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  • North Korea, Eritrea have world's highest rates of modern slavery, says report

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    North Korea, Eritrea have world's highest rates of modern slavery, says report

    NEW YORK, July 20 — North Korea and Eritrea have the world's highest rates of modern slavery, said a global survey yesterday that highlighted how conflict and government...

  • Peruvians march against corruption as head of judiciary resigns

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    Peruvians march against corruption as head of judiciary resigns

    LIMA, July 20 — Peruvians marched in the streets across the Andean country yesterday, many carrying effigies of rats or vultures, to demand anti-corruption reforms to clean up...

  • Hawaii lava boat injured 'had to grin and bear it,' says passenger

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    Hawaii lava boat injured 'had to grin and bear it,' says passenger

    HONOLULU, July 20 — When “lava bombs” crashed into a tour boat in Hawaii this week, causing third-degree burns and a broken femur in the chaos, passengers used what little...

  • US spy chief: ‘I don't know what happened' in Trump-Putin meeting

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    US spy chief: ‘I don't know what happened' in Trump-Putin meeting

    ASPEN, July 20 — Donald Trump’s top spy chief said “I don’t know what happened” during a one-on-one meeting between the president and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, then...

  • UK police reportedly identify Novichok suspects as Russians

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    UK police reportedly identify Novichok suspects as Russians

    LONDON, July 20 — British police believe they have identified the suspects who carried out the Novichok nerve agent attack on a former Moscow double agent and his daughter and...

  • US must prepare for more Russian meddling, says US Homeland chief

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    US must prepare for more Russian meddling, says US Homeland chief

    WASHINGTON, July 20 — US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen yesterday said the United States needed to be prepared for an attempt by Russia to interfere in elections...

  • Boycott sham Cambodian elections, says opposition's Rainsy

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    Boycott sham Cambodian elections, says opposition's Rainsy

    PARIS, July 20 — Cambodians must show Prime Minister Hun Sen that his time is up by boycotting “fake” elections this month, and Western powers need to pressure him with...

  • Brazil's 'Dr Butt' plastic surgeon arrested after patient death

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    Brazil's 'Dr Butt' plastic surgeon arrested after patient death

    BRASILIA, July 20 — A plastic surgeon known as “Dr Bumbum” or “Dr Butt” on social media because of his buttock-enhancement operations was arrested yesterday in Rio de...

  • France's Macron under fire after aide caught beating protester

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    France's Macron under fire after aide caught beating protester

    PARIS, July 20 — French President Emmanuel Macron came under fire yesterday after his office briefly suspended one of his aides for beating a May Day protester and posing as a...

  • N. Korea denuclearisation in a year not likely, says US intelligence chief

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    N. Korea denuclearisation in a year not likely, says US intelligence chief

    ASPEN, July 20 — US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said yesterday it was technically possible for North Korea to eliminate its nuclear weapons programme within a...

  • Syria rebels agree to surrender zone bordering Golan

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    Syria rebels agree to surrender zone bordering Golan

    BEIRUT, July 19 — Syrian rebels have agreed to surrender a sensitive area bordering the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, a monitor and opposition source said today, the latest in...

  • India approves bill to prosecute fugitive tycoons

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    India approves bill to prosecute fugitive tycoons

    NEW DELHI, July 19 — Indian authorities will be able to seize assets of fugitives accused of crimes involving sums over 1 billion rupees (RM59 million), under a bill approved by...

  • Three Californias? Court rejects vote on carving up state

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    Three Californias? Court rejects vote on carving up state

    LOS ANGELES, July 19 — Californians won’t be voting after all this November on whether the Golden State should be carved up into three separate states. The state Supreme Court...

  • Undaunted by criticism, Trump looks to next Putin meeting

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    Undaunted by criticism, Trump looks to next Putin meeting

    WASHINGTON, July 19 — US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed forces within the United States today for marring what they called the success of...

  • Bus plunges into Indian gorge, 14 dead

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    Bus plunges into Indian gorge, 14 dead

    DEHRADUN, July 19 — A bus plunged into a gorge in a Himalayan state of northern India today, killing 14 people and injuring 17 others, a disaster official said. The driver lost...

  • India charges former finance minister with corruption

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    India charges former finance minister with corruption

    NEW DELHI, July 19 — Indian police today charged a top opposition leader P. Chidambaram with abuse of power in a multi-billion dollar scandal when he was finance minister....

