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Asian community rattled by Trump immigration policies

LOS ANGELES -- The debate surrounding US President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown has focused almost entirely on the Latino community, leaving other groups affected — notably Asians — largely out of the discourse, experts say. Of the estimated 11 million…

Suu Kyi a year after change in Myanmar

YANGON -- One year after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party was sworn in as Myanmar’s first elected government in half a century, opinions are mixed on its performance. Many have a saint-like adoration for “The…

Like a war zone

AYR, Australia -- Towns were cut off and without power in northern Australia Wednesday after being pummeled by a powerful cyclone that washed battered yachts ashore and ripped roofs off houses in scenes compared to “a war zone”. The category…

California prepares for war with Trump over environment

LOS ANGELES -- California, one of the most progressive in the US on climate issues, is heading toward a legal showdown with the Trump administration over its environmental policies. The battle is shaping up as President Donald Trump signed an…

PH, China set sea talks

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CHINA and the Philippines will hold direct talks on their maritime dispute in May, Filipino officials said Wednesday, as President Rodrigo Duterte seeks stronger economic ties with Beijing. Last year a United Nations-backed international tribunal rejected Beijing’s claims to most…

Britain to launch EU exit process

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LONDON -- Britain formally launches the process for leaving the European Union on Wednesday, a historic step that has divided the country and thrown into question the future of the European project. Just days after the EU’s 60th birthday, Britain…

Monster storm

AYR, Australia -- A “monster” cyclone made landfall in northeast Australia Tuesday, cutting power and uprooting trees as coastal towns went into lockdown in the face of lashing rain and howling winds. Great Barrier Reef islands popular with foreign tourists…

US leads boycott of nuclear weapons ban talks in UN

UNITED NATIONS, United States -- More than 100 countries on Monday launched the first UN talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons, as Washington led an international boycott of a process it deems unrealistic. Before the…

Taiwan ex-leader cleared

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TAIPEI — A Taiwanese court Tuesday found former president Ma Ying-jeou not guilty in a political leaks case, one of a series of lawsuits brought against him since he stepped down last year. Ma was acquitted of leaking secrets and…

Prosecutors seek arrest of ex-president Park

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SEOUL -- South Korean prosecutors sought an arrest warrant on Monday for ousted president Park Geun-Hye, they said, days after questioning her over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down. Park, 65, had her removal from…

Supercyclone

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Thousands evacuated as cyclone bears down on Australia CAIRNS, Australia -- Thousands of people including tourists were being evacuated Monday as northern Australia braced for a powerful cyclone packing destructive winds with warnings of major structural damage and surging tides.…

Trump debacle

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump sat in the Oval Office on Friday evening in an unfamiliar position — having to own failure. His health care reform, his very first significant legislative proposal, had fallen at the first hurdle in a friendly…

Media counts show Beijing favorite Lam is new HK leader

HONG KONG -- Beijing favorite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong’s new leader on Sunday by a mainly pro-China committee, in an election dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city’s cherished freedoms.…

Britain prepares to launch Brexit

LONDON -- Britain will take an unprecedented step into the unknown on Wednesday with the first formal move towards leaving the European Union, starting a two-year process that has already divided the country. Tens of thousands of people took to…

Deadly air strikes in Mosul

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NEAR MOSUL, Iraq -- Air strikes have killed dozens of civilians in west Mosul in recent days, officials said Saturday, as the number of people fleeing fighting against jihadists in the area topped 200,000. Hundreds of thousands more are still…
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