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  • Ferocious winds whip California fires as death toll rises to 31

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    Ferocious winds whip California fires as death toll rises to 31

    PARADISE, Nov 12 — The death toll from wildfires raging in California rose to 31 yesterday after six more people were found killed in what was poised to become the deadliest...

  • California wildfire toll matches deadliest ever, 29 fatalities

    16 hours ago

    California wildfire toll matches deadliest ever, 29 fatalities

    PARADISE, Nov 12 — The number of dead in a wildfire raging in California rose to 29 yesterday, matching the deadliest in the state’s history as recovery teams found six more...

  • Hell in Paradise: Fire crews in grim search for California’s dead

    18 hours ago

    Hell in Paradise: Fire crews in grim search for California’s dead

    CALIFORNIA, Nov 12 — Search teams scoured the carnage of California’s most destructive ever wildfire for victims yesterday, as the state-wide death toll rose to 26 with high...

  • African swine fever found in animal feed raises China’s contagion risk

    14 hours ago

    African swine fever found in animal feed raises China’s contagion risk

    BEIJING, Nov 12 — Major Chinese animal feed maker Tangrenshen Group reported yesterday that feed produced by one of its units had been contaminated with African swine fever,...

  • NZ school teachers strike again in stand-off with Ardern government

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    NZ school teachers strike again in stand-off with Ardern government

    WELLINGTON, Nov 12 — School teachers walked off the job in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, today, kicking off a week of national strike action as a three-month battle...

  • Foreign troops pour into PNG capital for Apec meet

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    Foreign troops pour into PNG capital for Apec meet

    PORT MORESBY, Nov 12 — Papua New Guinea has deployed a multi-national force of warships, fighter jets and elite counter-terrorism troops to protect world leaders attending a...

  • N. Korea media: S. Korea-US military drills violate agreements

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    N. Korea media: S. Korea-US military drills violate agreements

    PYONGYANG, Nov 12 — South Korea’s resumption of small-scale military drills with the United States violated a recent agreement aimed at lowering tensions on the Korean...

  • With Trump sitting nearby, Macron calls nationalism a betrayal

    17 hours ago

    With Trump sitting nearby, Macron calls nationalism a betrayal

    PARIS, Nov 12 — French President Emmanuel Macron used an address to world leaders gathered in Paris for Armistice commemorations yesterday to send a stern message about the...

  • Far-right leader: Germany has no place in WW1 ceremony for ‘winners’

    17 hours ago

    Far-right leader: Germany has no place in WW1 ceremony for ‘winners’

    BERLIN, Nov 12 — German Chancellor Angela Merkel should not have taken part in a ceremony in France yesterday marking the centenary of the Armistice as it is an event for the...

  • Trump-style nationalism comes under fire at Armistice Day in Paris

    19 hours ago

    Trump-style nationalism comes under fire at Armistice Day in Paris

    PARIS, Nov 12 — World leaders gathered in Paris yesterday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I, with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel...

  • Putin says had good conversation with Trump in Paris

    19 hours ago

    Putin says had good conversation with Trump in Paris

    PARIS, Nov 12 —  Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had a brief but good conversation with US leader Donald Trump at World War I centenary events in Paris, Russian...

  • Trump hails America’s ‘great warriors’ in rainy WWI cemetery visit

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    Trump hails America’s ‘great warriors’ in rainy WWI cemetery visit

    PARIS, Nov 12 — President Donald Trump paid tribute to the “great warriors” who died in World War I as he visited a US cemetery in France, a day after drawing fire for...

  • Macron, Merkel, UN chief target Trump’s world view

    19 hours ago

    Macron, Merkel, UN chief target Trump’s world view

    PARIS, Nov 12 — French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN chief Antonio Guterres took turns in warning about the dangers of nationalism yesterday...

  • Macron, Trump in show of unity after row over Europe’s defence

    19 hours ago

    Macron, Trump in show of unity after row over Europe’s defence

    PARIS, Nov 12 — US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron sought Saturday to ease tensions caused by a defence row that risked clouding World War I...

  • In solemn ceremony, Macron leads Armistice commemorations

    19 hours ago

    In solemn ceremony, Macron leads Armistice commemorations

    PARIS, Nov 12 — President Emmanuel Macron led tributes to the millions of soldiers killed in World War One yesterday, using an emotional ceremony in Paris attended by scores of...

