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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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Spain’s former king Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014.

Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos heads for exile under corruption cloud

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, who is facing investigation at home and abroad for corruption, announced Monday that he will go into exile. The 82-year-old revealed he would leave the…

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Prosecutor seeking Trump’s taxes cites probe of his business

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City prosecutor fighting to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns told a judge Monday he was justified in demanding them because of public…

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

Huawei overtakes Samsung as top smartphone seller: report

LONDON (AP) — A technology research firm says Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the world’s biggest smartphone seller, as its home market in China emerged from the coronavirus pandemic…

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Australia to make Google and Facebook pay for news content

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said on Friday it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with Australian media businesses fair pay for news content….

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks via video conference during a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law on “Online Platforms and Market Power”, in the Rayburn House office Building on Capitol Hill, in Washington, U.S., July 29, 2020 / REUTERS

U.S. lawmakers accuse Big Tech of crushing rivals to boost profits

Google and Facebook took particularly sharp jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday in a much-anticipated congressional hearing  The chairman of the U.S….

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Benny Tai said he was sacked after he was jailed last year for taking part in protests in Hong Kong. (Photo: AFP/Anthony WALLACE)

Anger grows over Hong Kong university sacking of activist

A prominent Hong Kong democracy activist on Wednesday vowed to appeal his sacking by a top university as city leaders and education chiefs were accused of failing to defend academic…

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FILE PHOTO: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Malaysian ex-PM Najib guilty on all charges in first 1MDB trial

Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak was found guilty Tuesday of corruption over the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal that cost him his government, and could face decades in jail. The ex-prime minister…

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FILE – In this Aug 25, 2019, file photo, a Southern Vietnamese box turtle (Cuora picturata) walks in its pen at a sanctuary in Cuc Phuong national park in Ninh Binh province, Vietnam. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Thursday signed a directive to ban wildlife imports and closes illegal wildlife markets as a response to the thread of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh, File)

Vietnam bans wildlife imports, markets amid new health fears

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam announced Friday that it was banning wildlife imports and would close wildlife markets in response to renewed concerns about the threat from diseases that can…

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FILE- In this March 14, 2019, file photo, people walk on the Stanford University campus beneath Hoover Tower in Stanford, Calif. A week after revoking sweeping new restrictions on international students, federal immigration officials on Friday, July 24, 2020, announced that new foreign students will be barred from entering the United States if they plan to take their classes entirely online this fall. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Gov’t: New foreign students can’t enter US if courses online

A week after revoking sweeping new restrictions on international students, federal immigration officials on Friday announced that new foreign students will be barred from entering the United States if they…

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Black Lives Matter organizer Teal Lindseth, 21, leads protesters on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Black activists: Portland’s focus on feds only aids message

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, people in Portland came out in droves to protest police brutality and racism, chanting that “Black…

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U.S. coronavirus deaths top 1,100 for a third day in a row

(Reuters) – The United States on Thursday recorded more than 1,100 deaths from COVID-19, marking the third straight day the nation passed that grim milestone as the pandemic escalates in…

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Pompeo urges more assertive approach to ‘Frankenstein’ China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took fresh aim at China on Thursday and said Washington and its allies must use “more creative and assertive ways” to…

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China says UK citizenship pathway for Hong Kong residents violates international law

A new British policy allowing Hong Kong residents to claim British citizenship is a violation of international law and interferes with China’s internal affairs, China’s embassy in London said on…

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Brief tsunami warning as 7.8 quake hits off Alaska: USGS

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Alaskan peninsula, triggering a brief tsunami warning for areas within 200 miles (300 kilometers) of the epicenter. Sirens blared as residents were warned to move inland or to higher ground,…

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FILE PHOTO: Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak

Malaysian court orders ex-PM Najib to pay $400 mln tax bill

A Malaysian court on Wednesday ordered former Prime Minister Najib Razak to settle 1.69 billion ringgit ($397.41 million) in unpaid taxes over seven years while he was still in office,…

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China says US ordered closure of Houston consulate

