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(Photo) The Trump-Xi meeting, expected to take place on Saturday, is highly anticipated as the two sides try to reach a deal on trade/AFP

Trump-Xi meet, Iran tension to overshadow G20 summit in Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Concerns over trade, conflict and oil will dominate a summit of the Group of 20 major economies in Japan this weekend, with attention focused on a meeting…

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(Photo) The controversy over sex abuse claims has dampened commemorations of the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, but his commercial clout remains substantial/AFP

Michael Jackson fans defiant as abuse claims loom over anniversary

Defiant fans are preparing to mark 10 years since Michael Jackson’s death as fascination with the King of Pop remains undimmed despite lurid claims of child sex abuse. On Hollywood’s…

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US hits Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei with sanctions

The United States imposed sanctions Monday against Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and top military chiefs, tightening the screws on a country that President Donald Trump threatened with “obliteration”…

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(Photo) The North’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper carried a photo of Kim holding Trump’s letter with both handsThe North’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper carried a photo of Kim holding Trump’s letter with both hands/AFP

North Korean leader receives ‘excellent’ letter from Trump: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received a personal letter of “excellent content” from US President Donald Trump, the country’s state media said Sunday, amid a nuclear deadlock between Pyongyang…

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(Photo) Thousands of protesters converged on the Hong Kong police headquarters, the latest in a wave of anti-government demos/AFP

Hong Kong police slam ‘illegal’ protest as HQ siege ends

Hong Kong police on Saturday slammed an “illegal” blockade of its headquarters after a 15-hour siege by anti-government demonstrators calling for the resignation of the city’s pro-Beijing leader. Thousands of…

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(Photo) Xi is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years/KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

North Korea lauds China ties as Xi wraps up trip

North Korea lauded its ties with historic ally China on Friday as Xi Jinping wrapped up a highly symbolic two-day visit to his nuclear-armed neighbour, with both countries facing deadlock…

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(Photo) Hong Kong’s police headquarters became a focus for protesters/AFP

Thousands converge on Hong Kong police HQ in anti-govt demo

Thousands of protesters converged on Hong Kong’s police headquarters Friday, demanding the resignation of the city’s pro-Beijing leader and the release of demonstrators arrested during the territory’s worst political crisis…

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(Photo) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a banquet in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on June 21, 2019 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

China’s President Xi completes state visit to North Korea: China state media

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping has departed North Korea, following a two-day state visit, Chinese state media reported Friday. Xi’s visit was the first by a Chinese leader…

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(Photo) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on June 21, 2019 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

Xi, Kim say boosting China-North Korea ties good for regional peace: KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that amid “serious and complicated” international affairs strengthening bilateral ties was good for both countries…

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SDGs ranking 2019 – Thailand 40th globally, 1st in ASEAN

Thailand ranks 40th out of 162 countries surveyed on development progress relating to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), moving up 19 places from last year, according to the Sustainable…

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(Photo) Xi Jinping will be the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years/AFP

China’s Xi leaves on first state visit to North Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping departed for Pyongyang on Thursday on a state visit to North Korea, state media said, accompanied by a clutch of senior officials, including…

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Poor nations hosting most refugees worldwide, need more Western help – U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Developing countries, not rich Western nations, are bearing the brunt of the world’s refugee crisis and are hosting most of the record 70.8 million displaced people who…

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(Photo) Residents who were evacuated from their homes after an earthquake are seen at a gymnasium of Iwafune junior high school acting as a makeshift evacuation center, in Murakami, Niigata prefecture, Japan June 19, 2019/ Kyodo/via REUTERS

Strong quake strikes northwest Japan, triggers small tsunami, power cuts

TOKYO (Reuters) – A strong and shallow earthquake struck Japan’s northwest coast around Niigata prefecture on Tuesday, triggering a small tsunami, shaking buildings and cutting power to around 9,000 buildings….

