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This file photo taken on September 3, 2017 shows Japan’s Princess Mako (R), the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, looking at her fiancée Kei Komuro (L), as they meet the media during a press conference to announce their engagement at the Akasaka East Residence in Tokyo. (Photo by Shizuo Kambayashi / POOL / AFP)

Japan’s Princess Mako marries after years of controversy

Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s Princess Mako married her university sweetheart Kei Komuro on Tuesday, the Imperial Household Agency said, but proceedings were kept low-key following years of controversy. Since announcing their…

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A Delta Airlines passenger jet approaches to land at LAX in Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

Biden imposes new international travel vaccine rules, lifts existing restrictions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov. 8, the…

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People gather around as smoke and fire are seen on the streets of Kartoum, Sudan, amid reports of a coup, October 25, 2021, in this still image from video obtained via social media. RASD SUDAN NETWORK via REUTERS

Sudan PM, ministers detained in apparent military coup

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Soldiers arrested most of the members of Sudan‘s cabinet and a large number of pro-government party leaders on Monday in an apparent military coup, three political sources said, throwing a fragile…

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A girl pays respects near a photo of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was accidentally killed by a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin, at a memorial table during a candlelight vigil in her memory in Burbank, California on October 24, 2021. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP)

Hollywood gathers for Baldwin shooting victim vigil

Burbank, United States (AFP) – Shell-shocked friends and colleagues of Halyna Hutchins gathered Sunday to pay tribute to the cinematographer who was killed when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie…

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An image of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died after being shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of his movie “Rust”, is displayed at a vigil in her honour in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S., October 23, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt

Alec Baldwin was aiming at camera when gun discharged – affadavit

SANTA FE, N.M. (Reuters) – Alec Baldwin was drawing a revolver across his body and pointing it at a camera during rehearsal on the set of “Rust” when the weapon fired and struck the cinematographer in the…

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France launches state-of-art military communications satellite

France has successfully launched a state-of-the-art satellite into orbit, designed to allow all of France’s armed forces across the globe to communicate swiftly and securely.    Paris created a space…

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China passes law to cut homework pressure on students

SHANGHAI, Oct 23 (Reuters) – China has passed an education law that seeks to cut the “twin pressures” of homework and off-site tutoring in core subjects, the official Xinhua news…

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Fireworks light the sky above Dubai during the opening ceremony of the Dubai Eye, known as Ain Dubai, the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel, located in the Emirati city, near the Dubai Marina, on October 21, 2021. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

World’s largest ferris wheel opens in Dubai

The world’s largest and highest ferris wheel opened to the public in Dubai on Thursday (October 21) with a lavish drone and firework show. Located on the Bluewaters Island, the…

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Vendors working at a a facility selling firewood and charcoal shares a light moment during their shift in Kabul city in Kabul on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Hoshang Hashimi / AFP)

Red Cross warns aid groups not enough to stave off Afghan humanitarian crisis

DUBAI, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The Red Cross on Friday urged the international community to engage with Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers, saying that aid groups on their own would be…

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Aerial shot of film set where shooting incident was reported to have taken place with police vehicles at the scene. (Photo by Reuters)

Alec Baldwin fatally shoots cinematographer in on-set tragedy

Hollywood star Alec Baldwin was the focus Friday of investigations into a shocking and deadly on-set tragedy after the actor fired a prop gun that killed a cinematographer and wounded…

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This aerial video image provided by KOAT 7 News, shows Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Officers responding to the scene of a fatal accidental shooting at a Bonanza Creek, Ranch movie set near Santa Fe, N.M. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. (KOAT 7 News via AP)

Woman fatally shot by prop firearm on a New Mexico movie set

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A woman has been killed and a man injured Thursday after they were shot by a prop firearm at a movie set outside Santa Fe,…

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Chinese Ambassador Han Zhiqiang during an on-line discussion with Thai journalists on October 20.

China not forcing countries to take sides – Chinese envoy

China has no desire to engage in a Cold War with the US and has no intention of forcing countries in the region to choose sides, said Chinese Ambassador to…

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New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield receives his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Pipitea Marae vaccination centre in Wellington on August 22, 2021. (Photo by Ross Giblin / POOL / AFP)

New Zealand sets 90% vaccine target to end lockdown

New Zealand set a 90-percent vaccination target Friday for scrapping lockdowns as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled a plan to open up despite the stubborn grip of the Delta variant….

