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Merkel to host Johnson in Berlin amid growing Brexit drama

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Macron left the door open to Britain seeking a solution to the Irish "backstop", but said any alternative must respect both the integrity of the European Union single market and stability on the divided island of Ireland . "We can't get it through Parliament as it is", he added. "We must help the British deal with this internal democratic crisis, but we mustn't be hostage to it nor export it", Macron told reporters on Wednesday, referring to the British government's struggle to honour the ... Read More »

China arrests Aussie writer on spying charges

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She has described the conditions of Dr Yang's detention for the past seven months as "harsh". "Since that time, China has not explained the reasons for Dr Yang's detention, nor has it allowed him access to his lawyers or family visits". Before his detention, Mr Yang, a former Chinese diplomat and author, wrote a popular Chinese-language blog on current affairs in China and worldwide relations. Read More »

Attackers kill 26 in Mexico bar fire, Americas News & Top Stories

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According to eyewitnesses, a group of armed men set fire to the bar. But patience in Coatzacoalcos was thin among the families preparing for funeral services for those who died of burns and smoke inhalation at the bar. Among the dead were two Filipino sailors. "It is regrettable that organized crime acts in this manner", he said. Cuilahuac Garcia Jimenez said a gang dispute could be responsible, and authorities suspect gasoline bombs may have been used to start the fire . Read More »

Facebook tightens rules for political ads ahead of US elections

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Facebook's efforts to provide more transparency around political ads have drawn a mixed reception since the company introduced its ad archive roughly two years ago. Soon, if ads seek to address one of the 10 broadly defined categories - ranging from civil and social rights to crime to education - they will be subject to Facebook's stricter authorization process . Read More »

United States did not agree to G7 Amazon aid initiative - NSC

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Brazil is ready to accept worldwide financial assistance to extinguish the Amazon fires , but only if the country controls the funds. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has said he will refuse worldwide aid to fight the fires in the Amazon unless French president Emmanuel Macron apologises for "offensive" comments. Read More »

New Italian government nearly ready

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The meeting in Conte's Rome office was still ongoing at 11:45 pm local time (2145 GMT). All that's left to do for the Democrats and 5-Stars is the "divvying up of the ministries, the undersecretaries" and so on. On this occasion, such a move could potentially scupper the whole deal, throwing Italy back into political chaos. PD on the other hand said from the onset that any agreement would need to guarantee the "loyal membership" of the European Union, a change in handling migrants, ... Read More »

Trump says he never floated the idea of nuking hurricanes

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President Trump on Monday blasted a information report that stated he needs to make use of nuclear weapons to cease hurricanes from hitting the United States as "ridiculous" and " FAKE NEWS! ". For years the President has inveighed against leakers as "traitors and cowards", vowing to "find out who they are!" The briefer "was knocked back on his heels", the source in the room added . Read More »

Asian shares mostly up on optimism about US-China trade war

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He added: 'Trump's biggest escalation in the tariff war is a risky move that will punish the USA consumer and possibly send the United States economy closer to a recession by the 2020 election'. Trump later announced the US would increase existing tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods to 30% from 25%, and that new tariffs on another $300 billion of imports would be 15% instead of 10%. Read More »

UK’s Johnson urged to embrace no-deal Brexit

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Sarah Wollaston, a former Conservative MP who now sits with the Liberal Democrats, said Johnson was "behaving like a tin pot dictator". "If Johnson has confidence in his plans he should put them to the people in a general election or public vote", the statement continued. Read More »

Purdue Offers $10-12 Billion Opioid Settlement

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Purdue and the Sacklers reportedly made the offer in a confidential meeting last week in Cleveland, where a federal judge has consolidated lawsuits claiming that Purdue and other drug makers ignited the opioid crisis by aggressively marketing their drugs while downplaying their addictiveness . Read More »

US Taliban deal 'rough draft' is complete

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A spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently acknowledged concerns from Kabul about Taliban's jihadis joining the already growing ISIS-K. Baz Mohammad Khan, a pro-government militia commander, is also believed to be killed in the fight, an official reportedly said. Read More »

Indonesia to Start Constructing New Capital on Island of Borneo in 2020

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Indonesia's founding father and first president, Sukarno, once planned to relocate the capital to Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan province. The move to shift the capital is expected to cost 466 trillion rupiah ($32.7 billion). Positioned within the island of Borneo, the brand new capital is being deliberate on a four, 44,780-acre space. The region has also been blanketed in choking haze from annual forest fires that ravage vast swathes of land. Read More »

Two confirmed dead, 20 still missing in Dapitan sea mishap

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The victims include a one-year-old girl and two men in their 60s, Mr Balilo said. Junior Grade Cherry Rose Manaay, commander of Coast Guard-Dapitan. When Castro posted his video on Facebook around 7 a.m. He told MindaNews the FastCat stayed for around four hours for the rescue as there were no Coast Guard personnel in the area. It was supposed to arrive in Barangay Pulauan, Dapitan at 1 a.m. Read More »