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(Photo) Screen capture from NHK Japan Facebook live broadcast

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes off coast of Japan -USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck off the coast of Japan around 10.22 pm (Japan’s local time) on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey said. There were no…

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(Photo) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered her ‘most sincere apology’ for the turmoil that has gripped the city in recent weeks/AFP

Hong Kong leader says sorry again after fury at extradition bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologized again on Tuesday and said she had heard the people “loud and clear” after some of the most violent protests…

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(Photo) The earthquake rattled Changning County in Yibin City at 10.55pm June 17, 2019/EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV

At least six dead, 75 hurt in quake in Sichuan, China

BEIJING (AFP) – A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Monday (June 17), leaving at least six people dead and 75 others hurt, officials and state media…

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(Photo) Bangkok, Thailand is facing a growing number of visitors/AFP

Bangkok among cities that are least prepared for the rise in urban tourism, WTTC

Emerging tourist destinations like Bangkok, Cape Town and Istanbul are facing growing tourism momentum and increased pressures, according to a new global report on city readiness for tourism growth. In…

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(Photo) Crowds of protesters were still camped out in parts of Hong Kong as night fell/AFP

Hong Kong leader apologises as rally chokes city

About two million protesters choked Hong Kong’s streets in a powerful rebuke of a reviled extradition law, organisers said Sunday, piling pressure on the city’s embattled pro-Beijing leader who apologised…

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(Photo) Thousands of protesters dressed in black rallied against Hong Kong’s government/AFP

Massive demonstration chokes Hong Kong as extradition anger boils

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in central Hong Kong Sunday against a reviled extradition law, the latest huge demonstration to pile pressure on the city’s embattled leader, despite her…

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(Photo) ECOSOC Chamber/United Nations

Thailand elected to the ECOSOC for 2020-2022 after 12 year absence

In a media statement, released on Friday (June 14th), Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that the country is among four from the Asia-Pacific group elected by the United Nations…

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(Photo) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam backtracked after a major public backlash/AFP

Hong Kong braces for huge rally after leader climbdown

Hong Kong braces for another mass rally Sunday as public anger seethes following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over an extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city’s embattled…

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(Photo) People attend a rally in support of demonstrators protesting against the proposed extradition bill with China, in Hong Kong, China, June 14, 2019. Picture taken June 14, 2019/REUTERS

Hong Kong media say controversial extradition bill may be suspended

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong media reported on Saturday the city’s government would suspend a proposed law on extradition to mainland China that sparked widespread anger and violent protests,…

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Support wavers in Hong Kong for bill allowing extraditions to China after protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Cracks appeared to emerge on Friday in the support base for a proposed Hong Kong law that would allow extraditions to China as opponents of the…

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Amid privacy firestorm, Facebook curbs research tool

Facebook has curbed access to a controversial feature allowing searches of the vast content within the social network — a tool which raised privacy concerns but was also used for…

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(Photo) Police officers dismantle barricades built by demonstrators in Hong Kong on June 12 protesting against government plans to allow extraditions to mainland China/AFP

Hong Kong protesters plan weekend rally after violent clashes

Hong Kong protest leaders announced plans for another mass rally on Sunday, escalating their campaign against a China extradition bill a day after police cleared them from the streets using…

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(Photo) Rohingya people are seen detained in a police station after a fishing boat carrying more than sixty Rohingya refugees was found beached at Rawi island, part of Tarutao national park in the province of Satun, Thailand/Reuters

PM orders probe into human trafficking links to the latest arrival of Rohingya

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed police to investigate as to whether there were any people, including government officials, responsible for bringing a group of Rohingya by boat to Rawi…

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(Photo) Police officers fire tear gas during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong, China June 12, 2019./Reuters

Uneasy calm in Hong Kong after day of violence over extradition bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities were shutting government offices in the city’s financial district for the rest of the week after a day of violence over an extradition…

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(Photo) Rohingya woman is seen detained in a police station after a fishing boat carrying more than sixty Rohingya refugees was found beached at Rawi island, part of Tarutao national park in the province of Satun, Thailand, bordering with Malaysia, June 12, 2019./REUTERS

