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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Putin orders Russia to respond after US missile test

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, MOSCOW (AP): President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty. In Sunday’s test, a modified ground-launched version of a U.S. Navy Tomahawk..

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US raps China for ‘escalation’ in South China Sea Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): The United States on Thursday sharpened its criticism of China's activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea, slamming an "escalation" in efforts to intimidate other claimants" such as Vietnam. China redeployed a government-owned survey vessel -- with armed escorts --..

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No Rohingya turn up for planned repatriation to Myanmar

By TOFAYEL AHMAD and JULHAS ALAM, COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP): No Rohingya Muslims staying in crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh turned up for a planned repatriation to Myanmar on Thursday because they want to be guaranteed safety and citizenship first, officials said. Bangladesh refugee..

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Hong Kong police in standoff with protesters after sit-in

By JOHNSON LAI and YVES VAN DAM, HONG KONG (AP): Hong Kong riot police faced off briefly with protesters occupying a suburban train station Wednesday evening following a commemoration of a violent attack there by masked assailants on supporters of the anti-government movement. Near the end of the..

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US Taliban negotiator returning to Doha amid peace deal hopes Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

DOHA, (AFP): The top US negotiator on Afghanistan said Tuesday he was ready to conclude peace talks with the Taliban as he headed back to Qatar on a mission to end America's longest war. With President Donald Trump believed to be pushing for a pullout of the more than 13,000 US troops in..

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74% of economists in survey see US recession by end of 2021 Monday, August 19th, 2019

By MARCY GORDON, WASHINGTON (AP): A strong majority, 74%, of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021. The economists surveyed by the National..

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Trump warns Tiananmen-style HK crackdown would harm trade deal Sunday, August 18th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): Donald Trump has warned China that carrying out a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown on Hong Kong pro-democracy protests would harm trade talks between the two countries, in comments that followed a huge, defiant march through the streets of the global finance hub. Hong Kong has..

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Massive turnout at march in latest Hong Kong protest

By KELVIN CHAN and YANAN WANG, HONG KONG (AP): Protesters turned Hong Kong streets into rivers of umbrellas Sunday as they marched from a packed park and filled a major road in the Chinese territory, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity this..

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One-person protests in Moscow for free elections Saturday, August 17th, 2019

MOSCOW, (AFP): Russian opposition activists held one-person protests in Moscow Saturday to demand free elections, as the wave of the Russian capital's larger demonstrations took a breather this weekend. In a move to circumvent restrictions by the authorities, activists took turns to hold up..

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N. Korea’s Kim supervised ‘new weapon’ test again: KCNA Friday, August 16th, 2019

SEOUL, (AFP): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un once again supervised a "new weapon" launch, state media said Saturday, complicating efforts at denuclearisation ahead of next week's visit to Seoul by the US envoy to Pyongyang. Friday's launch was the North's sixth test in recent weeks as it protests..

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North Korea fires two ‘unidentified projectiles’: Seoul Thursday, August 15th, 2019

SEOUL, (AFP): North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea on Friday and launched a scathing attack on "foolish" calls for dialogue from South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It was the sixth round of launches in recent weeks in protest at ongoing South-Korean-US joint military..

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