leading to the death of a helicopter…

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Democratic 2020 presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden reacts in a video feed from Delaware after winning the votes to become the Democratic Party’s 2020 nominee for president on the second day of the Democratic National Convention, being held virtually amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, at its hosting site in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on August 18, 2020. (Photo by BRIAN SNYDER / POOL / AFP)

Biden formally nominated as Democratic candidate to challenge Trump

US Democrats on Tuesday nominated Joe Biden as their 2020 presidential candidate, formally designating the Washington veteran as the party’s challenger to incumbent President Donald Trump in the November election….

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In this photo provided by the Philippine Red Cross, a toppled house is seen after a quake struck in Cataingan, Masbate province, central Philippines on Tuesday Aug. 18, 2020. A powerful and shallow earthquake struck a central Philippine region Tuesday, prompting people to dash out of homes and offices but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage. (John Mark Lalaguna/Philippine National Red Cross via AP)

Strong earthquake jolts central Philippines, homes damaged

A powerful earthquake struck a central Philippine region Tuesday, trapping a family in a collapsed house, damaging other houses and a seaport and prompting people to dash outdoors for safety….

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Indonesia takes part in late-stage China vaccine trial

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More people in Indonesia rolled up their sleeves Friday to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company.   The Indonesian government announced the…

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New Zealand reports more COVID-19 cases ahead of lockdown decision

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s first coronavirus outbreak in three months has spread further, officials reported on Friday, just hours before Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to announce whether…

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UK job losses hit decade-high, worse seen ahead

LONDON (Reuters) – The number of people in work in Britain has suffered the biggest drop since 2009 and signs are growing that the coronavirus will take a heavier toll…

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Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu speaks during a news conference in Taipei, Taiwan, August 11, 2020.

Taiwan tells visiting U.S. official China seeks to turn it into next Hong Kong

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan faces an increasingly difficult position as China pressures the democratic island to accept conditions that would turn it into the next Hong Kong, its top diplomat…

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Belarus’ leader wins sixth term with over 80% of votes

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Election officials in Belarus said Monday that the country’s longtime authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko has won his sixth consecutive presidential term, taking over 80% of the…

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Malaysian former Finance Minister and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, center, arrives at courthouse in Butterworth, Malaysia, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Lim pleaded not guilty to a second graft charge relating to a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project. Lim has slammed the charges as political persecution by the new government.

Malaysia’s ex-finance minister charged again in graft case

PENANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s former finance minister pleaded not guilty Monday to a second corruption charge related to a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project and slammed the case as…

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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law: top aide

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested on Monday over suspected collusion with foreign forces under the new national security law in a wide-ranging police…

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A Lebanese protester carries a wounded demonstrators to safety at the headquarters of the Lebanese association of banks in downtown Beirut on August 8, 2020, following a demonstration against a political leadership they blame for a monster explosion that killed more than 150 people and disfigured the capital Beirut. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Electric night of Lebanon protests after blast

Lebanese protesters stormed several ministries Saturday in apparently planned raids after an explosion blamed on government negligence at Beirut port devastated the city and ignited unprecedented popular rage. The day started with…

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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong files court challenge to 2019 poll disqualification

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong filed a court challenge on Friday against his disqualification from district polls, in a move which may have implications for…

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Facebook employees to work from home until July 2021

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) will allow employees to work from home until July 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak and will give them $1,000 for home office needs, a…

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India hits 2 million coronavirus cases as deaths pass 41,000

NEW DELHI (AP) — India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases of infection and more than 41,000 deaths.   India’s health ministry…

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Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wearing a protective face mask, offers a wreath to the cenotaph for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing, at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 6, 2020, on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city.

Hiroshima marks 75 years since atomic bombing in scaled-back ceremony

TOKYO (Reuters) – Bells tolled in Hiroshima on Thursday for the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, with ceremonies downsized due to the coronavirus and the city’s mayor…

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The thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus. The post in question featured a link to a Fox News video in which Trump says children are “virtually immune” to the virus. Facebook said Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 that the “video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation.” (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for violating its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus. The post in question featured a link to a Fox News…

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China says US cabinet visit to Taiwan ‘endangering peace’

China said Wednesday a visit by a top US cabinet member to Taiwan was endangering peace and stability in the region, with relations between the two powers at historic lows….

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Toll expected to rise in blast that shook Beirut, killing 100, injuring thousands

Lebanese rescue workers dug through rubble looking for survivors of a powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital Beirut, killing 100 people and injuring nearly 4,000 in a toll that…

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Smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Toll expected to rise in blast that shook Beirut, killing 78 and injuring thousands

Lebanese rescue workers dug through the rubble looking for survivors of a powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital Beirut, killing 78 people and injuring nearly 4,000 in a toll…

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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to the electoral commision to formalize her re-election bid as a parliament member in Yangon, Myanmar August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi confirms contesting for second term

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday formally declared her intention to seek a second term in an election in November that is seen as a test of the…

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A Kashmiri shopkeeper sits at the entrance of his half closed shop during lockdown in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, July 27, 2020. Indian-controlled Kashmir’s economy is yet to recover from a colossal loss a year after New Delhi scrapped the disputed region’s autonomous status and divided it into two federally governed territories. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Curfew in parts of Kashmir ahead of revocation anniversary

Authorities clamped a curfew in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s controversial decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy. Shahid…

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