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  • Danish PM had ‘constructive conversation’ with Trump

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    Danish PM had ‘constructive conversation’ with Trump

    COPENHAGEN, Aug 23 — Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had a “constructive conversation” with US President Donald Trump yesterday, discussing cooperation on...

  • Italy’s 5-Star plays hardball with PD as govt talks begin

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    Italy’s 5-Star plays hardball with PD as govt talks begin

    ROME, Aug 23 — The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement sought to gain the initiative as it began formal talks today with the opposition Democratic Party (PD) to try to form a...

  • Four dead, 33 missing after Indonesia ferry fire, say police

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    Four dead, 33 missing after Indonesia ferry fire, say police

    JAKARTA, Aug 23 — At least four people died and nearly three dozen were missing after a passenger ferry went up in flames off Indonesia’s Java island, authorities said today....

  • Six EU nations agree to take 356 Ocean Viking migrants

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    Six EU nations agree to take 356 Ocean Viking migrants

    ON BOARD THE OCEAN VIKING, Aug 23 — Six EU countries today agreed to take in 356 migrants stranded on a rescue ship in the Mediterranean after a two-week standoff again exposed...

  • Cathay flight attendant says fired over Facebook posts on HK protests

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    Cathay flight attendant says fired over Facebook posts on HK protests

    HONG KONG, Aug 23 — A flight attendant today accused Cathay Pacific of summarily firing her over Facebook posts linked to Hong Kong’s political crisis, adding to concerns...

  • Macron meets Iran FM to push for G7 detente

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    Macron meets Iran FM to push for G7 detente

    PARIS, Aug 23 — French President Emmanuel Macron held talks with Iran’s foreign minister today ahead of a G7 meeting, where he will attempt to soothe tensions between Tehran...

  • Sri Lanka withdraws emergency law imposed after Easter attacks

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    Sri Lanka withdraws emergency law imposed after Easter attacks

    COLOMBO, Aug 23 — Sri Lanka today withdrew an emergency law imposed after Easter Sunday attacks, a military spokesman said, signifying the return of calm to the island nation...

  • Indonesian police kill separatist in Papua

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    Indonesian police kill separatist in Papua

    JAKARTA, Aug 23 — Indonesian police shot dead a member of a Papuan separatist group today during an exchange of fire, a spokesman said, after violent demonstrations this week in...

  • France and Britain aim to show unity on Iran as G7 looms

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    France and Britain aim to show unity on Iran as G7 looms

    BIARRITZ, France, Aug 23 — France and Britain aimed to present a united front on the issue of Iran – where they have been at odds with the United States – as major world...

  • Brazil’s Bolsonaro says army may help fight Amazon fires as global condemnation mounts

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    Brazil’s Bolsonaro says army may help fight Amazon fires as global condemnation mounts

    BRASILIA, Aug 23 — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said today the army could be sent to help combat fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest, as international...

  • New Zealand MP goes viral after bottle-feeding baby in parliament

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    New Zealand MP goes viral after bottle-feeding baby in parliament

    AUCKLAND, Aug 23 — New Zealand’s parliament speaker is perhaps better practised at quieting MPs than calming babies, but images of the powerful politician doing exactly that...

  • Smoke forces Hawaii Airlines Airbus to make emergency landing

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    Smoke forces Hawaii Airlines Airbus to make emergency landing

    AUGUST 23 — A Hawaiian Airlines jetliner made an emergency landing in Honolulu yesterday after smoke filled the cabin and cargo hold, and seven people were taken to hospital,...

  • India says soldier killed in Kashmir border clash

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    India says soldier killed in Kashmir border clash

    SRINAGAR, Aug 23 — An Indian soldier was killed by Pakistani forces on the Kashmir border, the military said today, as a tense lockdown in the region of seven million residents...

  • Freed Kremlin critic Navalny predicts bigger opposition protests

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    Freed Kremlin critic Navalny predicts bigger opposition protests

    MOSCOW, Aug 23 — Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny today used his first statement after being released from jail to predict that opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin and...

  • Pompeo tells Trudeau US focused on release of two Canadians in China

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    Pompeo tells Trudeau US focused on release of two Canadians in China

    OTTAWA, Aug 23 — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday assured Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that American officials were working to free two Canadian men who...

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    Rescuers hunt for 30 missing after Indonesian ferry catches fire

    JAKARTA, Aug 23 — Indonesian rescuers searched today for 30 people missing from the blazing wreckage of a ferry off the coast of Java island. The KM Santika Nusantara was...

  • Chinese state media accuses Hong Kong metro of aiding protesters

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    Chinese state media accuses Hong Kong metro of aiding protesters

    BEIJING, Aug 23 — China’s state-run media have launched a co-ordinated attack on the company that runs Hong Kong’s train network for its perceived support of pro-democracy...

