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Turkey fines Google over competition infringements

Turkey fines Google over competition infringements

Turkey's Competition Authority has fined US tech giant Google around $15 million for violating competition rules in sales of mobile software. The Competition Authority (RK) said it was fining Google just over 93 million Turkish lira ($14.93 million). It said that the American...

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Mexican president-elect stuck three hours on grounded plane

Mexican president-elect stuck three hours on grounded plane

Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a stickler for austerity who has vowed to fly only commercial, spent three hours stuck on a grounded plane because of bad weather, Mexican media reported Thursday. The anti-establishment leftist, who won Mexico's July elections in a...

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Pot 'enthusiasts' wanted to sample cannabis in Canada, hundreds apply

Pot 'enthusiasts' wanted to sample cannabis in Canada, hundreds apply

A Toronto marketing company is looking to recruit six "cannabis enthusiasts" to test strains of pot and report back on their characteristics. So far, AHLOT says it has received more than 500 applications for the part-time positions -- an overwhelming number that is "slightly panicking"...

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Indonesian city orders top staff to 'pray or get a new job'

Indonesian city orders top staff to 'pray or get a new job'

An Indonesian city has ordered its top civil servants to visit their local mosque for dawn prayers or risk being sacked, underscoring the growing influence of religion across the world's biggest Muslim majority country. Senior bureaucrats in Palembang, co-host of last month's Asian...

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Malaysia's Anwar to seek return to frontline politics next month

Malaysia's Anwar to seek return to frontline politics next month

Malaysia's leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim will seek to return to frontline politics by contesting a local election to become a lawmaker next month, officials said Thursday, a key step on his journey from prison to the premiership. Anwar, whose alliance won a shock election victory in...

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UK foreign minister sits down with Aung San Suu Kyi

UK foreign minister sits down with Aung San Suu Kyi

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt met on Thursday with embattled Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the first high-profile state visit to the country since the UN slammed her leadership over the Rohingya crisis. UN investigators this week released a scathing and meticulous report...

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New York Review of Books editor departs after outrage over #MeToo essay

New York Review of Books editor departs after outrage over #MeToo essay

Ian Buruma, the editor of the prestigious New York Review of Books, has left his position after being roundly criticized for publishing an essay condemned as insulting toward the #MeToo movement and victims of sexual abuse. Nicolas During, a spokesman for the literary magazine, told AFP...

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Toll from Ethiopia bloodshed at least 58: rights group, source

Toll from Ethiopia bloodshed at least 58: rights group, source

At least 58 people were killed during a weekend of ethnic violence in Ethiopia's capital, an Amnesty International researcher told AFP on Wednesday, citing a figure more than double the government estimate of 23 dead. Another source involved in the investigation, who saw and counted the...

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Russia rejects U.S. accusation it helped N.Korea illegally obtain fuel

Russia rejects U.S. accusation it helped N.Korea illegally obtain fuel

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that U.S. accusations that Russia helped North Korea illegally obtain fuel through transfers at sea were not backed up by evidence. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russia on Monday of "cheating" on U.N....

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Portugal and former colony Angola seek to repair ties

Portugal and former colony Angola seek to repair ties

led the country with an iron fist from 1979 to 2017, stepped down and was replaced by Lourenco. "Angola and Portugal are emerging from a difficult phase. What's important is that both sides are able to identify the obstacles and troublesome elements in order to overcome them," Angola's...

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Turkey keeps 24 workers in jail over Istanbul airport protests

Turkey keeps 24 workers in jail over Istanbul airport protests

A Turkish court on Wednesday ordered 24 workers and union activists to stay in jail after they were detained in a mass crackdown over protests on working conditions at Istanbul's giant new airport. Hundreds of workers from the airport had been rounded up at the weekend after reportedly...

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Turkey opposition daily Cumhuriyet shaken by internal strife

Turkey opposition daily Cumhuriyet shaken by internal strife

The Istanbul headquarters of Turkish opposition daily Cumhuriyet hums with the daily excitement of a busy newsroom as reporters work the phones chasing their next story. On the wall, an old front page is proudly displayed, challenging the government. "You will not be able to take us down,"...

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Friend 'never saw' Kavanaugh act like woman says

Friend 'never saw' Kavanaugh act like woman says

A longtime friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he has "no memory" of a decades-old sexual assault that a woman is accusing Kavanaugh of committing. In a statement given through his lawyer, Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge also says he "never saw" the federal judge "act in...

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Venezuelans fume as Maduro filmed munching on meat in Turkey

Venezuelans fume as Maduro filmed munching on meat in Turkey

Impoverished Venezuelans have reacted with fury after videos of President Nicolas Maduro gorging on succulent pieces of meat in a restaurant owned by a celebrity Turkish chef went viral. "This is once in a lifetime," enthuses Maduro with his wife Cilia Flores as Nusret Gokce, a social...

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Philippine miners dig for their own in typhoon landslide

Philippine miners dig for their own in typhoon landslide

The miners in the mountains of the northern Philippines usually dig for gold. But on Tuesday they were digging for their colleagues and relatives buried under a vast landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut. Searchers have already pulled over a dozen corpses from the mud and debris in...

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Jury shown shooting video repeatedly at Chicago cop's trial

Jury shown shooting video repeatedly at Chicago cop's trial

The last moments of Laquan McDonald's life played over and over again for the jury. An officer pulls up, gets out of a squad car and opens fire as the black teenager walks away from police, a small knife in one hand. McDonald crumples to the ground. More bullets are fired into his body — a...

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US again slashing number of refugees it will accept

US again slashing number of refugees it will accept

The U.S. will slash the number of refugees it will accept for a second straight year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, insisting amid criticism from human rights groups that the country is still committed to providing sanctuary to people fleeing the world's danger zones. Up to 30,000...

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No choice but to retaliate against latest U.S. tariffs: China

No choice but to retaliate against latest U.S. tariffs: China

China has no choice but to retaliate against the latest U.S. tariffs and hopes the United States would correct its behavior, the commerce ministry said Tuesday in a statement, without specifying what actions it will take. U.S. President Donald Trump escalated the trade war with Beijing...

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