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A gas explosion at a restaurant ripped through a busy street in Shenyang on Oct 21, 2021. (Photo: Weibo/Liaoning Fire Department)

Three killed in gas explosion at Chinese BBQ restaurant

A gas explosion at a restaurant ripped through a busy street in a major Chinese city on Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring dozens, state media reported.  …

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Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on October 9, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Australia accuses China of undermining world trade

Australia delivered a withering denunciation of China’s trade policies Thursday, accusing Beijing of undermining the World Trade Organization and foot-dragging on promised economic reforms.  During a usually routine WTO review…

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Boris Johnson greet guests at a reception for the Global Investment Summit in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain, October 19, 2021. Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS

A royal rest: Queen Elizabeth told by doctors to take a break

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, decided on Wednesday to rest for the next few days on advice from doctors and cancelled a planned visit to Northern Ireland, Buckingham Palace said. The…

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AI can see through you: CEOs’ language under machine microscope

LONDON, (Reuters) – Executives, beware! You could become your own worst enemy. CEOs and other managers are increasingly under the microscope as some investors use artificial intelligence to learn and analyse their language…

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Floods, landslides kill 116 in India and Nepal

The death toll from days of flooding and landslides in India and Nepal crossed 100 on Wednesday, including several families swept away or crushed in their homes by avalanches of…

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This handout video grab taken and released on October 20, 2021 by the Japan Meteorological Agency shows an eruption of Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture on Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu. (Photo by Handout / Japan Meteorological Agency / AFP) / — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY”- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS —

Japan’s Mount Aso erupts, people warned to stay away

TOKYO, Oct 20 (Reuters) – A Japanese volcano spewed ash several miles into the sky when it erupted on Wednesday, prompting officials to warn people to steer clear of the…

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An entrance to the Christian Aid Ministries compound is seen after the abduction of a U.S.-based group of missionaries fueled international concerns over gang violence, in Titanyen, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 18, 2021. REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol

Haiti gang seeks $1 million per person for kidnapped missionaries

(Reuters) – A Haitian gang that kidnapped a group of American and Canadian missionaries is asking for $17 million – or $1 million each – to release them, according to a top Haitian official. Justice Minister Liszt Quitel told Reuters that talks…

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Customers take a photo with staff members wearing “Squid Game” costumes at Strawberry Cafe in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

Megahit “Squid Game” puts focus squarely on Netflix’s overseas growth

Oct 19 (Reuters) – The success of the South Korean dystopian drama series “Squid Game” has led investors to bet on Netflix Inc’s plans to explore more international content to…

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Palestinians shop at a popular market in the center of the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on October 15, 2021. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)

Israel okays Palestinian residency claims, a first since 2009

Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel granted approval on Tuesday for 4,000 Palestinians to register as residents of the West Bank, the first such move in the Israeli-occupied territory in 12 years.  The newly regularised…

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Iowa States Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., October 9, 2021. REUTERS/Rachel Mummey

Trump sues U.S. House committee investigating Jan. 6 attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit on Monday against the U.S. congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, alleging it made an illegal request for his White House records. Trump asserted in the lawsuit…

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A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

North Korea fires ballistic missile: South’s military

Seoul (AFP) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a series of tests by Pyongyang as a US…

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Former U.S. Army Four Star General and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell REUTERS/Mike Segar

Former U.S. Secretary of State Powell dies of COVID-19 complications

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state and top military officer, died on Monday at the age of 84 due to complications from COVID-19. He…

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A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build ‘metaverse’

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc. plans to create 10,000 jobs in the European Union over the next five years, the social media giant said on Monday, to help build the so-called metaverse…

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An electronic display showing the China GDP indexes is seen on a street in Shanghai, China October 16, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song

China’s economy stumbles on power crunch, property woes

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s economy hit its slowest pace of growth in a year in the third quarter, hurt by power shortages, supply chain bottlenecks and major wobbles in the property market and raising pressure on policymakers…