Epstein accusers speak out at court hearing

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Epstein's victims and their representatives implored prosecutors to go after those who conspired and enabled Epstein's alleged crimes and his defense attorneys urged further investigation of Epstein's "stunning" death in federal custody on August 10. Read More »

Democrat Chris Murphy Becomes Second Senator Denied Russian Visa

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Trump said, adding Putin might "psychologically" not want to attend after Russian Federation was kicked out of the group for the annexation of Crimea. "At the same time, I share the senator's opinion that direct dialogue between lawmakers may help improve Russia-US relations", Slutsky went on to say. Read More »

China says wants 'calm' resolution to U.S. trade war

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But he added, "Actually we're getting along very well with China right now". The Trump administration wants them to be in places where the trading partners respect the U.S. He also said planned tariffs on $300b ($NZ468.4) of other Chinese goods will now be 15 percent instead of 10 percent. I think we are in a stronger position to do a deal. Read More »

Dinesh Chawla, former Trump hotel partner, arrested at Memphis airport

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The New York Times reports that on August 18 airport surveillance footage caught Chawla stealing a person's bag from the baggage claim carousel, before he put it in his auto and then took a flight. According to NDTV, the Trump brothers, Donald Trump Jr and Eric, withdrew from the undertaking in February, saying that "harassment" from Democrats had led them to that decision, but praising the Chawla's. Read More »

Russian spacecraft with humanoid robot docks at ISS

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Let's go", the robot was heard saying during the launch, repeating the phrase used by the first man in space , Yuri Gagarin. Fedor - quick for Ultimate Experimental Demonstration Object Analysis - could be operated manually by ISS astronauts carrying robotic exoskeleton fits and it mirrors their actions. Read More »

Federal judge blocks Missouri’s 8-week abortion ban

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Parson's administration says the clinic is not meeting state health regulations. In order to secure a preliminary injunction, they needed to show they were likely to prevail on the merits. All told, state health officials have given the Missouri Planned Parenthood facility 30 citations of medical malpractice, including complications in four surgical abortions. Read More »

Secretary Perdue please with Japanese Trade Agreement

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Agriculture groups welcomed the agreement, as the U.S. Meat Export Federation says, "favorable access to Japan is a major win, not only for the U.S. "Related ministers agreed based on that, so it was very valuable". U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said the United States would not imminently impose new tariffs on autos imported from Japan as the largest and third-largest economies continue negotiations to firm up a preliminary trade agreement. Read More »

Hillary Clinton doesn't think much of Trump's idea about nuking hurricanes

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President Trump often dictates tweets to staff to send from his account. People in the room were "astonished" by Trump's suggestion, according to the Axios source. "As carefully reasoned as some of these suggestions are, they all share the same shortcoming: They fail to appreciate the size and power of tropical cyclones", the NOAA website said, suggesting that such interventions would have to wait for a faroff, sci-fi future. Read More »

Trump Pushing His Miami Doral Golf Resort to Host G

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President Donald Trump on Sunday said that it is "certainly possible" he would invite Russia's President Vladimir Putin to next year's Group of Seven (G-7) Leaders' Summit, despite European Council President Donald Tusk saying the day before that "under no condition" would Moscow be granted a new invitation. Read More »

Israel says air strike in Syria sent 'no immunity' message to Iran

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It is the latest in a string of suspicious explosions and drone sightings at Hashed bases that have sparked concern of a possible proxy war between Iran , the U.S., and Israel on Iraqi soil - or in its airspace. The IDF said the combined payload of the drones was several kilograms. " Iran has no immunity anywhere , " he tweeted . From the vast deserts of Saudi Arabia to the crowded neighborhoods of Beirut, a drone war has taken flight across the wider Middle East, raising the stakes in ... Read More »

New Yorker is crushed to death by falling elevator

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Waisbren moved to the city six years ago, relatives said. "A Midwest boy goes out to the big city - and dies", his father said. "It's just frightful to feel that he's not going to grow up to have children, to have his own family, progress in his career", Dr Waisbren said. Read More »

Indonesia's new capital to be located on Borneo island

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday announced the relocation of the new national capital to replace sinking and traffic-clogged Jakarta. The move, periodically mooted in Indonesia for decades, is created to reduce infrastructure strain on Jakarta, which has a population of over 10 million and suffers serious pollution and traffic congestion. Read More »

Bolton repeats USA hostile stance against Iranian tanker

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Iran said it sold an oil cargo on board a contested tanker sailing the Mediterranean Sea but didn't know where the vessel was going amid US efforts to block delivery of the crude. The vessel's current trajectory could lead to any of the ports in the eastern Mediterranean or, potentially, to the Suez Canal. But Greece said it would not offer any facilities to the vessel. Read More »

Ex-Sudanese President Bashir's trial postponed to Aug 31

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One group of a few dozen protesters were chanting slogans for al-Bashir to face justice not just over corruption but for his role in the the country's deadly conflicts. In May, the prosecutor general also said he had been charged over killings during the anti-regime protests which eventually led to his ouster. A group of about 150 Bashir supporters staged a protest near the courtroom, chanting "We stand united behind our leader" and holding signs saying "The trial of the president is the ... Read More »