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Taiwan earthquake: 5.9-magnitude quake strikes Taipei; no casualties reported

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, and was felt strongly in the capital Taipei.

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US nuclear treaty ultimatum about China as much as Russia

By announcing its intent to withdraw from a decades-old nuclear weapons treaty, the United States is targeting Russia, which it says violated the bilateral deal -- but also China, which is developing arms that are banned unde

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China VP Wang Qishan pays highest-level visit to Israel since 2000

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan on Monday became the most senior Beijing official to visit Israel in 18 years, as the two countries look to bolster their growing business ties.

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US regulators require Linde, Praxair to divest holdings to allow massive merger

US regulators on Monday gave the go-ahead for US Praxair Inc and German Linde AG to create the world's largest industrial gas supplier, but will require them to divest nine business units.

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Donald Trump says US to start cutting aid as migrant caravan rolls on

President Donald Trump said Monday the US will start cutting aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as a caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants rolled on regardless toward the US border.

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Siemens CEO pulls out of Saudi conference

The chief executive of German industrial conglomerate Siemens Joe Kaeser said Monday he would withdraw from a Saudi investment summit, after days of media and political pressure over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Kremlin says world ‘more dangerous’ if US drops nuclear treaty

The Kremlin on Monday said the world would be less safe if Washington goes ahead with plans to withdraw from a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty that banned intermediate-range missiles.

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Afghanistan: US army general among injured in Taliban attack last week

A US army general was among those injured in a Taliban attack on top US and Afghan security chiefs inside a highly secure compound last week in Kandahar province, a military spokesman confirmed.

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Migrant caravan halted after storming Guatemala-Mexico border

Thousands of migrants forced their way through Guatemala's northwestern border Friday and flooded onto a bridge leading to Mexico, where riot police battled them back, halting their trek toward the United States -- at least t

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Wife of Interpol ex-chief Meng Hongwei lashes out at ‘dirty’ Chinese government; fears for his life, her own safety

The wife of fallen former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei has expressed fears for his life and her own safety, lashing out at what she called the "cruel" and "dirty" Chinese government that arrested him in mysterious circumstance

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China’s GDP growth slows to 6.5% in third quarter of 2018; its weakest pace since financial crisis

China's economy grew at its slowest pace in nine years in the third quarter, as a campaign to tackle mounting debt and trade frictions with the US had an effect.

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Lewis Hamilton’100% certain’ that Mick Schumacher will race in F1

World champion Lewis Hamilton insisted Thursday that he was "100 percent certain that there will be another Schumacher in F1", backing Mick Schumacher to follow in his legendary father Michael's footsteps.

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Royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go barefoot on Bondi Beach in Australia

British royals Harry and Meghan kicked off their shoes and donned tropical garlands Friday as they hit Sydney's famed Bondi beach for the latest stop on their Australian tour.

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Donald Trump threatens to close US-Mexico border over migrant ‘onslaught’

US President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to send the military to close its southern border if Mexico fails to stem the "onslaught" of migrants from Central America, in a series of tweets that blamed opposition Democrats.

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Massive tax scam cost Europe $63 billion; at least 55.2 billion euros stolen from 11 countries, says report

A gigantic years-long tax scam saw banks drain 55 billion euros (USD 63 billion) from national treasuries in Europe, a far larger sum than previously thought, media from across the continent reported Thursday.

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Turkish police search Saudi consulate again in Khashoggi case

A team of Turkish investigators searched the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for a second time as part of a probe into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to an AFP correspondent.

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Twitter releases 10 million tweets from foreign influence efforts

Twitter on Wednesday released data on foreign influence campaigns on its platform showing some 10 million tweets, mostly from Russia, dating back as far as 2009.

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Jamal Khashoggi missing: Suspects in Saudi journalist case tied to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, says report

A suspect identified by Turkey in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The New York Times has reported.

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UAE charges British PhD student Matthew Hedges with spying; wife calls on UK to defend his innocence

The United Arab Emirates has charged a British PhD student with spying in the Gulf country, as his wife Tuesday called on Britain to defend his innocence.

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US says Saudis promise accountability but deny knowledge over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia promised to ensure a thorough probe and accountability over a missing Saudi journalist but stood by denials the kingdom killed him, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, as he paid a supportive visit

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s charitable endeavours; how he fared on philanthropic side

Billionaire Paul Allen, who founded US software giant Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s, died Monday after his latest battle with cancer.

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Another mighty American retail gaint falls to online ‘onslaught’, Sears files for bankruptcy

Sears, an anchor of retail life for generations of Americans, filed for bankruptcy Monday and said it was closing almost 150 stores, the latest marquee victim of the online era.

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Ford faces outrage in France over factory closure

After a stormy meeting between management and French officials, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire sounded furious at the US group's desire to shut the plant near Bordeaux, rather than sell it to a French buyer.

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As rape crisis grows, South African pupils learn how to fight back

In a classroom in the South African township of Soweto, girls listen carefully, knowing they need to learn how to avoid the threat of rape that hangs over their daily lives.

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Donald Trump says Jim Mattis ‘could be’ leaving as US defence chief

US President Donald Trump said in an interview airing Sunday that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "could be" leaving, referring to him as "sort of a Democrat."

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Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu threatens Hamas with ‘very strong blows’

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday threatened to inflict "very strong blows" on Hamas after fresh violence along the border with the Gaza Strip controlled by the Islamist group.

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US is loser by abandoning Iran nuclear deal: Hassan Rouhani

Iran's president boasted that the United States has lost against the Islamic republic's "righteousness and wisdom" by walking out of the landmark nuclear deal.

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