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General view of Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal in Saudi Arabia May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Oil prices climb to highest in years as COVID recovery, power generators stoke demand

SINGAPORE, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Oil prices hit their highest in years on Monday as demand continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, boosted by more custom from power generators…

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday laid flowers outside the church where a lawmaker was stabbed to death a day earlier (Reuters)

British lawmaker stabbed to death in ‘terrorist incident’

England, Oct 15 (Reuters) – British lawmaker David Amess was stabbed to death in an Essex church on Friday by an assailant who lunged at him as he met voters, in what…

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Seven Hong Kong activists jailed over unauthorised protest in 2020

HONG KONG, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Seven Hong Kong democracy campaigners, including former lawmakers, were sentenced on Saturday to up to 12 months in jail for their role in a…

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Travelers queue in a security line limited to every other lane for social distancing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington, U.S. April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers – official

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The White House will announce on Friday it will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov. 8, at land borders and for air travel, a White House official said. Curbs on…

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Police officers investigate after several people were killed and others were injured by a man using a bow and arrows to carry out attacks, in Kongsberg, Norway, October 13, 2021. Hakon Mosvold/NTB/via REUTERS

Norway bow-and-arrow attack suspect transferred to health services

KONGSBERG, Norway (Reuters) – A man suspected of killing five people with a bow and arrow and other weapons in Norway was in the care of health professionals on Friday, police said. Investigators have named the suspect as Espen Andersen Braathen, a 37-year-old Danish citizen…

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Bitcoin tops $60,000, nears record high, on growing U.S. ETF hopes

LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Bitcoin hit $60,000 for the first time in six months on Friday, nearing its record high, as traders grew confident that U.S. regulators would approve the launch of an exchange-traded fund…

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A woman wearing a protective face mask walks along a deserted city bridge during morning commute hours on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders//File Photo

Sydney to open for international travellers without quarantine

SYDNEY, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Sydney will open up to fully vaccinated international travellers from Nov. 1 without the need for quarantine, the country’s most populous state said on Friday,…

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Children collecting water from a dry riverbed in Tangi-Shadyan, Afghanistan.

Unprecedented hunger to follow in wake of the climate crisis – WFP

The world faces an exponential increase in hunger fueled by the climate crisis if urgent global action to help communities adapt to climatic shocks and stresses is ignored, the United…

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U.S. FDA advisers back Moderna COVID booster shots for older and high-risk people

(Reuters) – A panel of expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unanimously voted on Thursday to recommend booster shots of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness or occupational exposure to the virus. If…

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Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge gestures during a visit to meet emergency responders and members of the public who had received their life-saving support, at the Dockhead Fire Station, London on September 9, 2021, on the occasion of Emergency Services Day (999 Day). Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP

UK’s Prince William says great minds should focus on saving Earth not space travel

Britain’s Prince William has taken a thinly veiled swipe at the billionaires embroiled in a space tourism race, saying the world’s greatest brains should instead be focused on solving the…

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apanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, center, and other lawmakers give three cheers after dissolving the lower house, the more powerful of the two parliamentary chambers, during an extraordinary Diet session at the lower house of parliament Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Tokyo. Kishida dissolved the lower house of parliament Thursday, paving the way for Oct. 31 national elections.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan PM dissolves lower house for Oct. 31 national election

Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved the lower house of parliament Thursday, paving the way for elections on Oct. 31 that will be Japan’s first of the pandemic. At…

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Police walk at the scene after an attack in Kongsberg, Norway, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Several people have been killed and others injured by a man armed with a bow and arrow in a town west of the Norwegian capital, Oslo./ AP

Norway bow-and-arrow suspect was flagged for radicalization

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish man who is in custody in Norway suspected of a bow-and-arrow attack on a small town that killed five people and wounded two others…

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In this photo released by the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the United Kingdom’s carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08), and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces led by (JMSDF) Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) joined with U.S. Navy carrier strike groups led by flagships USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) sails to conduct multiple carrier strike group operations in the Philippine Sea, on Oct. 3, 2021. (Jason Tarleton/U.S. Navy via AP)

Taiwan tensions raise fears of US-China conflict in Asia

(AP) – After sending a record number of military aircraft to harass Taiwan over China’s National Day holiday, Beijing has toned down the saber rattling but tensions remain high, with…

