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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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Protesters block roads near Hong Kong airport Sunday, September 1st, 2019

By VINCENT YU and KATIE TAM, HONG KONG (AP): Anti-government protesters blocked roads near Hong Kong’s airport with burning barricades and damaged a train station Sunday after a night of violent clashes with police. Train and some bus service to the airport on the outlying island of Chek Lap Kok..

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Opposition supporters defy ban, march on Moscow

MOSCOW, (AFP): Chanting "This is our city", Russian opposition supporters marched in central Moscow Saturday in defiance of a protest ban, just a week before controversial elections in the capital. Under the watchful eye of police, hundreds participated in the so-called "March against political..

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Hong Kong protesters expected to defy rally ban Friday, August 30th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Pro-democracy protesters were expected to take to the streets of Hong Kong on Saturday in defiance of a police ban on a major rally, a day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown. The demonstration had been due to mark the fifth..

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Delay in first legal challenge to UK’s Brexit plans

By GREGORY KATZ and LORNE COOK, LONDON (AP): The first legal challenge to prevent British Prime Minister Boris Johnson from suspending Parliament amid the U.K.’s Brexit crisis was delayed in a Scottish court on Friday. The Court of Session in Edinburgh refused to take immediate legal action to..

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Satellite photos show burning Iran space center launch pad Thursday, August 29th, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP): A rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year..

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Former Colombian rebel leader announces return to arms

BOGOTA, (AFP): A former senior commander of the dissolved FARC rebel army in Colombia announced Thursday he is taking up arms again along with other guerrillas who have distanced themselves from a historic peace accord signed with the government. "We are announcing to the world that the second..

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25 killed as attackers ignite fire in Mexico bar Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

MEXICO CITY, (AFP): At least 25 people were killed and 11 badly wounded when gunmen burst into a strip club in eastern Mexico, doused it with gasoline and ignited a raging fire, officials said Wednesday. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador condemned Tuesday night's "shameful" attack in the city..

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Iran dampens down prospect of Trump-Rouhani meeting Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday told the United States to "take the first step" by lifting all sanctions against Iran, dampening down the likelihood of meeting US counterpart Donald Trump. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the prospects for such a meeting were..

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Asian shares tumble as US-China trade war renews uncertainty Sunday, August 25th, 2019

By YURI KAGEYAMA, TOKYO (AP): Asian shares tumbled Monday after the latest escalation in the U.S.-China trade war renewed uncertainties about global economies, as well as questions over what President Donald Trump might say next. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 started plummeting as soon as trading..

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G7 leaders vow to help Brazil fight fires, repair damage

By MARCELO DE SOUZA, RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage even as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global..

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Iran foreign minister makes surprise visit to G7 summit

PARIS, (AFP): Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flew into Biarritz in southwestern France for the G7 summit on Sunday in an unexpected and dramatic attempt to break a diplomatic deadlock over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme. Zarif's presence had not been announced and represented a..

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At global summit, Trump facing limits of go-it-alone stance Saturday, August 24th, 2019

By ZEKE MILLER, DARLENE SUPERVILLE and JILL COLVIN, BIARRITZ, France (AP): President Donald Trump arrived Saturday in France for an international summit with the leaders of the globe’s economic powers as he confronts the consequences of his preference for going it alone, both in a sharply divided..

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