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  • 11 wounded in central China knife attack

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    11 wounded in central China knife attack

    BEIJING, Feb 21 — A man with a history of mental illness wounded 11 people with a knife after attacking random pedestrians in central China, local authorities said today. The...

  • Officials: Heavily armed foreigners arrested in Haiti sent to United States

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    Officials: Heavily armed foreigners arrested in Haiti sent to United States

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb 21 — A heavily armed group of foreign nationals, who were arrested in Haiti on Sunday after days of massive anti-government protests, were handed over to US...

  • Australia’s former foreign minister Julie Bishop will not fight next election

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    Australia’s former foreign minister Julie Bishop will not fight next election

    SYDNEY, Feb 21 — Australia’s former foreign minister, Julie Bishop, will retire from politics at the next election due by May, following signs that the ruling government will...

  • Pelosi urges support for resolution to block border wall emergency

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    Pelosi urges support for resolution to block border wall emergency

    WASHINGTON, Feb 21 — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday called upon lawmakers to back a resolution to halt the national emergency declared by US President Donald Trump to fund...

  • Inferno kills at least 70 in Dhaka apartment blocks

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    Inferno kills at least 70 in Dhaka apartment blocks

    DHAKA, Feb 21 — At least 70 people were killed when fire tore through crumbling apartment blocks in a historic part of Dhaka, setting off a chain of explosions and a wall of...

  • Signal summit on sex abuse opens at Vatican

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    Signal summit on sex abuse opens at Vatican

    VATICAN CITY, Feb 21 — Pope Francis kicks off a red-letter global child protection summit today for reflections on the sex abuse crisis, while victims tired of hearing pledges...

  • Venezuela’s Guaido to leave for Colombia as aid standoff hardens

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    Venezuela’s Guaido to leave for Colombia as aid standoff hardens

    CARACAS, Feb 21 — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido made plans to head for the border with Colombia to personally bring in US-supplied food and medicine in defiance of...

  • May hails Brexit talks ‘progress’ but no breakthrough

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    May hails Brexit talks ‘progress’ but no breakthrough

    BRUSSELS, Feb 21 — Prime Minister Theresa May said she had made “progress” in talks with the EU yesterday as she sought to extract concessions on the terms of Britain’s...

  • China’s desire for close Iran ties unchanged, Xi says ahead of Saudi prince’s visit

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    China’s desire for close Iran ties unchanged, Xi says ahead of Saudi prince’s visit

    BEIJING, Feb 21 — China’s desire to develop close ties with Iran will remain unchanged, regardless of the international situation, President Xi Jinping told the speaker of...

  • Billionaire Branson hopes aid concert opens Venezuela’s borders

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    Billionaire Branson hopes aid concert opens Venezuela’s borders

    BOGOTA, Feb 21 — Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson yesterday said he hopes a concert in Colombia aimed at raising money for crisis-wracked Venezuela will encourage the...

  • Singapore’s overall crime rate goes up, pushed by surge in scams

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    Singapore’s overall crime rate goes up, pushed by surge in scams

    SINGAPORE, Feb 21 — Singapore’s streets remain safe even at night, but the Internet remains a lawless place. The Singapore Police Force (SPF) said yesterday that loan scams,...

  • Man obtains fake birth certificates for twin boys born overseas to get Singapore citizenship

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    Man obtains fake birth certificates for twin boys born overseas to get Singapore citizenship

    SINGAPORE, Feb 21 — A 45-year-old Singaporean man pleaded guilty in court yesterday to providing fake birth certificates for his twin baby boys, who were born through a...

  • Canada PM Trudeau calms restless MPs over shock resignations, say sources

    19 hours ago

    Canada PM Trudeau calms restless MPs over shock resignations, say sources

    OTTAWA, Feb 21 — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday calmed restless legislators at a meeting to discuss two resignations that rocked his Liberal government, but...

  • Trump bars US-born woman who joined IS from returning

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    Trump bars US-born woman who joined IS from returning

    WASHINGTON, Feb 21 — President Donald Trump said yesterday he is barring a US-born former Islamic State propagandist from returning home, making the highly unusual case that she...

  • Lawyer: US rapper shot by police struck by about 25 bullets

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    Lawyer: US rapper shot by police struck by about 25 bullets

    LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 — A young US rapper shot dead by police in northern California earlier this month after he was found slumped over in his car was struck by around 25 bullets,...