Thailand charges crew of stranded Rohingya boat

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai authorities have charged the captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 Rohingya Muslims with assisting illegal immigration after the group was found stranded on a…

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(Photo) Police officers use a water cannon on a lone protester near the government headquarters in Hong Kong/AFP

Hong Kong police use tear gas as protesters try to storm parliament

Violent clashes broke out in Hong Kong on Wednesday as police tried to stop protesters storming the city’s parliament, while tens of thousands of people blocked key arteries in a…

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(Photo) Police and protesters in Hong Kong scuffled throughout the night after a peaceful mass rally/AFP

Hong Kong pushes bill allowing extraditions to China despite biggest protest since handover

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vowed on Monday to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China, a day after…

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(Photo) Tears of a champion: Rafael Nadal/AFP

History man Nadal sweeps to ‘incredible’ 12th French Open and 18th Grand Slam title  

Rafael Nadal swept to an historic 12th Roland Garros title and 18th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem. The 33-year-old…

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‘Million march’: Huge Hong Kong protest against China extradition law

Hong Kong witnessed the largest protest since its 1997 handover to China on Sunday as huge crowds massed against plans to allow extraditions to the mainland, a proposal that has…

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(Photo) The king of France: Rafael Nadal celebrates his semi-final win over Roger Federer/AFP

‘Incredible’ dream: Nadal faces Thiem for 12th Roland Garros title

Rafael Nadal admits the prospect of winning a 12th Roland Garros title and 18th major on Sunday would have once just seemed liked an “incredible” dream in a career so…

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(Photo) The International Space Station does not belong to NASA — it was built along with Russia starting in 1998, and other countries participate in the mission and send up astronauts/AFP

NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020

NASA said Friday it will open up the International Space Station to business ventures including space tourism as it seeks to financially disengage from the orbiting research lab. Price tag?…

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(Photo) French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S President Donald Trump stand during a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 6, 2019./Reuters

Trump, Macron honour D-Day veterans who fought through “fires of hell”

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (Reuters) – France will never forget the sacrifice of the Allied troops who liberated it from Nazi Germany, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of…

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Muslims celebrate Eid, ending Ramadan holy month

KABUL (Reuters) – Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Tuesday, marking the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. Like the start of Ramadan, during which…

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Trump’s UK visit turns to Brexit and Huawei as protests planned in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Donald Trump will plunge into Britain’s Brexit crisis on Tuesday and is likely to demand that Prime Minister Theresa May’s successor ban China’s Huawei from 5G networks…

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Photo) Pro-democracy protesters are gathered at Tiananmen Square on June 2, 1989/AFP (Photo) Police officers stand behind barriers as Tiananmen Square is closed off for the 30th anniversary of China’s crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators/AFP

Thirty years after Tiananmen, protesters’ goals further away than ever

BEIJING (Reuters) – Three decades after China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, increased government suppression of rights activism has pushed the demonstrators’ original goals…

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(Photo) Rescue workers operate at the site where sixteen people were injured in a suspected stabbing by a man, in Kawasaki, Japan May 28, 2019. in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Thirteen schoolgirls among those wounded in Japan stabbing: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Thirteen schoolgirls and three adults were injured in a suspected stabbing by a man just outside the Japanese capital of Tokyo on Tuesday, Kyodo news agency said….

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain must quit the European Union at the end of October even if that means leaving without a deal, Conservative MP Esther McVey, one of the candidates to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, said on Sunday.

UK must leave EU on Oct. 31 even without a deal – PM candidate McVey

“The 31st Oct is the key date and we are coming out then and if that means without a deal, then that is what it means,” McVey, a pro-Brexit former…

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May resigns, paving way for Brexit confrontation with EU

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday said she would quit, triggering a contest that will bring a new leader to power who is likely to push…

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(Photo) Former Formula One Champion Niki Lauda who has died at the age of 70/AFP

Former F1 champion Niki Lauda dies at 70

Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media early Tuesday. “With deep sadness, we announce…

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

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

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Donald Trump may yet play Huawei-saving wild card