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A boy and a girl wearing protective masks look through the fence of Aomi Urban Sports Park, hosting 3×3 basketball tournaments, a day after the official opening of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan July 24, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Suicides among Japanese children at record high during pandemic

TOKYO (Reuters) – Child suicides in Japan are the highest they have been in more than four decades, local media have reported, citing the country’s education ministry. As the COVID-19 pandemic prompted school closings and…

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Police officers investigate after several people were killed and others were injured by a man using a bow and arrows to carry out attacks, in Kongsberg, Norway, October 13, 2021. Hakon Mosvold/NTB/via REUTERS

Man armed with bow and arrow kills five people in Norway attacks

OSLO (Reuters) – A man armed with a bow and arrow killed five people and wounded two others in a series of attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday, local police said. The suspect was in custody, police added. “The man used a bow and arrow ……

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Relatives stand next to the burning pyre of a man who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during his cremation at a crematorium ground in Srinagar May 25, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

WHO says it may be ‘last chance’ to find COVID origins

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Wednesday its newly formed advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be “our last chance” to determine the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and urged China…

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Facebook expands harassment policy to protect public figures

(AP) – Facebook will expand its policies on harassment to remove more harmful content, the company said Wednesday in its latest change following congressional testimony from a whistleblower who faulted…

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An Apple employee wearing a face mask walks past an image of an iPhone 13 Pro at an Apple Store on the day the new Apple iPhone 13 series goes on sale, in Beijing, China, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo

Apple likely to cut iPhone 13 production due to chip crunch – Bloomberg News

Oct 12 (Reuters) – Apple Inc is likely to slash production of its iPhone 13 by as many as 10 million units due to the global chip shortage, Bloomberg News reported…

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French Prime Minister Jean Castex and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive for the presentation of the “France 2030” investment plan at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris, France, October 12, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via Reuters

Macron unveils 30-bln euro plan for innovation and industrial revival

PARIS, Oct 12 (Reuters) – France wants to be a leader in green hydrogen by 2030 and build low-carbon planes and small nuclear reactors as part of a 30 billion…

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IMF warns pandemic darkening prospects in developing countries

Washington (AFP) – The ongoing hit from the Covid-19 pandemic and the failure to distribute vaccines worldwide is worsening the economic divide and darkening prospects for developing nations, the IMF said Tuesday….

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A man-made rock barrier stops the water from eroding the land on Hoopers Island, Maryland on August 9, 2021, where the evidence of climate change is being felt. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

When global warming stops, seas will still rise

Paris (AFP) – Even if humanity beats the odds and caps global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, seas will rise for centuries to come and swamp cities currently…

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Lee Jae-yong (L), Samsung Electronics vice chairman and de facto leader of Samsung Group, arrives to court for his trial on charges of illegally using the anaesthetic propofol, at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on October 12, 2021. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Samsung leader Lee pleads guilty to unlawful use of sedative

SEOUL, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Samsung conglomerate chief Jay Y. Lee pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday to a charge of unlawful use of a controlled substance, as legal woes…

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The words “Expect Us” are spray painted on the base of the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Park as Indigenous and environmental activists protest in front of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Indigenous Peoples Day marked with celebrations, protests

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Indigenous people across the United States marked Monday with celebrations of their heritage, education campaigns and a push for the Biden administration to make good on…

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), with US Senator Ted Cruz (L), attends a briefing for US President Donald Trump (off camera) in Orange, Texas, on August 29, 2020. Trump surveyed damage in the area caused by Hurricane Laura. At least 15 people were killed after Laura slammed into the southern US states of Louisiana and Texas, authorities and local media said on August 28.

