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Mountain standoff

BEIJING -- A border standoff between Chinese and Indian troops on a remote Himalayan plateau has heightened long-standing tensions while ensnaring a tiny kingdom, Bhutan, between the two nuclear-armed powers. The row has festered for more than a month as…

White House feuding out on social media

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WASHINGTON - Feuding within Donald Trump’s inner circle appeared to burst out on Twitter late Wednesday, when one White House aide tagged another in a tweet calling on the FBI to investigate the leak of his financial information. After details…

Maduro lashes out at ‘insolent’ US sanctions

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CARACAS -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro branded US sanctions leveled at his regime on Wednesday as “insolent,” as pressure piled up on him abroad and at home over his controversial plan to elect a new body to rewrite the constitution.…

Prince William leaves pilot job for royal duties

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LONDON -- Britain’s Prince William will retire from the air ambulance service on Thursday, after two years in which he witnessed “appalling tragedies”, in order to turn his full attention to royal duties. The Duke of Cambridge, second in line…

Not an Assad fan

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WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump accused Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday of committing “horrible” crimes against humanity and vowed to prevent his regime from carrying out any more chemical attacks. Speaking at a White House press conference with…

Cardinal denies abuse charges in Australian court

MELBOURNE -- Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell, a top advisor to Pope Francis, denied all charges of historical sexual abuse Wednesday at his first appearance in an Australian court over the allegations. The 76-year-old, the number-three figure in the…

North Korea steel plant unhampered by UN sanctions

CHOLLIMA, North Korea -- A crane moves a giant bucket brimming with 40 tons of molten steel towards a gangway in North Korea’s Chollima Steel Complex. Flames, smoke and a shower of sparks erupt as a worker thrusts his temperature…

Frozen assets

BANGKOK -- Thai authorities have frozen seven bank accounts belonging to ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra over a $1 billion fine she faces for her administration’s controversial rice subsidy scheme, her lawyer said Tuesday. The move is seen as unprecedented because it…

Trump scuttles Syrian rebel assistance program

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WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump on Monday announced he had ended a program to support rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because it was “massive, dangerous, and wasteful.” The comments came days after General Tony Thomas, the head…

China probes Politburo member

BEIJING -- The Chinese Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog has launched an investigation into a Politburo member once seen as a contender for a top leadership post, just months before a major political congress. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is…

Qatar ‘terrorist’ blacklist bared

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia and its allies unveiled a “terrorist” blacklist on Tuesday of 18 organizations and individuals suspected of links with Islamist extremism that they said had ties with regional rival Qatar. The move by the four Arab governments…

Japan aims to reduce suicides by 30% in 10 years

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TOKYO -- Japan aims to cut suicides by 30 percent over 10 years, with the government Tuesday approving a plan which seeks to curb extreme work hours seen as contributing to one of the world’s highest suicide rates. Japan has…

France attempts forced vaccination on unwilling population

Headlines were recently made announcing that the French government plans to make 11 vaccines compulsory for children, adding to the three-shot combination already mandatory (diphtheria, tetanus, and polio). Under the new jurisdiction, parents would be forced to follow the vaccination…
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