  • US Coast Guard officer who planned mass attack arrested, say prosecutors

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    US Coast Guard officer who planned mass attack arrested, say prosecutors

    WASHINGTON, Feb 21 — US authorities have arrested a US Coast Guard lieutenant who described himself as a white nationalist and had amassed a cache of weapons to “murder...

  • US House Democrats move to block Trump’s emergency declaration on border

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    US House Democrats move to block Trump’s emergency declaration on border

    WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Democrats in the US House of Representatives plan to introduce a resolution tomorrow to end President Donald Trump’s national emergency...

  • 'Pyongyang not the enemy': S. Koreans fed up with military service

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    'Pyongyang not the enemy': S. Koreans fed up with military service

    SEOUL, Feb 20 — Namgung Jin is anxious as he awaits the start of his military service in South Korea -- almost two years in uniform guarding against the nuclear-armed neighbour...

  • EU illegal migrant arrivals fall but stronger borders needed, says Frontex head

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    EU illegal migrant arrivals fall but stronger borders needed, says Frontex head

    BRUSSELS, Feb 20 —The number of illegal migrants entering the European Union fell sharply for the third year in a row in 2018 but arrivals remain high and stronger border...

  • Court orders Indian tycoon to pay debt or go to jail

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    Court orders Indian tycoon to pay debt or go to jail

    NEW DELHI, Feb 20 — India's top court told billionaire tycoon Anil Ambani tiday he must pay his debts to Sweden's Ericsson or go to jail, the latest twist in a saga that has...

  • French Senate demands probe into Macron aides over bodyguard scandal

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    French Senate demands probe into Macron aides over bodyguard scandal

    PARIS, Feb 20 — A French Senate commission today demanded an investigation of three close aides to President Emmanuel Macron after finding "major flaws" in the government's...

  • Netanyahu-Putin meeting in Russia postponed

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    Netanyahu-Putin meeting in Russia postponed

    JERUSALEM, Feb 20 — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin have postponed a planned meeting Thursday in Moscow for talks on Iranian...

  • May heads back to Brussels but EU not budging on Brexit backstop

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    May heads back to Brussels but EU not budging on Brexit backstop

    BRUSSELS, Feb 20 — Prime Minister Theresa May heads back to Brussels today to renew her quest to reopen the terms of Britain's Brexit divorce, but appears headed for...

  • Three MPs abandon May over Brexit as UK political sands shift

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    Three MPs abandon May over Brexit as UK political sands shift

    LONDON, Feb 20 — Three MPs quit the governing Conservative Party over Brexit today, joining a mounting rebellion in parliament this week against the two major parties that is...

  • North Korea's US envoy arrives in Hanoi ahead of Trump-Kim summit

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    North Korea's US envoy arrives in Hanoi ahead of Trump-Kim summit

    HANOI, Feb 20 — Pyongyang's special representative for the US arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday with a North Korean delegation, an AFP reporter and source confirmed, ahead of a...

  • Concerned EU to seek clarification on Romania justice law change

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    Concerned EU to seek clarification on Romania justice law change

    BRUSSELS, Feb 20 — The European Commission is greatly concerned about the latest changes to Romanian judicial legislation through a government emergency decree and will ask...

  • Philippines' Duterte warns of harsher drugs war ahead

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    Philippines' Duterte warns of harsher drugs war ahead

    MANILA, Feb 20 — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned today that his signature anti-narcotics campaign will be even harsher in the future, signalling no let-up in a...

  • Thai police seek to prosecute leader of anti-junta party popular with young

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    Thai police seek to prosecute leader of anti-junta party popular with young

    BANGKOK, Feb 20 — Thai police said today said they were seeking the prosecution of the leader of a new political party over a speech he made that was posted on Facebook...

  • Uganda's ruling party endorses Museveni for sixth-term run

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    Uganda's ruling party endorses Museveni for sixth-term run

    KAMPALA, Feb 20 — Uganda's ruling party has endorsed President Yoweri Museveni, 74, as its candidate in 2021 elections, which could see him seek a sixth term in office, a party...

  • Saudi prince agrees to step up anti-terror 'pressure' with India

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    Saudi prince agrees to step up anti-terror 'pressure' with India

    NEW DELHI, Feb 20 — Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Indian leader Narendra Modi vowed today to increase pressure on countries that fuel terrorism. Neither...