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  • Thailand detains wife, children of Rakhine insurgent group leader

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    Thailand detains wife, children of Rakhine insurgent group leader

    BANGKOK, Dec 6 — The Thai authorities have detained the wife and children of a top commander of Arakan Army, an insurgent group who are fighting for greater autonomy in...

  • US lawmakers work to settle on articles of impeachment against Trump

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    US lawmakers work to settle on articles of impeachment against Trump

    WASHINGTON, Dec 6 — Democrats in the US House of Representatives will focus today on the serious business of deciding what charges to bring against President Donald Trump, after...

  • Vulnerable Democrats in US Congress eager to move beyond impeachment

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    Vulnerable Democrats in US Congress eager to move beyond impeachment

    WASHINGTON, Dec 6 — Politically vulnerable Democrats in the US House of Representatives are eager to move quickly on the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, and...

  • WHO decries ‘collective failure’ as measles kills 140,000

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    WHO decries ‘collective failure’ as measles kills 140,000

    LONDON, Dec 5 — Measles infected nearly 10 million people in 2018 and killed 140,000, mostly children, as devastating outbreaks of the viral disease hit every region of the...

  • Top Indonesia graft buster warns on risk of spike in corruption

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    Top Indonesia graft buster warns on risk of spike in corruption

    JAKARTA, Dec 6 — An Indonesian anti-corruption investigator, who was partially blinded in an acid attack in 2017, said today a new law governing the country’s anti-graft...

  • Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summit

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    Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summit

    MADRID, Dec 6 — Teenage activist Greta Thunberg pulled in on the overnight train to Madrid today, heading to a gathering of world leaders she says are failing to combat climate...

  • Transport chaos as strike against Macron reforms enters day two

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    Transport chaos as strike against Macron reforms enters day two

    PARIS, Dec 6 — France faced a second day of travel chaos, shuttered schools and understaffed hospitals today as unions said they would be no let-up in a strike against Emmanuel...

  • ‘Mega fire’ forms north of Sydney

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    ‘Mega fire’ forms north of Sydney

    SYDNEY, Dec 6 — Several Australian bushfires have combined to form a “mega fire” that is burning out of control across a swathe of land north of Sydney, authorities said...

  • China imposes ‘reciprocal’ restrictions on US diplomats

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    China imposes ‘reciprocal’ restrictions on US diplomats

    BEIJING, Dec 6 — China today said it had taken “reciprocal” measures against US diplomats in the country, saying they will have to notify the foreign ministry before meeting...

  • Jurors expected to begin deliberating in Elon Musk defamation trial

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    Jurors expected to begin deliberating in Elon Musk defamation trial

    LOS ANGELES, Dec 6 — Jurors were expected to begin deliberating in Los Angeles today in the lawsuit brought against Elon Musk by a British cave explorer who says the Tesla...

  • Hong Kong police chief calls for peace ahead of big protest march

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    Hong Kong police chief calls for peace ahead of big protest march

    HONG KONG, Dec 6 — Hong Kong's police chief has urged citizens to demonstrate peacefully ahead of what is expected to be a large-scale pro-democracy march on Sunday, an event...

  • Indian police kill 4 men suspected of raping vet, draw cheers

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    Indian police kill 4 men suspected of raping vet, draw cheers

    BENGALURU, Dec 6 — Indian police shot dead four men today who were suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-old veterinarian in the city of Hyderabad, a police official told...

  • Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia

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    Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia

    PALEMBANG, Dec 6 — A Sumatran tiger has killed an Indonesian farmer, police said today, marking the second fatal attack by the critically endangered species in less than a...

  • US cracks down on Russian 'Evil Corp' hackers after US$100m international spree, including Malaysia

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    US cracks down on Russian 'Evil Corp' hackers after US$100m international spree, including Malaysia

    WASHINGTON, Dec 6 — US authorities yesterday took aim at a Russian cybercriminal group known as Evil Corp, indicting its Lamborghini-driving alleged leader and ordering asset...

  • Four dead after US jewelry heist leads to carjacking, chase, shootout

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    Four dead after US jewelry heist leads to carjacking, chase, shootout

    MIAMI, Dec 6 — Two armed jewelry thieves trying to escape the scene of their heist yesterday hijacked a delivery truck, took its driver hostage, then led police on a high-speed...

  • Black Hawk helicopter goes down in Minnesota, killing three

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    Black Hawk helicopter goes down in Minnesota, killing three

    ST CLOUD, Dec 6 — A Black Hawk helicopter went down in central Minnesota yesterday, killing all three soldiers on board, after it lost contact with the Minnesota National Guard...

