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Japan parliament passes emperor abdication law

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TOKYO -- Japan’s lower house of parliament passed a bill Friday that allows ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, as it also called for a rare debate on the role of women in the male-dominated monarchy. Japan has not had…

US cities and states defy Trump, embrace climate pact

NEW YORK -- When President Donald Trump announced America’s abandonment of the Paris climate deal Thursday, saying he was elected to represent “Pittsburgh, not Paris,” several US cities and states responded with a defiant counter-declaration: We’re staying in. “As the…

Cyberwar victim?

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton went a step further Wednesday in blaming her election loss to Donald Trump on cyber attacks by Russia, saying Americans including associates of the Republican president likely had a hand in the effort. The Democratic nominee…

It’s official: the Obamas are Washington homeowners

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WASHINGTON -- Former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle initially decided to stay in Washington once he left the White House so their daughter Sasha could finish high school. Now, their presence in the US capital looks more…

AFP, other reporters attacked

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CARACAS -- Venezuela’s National Guard forces on Wednesday assaulted several reporters, including AFP photographer Luis Robayo, as they covered a protest against President Nicolas Maduro. Robayo said the troops beat him as they sought to stop him from taking pictures…

Outrage after Kabul truck bomb kills 90

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KABUL -- President Donald Trump has condemned the “barbaric” truck-bombing in Kabul in a phone call with his Afghan counterpart, as global outrage swells over the massive blast that ripped through the diplomatic quarter, killing at least 90 and injuring…

Belligerent Trump widens diplomatic rift with allies

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WASHINGTON -- The transatlantic diplomatic rift widened on Tuesday as US President Donald Trump responded to criticism from Chancellor Angela Merkel with a new attack on German trade tactics and defense spending. Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer insisted that the leaders…

German flak

BERLIN -- Germany unleashed a volley of criticism Monday against US President Donald Trump, slamming his “short-sighted” policies that have “weakened the West” and hurt European interests. The sharp words from Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel came after Trump concluded his…

Women accused of Kim Jong-Nam slay appear in court

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KUALA LUMPUR -- An Indonesian and a Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the half-brother of North Korea’s leader with a deadly nerve agent, appeared in a Malaysian court Tuesday, wearing bullet-proof vests and under heavy security. Both women, aged in…

UK journalist held over protective gear

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BANGKOK -- A British journalist faces up to five years in a Thai jail after he was arrested for carrying a gas mask and plates for a bullet-proof vest through Bangkok's main airport on his way to cover fighting in…

Thousands flee as cyclone batters Bangladesh

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CYCLONE Mora hit Bangladesh Tuesday, packing winds of up to 135 kilometers (84 miles) per hour, damaging thousands of homes as more than 300,000 people fled coastal villages. The severe storm made landfall on the coast between Cox's Bazar and…

Trump in crisis

US president dismisses ‘fabricated’ report of son-in-law’s outreach to Russia WASHINGTON -- A White House in crisis scrambled to allay public concern over reports that Donald Trump’s son-in-law sought a secret communications link to Russia — a bombshell allegation the…

'Terrorists' hunted

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom -- Britain has arrested a “large part” of the network behind Manchester’s suicide bomb attack, police said Friday, while the government came under fire for cutting police budgets as election campaigning resumed. Nine suspects are currently in…

Disharmony among G7 members as Trump plays his own tune

TAORMINA, Italy -- G7 nations risk unprecedented deadlock on Saturday after US President Donald Trump ditched the charm for snarls, resisting calls for concerted action on hot-button issues such as climate change. After starting his first presidential trip abroad wreathed…
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