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Floods, landslides kill 37 in Vietnam

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HANOI -- At least 37 people were killed and another 40 are missing as floods and landslides ravaged northern and central Vietnam, disaster officials said Thursday. Heavy rains lashed swathes of the country this week, with northern Hoa Binh province…

Major disaster

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SANTA ROSA, United States -- Firefighters battled wildfires in California’s wine region on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 15 and thousands were left homeless in neighborhoods reduced to ashes. “The homes are gone, they are like dust,” said…

Who’s the moron? Trump challenges Tillerson to IQ test

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WASHINGTON, (AFP) -- Donald Trump’s feud with top diplomat Rex Tillerson burst back into the open Tuesday, after the US president joked that he and his Secretary of State should compare IQ scores. Having loudly dismissed reports that Tillerson had…

California inferno

NAPA, United States -- More than a dozen fast-moving wildfires tearing through California’s wine country have killed at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes, authorities said Monday. Fanned by winds of over 50 miles (80 kilometers) an hour, the…

Feud with partymate

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WASHINGTON -- A top Republican lawmaker warned Sunday that US President Donald Trump’s impulsive threats against other countries could set America “on the path to World War III,” in comments capping an unusually hostile and public feud between the pair…

Trump ties immigration priorities to ‘Dreamers’ issue

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WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump sent Congress his immigration legislation priorities Sunday, including building a controversial border wall, speeding up deportations and dramatically increasing the number of officials involved in enforcement. The list, which also includes preventing immigrants from…

Spaniards for unity

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BARCELONA -- Pressure mounted on Monday against Catalan plans to declare independence after hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied to defend Spanish unity. The protests followed days of soaring tensions after police cracked down on voters during a banned October…

Trump vs Kim

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WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump said Saturday that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that “only one thing will work.” Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, trading…

Brazil nursery arson attack death toll rises

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SAO PAULO -- A girl who was burned in an arson attack at a nursery school in Brazil succumbed to her wounds on Saturday, bringing the overall death toll to nine people. The four-year-old girl had been transferred to a…

Pinoy in my terror plot

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NEW YORK -- An undercover FBI agent helped thwart a jihadist plot to attack targets including New York’s subway and Times Square, authorities announced in unsealing the charges Friday. Three people have been charged with involvement in the planned attacks,…

Voice of doom?

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump made a cryptic remark Thursday about the present time possibly representing the “calm before the storm,” but declined to specify what specific crisis — if any — he was referring to. Trump made the remark…

Gun curbs backed

WASHINGTON -- US lawmakers bolstered efforts Thursday to ban devices used by the Las Vegas shooter to make his guns fire faster, while the National Rifle Association unexpectedly urged federal officials to review the legality of such modifications. The influential…

Ph growth among East Asia’s fastest

The Philippines will continue to be one of the fastest-growing economies in East Asia and the Pacific in the next two years despite political noise, World Bank’s latest estimates showed. This, even as the Bank revised its forecast growth for…
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