  • Macron snubs US arms in defence spat with Trump

    19 hours ago

    Macron snubs US arms in defence spat with Trump

    PARIS, Nov 12 — Europe should not spend higher defence budgets on US-made weapons, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview due to air yesterday, after a defence...

  • Britain’s royals, German president mark remembrance day

    19 hours ago

    Britain’s royals, German president mark remembrance day

    LONDON, Nov 12 — Britain’s royal family was joined by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier yesterday to remember those killed and wounded in conflict, with millions...

  • Democrats to probe Trump actions on AT&T, Amazon

    17 hours ago

    Democrats to probe Trump actions on AT&T, Amazon

    WASHINGTON, Nov 12 — When Democrats take control of the US House they plan to investigate the Trump administration’s attempt to block AT&T Inc from acquiring Time Warner,...

  • US Democrats urge acting Attorney-General to step aside from Russia probe

    17 hours ago

    US Democrats urge acting Attorney-General to step aside from Russia probe

    WASHINGTON, Nov 12 — Top Democrats stepped up pressure yesterday on acting US Attorney-General Matthew Whitaker to step aside from overseeing a special counsel probe into...

  • Queen Elizabeth II launches commemorations 100 years after WW1

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    Queen Elizabeth II launches commemorations 100 years after WW1

    LONDON, Nov 12 — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and senior members of the royal family attended a Festival of Remembrance on Saturday to commemorate all those who lost their...

  • First since end of WWI, German leader joins Armistice ceremony

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    First since end of WWI, German leader joins Armistice ceremony

    LONDON, Nov 12 — President Frank-Walter Steinmeier became the first German leader to take part in Britain’s national service of remembrance yesterday, 100 years since the end...

  • Libyan players in Italy for fresh bid to solve crisis

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    Libyan players in Italy for fresh bid to solve crisis

    PALERMO, Nov 12 — Libya’s key political players meet with global leaders in Palermo this morning in the latest bid by major powers to kickstart a long-stalled political...

  • 100,000 police deployed as volatile Indian state votes

    11 hours ago

    100,000 police deployed as volatile Indian state votes

    RAIPUR, Nov 12 — Tens of thousands of armed police were on duty today as a restive Indian state wracked by violence went to the polls. Maoist militants have unleashed a string...

  • Sri Lanka parties challenge president in court

    13 hours ago

    Sri Lanka parties challenge president in court

    COLOMBO, Nov 12 — Sri Lanka’s main parties today challenged in the highest court the president’s sacking of parliament, a move which has escalated a political crisis and...

  • Florida Republican Scott asks that ballots be guarded in US Senate race recount

    17 hours ago

    Florida Republican Scott asks that ballots be guarded in US Senate race recount

    TELLAHASSEE, Nov 12 — Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott, whose lead has narrowed in the state’s US Senate race, filed more lawsuits against local election officials...

  • In Saudi, Britain’s Hunt calls for end to Yemen war, Khashoggi justice

    17 hours ago

    In Saudi, Britain’s Hunt calls for end to Yemen war, Khashoggi justice

    LONDON, Nov 12 — British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt will visit Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates this morning to press for an end to the war in Yemen and to call on...

  • Netanyahu, Putin meet for first time since friendly fire incident

    18 hours ago

    Netanyahu, Putin meet for first time since friendly fire incident

    PARIS, Nov 12 — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris yesterday, their first face-to-face talks since the accidental downing of...

  • Rio de Janeiro landslide kills 14

    18 hours ago

    Rio de Janeiro landslide kills 14

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 12 — At least 14 people have died in Brazil after a landslide struck their homes in the southeastern city of Niteroi in Rio de Janeiro state, officials said...

  • Ukraine separatists elect leaders in defiance of West

    18 hours ago

    Ukraine separatists elect leaders in defiance of West

    DONETSK, Nov 12 — People in Russian-backed separatist controlled areas of eastern Ukraine voted for new leaders yesterday in polls condemned as illegal by Kiev and Western...

  • Netanyahu defends Qatari cash infusion to Gaza

    18 hours ago

    Netanyahu defends Qatari cash infusion to Gaza

    TEL AVIV, Nov 12 — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended allowing Qatar to transfer millions of dollars to Hamas-run Gaza despite criticism from within his own...