Oil prices surge as attack on Saudi facility disrupts output Sunday, September 15th, 2019

By TALI ARBEL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP): An attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest oil processing plant pushed crude prices sharply higher Monday, though its longer-term impact depends on how long production is disrupted and the attack’s future implications. U.S. crude oil jumped $5.61 per..

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At least 11 dead in Rio hospital blaze Friday, September 13th, 2019

Rio de Janeiro, (AFP): At least 11 people, many of them elderly, were killed when a fire swept through a hospital in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro as staff and desperate visitors battled to rescue patients from smoke-filled wards. Hospital authorities said the blaze late on Thursday was..

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China to lift punitive tariffs on US soybeans, pork

By JOE McDONALD, BEIJING (AP) — China will lift punitive tariffs imposed on U.S. soybeans and pork in a trade war with Washington, a state news agency said Friday, adding to conciliatory gestures by the two sides ahead of negotiations. China will suspend tariff hikes on soybeans, pork and some..

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China removes several US products from tariffs list Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP): China on Wednesday said it would spare a number of US products from punitive tariffs in what is seen as an olive branch by Beijing in the protracted trade war ahead of high-level talks next month. However, the goods do not include big-ticket agricultural items that could be crucial..

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Hong Kong soccer fans loudly boo Chinese national anthem Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

By EILEEN NG, HONG KONG (AP): Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier match against Iran on Tuesday, taking the city’s months of protests into the sports realm. The crowd broke out into..

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North Korea fires 2 projectiles after offering talks with US Monday, September 9th, 2019

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, SEOUL, South Korea (AP): North Korea launched two projectiles toward the sea on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new U.S. proposals. The..

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In bombshell, Trump calls off secret summit, talks with Taliban Sunday, September 8th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): US President Donald Trump said he had called off a secret summit with the Taliban and Afghanistan's leader, abruptly slamming the door on a year of diplomacy to end America's longest war. In a Saturday evening bombshell, Trump said that he had planned unprecedented, albeit..

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Trump calls off secret meeting with Taliban, Afghan leaders Saturday, September 7th, 2019

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and DEB RIECHMANN, WASHINGTON (AP): President Donald Trump said Saturday he canceled a secret weekend meeting at Camp David with Taliban and Afghanistan leaders after a bombing in the past week in Kabul that killed 12 people, including an American soldier, and has called off..

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Riot police deployment thwarts Hong Kong airport protest

HONG KONG, (AFP): Riot police fanned out across Hong Kong Saturday and thwarted plans by pro-democracy protesters to target the airport, days after the city's leader made a surprise concession which was rejected by the movement as too little, too late. Millions of pro-democracy supporters have..

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Brexit bill passes UK upper house in blow for Johnson Friday, September 6th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. The draft, which now requires formal assent by Queen Elizabeth II to..

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UK’s Johnson seeks snap election to break Brexit deadlock Thursday, September 5th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Thursday for an early election after a flurry of parliamentary votes tore up his hardline Brexit strategy and left him without a majority. His government said it would make a second attempt on Monday to trigger the national polls after the..

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Car bomb heard in central Kabul, casualties feared

KABUL, (AFP): A car bomb tore into central Kabul on Thursday, with casualties feared in yet another attack on the Afghan capital as the US and Taliban negotiate a deal to see American troops leave the country. The blast shook Shash Darak, a heavily fortified area adjacent to the Green Zone and..

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Hong Kong leader scraps loathed extradition law Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Hong Kong's leader on Wednesday bowed to a key demand of pro-democracy protesters following three months of unrest, announcing the withdrawal of a loathed extradition bill, but activists vowed to press on with their campaign. Millions of people have taken to Hong Kong's streets..

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Hong Kong leader insists she will stay on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Hong Kong's embattled leader insisted Tuesday she had no intention of stepping down after an audio recording emerged of her saying she wanted to quit over three months of unrest in the southern Chinese city. Hong Kong has endured dozens of sometimes violent pro-democracy protests..

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UK PM holds emergency Brexit talks, fuelling election rumours Monday, September 2nd, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair an emergency cabinet meeting Monday on the eve of a showdown with parliament over Brexit, amid growing speculation he could call an early election to ensure Britain leaves the European Union next month. Opposition parties and several members..

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