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Philippine Troops Battle Last of Marawi Militants

(VOA): Philippine troops were locked in an intense urban firefight Sunday with the last remnants of a pro-Islamic state alliance, as the army sought to declare an end to the country’s biggest internal security crisis in years. An estimated 30 people, including militants and some of their..

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New Zealand's 'First Bloke' Breaks Mold in New Role

(VOA): New Zealand not only has its youngest female prime minister with the rise to power of center-left Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, but a renegade new "first bloke" who is a national celebrity in his own right. Clarke Gayford, who hosts his own fishing television show, has already broken the..

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Exit Polls: Japan Abe's Coalition Set to Win Snap Vote

(VOA): Exit polls indicate Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition is on track for a comfortable victory in Sunday's general election. Japanese media predicts Abe's Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition winning a majority, possibly even retaining the two-thirds "super..

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Japan Votes for Lower House of Parliament

(VOA): Japanese voters are going to the polls Sunday for a general election. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition is expected to win the two-thirds “super majority” it held in parliament’s lower house before Abe dissolved the chamber in September. A coalition victory in the..

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Indonesia Seeks Answers as General Denied Entry to US

(VOA): Indonesia is seeking clarification on why its military chief was denied entry to the United States, Jakarta said Sunday. Washington's deputy ambassador to Jakarta was summoned to explain the situation, Indonesian officials said. Indonesian Armed Forces Commander General Gatot..

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At Least 2 Killed as Powerful Typhoon Slams Into Japan

(VOA): A powerful typhoon roared toward Japan’s main island Monday, killing at least two people and bringing heavy rain to western Japan. Typhoon Lan, classified as an intense Category 4 storm by the Tropical Storm Risk monitoring site, is packing wind gusts up to 198 kilometers per hour. It..

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NY Times: Carter Willing to Travel to North Korea

(VOA): Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he would be willing to travel to North Korea on behalf of the Trump administration to help diffuse rising tensions, The New York Times reported on its website Sunday. “I would go, yes,” Carter, 93, told the Times when he was asked in an..

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Era Ends: Hong Kong Stock Trading Floor to Close

(VOA): Hong Kong’s last remaining stock market floor traders are taking their final orders as the exchange prepares to shut its trading hall. The bourse’s operator, Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing, says it will close the trading hall by the end of the month and turn the space into a showcase..

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Two Soviet Spies Who Deserve Posthumous Nobel Peace Prize – OpEd Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

It becomes increasingly clear that two Soviet spies, Klaus Fuchs and Theodore Hall, should receive posthumous Nobel Peace Prizes for actions that almost certainly saved..

John Brennan’s Police State USA – OpEd Saturday, October 21st, 2017