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18 killed as Pakistan army plane crashes into residential area Monday, July 29th, 2019

RAWALPINDI, (AFP): Eighteen people were killed when a small military plane crashed into a residential area in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi early Tuesday, officials told AFP. The plane crashed into a poor village near an upscale neighbourhood in the garrison city that is home to the army's..

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China-US trade talks to restart after G20 tariff truce

SHANGHAI, (AFP): US and Chinese negotiators meet in Shanghai on Tuesday to resurrect trade talks between the world's two biggest economies, with both sides downplaying expectations there will be an imminent deal. The negotiations in China's financial hub will be the first face-to-face discussions..

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Putin opponent Navalny ‘poisoned’: lawyer

MOSCOW, (AFP): Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was "poisoned" by an unidentified toxic substance but doctors have sent him back to jail despite his condition, his lawyer and personal physician said Monday. President Vladimir Putin's top opponent was rushed to hospital on Sunday a day..

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China to weigh in on deepening Hong Kong crisis Sunday, July 28th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): After weeks of increasingly violent protests, China's top policy body on Hong Kong affairs was set to hold an extremely rare press briefing Monday on the crisis engulfing the financial hub, where dozens of protesters were arrested in weekend clashes with police. What began as a..

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1,400 arrested at Moscow election protest: monitor

MOSCOW, (AFP): Russian police arrested nearly 1,400 people as they gathered in Moscow at the weekend to demand free and fair elections, a monitor said Sunday, the biggest such crackdown in years. About 3,500 people took part in the unauthorised protest on Saturday according to official figures,..

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Russian police arrest more than 1,000 in Moscow protest Saturday, July 27th, 2019

By JIM HEINTZ, MOSCOW (AP): Russian police cracked down fiercely Saturday on demonstrators in central Moscow, beating some people and arresting more than 1,000 who were protesting the exclusion of opposition candidates from the ballot for Moscow city council. Police also stormed into a TV station..

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Hong Kong braces for ‘anti-triad’ rally despite police ban Friday, July 26th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Protesters vowed to defy a police ban Saturday and rally against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators last weekend. Public anger has been raging since last Sunday when a gang of men in white t-shirts, armed with poles and batons, set upon anti-government..

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Trump announces controversial asylum deal with Guatemala

WASHINGTON, (AFP): President Donald Trump announced Friday that a "landmark" asylum agreement has been reached with Guatemala, as the United States ratchets up pressure on its southern neighbors to stem the flow of migrants towards its border. The White House said Guatemala would now be considered..

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N. Korea says missile test was ‘solemn warning’ to S. Korea Thursday, July 25th, 2019

By FOSTER KLUG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, SEOUL, South Korea (AP): A day after two North Korean missile launches rattled Asia, Pyongyang announced Friday that leader Kim Jong Un had supervised the test of a new tactical guided weapon that was meant as a “solemn warning” about rival South Korea’s..

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Fake news war divides, confuses in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, (AFP): Chinese tanks at the border? False. Photo of a protester biting off a policeman's finger? Misleading. In polarised Hong Kong, a fake news fight for public opinion has become as crucial a battleground as the city streets. During weeks of pro-democracy protests that have involved..

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N. Korea fires missiles into sea in apparent pressure tactic Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, SEOUL, South Korea (AP): North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea Thursday, South Korea’s military said, the first weapons launches in more than two months and an apparent pressuring tactic aimed at Washington as North Korean and U.S. officials struggle to restart..

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