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IMF says Pakistan has not approached fund for deal

The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday Pakistan has not approached the body to begin negotiations for a possible bailout to stem a balance of payments crisis, hours after Islamabad announced it will enter talks.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to visit, South Korea to tell Vatican

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to visit, saying he would be "ardently welcomed", South Korea's presidency said Tuesday, adding it would pass on Pyongyang's message to the Vatican.

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FT journalist visa denial: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam refuses to explain why

Hong Kong's leader Tuesday refused to say why the city had denied a visa to a leading Financial Times journalist, despite escalating demands for an explanation of the unprecedented challenge to freedom of the press.

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Japan space tourist Yusaku Maezawa says moon training ‘shouldn’t be too hard’

Billionaire Japanese tycoon and future space tourist Yusaku Maezawa's training to go the moon should not be too tricky, he joked Tuesday, adding that he planned to use free time from his six-hour work day to squeeze it in.

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Interpol chief missing row: Wife of Meng Hongwei says received knife emoji from his phone

The wife of missing Chinese Interpol president Meng Hongwei has said she received a message from his phone containing an image of a knife before his disappearance.

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China tells Mike Pompeo, US must stop ‘misguided actions’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced a testy exchange with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Monday, days after a blistering US denunciation of the Asian power's global and domestic policies.

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Nobel Economics Prize 2018 awarded to US duo William Norhaus, Paul Romer

US economists William Nordhaus and Paul Romer on Monday shared the 2018 Nobel Economics Prize for integrating innovation and climate with economic growth, the jury said.

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Mike Pompeo says Kim Jong-un ‘ready’ to invite inspectors to nuclear site

International inspectors will be allowed into North Korea's dismantled nuclear testing site, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, after a meeting with Kim Jong Un in which he said "significant progress" was made t

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China accuses ex-Interpol chief Meng Hongwei of bribery, other crimes

Meng Hongwei, the Chinese head of Interpol, who vanished mysteriously late last month, is being investigated for alleged corruption, China announced Monday, the latest high-profile target to be ensnared in a sweeping anti-gra

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UN warns paradigm shift needed to avert global climate chaos

Avoiding global climate chaos will require a major transformation of society and the world economy that is "unprecedented in scale," the UN said Monday in a landmark report that warns time is running out to avert disaster.

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US needs answers on alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says Washington Post

The United States should "demand answers" from Saudi Arabia about the disappearance and alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post said late Sunday -- and punish the kingdom if cooperation is lacking.

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Interpol says Chinese chief Meng Hongwei has resigned

The international police organisation Interpol announced Sunday that it has received the resignation of its Chinese chief Meng Hongwei, who has been missing since September 25 and is suspected by Beijing of "violating the law

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Indonesia tsunami, earthquakes: More bodies found as death toll from disaster nears 2000

Nearly 2,000 bodies have been recovered from Indonesia's disaster-ravaged Palu city, an official said Monday, as the search for victims ended at a hotel destroyed in the powerful earthquake and tsunami.

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5,000 believed missing in two hard-hit Indonesian quake zones: official

As many as 5,000 people are believed missing from two hard-hit areas in Palu more than a week after the Indonesian city was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami.

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Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari to run for second term with party endorsement

As the sole contender for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party, Buhari's confirmation Saturday by some 7,000 delegates gathered in the capital Abuja was a mere formality.

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Mike Pompeo heads to Pyongyang, seeking progress on Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed to Pyongyang Sunday for new talks with Kim Jong Un on denuclearisation and a second US-North Korean summit.

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50 killed, 100 burnt in oil tanker road crash in DR Congo, says official

About 50 people died and 100 were burnt on Saturday after an oil tanker collided with a vehicle on an arterial highway in the west of DR Congo.

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Mike Pompeo eyes progress over Trump-Kim summit on Asia trip

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped to accelerate a second summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump as he kicked off an Asian trip Saturday that will feature a meeting with North Korea's leader.

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Embattled Cristiano Ronaldo presents selection headache for Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to play for Juventus against Udinese on Saturday, despite rape claims made against him, although his coach Massimiliano Allegri admits he may be tempted to rest the embattled star.

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Indonesia disaster: Rescuers unearth more decaying corpses; over 1,000 still missing

Rescuers picking through the grim aftermath of Indonesia's quake-tsunami issued a fresh public health warning Saturday as more decaying corpses were unearthed from beneath the ruined city of Palu.

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Jose Mourinho facing end of Manchester United reign: report

Jose Mourinho's turbulent time as Manchester United manager could end with him being sacked as soon as this weekend, according to a British press report.

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Russia’s hackers long tied to military, secret services

During the Soviet era, the country's top computer scientists and programmers largely worked for the secret services.

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Brett Kavanaugh poised for confirmation to US Supreme Court judge

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the US Supreme Court appeared all but assured after two key lawmakers who had wavered on his controversial nomination signaled their support.

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Miraculous and emotional reunion! Indonesian parents reunited with son after week of tsunami anguish

Rahmatia, 26, leaped out from under the tarp she now calls home and raced across the litter-covered grass when she saw her lost boy.

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Samsung Electronics flags record Q3 operating profit Seoul

The earnings forecast from the South Korean electronics giant beat market consensus of about 17.2 trillion won according to market researcher FnGuide, with analysts expecting a jump in profits on a strong performance by the c

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Hong Kong denies visa to Financial Times journalist for hosting talk on independence from China

Hong Kong has refused to renew the visa of a senior Financial Times journalist who hosted a talk by an activist advocating the city's independence from China, the newspaper said Friday.

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