Texas governor bars all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in state, rips Biden for ‘bullying’

(Reuters) – Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, responding to what he called “bullying” by the Biden Administration, on Monday barred all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state by any entity,…

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This picture taken on October 11, 2021 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 12 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un giving a speech during the opening ceremony of The Defence Development Exhibition “Self-Defence-2021” in Pyongyang. (Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)

North Korea’s Kim says US is ‘root cause’ of tensions

Seoul (AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong has blamed the United States for tensions on the peninsula and accused the South of hypocrisy, state media reported Tuesday, as he…

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, an aerial photo shows an overflowing Yellow River near the Lianbo Village in Hejin City, northern China’s Shanxi Province, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (Zhan Yan/Xinhua via AP)

Thousands evacuated and coal mines shuttered as floods hit north China

Beijing (AFP) – More than 120,000 people have been evacuated, coal mines shut and crops destroyed after unseasonably heavy rainfall flooded north China’s Shanxi province over the weekend, state media reported…

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In this Sunday, April 11, 2021 file photo, Britain’s Prince Andrew speaks during a television interview at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, England. British police said Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 that they will not be taking any further action against Prince Andrew after a review prompted by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser who claims that he sexually assaulted her. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP, File)

UK police won’t act against Prince Andrew over abuse claim

LONDON (AP) — British police have announced they will not take any action against Prince Andrew after a review prompted by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser who claims that he sexually…

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AstraZeneca drug cocktail succeeds in late-stage study to treat COVID-19

AstraZeneca has requested emergency approval from U.S. regulators for its antibody cocktail, the first protective shot other than vaccines against COVID-19, another potential major step in the global fight to…

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This image released by National Geographic shows Dr. Anthony Fauci at the NIH in Bethesda, Md., during the filming of the documentary “Fauci.” (Visko HatfNational Geographic via AP)

Fauci says fine to trick-or-treat this year

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government’s top infectious diseases expert says families can feel safe trick-or-treating outdoors this year for Halloween as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. decline, especially for those…

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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen waves during the national day celebration in Taipei, Taiwan, October 10,2021./ REUTERS

Taiwan won’t be forced to bow to China, president says

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan will keep bolstering its defences to ensure nobody can force them to accept the path China has laid down that offers neither freedom nor democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen…

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A person in protective face mask walks along the harbour waterfront across from the Sydney Opera House during a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

‘Freedom Day’: Sydney reopens as Australia looks to live with COVID-19

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Sydney‘s cafes, gyms and restaurants welcomed back fully vaccinated customers on Monday after nearly four months of lockdown, as Australia aims to begin living with the coronavirus and gradually reopen the…

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A protester speaks in a megaphone during a protest against the mandatory sanitary pass called “green pass” in the aim to limit the spread of the Covid-19 in central Rome on October 9, 2021. Tiziana FABI / AFP

Thousands protest in Rome against Covid health pass

Thousands of protesters including members of far-right groups demonstrated in central Rome on Saturday against the extension of the Covid-19 health pass system to all workplaces.  There were scuffles with…

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US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2021. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

Op-Ed: A US-China war is avoidable

US President Joe Biden has already reduced the possibility of waging war against China, by recognizing the “One-China” policy. Last week, Biden spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution which overthrew the Qing Dynasty and led to the founding of the Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 9, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

China’s Xi vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan, but holds off threatening force

BEIJING, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Saturday to realise peaceful “reunification” with Taiwan, though did not directly mention the use of force after a week…

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A sign of Google is seen at Google’s stand during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, on January 21, 2020. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Google cracks down on ads promoting climate change denial

LONDON (AP) — Google is cracking down on digital ads promoting false climate change claims or being used to make money from such content, hoping to limit revenue for climate…

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Maria Ressa (L), co-founder and CEO of the Philippines-based news website Rappler, and Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-Chief of Russia’s main opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta. (Photo by Isaac LAWRENCE and Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

Journalists who took on Putin and Duterte win 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, journalists whose work has angered the rulers of the Philippines and Russia, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday,…

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Americans agree misinformation is a problem, poll shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly all Americans agree that the rampant spread of misinformation is a problem. Most also think social media companies, and the people that use them, bear a…

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This handout image Courtesy of Netflix shows a scene of South Korea’s “Squid Game” Season one. – A dystopian vision of a polarised society, Netflix smash hit “Squid Game” blends a tight plot, social allegory and uncompromising violence to create the latest South Korean cultural phenomenon to go global. It features South Korea’s most marginalised, including the deeply in debt, a migrant worker and a North Korean defector, competing in traditional children’s games for the chance to win 45.6 billion won ($38 million) in mysterious circumstances. And losing players are killed. (Photo by YOUNGKYU PARK / Netflix / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / NETFLIX / YOUNGKYU PARK ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Squid Game: South Korea’s latest cultural phenomenon