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Breakingviews) – Donald Trump’s unpredictability could yet play in Huawei Technologies’ favor. The Chinese telecommunications firm has effectively been cut off from U.S. suppliers, from chipmaker Qualcomm…

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

Huawei will continue security support for Android smartphones

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

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

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

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

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Photo: (AFP) Bob Hawke had an everyman image and would chug down beers with cricket fans, but he was also possessed of a fearsome intellect

Australia’s ‘larrikin’ former prime minister Bob Hawke dies at 89

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Bob Hawke, a transformative and charismatic left-wing lawmaker with a “larrikin’ streak who served as Australian prime minister from 1983 to 1991, died on Thursday aged 89,…

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Photo: (AFP) Four tankers anchored off Fujairah were hit by ‘sabotage attacks’

Saudi-led coalition in Yemen strikes Sanaa, casualties reported

SANAA (Reuters) – The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen carried out several air strikes on the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Thursday after the Iranian-aligned movement claimed responsibility for drone attacks…

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Philippines gives thumbs up to Duterte as loyalists dominate mid-term vote

MANILA (Reuters) – Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have dominated a mid-term Senate election according to unofficial results on Tuesday, indicating growing support for the maverick leader and broad…

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AFP/File / Jim WATSON US President Donald Trump (R) during a trade meeting with China’s Vice Premier Liu He (L) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, on April 4, 2019.

China defiant toward U.S. on trade, Kudlow urges strong enforcement steps

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States and China appeared at a deadlock over trade negotiations on Sunday as Washington demanded promises of concrete changes to Chinese law and Beijing said…

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Clashes break out at Venezuela May Day protest

Clashes broke out between opposition supporters and Venezuela’s armed forces in the capital Caracas on Wednesday during May Day protests with opposition leader Juan Guaido attempting to rally demonstrators against…

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Guaido faces test with call for ‘largest march’ in Venezuela history

Opposition leader Juan Guaido faced a key test of support on Wednesday after calling for the “largest march” in Venezuela’s history to try to dislodge President Nicolas Maduro, even as…

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Venezuela’s Guaido calls for ‘largest march in history’ in uprising effort

Venezuelans were expected to take to the streets on Wednesday for what opposition leader Juan Guaido pledged would be the “largest march” in the country’s history, a day after he…

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Over 270 died from overwork-related illnesses in Indonesia elections

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Ten days after Indonesia held the world’s biggest single-day elections, more than 270 election staff have died, mostly of fatigue-related illnesses caused by long hours of work…

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Probe shows Sri Lanka attacks ‘retaliation for Christchurch’

Islamist suicide bombings that killed more than 300 people in Sri Lanka at the weekend were carried out in revenge for last month’s attacks on two mosques in New Zealand,…

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Sri Lanka attacks carried out by suicide bombers: investigator

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Seven suicide bombers took part in the devastating attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, a senior investigator said…

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Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21.

Easter Sunday blasts kill at least 207 in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka’s…

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An ambulance is seen outside the church premises with gathered security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.

Blasts at Sri Lanka hotels and churches kill 156

A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned the attacks…

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Major fire rips through roof of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

A major fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky, the fire service said….

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Is Julian Assange heading to the United States?

LONDON (Reuters) – British police dragged Julian Assange from the Ecuadorean embassy last Thursday after his asylum was revoked, ending his seven-year stay there and opening the way for his…

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp hit by outage

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s social networking site, photo-sharing social network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp were inaccessible to many users across many countries, including Thailand, on Sunday, downdetector.com, which monitors…

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A video grab shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he is driven by British Police to Westminster Magistrates Court in London on April 11

Assange arrested in London after Ecuador pulls asylum

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s nearly seven-year hideout in Ecuador’s London embassy abruptly ended Thursday when police entered the building and arrested him ahead of possible extradition to the United States….

