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New Caledonia Voters Reject Independence

(VOA): The Pacific islands of New Caledonia have voted to remain part of France in an independence referendum. Voters answered the question, "Do you want New Caledonia to gain full sovereignty and become independent?" Nearly 57 percent of the islands' 174,000 voters decided to remain part..

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EU-Japan Trade Deal Clears Hurdle on Way to 2019 Start

(VOA): European Union and Japanese plans to form the world's largest free trade area cleared a significant hurdle Monday when EU lawmakers specializing in trade backed a deal that could enter force next year. The European Parliament's international trade committee voted 25 in favor to 10..

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China Dismisses Criticism About Mass Detentions at UN

(VOA): China on Tuesday once again rejected criticism of its treatment of ethnic Muslims, telling the United Nations that accusations of rights abuses from some countries were “politically driven.” At a U.N. review of the country’s human rights record, China characterized the far west..

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In China, Female Pilots Strain to Hold Up Half the Sky

(VOA): When Han Siyuan first decided to apply for a job as a pilot cadet in 2008, she was up against 400 female classmates in China on tests measuring everything from their command of English to the length of their legs. Eventually, she became the only woman from her university that..

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Xi Pledges to Open Chinese Market

(VOA): Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that China would take steps to widen access to its markets as he opened a huge trade fair amid criticism from other countries about China's economic and business practices. Xi said China would lower tariffs, take more action to punish..

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Pompeo to Meet with Top N. Korean Thursday in New York

(VOA): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with a senior North Korean official Thursday in New York City.  The State Department issued a statement Monday saying Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a senior advisor to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will discuss "making progress on all four..

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Pompeo Resuming Nuclear Talks with N. Korea This Week

(VOA): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is resuming denuclearization talks with North Korea this week in New York, meeting with Pyongyang's second in command, Kim Yong Chol. Progress on ending Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programs has slowed in the months since the Singapore..

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Unnecessary Fussing: China, the United States and APEC Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

The parents on the global stage of power are bickering and now, such entertainingly distracting forums as APEC (the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum) are left..