  • Australian firefighters worry about wildfires approaching Sydney

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    Australian firefighters worry about wildfires approaching Sydney

    SYDNEY, Dec 6 — Firefighters battled to contain nearly 150 fires burning in New South Wales state today as strong winds fanned the flames and again shrouded Sydney, Australia's...

  • Trump trial to sideline senators in presidential race

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    Trump trial to sideline senators in presidential race

    WASHINGTON, Dec 6 — Donald Trump's impeachment would not only trigger an extraordinary US Senate trial, it would ensnare — with potentially ruinous results — several of the...

  • US Speaker Pelosi calls Trump a 'coward,' tells reporter 'Don't mess with me'

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    US Speaker Pelosi calls Trump a 'coward,' tells reporter 'Don't mess with me'

    WASHINGTON, Dec 6 — On most days, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempts to position herself as the tough but calm and controlled counterweight to President...

  • As scandal simmers, majority of Japan firms want PM Abe to finish term

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    As scandal simmers, majority of Japan firms want PM Abe to finish term

    TOKYO, Dec 6 — A majority of Japanese firms want long-serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to finish his term to September 2021 but fewer than one in five say he should stay beyond...

  • Pyongyang raises 'dotard' spectre as deadline looms

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    Pyongyang raises 'dotard' spectre as deadline looms

    SEOUL, Dec 6 — North Korea has threatened to resume referring to US president Donald Trump as a “dotard,” raising the prospect of a return to a war of words with a...

  • Biden finally finds social media buzz with viral Trump video, voter spat

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    Biden finally finds social media buzz with viral Trump video, voter spat

    NEW HAMPTON, Dec 6 — For a candidate who has at times struggled to get noticed on social media, Joe Biden finally got some online attention yesteray — for better or worse....

  • Billionaire Brexit donor gives £1m to UK Conservatives

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    Billionaire Brexit donor gives £1m to UK Conservatives

    LONDON, Dec 6 — Peter Hargreaves, one of Britain's wealthiest men and the second-biggest donor to the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union, has donated £1 million (RM5.45...

  • UK's Labour accuses BBC of bias in election coverage

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    UK's Labour accuses BBC of bias in election coverage

    LONDON, Dec 6 — Britain's opposition Labour Party wrote to the head of the BBC yesterday to complain about its coverage of campaigning ahead of next week's election, accusing...

  • Brexit boost for UK's Johnson as he plans for victory

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    Brexit boost for UK's Johnson as he plans for victory

    LONDON, Dec 6 — Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a boost from Brexit supporters yesterday as he marked one week until election day by setting out a plan for his first 100 days...

  • US says Iran may have killed more than 1,000 in recent protests

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    US says Iran may have killed more than 1,000 in recent protests

    WASHINGTON, Dec 6 — Iranian security forces may have killed more than 1,000 people, the top US diplomat for Iran said yesterday, since protests over gasoline price hikes began...

  • US considering troop boost to counter Iran

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    US considering troop boost to counter Iran

    WASHINGTON, Dec 6 — The United States said yesterday it was considering deploying fresh forces to counter Iran, with an official saying some 5,000 to 7,000 troops could head to...

  • Uber says it received over 3,000 reports of sexual assault in US in 2018

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    Uber says it received over 3,000 reports of sexual assault in US in 2018

    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 6 — Ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc yesterday said it had received more than 3,000 reports of sexual assault, including rape, related to its trips in...

  • In rare legal test, Myanmar faces genocide hearings at The Hague

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    In rare legal test, Myanmar faces genocide hearings at The Hague

    THE HAGUE, Dec 6 — In a wood-panelled hall of the ornate Peace Palace at The Hague, lawyers pressing a case against Myanmar for alleged genocide against its Muslim Rohingya...

  • Poland seizes record cocaine haul worth US$522m

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    Poland seizes record cocaine haul worth US$522m

    WARSAW, Dec 6 — Police in Poland have seized a record two-ton haul of cocaine worth around half a billion dollars, likely destined for sale across Europe, the Polish prime...

  • Blind man executed in US for killing ex-girlfriend

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    Blind man executed in US for killing ex-girlfriend

    WASHINGTON, Dec 6 — A blind man was executed by the US state of Tennessee yesterday for burning his ex-girlfriend to death. Lee Hall, who was previously known as Leroy Hall,...

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    Indiana judge grants stay of execution for federal inmate

    WASHINGTON, Dec 6 — A convicted murderer set to become the first federal inmate to be executed in 16 years was granted a stay of execution yesterday by a judge in Indiana....

  • 'Tired, afraid, fed up': Grenade found in one Madrid social centre hits a nerve

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    'Tired, afraid, fed up': Grenade found in one Madrid social centre hits a nerve

    MADRID, Dec 6 — A minors' reception centre in Madrid became the focus for clashing views on immigration and social welfare yesterday, after police defused a grenade found there...