The United States has ordered China to close its Houston consulate, Beijing said Wednesday, marking a dramatic escalation in diplomatic tensions between the feuding superpowers. The move comes as the…

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Taiwan rejects permits for 2 Hong Kong officials as visa row escalates

HONG KONG/TAIPEI (Reuters) The Hong Kong government said on Tuesday that Taiwan had rejected the visas of two of its officials, underscoring rising bilateral tensions after Taipei criticised a security…

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COVID-19 testing at Suvarnabhumi airport upgraded to increase efficiency

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) has upgraded its COVID-19 testing facility at Suvarnabhumi international airport, which is now capable of producing test results within 70 minutes. The DCD’s Director-General, Dr….

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China says UK will ‘bear the consequences’ after Hong Kong extradition treaty suspended

China will resolutely respond to acts of interference in its internal affairs, a spokesman for the country’s embassy to the United Kingdom said on Tuesday, after Britain announced it would…

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FILE PHOTO: A drive-in COVID-19 testing center is shown empty and abandoned as Los Angeles reports spike in positive tests amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Inglewood, California, U.S., June 23, 2020.

California reports nearly 12,000 COVID cases, biggest increase since pandemic started

California reported a record increase of more than 11,800 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, according to a Reuters tally of county data, as the Trump administration pushes for schools…

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Australia theme park facing charges over killer ride

The owner of Australia’s biggest theme park announced Tuesday it was facing charges over the deaths of four people on a popular water ride in 2016. Two women and two…

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Estonian diplomat refused entry to condominium for fear of COVID-19

An Estonian diplomat was denied accommodation, for 14-days of quarantine, by the management of a condominium in Bangkok last night, for fear that the diplomat’s presence may cause panic among…

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An Indian forest guard on a boat takes away the carcass of a wild buffalo calf through flood water at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Pobitora, Morigaon district, Assam, India, Thursday, July 16, 2020. Floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed dozens of people in this northeastern region. The floods also inundated most of Kaziranga National Park, home to an estimated 2,500 rare one-horned rhinos.

Monsoon floods, landslides kill at least 221 in South Asia

NEW DELHI (AP) — Floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 221 people across South Asia over the past month, officials said Friday.   More…

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This handout from the Royal Thai Government taken and released on July 15, 2020 shows Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (2nd L) meeting medical workers in Rayong province to inspect condition following a visit of Egyptian soldier with COVID-19 coronavirus. – Thailand suspended all inbound flights July 14 after an Egyptian soldier skipped self-quarantine and went to a shopping mall in Rayong province before testing positive for COVID-19. Prayut said he took “all responsibility” for the oversight and issued a rare apology for undermining the public’s “confidence and safety”.

1,603 in Rayong and Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area test negative for COVID-19

A total of 1,603 people have been cleared of COVID-19 infection, on the first day of mass swab testing, and health officials are waiting for the results of tests on…

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Valentina Fasano cleans her work space with sanitizing wipes at the Girl’s Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Camp during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Miami. This Miami-Dade County summer camp program is operating at limited capacity, and has enhanced health screening and sanitizing procedures, practices social distancing, and required wearing of face coverings.

Confirmed US virus cases rise amid new global restrictions

MIAMI (AP) — California, Arizona, Texas and Florida together reported about 36,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as restrictions aimed at combating the spread of the pandemic took hold in the…

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A worker pulls a trolley past a man looking at phones displayed at a Huawei store in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. Huawei Technologies reported Tuesday that its revenue grew 13.1% in the first half of the year compared with a year earlier, despite sanctions from the U.S and challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.

China accuses Britain of helping Washington hurt Huawei

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government accused Britain on Wednesday of colluding with Washington to hurt Chinese companies after tech giant Huawei was blocked from working on a next-generation mobile phone…

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Trump ends Hong Kong trade preferences, backs banking sanctions

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was ending preferential trade treatment for Hong Kong and had signed into law an act that authorises sanctions on banks over China’s clampdown…

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The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz receives fuel from the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe during an underway replenishment in the South China Sea July 7, 2020.

