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US shutdown: Senators trade blame ahead of new vote

US senators are attempting to agree on a bill to fund the government, which is in its second day of shutdown. However Democratic and Republican senators have so far largely traded blame for the shutdown. Democrats want President Trump to ...

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Japanese capital holds first N Korean missile attack drill

Tokyo held its first missile evacuation drill on Monday with volunteers taking cover in subway stations and other underground spaces that would double as shelters for the Japanese capital in the event of a North Korean missile strike. The choreographed ...

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EU GSP+ report on Pakistan demonstrates progress, but improvement needed still – MEP Karim

Trade Chief MEP, Sajjad Karim, today welcomed the European Union’s (EU) biennial report on the Generalised Scheme of Preference (GSP+) arrangement with Pakistan, but highlighted the need for improvement still. The report, which covers the period 2016-2017, was published by ...

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Philippines says it won’t be embroiled in US-China sea spat

The Philippines says it won’t get embroiled in a fresh spat between the US and China involving Beijing’s protest of an American warship passing near a Chinese-controlled shoal also claimed by the Philippines. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Sunday ...

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Honduran security forces battle protesters as election chaos lingers

Honduran soldiers and police clashed with protesters blocking roads across the Central American country on Saturday, as discontent continues to fester nearly two months after a disputed presidential election. At least one person died as security forces launched tear gas ...

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Turkey says ground forces push into Syria, Kurdish militia says attack repulsed

Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday, media cited the prime minister as saying, as Ankara stepped up artillery attacks on a US-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border. NATO’s second-largest army entered ...

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Kabul: Gunmen shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

An eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after saying he was an Afghan. “Where ...

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French president warns that UK can’t keep full access to EU 

French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested that Britain is likely to negotiate a unique relationship with the European Union before it leaves the bloc next year, while stressing that any agreement must be consistent with EU rules. In remarks released ...

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Syria: Turkey war planes launch strikes on Afrin

Turkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish positions in northern Syria, in a move likely to cause tensions with the US. Turkey wants to oust these Kurdish fighters from Syria’s Afrin region, which lies near its southern border. ...

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China says US warship ‘violated’ its sovereignty

Beijing on Saturday said it had dispatched a warship to drive away a US missile destroyer which had “violated” its sovereignty by sailing close to a shoal in the disputed South China Sea. The USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical ...

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