Seoul (AFP) – A dystopian vision of a polarised society, Netflix smash hit “Squid Game” blends a tight plot, social allegory and uncompromising violence to create the latest South Korean cultural phenomenon…

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Tesla moving headquarters to Texas from California

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Thursday the electric carmaker plans to move its headquarters from Silicon Valley’s Palo Alto, California to Austin, Texas, where it is…

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Finland joins Sweden and Denmark in limiting Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

HELSINKI, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Finland on Thursday paused the use of Moderna’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine for younger males due to reports of a rare cardiovascular side effect, joining Sweden…

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Injured women receive treatment at a local hospital following an earthquake in Harnai, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. The powerful earthquake collapsed at least one coal mine and dozens of mud houses in southwest Pakistan early Thursday. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

Strong earthquake in southwest Pakistan kills at least 23

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful earthquake collapsed at least one coal mine and dozens of mud houses in southwest Pakistan early Thursday, killing at least 23 people as the…

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WHO backs malaria vaccine rollout for Africa’s children in major breakthrough

NAIROBI, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday the only approved vaccine against malaria should be widely given to African children, potentially marking a major…

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In this file combination of pictures created on June 8, 2021 shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) during a welcome ceremony for Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev in Beijing on July 3, 2019; and US President Joe Biden speaking at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 17, 2021. – Chinese President Xi Jinping had a “candid, in-depth” discussion with US counterpart Joe Biden during their first call in seven months, state media reported Friday. The leaders of the world’s two biggest economies “conducted candid, in-depth and extensive strategic communication and exchanges on China-US relations and issues of mutual concern”, state broadcaster CCTV said. (Photos by NICOLAS ASFOURI and Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

Biden, China’s Xi expected to meet virtually by year’s end

ZURICH (AP) — With tensions rising between the global powers, President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to hold a virtual meeting before year’s end, according to…

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Ricardo San Martin, a Chilean expert on the Quillay soapbark tree and its industrial uses, counts the seeds on a soapbark tree growing in the wild on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley, U.S., August 17, 2021. Picture taken August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Nick Otto

A Chilean tree holds hope for new vaccines – if supplies last

CASABLANCA, Chile, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Down a dusty farm track in Chilean wine country, behind a wooden gate wrapped in chains, forestry experts are nursing a plantation of saplings…

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Pictures of the winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Benjamin List and David MacMillan are seen displayed on a screen during The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ announcement at the Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden October 6, 2021. Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency/via REUTERS

Duo wins Nobel Chemistry Prize for work on catalysts

Stockholm (AFP) – Germany’s Benjamin List and David MacMillan of the United States on Wednesday won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their development of a precise new tool for molecular construction,…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 4, 2013. Biden arrived in Beijing to raise concerns over a Chinese air zone ramping up regional tensions, looking to bolster ties while also underscoring alliances with Tokyo and Seoul. His trip follows weeks of furore after Beijing declared an “air defence identification zone” (ADIZ) covering East China Sea islands disputed with Japan. AFP PHOTO / POOL (Photo by LINTAO ZHANG / POOL / AFP)

Biden says he and China’s Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement

WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the…

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In this photo taken from video footage released by Roscosmos Space Agency, actress Yulia Peresild, left, film director Klim Shipenko, right, and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov sit in the first row among other participants of the mission in the International Space Station, ISS, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. Russian actress Yulia Peresild and a film director Klim Shipenko rocketed to space Tuesday on a mission to make the world’s first movie in orbit, a project the Kremlin said will help burnish the nation’s space glory. (Roscosmos Space Agency via AP)

Russian film crew in orbit to make first movie in space

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian actor and a film director rocketed to space Tuesday on a mission to make the world’s first movie in orbit, a project the Kremlin said will…

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Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, France REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

French clergy sexually abused over 200,000 children since 1950, report finds

PARIS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – French clergy sexually abused more than 200,000 children over the past 70 years, a major investigation released on Tuesday found, and its authors said the…