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Transport Co plans 9,000 bus trips a day from Bangkok for Songkran

The state-run Transport Company will increase its bus and passenger van services by 3,000 to 9,000 trips per day from April 10-13 to accommodate the sharp rise in the number of…

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Transport Co plans 9,000 bus trips a day from Bangkok for Songkran

The state-run Transport Company will increase its bus and passenger van services by 3,000 to 9,000 trips per day from April 10-13 to accommodate the sharp rise in the number of…

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Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong smiles as she is escorted by Malaysian police out of the High Court in Shah Alam on Monday.

Vietnam woman in Kim assassination to walk free next month

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) — A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother will walk free in May after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, her lawyer said….

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Naruhito era will use name ‘Reiwa,’ to mean pursuing harmony

TOKYO (AP) — The era of Japan’s next emperor, Naruhito, will use the name “Reiwa” to connote pursuing harmony, the government said Monday, selecting the culturally significant phrase from ancient…

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Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery

Adultery and gay sex in Brunei will be subject to death by stoning from next week, authorities said, under a strict Sharia law that has been on hold for four years amid…

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Thai ambassador to the US Veerachai dies in Washington DC

Thai ambassador to the United States Mr. Veerachai Plasai died today in Washington DC after being admitted to Johns Hopkins hospital for medical treatment. He was 58 years old. While the cause of death is not yet confirmed, it has been…

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Residents get emotional as they pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch on Friday.

New Zealand mosque shooter broadcast slaughter on Facebook

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A white supremacist suspected in shootings at two mosques that killed 49 people during midday Friday prayers posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online and apparently used…

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Dozens killed as gunman livestreams New Zealand mosque shootings

WELLINGTON/CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – A gunman shot dead 49 people and wounded more than 40 at two New Zealand mosques, some as they were kneeling at prayer, livestreaming online some of…

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Thailand to ban import of plastic waste next year

Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will propose to the cabinet a total ban on the import of plastic waste into Thailand beginning next year. Natural Resources and Environment…

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Wissanu says HM King wants coronation to be economical and follow Royal tradition

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralong has commanded that his May 4-6 coronation ceremony should be economical and in line with Royal tradition, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, head…

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Five Thais die after car plunged into ravine in northern Laos

Five Thai tourists were killed when their car plunged into a deep ravine in Luang Prabang, approximately 300 km north of the Lao PDR capital Vientiane, on Friday. The fatal…

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Journalists work at a media centre as the press conference by US President Donald Trump is telecast following the second US-North Korea summit on February 28, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un collapsed today after the two sides failed to reach a deal due to…

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Trump-Kim handshake, optimism to kick off nuclear summit

US President Donald Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their second summit Wednesday and predicted successful talks with the totalitarian state over…

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Saved from Pakistani mob, downed Indian pilot becomes face of Kashmir crisis

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A downed Indian fighter pilot who was attacked by a mob and then paraded on video by Pakistan’s army has become a social media sensation and…

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Trump promises North Korea ‘AWESOME’ future ahead of summit

Hanoi (AFP) — US President Donald Trump touted North Korea’s “AWESOME” future if his “friend” Kim Jong Un, whom he meets for a high-stakes dinner later tonight, agrees to give…

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File photo taken on June 11, 2018, From AFP

Kim, Trump arrive in Hanoi ahead of summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump arrived in Hanoi Tuesday, ahead of a second summit closely watched for concrete steps to dismantle Pyongyang’s nuclear programme….

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Representatives of six political parties at the forum on Thailand’s political future organized by Thai PBS on Monday night.

Major parties optimistic about Thailand’s future after election

Representatives of six major political parties taking part in a debate forum organized by Thai PBS on Monday night expressed optimism that Thailand will see a smooth political transition after…

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Trump dangles ‘major power’ carrot as Kim begins trek to summit

US President Donald Trump said Sunday Kim Jong Un could soon put North Korea on the fast-track to becoming a major power as his former rival chugged across China in…

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Trump to delay US tariff hike on Chinese goods, eyes Xi summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters, AFP) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would delay an increase in tariffs on Chinese goods that had been scheduled for Friday, citing “substantial…

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This picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 24 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departing Pyongyang Station for the second North Korea-US summit meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.