  • Putin slams 'pathetic' US forces ready to sacrifice Russia ties

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    Putin slams 'pathetic' US forces ready to sacrifice Russia ties

    MOSCOW, July 19 — Russian President Vladimir Putin today slammed the US opposition to Donald Trump as “pathetic, worthless people” who were willing to sacrifice Russian-US...

  • One 20-year term, 14 acquittals in Senegal jihadists trial

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    One 20-year term, 14 acquittals in Senegal jihadists trial

    DAKAR, July 19 — The alleged leader of a jihadist cell was handed a 20-year term with forced labour today in Senegal’s largest terror-related trial, which also saw 14 suspects...

  • EU urges member states to 'step up preparations' in case Brexit talks fail

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    EU urges member states to 'step up preparations' in case Brexit talks fail

    BRUSSELS, July 19 — The European Union today urged the remaining 27 member countries and businesses to “step up preparations” in case Brexit negotiations fail. The appeal...

  • Hungary's Orban pledges 'zero tolerance' for anti-Semitism in Israel visit

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    Hungary's Orban pledges 'zero tolerance' for anti-Semitism in Israel visit

    JERUSALEM, July 19 —Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban pledged “zero tolerance” for anti-Semitism today during a controversial visit to Israel after facing accusations of...

  • Indonesia's 'child' of Krakatoa spews ash and lava

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    Indonesia's 'child' of Krakatoa spews ash and lava

    JAKARTA, July 19 — An Indonesian volcano known as the “child” of the legendary Krakatoa erupted today, spewing a plume of ash high into the sky as molten lava streamed down...

  • Russian MPs approve pension reform amid protests

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    Russian MPs approve pension reform amid protests

    MOSCOW, July 19 — Russian lawmakers today approved a hugely unpopular government plan to hike the pension age that has led to protests and a record slump in Vladimir Putin’s...

  • EU raps Hungary for 'Stop Soros' law, steps up legal battle

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    EU raps Hungary for 'Stop Soros' law, steps up legal battle

    BRUSSELS, July 19 —The European Commission today stepped up a legal battle with Hungary over EU migration rules and denounced as illegal its “Stop Soros” law that...

  • Fearful for decades, Pakistan's main parties now openly campaign in Karachi

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    Fearful for decades, Pakistan's main parties now openly campaign in Karachi

    KARACHI, July 19 — For over 25 years, maverick political leader Altaf Hussain had an iron grip on Karachi, able to bring Pakistan’s largest city to a standstill with a single...

  • Vietnam warns of floods, landslides after tropical storm Son Tinh hits

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    Vietnam warns of floods, landslides after tropical storm Son Tinh hits

    HANOI, July 19 — Vietnam has warned of floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains after tropical storm Son Tinh made landfall in northern coastal areas, although no...

  • Fierce winds, arid conditions threaten to stoke deadly Oregon wildfire

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    Fierce winds, arid conditions threaten to stoke deadly Oregon wildfire

    LOS ANGELES, July 19 — Fierce winds and arid conditions threatened to feed a massive wildfire in central Oregon today, a day after it killed a tractor operator who was trying to...

  • Russian tourist allegedly gang-raped in India

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    Russian tourist allegedly gang-raped in India

    NEW DELHI, July 19 — Indian police were holding six men today after a Russian tourist was allegedly drugged and gang-raped in a popular southern tourist town, officials said....

  • Australian guard saw indigenous prisoner's breathing difficulty as a ruse, inquest told

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    Australian guard saw indigenous prisoner's breathing difficulty as a ruse, inquest told

    SYDNEY, July 19 — A mentally ill indigenous prisoner in Australia who died after being restrained appeared to be pretending to struggle for breath as a “diversionary tactic”...

  • Thai cave boys pray for good luck after first night home

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    Thai cave boys pray for good luck after first night home

    MAE SAI, July 19 — Members of the “Wild Boars” football team rescued from a cave in northern Thailand prayed for good luck at a Buddhist temple this morning after spending...

  • 18 months’ jail, caning for Singaporean who sexually violated sister’s best friend

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    18 months’ jail, caning for Singaporean who sexually violated sister’s best friend

    SINGAPORE, July 19 — His sister’s best friend was tipsy and half-asleep in a room at the Downtown East chalet he had rented for his 25th birthday. Thinking she would be less...