U.S. rejects China’s claims in South China Sea, adding to tensions

WASHINGTON, The United States on Monday rejected China’s disputed claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea, a move that Beijing criticised as inciting tensions in the…

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New York judge rules against Trump family, clears way for publication of Mary Trump’s book

A New York judge has rejected the Trump family’s attempt to stop the release of Mary Trump’s book, “Too Much and Never Enough,” scheduled to come out Tuesday. A Dutchess County judge…

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Police in the southern New South Wales (NSW) border city of Albury check cars crossing the state border from Victoria on July 8, 2020 after authorities closed the border due to an outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus in Victoria. – With the city of Melbourne going into lockdown for the next six weeks, the entire state of Victoria will effectively be sealed off from the rest of the country with the state border to NSW closing on 08 July.

Panic-buying returns as Melbourne braces for lengthy lockdown

Shoppers in Australia’s second-biggest city stripped supermarket shelves Wednesday as millions in Melbourne prepared for a return to virus lockdown, with warnings the new restrictions will cost the economy Aus$1…

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US withdrawal from WHO to take effect July, 2021

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States will leave the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 6, 2021, the United Nations said on Tuesday, after receiving notification of the decision…

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Hong Kong leader says will ‘vigorously implement’ security law

Hong Kong’s leader Tuesday defended Beijing’s new security law for the financial hub, saying it would restore stability and confidence as she vowed to “vigorously implement” the controversial legislation. Speaking…

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Thai officials to meet coconut product manufacturers over UK ban

Thailand’s Foreign Trade Department officials will meet with representatives of coconut product manufacturers, at the Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday, to discuss the impacts of a ban on their products…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 3, 2020

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Over 1,700 foreign nationals expected to visit Thailand in August for medical services

More than 1,700 people of 17 nationalities have applied to come to Thailand for medical treatment under medical and wellness programs, said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin on Friday. Under…

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Yang Xin (third from left), charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy to Thailand, during a ceremony at the Government House to hand over Covid-19 test kits and surgical masks on Monday.

Chinese PM Li Keqiang hails Chinese-Thai relationship

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has hailed China’s relationship with Thailand and vowed to further advance ties with Thailand and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, according to CGTN….

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Men are detained by riot police during a march against national security law at the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong police arrest nearly 200 in first protest under new security law

HONG KONG, July 1 (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested nearly 200 people on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance…

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HK police makes first arrest under new national security law

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police said on Wednesday they arrested a man holding a flag advocating for independence, the first arrest under a sweeping national security law Beijing…

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Riot police officers stand guard ahead of a pro-democracy march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020, as the city marks the one-year anniversary since pro-democracy protests erupted following opposition to a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China.

China to foreign critics: Hong Kong law ‘none of your business’

China on Wednesday slammed international criticism over a controversial new national security law for Hong Kong, saying other countries should keep their noses out. Western governments and critics have warned…

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China passes Hong Kong security law: reports

China passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday, multiple local media outlets in the city reported Tuesday, in what critics fear will herald a wave of…

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EU to allow in visitors from Thailand

Thailand is among 14 countries whose citizens are deemed “safe” to be let into EU from 1 July, despite the pandemic, according to BBC. It said the US, Brazil and…

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil judge orders Bolsonaro to wear a mask due to COVID-19

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A Brazilian judge ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public after the right-wing populist attended political rallies without one in the middle of…

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A policeman removes rubble from a building damaged by an earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The earthquake was centered near the resort of Huatulco, in the southern state of Oaxaca.

Powerful earthquake shakes southern Mexico, at least 5 dead

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful earthquake centered near the southern Mexico resort of Huatulco on Tuesday killed at least five people, swayed buildings in Mexico City and sent thousands…

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A client wearing a face mask leaves after getting a haircut at ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ hair salon and barber shop amid the coronavirus pandemic on June 22, 2020 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. – New York City begins Phase Two reopening on June 22, 2020 as people can eat outdoors at restaurants and barbershops and salons can also open at 50 percent capacity.

