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State of emergency in Egypt after church bombings kill 44 CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency following twin church bombings by the Islamic State group that killed dozens on Palm Sunday, the deadliest…

Show of force

US Navy strike group heads toward Korean peninsula WASHINGTON -- The US Navy said Saturday it had sent a carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against North Korea’s “reckless” nuclear weapons program. The move…

Trump bucked

WASHINGTON -- Far-right backers of US President Donald Trump rebelled Friday after he ordered a missile strike to punish Syria for a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people. Bandying the hashtag #Syriahoax, leaders of the “Alt-Right” white nationalist…

Sci-fi stuff laser guns coming of age in US

WASHINGTON -- A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies. Lightsabers — the favored weapon of the Jedi in “Star Wars” films…

Trump decision

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump’s decision to strike the Syrian regime in retaliation for a chemical attack comes four years after his predecessor Barack Obama faced a similar challenge from Damascus — and chose to back down. There was no…

Trump jokes he’s ‘gotten nothing’ from Xi so far

PALM BEACH, United States -- President Donald Trump predicted a “very great” relationship with China’s Xi Jinping as the pair met for the first time at his Florida resort of Mar-a-Lago Thursday, when cordiality replaced tough anti-China rhetoric. Trump, in…

Wave of violence hits restive Thai south

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BANGKOK -- Nearly two dozen arson and bomb attacks erupted across Thailand’s insurgency-torn south shortly after midnight, the army said Friday, causing widespread blackouts but no casualties in the Muslim-majority region. The violence, which saw tires set alight and dozens…

Press watchdog opens first Asia office in Taiwan

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TAIPEI -- International rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders said it is opening its first Asia office in Taiwan after rejecting Hong Kong over concerns that China poses the “biggest threat” to press freedom. Also known by its French name Reporters…

Dire warning

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SYDNEY -- Australia Thursday warned terrorists could target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey this month, and urged travellers to avoid Ankara and Istanbul. The emotive event on April 25 remembers the heroism and sacrifice of Australians…

Trump trade moves

MEXICO CITY -- The bustling, cheap-labor assembly plants that dot the Mexican side of the US border are booming, but President Donald Trump’s stances on taxes and trade have them worried. Trump wants to renegotiate the NAFTA trade agreement with…

Suu Kyi denies ethnic cleansing

YANGON -- Aung San Suu Kyi has denied security forces have carried out ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, speaking to the BBC after the UN rights council agreed to investigate allegations of rape, murder and torture against the…

Drone strike kills Qaeda suspect in Yemen

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ADEN -- A drone strike killed a suspected Al-Qaeda militant in southern Yemen, a security official said on Thursday, as the US steps up its air war against the jihadists. The missile hit Al-Qaeda provincial official Ahmed Ali Saana as…

NZ school sorry a year after pupils’ throats cut

WELLINGTON -- A New Zealand school finally apologized Thursday a year after a near-fatal mishap in which the throats of two pupils were sliced open during a production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”. The accident occurred…
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