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HK tycoon, ex-deputy leader lose graft appeal

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and ex-deputy leader Rafael Hui will serve out their jail terms after their final appeal bids against graft convictions were dismissed Wednesday. The pair was found guilty of corruption in 2014…

Bangladesh rescuers battle to reach victims of landslides in remote sites

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CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh -- Rescue workers were Wednesday battling to reach remote areas of Bangladesh hit by landslides and heavy rains that have killed at least 137 people, with dozens more missing. Authorities say hundreds of hillside homes were buried by…

Siblings accuse Singapore PM of abusing power in family row

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SINGAPORE -- A feud between the children of Singapore’s late founding leader intensified Wednesday after two siblings publicly accused their brother Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of disobeying their father’s last wishes and abusing his powers. Singapore’s founder Lee Kuan…

Ill-prepared

Mattis ‘shocked’ by US military readiness, warns on N. Korea WASHINGTON -- Pentagon chief Jim Mattis told lawmakers Monday he was “shocked” by the state of the US military’s readiness, blaming legal budget caps and the grind of 16 years…

Gulf tension

DOHA -- Qatar moved Sunday to avoid an escalation of its feud with Gulf neighbors by telling their citizens they are welcome to stay, while boasting of “business as usual” for vital gas exports. Iran also announced it had sent…

White House says Trump, May didn’t discuss UK visit

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BEDMINSTER -- The White House said Sunday that President Donald Trump did not discuss a trip to Britain with Prime Minister Theresa May in their most recent telephone call, with officials denying plans had changed. Trump has been invited to…

Putin foe Navalny pushes Kremlin bid

TVER, Russia -- A line of supporters wound round the room to snap a selfie with Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who looked exhausted but summoned up a smile and hug for each one. The 41-year-old, whose anti-corruption videos have…

Puerto Ricans back full US statehood

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SAN JUAN -- Puerto Ricans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to become a US state in a non-binding referendum -- but the result was marred by an extremely low turnout after opposition parties called for a boycott of the poll. With virtually…

Trumps together

Trump to make room soon for Melania and son at White House WASHINGTON — The US first couple has hardly gotten off to a conventional start. Now, after a period spent apart, it’s in for a very public test: life…

Oil in fire

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump on Friday accused Qatar’s leadership of bankrolling extremists and demanded a halt to that funding, as a diplomatic stand-off between the Gulf emirate and its neighbors escalated. Trump’s stern warning overshadowed an earlier declaration…

Released French lensman says Turkey sending ‘message’

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PARIS -- French photojournalist Mathias Depardon, who was held for a month in Turkey, said on his return to France Friday night that Ankara wanted to send a “strong message” to reporters wishing to go to the southeast of the…

Japan’s bigtime art patron

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TOKYO -- With a single post on Instagram, Yusaku Maezawa announced not only his purchase of a $110.5 million Basquiat masterpiece, and his place in auction history, but arguably signaled a new era for art in Japan. The price, a…

Seoul's dilemma

SEOUL -- Installing a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea was never going to be easy but, caught between Beijing’s opposition and American insistence, the country’s new president has a strategy: delay. Seoul suspended deployment of the Terminal…
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