Former virus hotspot New York reopens as cases spike elsewhere

New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers Monday as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its…

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China charges Canadians with spying, 18 months after arrest

China has formally charged two Canadians with spying, officials said Friday, more than 18 months after they were arrested in a spat between Beijing and Ottawa.   The pair were detained shortly after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in…

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FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. national security advisor John Bolton speaks during a lecture at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Trump unfit to be U.S. president, Democrat Pelosi, conservative Bolton agree

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump came under attack from both sides of the American political spectrum on Thursday as liberal Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and former White House aide…

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Bolton says Trump asked China to help him get reelected

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump “pleaded” with China’s Xi Jinping during a 2019 summit to help his reelection prospects, according to a scathing new book by former Trump adviser…

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A man wearing a protective suit uses his phone at Beijing’s international airport on June 17, 2020. – Beijing’s airports cancelled more than 1,200 flights and schools in the Chinese capital were closed again on June 17 as authorities rushed to contain a new coronavirus outbreak linked to a wholesale food market.

Beijing cancels flights, shuts schools over new virus outbreak

Beijing’s airports cancelled two-thirds of all flights and schools in the Chinese capital were closed again on Wednesday as authorities rushed to contain a new coronavirus outbreak linked to a…

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Tear gas hovers at the Les Invalides complex in central Paris during the protest

Police fire tear gas as thousands join French healthcare protest

French police fired tear gas after being pelted with objects during a Paris demonstration on Tuesday led by thousands of healthcare workers demanding more investment in the health system. Doctors,…

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Indian army soldiers walk past their parked trucks at a makeshift transit camp before heading to Ladakh, near Baltal, southeast of Srinagar, June 16, 2020.

Indian army says 20 soldiers killed in border clashes with China

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian army said on Tuesday that 20 of its soldiers were killed in clashes with Chinese troops at a disputed border site, in a major…

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Many businesses ask customers, workers to waive legal rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — As businesses reopen across the U.S. after coronavirus shutdowns, many are requiring customers and workers to sign forms saying they won’t sue if they catch COVID-19. Businesses…

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FILE PHOTO – U.S. soldier are pictured during an exercise of the U.S. Army’s Global Swift Response 17 Media Day near Hohenfels, Germany, October 9, 2017.

Trump says U.S. to pull some troops from Germany over NATO spending feud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Monday he would cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany to 25,000, faulting the close U.S. ally for failing to meet NATO’s…

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‘Stop the pain,’ George Floyd’s brother pleads with Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — George Floyd’s brother challenged Congress on Wednesday to “stop the pain” as lawmakers consider a sweeping law enforcement overhaul, so the man he looked up to won’t…

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Pro-democracy demonstrators march holding their phones with flashlights on during a protest to mark the first anniversary of a mass rally against the now-withdrawn extradition bill in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. One year ago, a sea of humanity a million people by some estimates marched through central Hong Kong on a steamy afternoon. It was the start of what would grow into the longest-lasting and most violent anti-government movement the city has seen since its return to China in 1997.

Hundreds march in Hong Kong as leader urges stability

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of people marched in Hong Kong’s streets on Tuesday night to mark a year since the start of anti-government protests, as the leader of the…

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Malaysia to ask Bangladesh to take back Rohingya refugees found at sea

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia will ask Bangladesh to take back about 300 Rohingya refugees detained after a boat carrying them entered its waters this week, the southeast Asian nation’s…

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WHO says pandemic ‘far from over’ as daily cases hit record high

GENEVA (Reuters) – New coronavirus cases had their biggest daily increase ever as the pandemic worsens globally and has yet to peak in central America, the World Health Organization (WHO)…

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FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, wearing a face mask following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, holds a news conference in Beijing, China, June 3, 2020.

Hong Kong leader says city cannot tolerate any more ‘chaos’

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the Chinese-ruled city cannot afford to tolerate any more of the “chaos” that has roiled it over the…

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