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Death toll in Malaysia tainted alcohol scandal hits 21 Thursday, September 20th, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: (AFP) - A total of 21 people, mostly foreign workers, have now died from drinking tainted alcohol in Malaysia, authorities said Wednesday as police made a series of arrests over the scandal. The victims, who include three Malaysians as well as people from Nepal, Bangladesh, India and..

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Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

By ERIC TALMADGE and FOSTER KLUG, PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contained a big condition, with..

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15 dead in Malaysia from suspected alcohol poisoning

KUALA LUMPUR, (AFP) - Fifteen men, most believed to be foreign workers, have died in Malaysia and 33 more are in hospital with suspected poisoning after consuming alcoholic drinks, police said Tuesday. The victims drank two types of whisky and one type of beer at several locations in Selangor..

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S. Korean leader and North’s Kim hold summit talks Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

SEOUL, (AFP) - South Korea's president and the North's leader Kim Jong Un drove together through the streets of Pyongyang Tuesday past thousands of cheering citizens before opening a summit where Moon Jae-in will seek to reboot stalled denuclearisation talks between his hosts and the United States...

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Trump imposes tariffs on $200B more of Chinese goods

By PAUL WISEMAN and MARTIN CRUTSINGER, WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to..

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Floodwaters rise as killer storm stalks southeastern US Monday, September 17th, 2018

GRIFTON, United States, (AFP) - Catastrophic floods raised the threat of dam breaks and landslides across the southeastern United States on Monday, prolonging the agony caused by a killer hurricane that has left more than a dozen people dead and billions of dollars in damage. Downgraded to a..

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Florence death toll swells to 14 as rivers rise Sunday, September 16th, 2018

By ALLEN G. BREED, NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — As the death toll from Florence grew and hundreds of people were pulled from flooded homes, North Carolina braced for catastrophic, widespread river flooding that could be the next stage of a mounting disaster. Weakened to a tropical depression early..

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Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas Saturday, September 15th, 2018

By JEFFREY COLLINS and JONATHAN DREW, MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Florence, now a tropical storm, swirled at a near-standstill over the Carolinas on Saturday, dumping non-stop rain over areas already flooded by seawater and swelling rivers and creeks across both states. Some towns have already..

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos unveils $2 bn philanthropic fund Friday, September 14th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the richest person on the planet, announced Thursday he was creating a philanthropic fund to help homeless families and launch preschools in low-income communities, committing an initial $2 billion. Bezos made the announcement on Twitter a year after..

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US threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The United States threatened Monday to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes. White House National Security Advisor John Bolton called the Hague-based..

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Russia prepares for biggest war games in its history Monday, September 10th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP) - Russia on Tuesday will launch the biggest military drills in its history involving 300,000 troops as well as Chinese soldiers, in a move NATO denounced as "exercising large-scale conflict". The week-long deployment alongside Chinese and Mongolian armies dubbed "Vostok-2018"..

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Plane crash kills 19 in South Sudan: regional official

JUBA, (AFP) - Nineteen people were killed on Sunday when a small plane crashed into a lake in the centre of South Sudan, while four survived, a regional official told AFP. Regional information minister for the Eastern Lakes state Taban Abel Aguek said a plane, carrying 23 people, had crashed in..

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Ex-Trump campaign aide jailed in Russia probe Saturday, September 8th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - A former advisor to US President Donald Trump whose contacts with Russians set off the investigation into possible collusion with Moscow was jailed Friday for lying to the FBI. US District Judge Randolph Moss sentenced foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos to 14 days in..

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Xi to attend Russia summit, North Korea’s Kim invited Friday, September 7th, 2018

BEIJING, (AFP): Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a regional summit in Russia next week, officials said Friday, joining the prime ministers of Japan and South Korea at a gathering to which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was invited. Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited Kim to..

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Casting Kavanaugh: The Trump Supreme Court Drama Friday, September 21st, 2018

Stage set Washington. Object: adulterating power. The arm of government: the judiciary. That particular group of high ranking paladins remains up in the air as US..