  • Flights cancelled as Taiwan braces for typhoon

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    Flights cancelled as Taiwan braces for typhoon

    TAIPEI, Aug 23 — Taiwan braced for Typhoon Bailu today, prompting cancellations of domestic flights amid warnings of floods and high seas on the island. Typhoon Bailu,...

  • Israel bombed Iraq weapons depot, NYT reports

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    Israel bombed Iraq weapons depot, NYT reports

    WASHINGTON, Aug 23 — Israel has carried out at least one strike against a weapons depot in Iraq, the New York Times reported yesterday. There have been a series of blasts in...

  • Sri Lanka ends emergency four months after Easter attacks

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    Sri Lanka ends emergency four months after Easter attacks

    COLOMBO, Aug 23 — Sri Lanka has ended a four-month state of emergency declared after Easter suicide bombings by Islamist extremists that killed 258 people, officials said today....

  • Stena Bulk tanker seized by Iran could be released soon, Swedish broadcaster reports

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    Stena Bulk tanker seized by Iran could be released soon, Swedish broadcaster reports

    STOCKHOLM, Aug 23 — Sweden has received “very strong indications” that a British oil tanker seized last month by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz is to be released soon, Swedish...

  • Rights group, journalists press Indonesia to lift internet curb in restive Papua

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    Rights group, journalists press Indonesia to lift internet curb in restive Papua

    JAKARTA, Aug 23 — Rights group and journalists slammed the Indonesian government's move to block internet access in its easternmost region of Papua today, saying it made...

  • Florida executes man convicted of killing gay men during crime spree in 1994

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    Florida executes man convicted of killing gay men during crime spree in 1994

    RAIFORD, Aug 23 — A man convicted of targeting three gay men who had befriended him before he bludgeoned and suffocated them during an eight-month crime spree in 1994 was...

  • India increases restrictions in Kashmir ahead of separatist call for protests

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    India increases restrictions in Kashmir ahead of separatist call for protests

    SRINAGAR, Aug 23 — Authorities in the main city of Indian Kashmir tightened security ahead of Friday prayers after separatists called for a protest march to a UN office, with...

  • New allies Vietnam, Australia express concern over South China Sea tensions

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    New allies Vietnam, Australia express concern over South China Sea tensions

    HANOI, Aug 23 — New allies Vietnam and Australia expressed concern today about China's activities in the South China Sea, where Vietnamese and Chinese vessels are locked in a...

  • Bernie Sanders meets California fire victims, lays out Green New Deal

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    Bernie Sanders meets California fire victims, lays out Green New Deal

    WASHINGTON, Aug 23 — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders yesterday unveiled a US$16.3 trillion (RM68 trillion) climate change strategy on a tour of northern...

  • New York's George Washington Bridge re-opens after suspicious package scare, says mayor

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    New York's George Washington Bridge re-opens after suspicious package scare, says mayor

    NEW YORK, Aug 23 — The George Washington Bridge in New York, one of the most heavily used spans in the world, was re-opened early today after a suspicious package spotted by a...

  • Canadian Consulate suspends travel to China for Hong Kong staff

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    Canadian Consulate suspends travel to China for Hong Kong staff

    HONG KONG, Aug 23 — The Canadian Consulate in Hong Kong said today it has suspended travel to mainland China for local staff, just days after an employee of the city's British...

  • Family of detained UK consulate's Hong Kong worker rejects 'made-up' report

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    Family of detained UK consulate's Hong Kong worker rejects 'made-up' report

    BEIJING, Aug 23 — The family of a staffer at the UK consulate in Hong Kong have rejected a “made-up” report by Chinese state media that he was detained in the mainland for...

  • Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings

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    Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings

    MOSCOW, Aug 23 — Russia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic today, despite environmentalists warning of...

  • Four die, more than 100 hurt in thunderstorm in Poland's Tatra mountains

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    Four die, more than 100 hurt in thunderstorm in Poland's Tatra mountains

    WARSAW, Aug 23 — Four people, two of them children, died and more than 100 were injured during a thunderstorm in Poland's Tatra mountains yesterday, Prime Minister Mateusz...

  • Ocean Viking rescue ship awaits port access in latest migrant standoff

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    Ocean Viking rescue ship awaits port access in latest migrant standoff

    MILAN, Aug 23 — Two charities running rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea have said Italy has ignored requests to allow their ship to bring 356 migrants ashore, exposing...

  • Japan says ending intelligence pact shows S. Korea fails to appreciate N. Korean threat

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    Japan says ending intelligence pact shows S. Korea fails to appreciate N. Korean threat

    TOKYO, Aug 23 — Japanese Minister of Defence Takeshi Iwaya said today South Korea's decision to end an intelligence-sharing pact was regrettable and showed it failed to...