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Trump expects to meet NKorea's Kim

Trump expects to meet NKorea's Kim

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he expects to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a second time as Washington continues to seek the North’s denuclearization. Trump said he recently received a "great" letter from Kim Jong-un, claiming the U.S. has "made a lot of...

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'China, China, China': New Pentagon chief sets priority

'China, China, China': New Pentagon chief sets priority

Patrick Shanahan, the acting US defense secretary, started his first full day at the Pentagon's helm Wednesday by telling colleagues he sees China as a key priority. Shanahan, who took the top spot January 1 after Jim Mattis resigned amid disagreements with President Donald Trump, told...

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Somalia orders top UN envoy to leave: Foreign Ministry

Somalia orders top UN envoy to leave: Foreign Ministry

Somalia's government has ordered the United Nations envoy to the country to leave, amid questions over the arrest of the Al-Shabab militant group's former deputy leader who had run for a regional presidency. A Foreign Ministry statement late Tuesday accuses Nicholas Haysom of diplomatic...

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Protests in India after women defy ancient ban on visiting Hindu temple

Protests in India after women defy ancient ban on visiting Hindu temple

Two women defied a centuries-old ban on entering a Hindu temple in the Indian state of Kerala Wednesday, sparking rowdy protests and calls for a strike by conservative Hindu groups outraged by their visit. Police fired teargas and used water cannons to disperse a large crowd of...

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China seals 3 mosques in southern province

China seals 3 mosques in southern province

Chinese authorities have shut down three mosques in Weishan town of the country’s southern Yunnan province, media reported. The mosques belonging to Hui Muslims were shut for what the authorities said “illegal religious education,” the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong-based...

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Japan: 8 injured as van rams into pedestrians

Japan: 8 injured as van rams into pedestrians

At least 8 people were injured as a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians in central Tokyo where people gathered for New Year festivities, local media reported on Tuesday. According to Japanese Kyodo news agency, police sources say the incident was an act of terrorism. “The police...

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Death toll hits a new peak in Indian Kashmir

Death toll hits a new peak in Indian Kashmir

The most deadly year in a decade has left Indian-controlled Kashmir facing a grim future with militant groups and the New Delhi government digging in for an even fiercer battle in 2019, experts say. Indian forces say they killed two infiltrators coming from Pakistan on New Year's Eve...

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Afghan Taliban says 'post-occupation' discussed with Iran

Afghan Taliban says 'post-occupation' discussed with Iran

The Taliban discussed Afghanistan's "post-occupation situation" with Iran in their latest meeting, the group said Tuesday, as Tehran makes a more concerted and open push for peace ahead of a possible US drawdown. The remarks come after Iran confirmed Monday that the Taliban had visited...

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Thousands march in Hong Kong against China 'repression' after grim 2018

Thousands march in Hong Kong against China 'repression' after grim 2018

Thousands of demonstrators marched in Hong Kong Tuesday to demand full democracy, fundamental rights, and even independence from China in the face of what many see as a marked clampdown by the Communist Party on local freedoms. Over the past year, countries such as the United States and...

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Malta rescues 249 migrants in 24 hours; NGO boats held offshore

Malta rescues 249 migrants in 24 hours; NGO boats held offshore

Malta's armed forces saved 180 migrants in two rescue operations in the Mediterranean Monday, less than 24 hours after picking up another group of 69. The army said a patrol boat picked up 28 migrants from a dinghy 114 km south-west of Malta and another 152 packed onboard a wooden...

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US House Democrats ready bills to reopen govt with $1.3 bln for border security

US House Democrats ready bills to reopen govt with $1.3 bln for border security

House of Representatives Democrats will introduce legislation this week intended to end a partial U.S. government shutdown and fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8, including $1.3 billion for border security but not the $5 billion President Donald Trump has demanded for a...

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NASA spacecraft zips by most distant world ever studied

NASA spacecraft zips by most distant world ever studied

 NASA spacecraft Tuesday flew past the most distant world ever studied by humankind, Ultima Thule, a frozen relic of the early solar system that could reveal how planets formed. "Go New Horizons!" said lead scientist Alan Stern as a crowd cheered at the Johns Hopkins Applied...

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Turkey bars German man from leaving country: source

Turkey bars German man from leaving country: source

Germany's foreign ministry said Monday it was providing consular aid to a German man barred from leaving Turkey after the authorities accused him of supporting a terrorist organization on social media. German media reported that Adnan Sutcu, 56, was detained shortly after arriving in...

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Russia detains American suspected of espionage

Russia detains American suspected of espionage

Russia said Monday its security services had detained a U.S. citizen in Moscow accused of spying, the latest in a series of espionage cases between Russia and the West. The FSB domestic security service said the American was arrested on Friday "while carrying out an act of espionage."...

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CCTV footage shows men transporting 'Khashoggi body parts'

CCTV footage shows men transporting 'Khashoggi body parts'

A Turkish television station has broadcast CCTV footage showing men carrying cases and bags which it says contained slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body parts.   The images shown on A-Haber television late Sunday feature three men carrying five suitcases and two large black...

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Iran TV boss fired over Jackie Chan sex scene

Iran TV boss fired over Jackie Chan sex scene

A regional boss of Iran's state broadcaster IRIB has been fired after inadvertently letting a Jackie Chan sex scene slip through its tight censorship rules, local media reported Monday. Viewers on Iran's Kish Island were shocked when their local TV station showed the martial arts star...

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2 dead, 21 wounded in bomb blast at Philippine shopping mall

2 dead, 21 wounded in bomb blast at Philippine shopping mall

A Philippine general says at least two people were killed and 21 others wounded when a bomb believed to be detonated remotely by suspected Muslim militants exploded near the entrance of a mall in the country's south. Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana says the bomb went off Monday near the...

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Guatemala village mourns 2nd child to die in US custody

Guatemala village mourns 2nd child to die in US custody

White flowers and flickering candles sat atop a low table inside the simple wooden home in remote, rural Guatemala. Nearby was a small pair of rubber boots, sized to fit an 8-year-old. Taped to the wall were three photos, alternately smiling and serious, bearing a simple epitaph for the...

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