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In this April 19, 2021, file photo passengers from New Zealand, at back, are welcomed by drag queens as they arrive at Sydney Airport, in Sydney, Australia. International tourists won’t be welcomed back to Australia until next year, with the return of skilled migrants and students given higher priority, the prime minister said on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Australia won’t welcome foreign tourists until at least 2022

CANBERRA (AP) — Foreign tourists won’t be welcomed back to Australia until at least next year, the prime minister said Tuesday as he outlined plans for lifting some of the…

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An exterior view of 56-60 Conduit Street in the Mayfair district of London, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The property is linked to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in a new report dubbed the Pandora Papers that sheds light on how world leaders, powerful politicians, billionaires and others have used offshore accounts to shield assets collectively worth trillions of dollars over the past quarter-century. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK urged to tackle ‘dirty money’ after leaked Pandora papers

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Conservative government is facing calls to tighten the country’s defenses against “dirty money” after a massive leak of offshore data showed how London, in particular, is…

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Photo: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

Pandora Papers: Rich and powerful deny wrongdoing after dump of purported secrets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Czech prime minister, the king of Jordan and the chairman of a well-known Indian conglomerate were among global figures denying wrongdoing on Monday after the leak of what major news outlets…

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Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness drops after 6 months, study shows

(Reuters) – The effectiveness of the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N)/BioNTech SE vaccine in preventing infection by the coronavirus dropped to 47% from 88% six months after the second dose, according to…

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp reconnecting after nearly six-hour outage

(Reuters) – Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp lit up again late on Monday afternoon Eastern time after a nearly six-hour outage that prevented the company’s 3.5 billion users from accessing…

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Facebook outage reports on Downdetector. (Photo by Tulip Naksompop Blauw)

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp hit by outage: tracker

Major social media services including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were hit by a massive outage on Monday, tracking sites showed, impacting potentially tens of millions of users. Outage tracker Downdetector…

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Pandora Papers expose world leaders’ offshore entities, Thai tycoon families among listed

More than a dozen heads of state and government, from Jordan to Azerbaijan, Kenya and the Czech Republic, have used offshore tax havens to hide assets worth hundreds of millions…

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Fumio Kishida, center, is applauded after being elected as Japan’s prime minister at the parliament’s lower house Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Tokyo. Kishida was formally elected Monday as Japan’s new prime minister in a parliamentary vote, replacing Yoshihide Suga. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan’s Parliament elects former diplomat Kishida as new PM

TOKYO (AP) — Fumio Kishida was elected Japan’s prime minister in a parliamentary vote Monday and will be tasked with quickly tackling the pandemic and other domestic and global challenges…

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A North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Two Koreas reopen hotlines as North urges South to mend ties

SEOUL (Reuters) – The two Koreas on Monday restored their hotlines that the North severed months ago, with Pyongyang urging Seoul to step up efforts to improve relations after criticising what it called double standards over weapons…

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In this file photo taken on March 11, 2010 Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks walks in the streets of Stockholm. – Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who lived under police protection after his 2007 depiction of the Prophet Mohammed prompted death threats, died October 3, 2021 in a car accident. (Photo by FRANCOIS CAMPREDON / AFP)

Prophet Mohammed cartoonist dies in car crash

Stockholm (AFP) – Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who lived under police protection after his 2007 depiction of the Prophet Mohammed prompted death threats, died Sunday in a car accident. The 75-year-old and…

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In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. Facebook prematurely turned off safeguards designed to thwart misinformation and rabble rousing after Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 elections in a moneymaking move that a company whistleblower alleges contributed to the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, invasion of the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Ex-Facebook manager alleges social network fed Capitol riot

Facebook prematurely turned off safeguards designed to thwart misinformation and rabble rousing after Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in last year’s elections in a moneymaking move that a company whistleblower…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, walks past a guard of honor while visiting the Monument to the People’s Heroes during a ceremony to mark Martyr’s Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China tightens political control of internet giants

BEIJING (AP) — The ruling Communist Party is tightening political control over China’s internet giants and tapping their wealth to pay for its ambitions to reduce reliance on U.S. and…

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Stained-glass windows are seen inside the Reims Cathedral, built in the Gothic style and a UNESCO world heritage site, where 31 kings of France were coronated, in Reims, France, April 18, 2019. Picture taken April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

