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Trump hails first 100 days in office, says ‘battles’ ahead HARRISBURG, United States -- Donald Trump hailed a “very productive” first 100 days as America’s president on Saturday, telling a roaring crowd of supporters other “great battles” ahead would be…

Shaky milestone

WASHINGTON -- From his resounding setbacks in Congress to his stunning policy flip-flops, Donald Trump has faced a steep learning curve in his opening months at the White House. Although the new US president has shown a capacity to change…

Soul-searching scientists struggle to get message across

VIENNA -- “We mortals do not understand you.” That’s the heartfelt cry from former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, pleading with scientists to use everyday language to help counter growing public mistrust. Figueres was giving one explanation of why scientists…

Global press freedom at 13-year low — survey

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WASHINGTON -- Global press freedom has hit a 13-year low, threatened by US President Donald Trump’s media bashing and restrictions pursued by both democratic and authoritarian governments, a watchdog said Friday. A survey by Freedom House, a US-based human rights…

Press freedom

PARIS - Press freedom has never been as threatened as it is now, in the “new post-truth era of fake news” after the election of US President Donald Trump, Reporters Without Borders warned Wednesday. Its annual World Press Freedom Index…

Pro-independence activists arrested in HK

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HONG KONG -- Two Hong Kong independence activists who were barred from taking up their seats as lawmakers last year were arrested Wednesday and charged over chaos at the city’s parliament, their office said. Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching were…

Japan disaster minister resigns over earthquake-tsunami gaffe

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TOKYO -- Japan’s gaffe-prone disaster reconstruction minister resigned Wednesday after remarking it was lucky the catastrophic 2011 earthquake-tsunami had hit a largely rural region rather than Tokyo. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was forced to apologise to residents of the devastated…

Tit for tat

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SEOUL -- Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday marked a military anniversary with a conventional firing drill, reports said, as the South announced joint naval exercises with a US aircraft carrier in the flashpoint region. Speculation had mounted that Pyongyang could…

Trump’s first 100 days: A chaotic discovery of power

WASHINGTON — From the resounding setbacks in Congress to the stunning policy flip-flops, Donald Trump has certainly been confronted with a steep learning curve in his opening months at the White House. While the new US president has shown a…

Strong quake strikes Chile

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SANTIAGO -- A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rattled central Chile on Monday, US geologists said. The quake, which struck at 6:30 pm (2130 GMT), was centered about 38 kilometers (60 miles) off the coast of the resort city of Valparaiso. It…

Restraint urged

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In call with Trump, Xi urges ‘restraint’ on North Korea BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping urged “restraint” on North Korea during a phone call Monday with US President Donald Trump, days before an American supercarrier is due to arrive…

Strong response

SYDNEY -- Australia and New Zealand stiffened their rhetoric against North Korea Sunday after the isolated state threatened Canberra with a nuclear strike, urging it to think twice before “blindly and zealously toeing the US line”. The move comes as…
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