North Korea’s Kim leaves by train for summit with Trump in Hanoi

SEOUL/HANOI (Reuters) – North Korea on Sunday confirmed for the first time that its leader, Kim Jong Un, will hold a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, days ahead…

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FDA warns new drug law does not legalize unlicensed marijuana cultivation

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has clarified that the new narcotics law does not legalize the unrestricted planting of marijuana in an apparent response to Bhumjai Thai party’s manifesto…

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Mahathir urges ASEAN to be vigilant against big power involvement in region

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia said today  big power rivalry and foreign interference swirling around the Middle East is yet another reminder why Malaysia and ASEAN must…

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US and China extend trade talks; Xi-Trump meeting may follow

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Chinese negotiators agreed Friday to extend high-level trade talks through the weekend, and President Donald Trump said he hoped to meet next month at his…

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Thailand’s dry season officially starts today

Thursday marked the official beginning of Thailand’s 3-month-long summer with temperatures in all parts of the country expected to average 1-2 degrees Celsius higher than the last year and 10-30 percent less than normal rainfall….

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Designer Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s global icon, dies in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Karl Lagerfeld, the iconic couturier whose designs at Chanel and Fendi had an unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry, died Tuesday in Paris, prompting an outpouring…

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FAA lists 26 flaws in Thailand’s aviation standards that need rectification

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has identified 26 flaws in Thailand’s aviation standards during its recent inspection and has recommended that they be rectified if Thailand is to regain…

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UK lawmakers brand Facebook “‘digital gangsters”

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like “digital gangsters” and intentionally violating…

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PM joins those hitting back at Pheu Thai party in defence of the military

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan have joined the chorus defending military spending and mandatory conscription against increasing criticism from anti-junta politicians, particularly Pheu Thai…

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PM concerned about alleged distortion of rice bill

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is concerned about alleged distortion of the contents of the upcoming Rice Bill in a way which may cause public misunderstanding. He insists the Bill…

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Tham Luang cave to be closed from Feb 19

Thailand’s famous Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai will close to all visitors from February 19th to allow Thai Navy SEALs to recover equipment left in…

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Election Commission rejects 2 PM and 107 party-list candidates

Thailand’s Election Commission announced today that 107 party-list and two prime ministerial candidates have been disqualified. Of the 2,917 party-list registered candidates from 77 political parties, 2,810 candidates as well…

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Prayuth most favoured PM candidate while Pheu Thai party leads – Nida Poll

Prayut Chan-o-cha currently tops the list of prime ministerial candidates, but the pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party is ahead, according to the latest NIDA Poll (National Institute of Development Administration). The…

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Pheu Thai demands dissolution of Palang Pracharat in response to Thai Raksa Chart’s possible disbandment

The Pheu Thai party has retaliated against the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party by demanding that the Election Commission dissolve that party as well, following action taken against the pro-Thaksin Thai…

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Charter Court to decide Thursday whether to rule on Thai Raksa Chart’s fate

The Constitutional Court will decide by tomorrow afternoon whether or not to accept for consideration the request of the Election Commission to have the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart Party dissolved…

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Smog problem made worse in the provinces by sugarcane burning

While Bangkok and surrounding provinces enjoy improved air conditions, the smog situation in several northern and northeastern provinces is deteriorating due mainly to the burning of vegetation, sugarcane in particular….

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Cabinet approves five-day Songkran holiday

Songkran revelers will have five days to enjoy the Thailand’s annual water festival this year, after the Cabinet approved an additional public holiday on Friday April 12th. Government assistant spokesman…

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Election Commission yet to decide on Thai Raksa Chart’s fate

Chairman of the Election Commission Itthiporn Boonprakong denied that the commission has already made a decision to have the  pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party dissolved for nominating  Princess Ubolratana as its prime…

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A rain-making chopper crash-lands but three airmen escape safely

A helicopter belonging to the Royal Rain-making and Agricultural Aviation Department crash-landed while on a training flight in the central province of Nakhon Sawan this afternoon (Wednesday). The pilot, a…

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