French Catholic Church probe uncovers some 3,000 paedophiles

Some 3,000 paedophiles have operated inside the French Catholic Church since 1950, the head of an independent commission investigating the scandal told AFP days ahead of the release of its report. The commission’s research…

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(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Trump asks US judge to force Twitter to restore his account

Former President Donald Trump has asked a federal judge in Florida to force Twitter to restore his account, which the company suspended in January following the deadly storming of the…

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Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts

AFP – Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, one of the world’s most active, has erupted but its lava so far is limited to its central crater and not threatening inhabited areas, authorities…

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Myanmar’s economic crisis fuels underground currency trading

(Reuters) As Myanmar’s economic slump deepens after February’s military coup and parts of its financial system freeze up, many in the strife-torn country are turning to online groups to bypass official channels to…

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Commuters wearing face masks walk in a passageway during a rush hour at Shinagawa Station Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Tokyo. Japan lifted its COVID-19 state of emergency in all of the regions on Oct.1. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Trains packed with commuters as Japan fully ends emergency

TOKYO (AP) — Japan fully came out of a coronavirus state of emergency for the first time in more than six months as the country starts to gradually ease virus…

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This photo provided on Oct. 1, 2021, by the North Korean government shows what North Korea claims to be the test firing of a newly developed anti-aircraft missile in North Korea, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea says 4th new test-firing was anti-aircraft missile

SEOUL (AP) — North Korea said Friday it had test-fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile in the fourth round of weapons firings in recent weeks, even as it pushes to…

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A general view shows the Naval Group site, the port and the skyline of the shipbuilding town of Cherbourg-en-Contentin, France, September 23, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

EU postpones trade talks with Australia amid submarine deal fallout

CANBERRA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Australia’s Minister for Trade Dan Tehan said on Friday talks with the European Union over a trade deal have been postponed, as a row over…

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Op-Ed: PM designated Fumio Kishida for a new Japan

Very few Thais are aware that it was former Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who saved Thailand-Japan relations from going down the drain in 2014. Nearly three months after the…

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Noh Kyu-duk (R), South Korea’s Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, poses with Sung Kim (L), US Special Representative for North Korea, during their bilateral meeting at a hotel in Seoul , South Korea June 21, 2021. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. envoy says no hostile intent toward North Korea, calls for talks

SEOUL, Aug 23 (Reuters) – The United States has no hostile intent toward Pyongyang and is open to meeting any time and any place, Washington’s special envoy for North Korea…

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It is the first time China’s factory activity has contracted since February 2020, when the economy was battered by shutdowns caused by Covid (AFP/STR)

China factory activity shrinks for first time since February 2020

(AFP) – Chinese factory activity contracted in September for the first time since the height of its initial coronavirus outbreak in February 2020, official data showed Thursday, as it faces…

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In this combination photo, Jamie Spears, father of singer Britney Spears, leaves the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Oct. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles, left, and Britney Spears arrives at the premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” on July 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. Britney Spears said in a court filing Wednesday that she agrees with her father that the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money since 2008 should be terminated. The filing in Los Angeles Superior Court from the singer’s attorney Mathew Rosen says she “fully consents” to “expeditiously” ending the conservatorship. (AP Photo)

Britney Spears’ father removed as her guardian

Los Angeles (AFP) – Britney Spears’ father was removed from his controversial role as his daughter’s guardian on Wednesday by a Los Angeles judge, ending a long and bitter legal battle…

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File / A United Nations peacekeeper has his shoes cleaned with a chlorine solution before leaving an Ebola treatment centre in Mangina, North Kivu province, on September 1, 2019

WHO employees took part in Congo sex abuse during Ebola crisis, report says

GENEVA (Reuters) More than 80 aid workers including some employed by the World Health Organization (WHO) were involved in sexual abuse and exploitation during an Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo,…

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China Evergrande to sell $1.5 bln stake in Shengjing Bank to state firm

HONG KONG (Reuters)  Cash-strapped China Evergrande said on Wednesday it plans to sell a 9.99 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) stake it owns in Shengjing Bank Co Ltd. to a state-owned asset management company…

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