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Typhoon kills at least 11 in China and Taiwan; another on the way

Typhoon kills at least 11 in China and Taiwan; another on the way

The world's strongest storm this year killed at last 10 people in China when it hit the southeast coast, the government said on Friday, as rescuers scoured flooded streets and work crews struggled to restore power to more than a million homes. Typhoon Meranti had largely dissipated by Friday...

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Malaysia: Downing mode of MH370 under investigation

Malaysia: Downing mode of MH370 under investigation

A team investigating missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will begin probing whether the commercial aircraft was deliberately ditched or experienced an uncontrolled fall while carrying 239 people, according to Malaysia's transport minister. Liow Tiong Lai told Anadolu Agency on Friday that...

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Activist: US program failed to prevent Cambodia logging

Activist: US program failed to prevent Cambodia logging

Resin trees in supposedly protected forest areas are being felled at an “alarming” rate, a leading Cambodian activist has said, alleging that a U.S.-run protection program has failed to prevent such logging. Ouch Leng, the chairman of Cambodia Human Rights Task Forces, won this year’s...

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Wells Fargo faces scrutiny over lack of sales scandal disclosure

Wells Fargo faces scrutiny over lack of sales scandal disclosure

A phantom account scandal at Wells Fargo & Co has put the U.S. bank's disclosure policies under a harsh spotlight. Despite press reports that a federal regulator and the Los Angeles prosecutor were investigating sales practices at retail branches of the San Francisco-based lender, the...

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Man shot after attacking NYC police with meat cleaver

Man shot after attacking NYC police with meat cleaver

A man was shot Thursday by New York City police (NYPD) after he attacked and maimed an off-duty officer with an 11-inch meat cleaver, law enforcement officials said. Akram Joudeh, 32, of Queens, was upset his car was immobilized in Midtown Manhattan with a wheel clamp -- a boot -- due to...

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Clinton visits North Carolina in campaign trail return; Trump up in polls

Clinton visits North Carolina in campaign trail return; Trump up in polls

Hillary Clinton got back on the campaign trail on Thursday after taking three days off for pneumonia, and the Democratic presidential candidate faced a more challenging political landscape, with Republican rival Donald Trump rising in opinion polls. Senior Clinton aides said they always...

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U.S. tax avoidance clampdown a potential headache for Apple

U.S. tax avoidance clampdown a potential headache for Apple

Apple Inc and other U.S. multinationals will face new curbs on tax loopholes under a rule imposed by Washington on Thursday, part of a scramble among governments worldwide to bolster their corporate tax bases. Acting shortly after a European Union grab for billions of dollars in back taxes...

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Japan to boost South China Sea role with training patrols with U.S.

Japan to boost South China Sea role with training patrols with U.S.

Japan will step up its activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States and bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies, Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said on Thursday. Inada said in a speech at Washington's Center for...

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U.N. chief calls Netanyahu's 'ethnic cleansing' video 'outrageous'

U.N. chief calls Netanyahu's 'ethnic cleansing' video 'outrageous'

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday lambasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "ethnic cleansing" video as an "unacceptable and outrageous" portrayal of people who oppose Israeli settlements in the West Bank, home to more than 2.7 million Palestinians. Ban told the...

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Weak U.S. retail sales, factory data dampen rate hike prospects

Weak U.S. retail sales, factory data dampen rate hike prospects

U.S. retail sales fell more than expected in August amid weak purchases of automobiles and a range of other goods, pointing to cooling domestic demand that further diminishes expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate increase next week. Other data on Thursday showed the labor market...

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Turkish, Russian military chiefs meet on Syria

Turkish, Russian military chiefs meet on Syria

Turkey and Russia’s top generals met in Ankara on Thursday, a Turkish military source said. Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and Gen. Valery Gerasimov held a closed-door meeting following a ceremony at the General Staff Headquarters in Ankara, the source said on condition of...

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Kerry, Lavrov agree to 48-hour extension of Syria truce

Kerry, Lavrov agree to 48-hour extension of Syria truce

Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Wednesday agreed to a 48-hour extension for a truce in Syria that began Monday, the U.S. said. The top diplomats agreed the seven-day cessation of hostilities that was brokered Friday is "worth extending" for an...

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Storm Rai kills 5 in Vietnam; 10 people missing

Storm Rai kills 5 in Vietnam; 10 people missing

Five people are confirmed dead and another ten are missing in Vietnam after a tropical storm powering through Southeast Asia battered the country's central coastline. The National Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control said in a statement Thursday that after making landfall...

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Global stocks struggle for footing after bond slip

Global stocks struggle for footing after bond slip

World stocks steadied at two-month lows on Thursday though bond markets stayed firmly in the red, as eight years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers two of Europe's top central banks prepared to keep their interest rates pointing down. Europe's main stock markets in London .FTSE,...

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4 killed in Pakistan train collision

4 killed in Pakistan train collision

At least four people were killed and dozens injured late Wednesday when a passenger train collided with a freight train in central Pakistan, an official said. The collision around 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the city of Multan in the Punjab region happened when a Karachi-bound passenger...

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Apple says initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus sold out

Apple says initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus sold out

Initial quantities of the iPhone 7 Plus have sold out globally as Apple Inc prepares to roll out its new gadget in stores, the company said Wednesday. Supplies of the larger size of Apple's new phone have been exhausted in all shades, and the smaller iPhone 7 has also sold out in the new jet...

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Aligned with Russia in Syria, Pentagon awkwardly treads on new terrain

Aligned with Russia in Syria, Pentagon awkwardly treads on new terrain

For Pentagon officers who cut their teeth during the Cold War, the prospect of U.S. battlefield cooperation with Russia in Syria is not only uncomfortable. It's also unprecedented. Against that background, the reactions of U.S. military officials range from caution to outright skepticism...

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Boko Haram video reinforces schism with Daesh

Boko Haram video reinforces schism with Daesh

A faction within Nigeria’s Boko Haram terror group released an Eid al-Adha video message Wednesday that further underlined tensions within the group and its movement away from Daesh. The group is led by Abubakar Shekau, who in March last year pledged allegiance to Daesh and its leader Abu...

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