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US missiles in Australia? Oz Prime Minister Scott Morrison reacts

Pompeo's visit featured a sharp warning for partners to "have their eyes wide open" about China's increasingly assertive behaviour.

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Proposed New Zealand abortion law to give women right to choose

The bill, to be introduced to parliament on Thursday, will be a conscience vote rather than along party lines.

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Walmart to keep selling guns despite recent shootings at its stores

Walmart has made gun policy changes over the years, such as in 1993, when it stopped selling handguns.

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Two mass shootings in less than 24 hours shock US, 29 killed

Officers gunned down the Ohio shooter at the doorstep of a bar-turned-hiding place in the middle of Dayton's nightclub district, and arrested the El Paso shooter as hundreds fled a crowded shopping ce

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US, Taliban push for peace in day 2 of talks

A coalition led by Washington ousted the Taliban in late 2001 accusing it of harbouring Al-Qaeda jihadists who claimed the September 11 attacks against the US that killed almost 3,000 people.

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Ohio shooting: 9 killed, assailant dead in second mass shooting in US

The incident occurred shortly after 1:00 am in the popular bar and nightlife Oregon district of the city, Police Lieutenant Colonel Matt Carper said.

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Texas shooting: Trump says El Paso mass shooting an act of cowardice

"Today's shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice," Trump wrote on Twitter.

I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today's hateful act, says Trump (File photo) News

Snubbed by North Korea, Mike Pompeo hits other Asian turbulence

Any convergence of opinion on the North may be one of the few positives to emerge on what had been a full and ambitious agenda for Pompeo in Bangkok.

Pompeo expressed disappointment that the North had sent neither its foreign minister nor a counterpart for the chief US negotiator to the Thai capital. (File photo) News

US, Taliban push for peace in day 2 of talks

Washington is hoping to strike a peace deal with the Taliban by September 1 -- ahead of Afghan polls due the same month, and US presidential elections due in 2020.

A Taliban source also said efforts were underway to organise a direct meeting between US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar, who heads the movement's political wing. (Representational Image) News

British PM Boris Johnson urges EU to reflect ‘political reality’ on Brexit

Johnson, who took office late last month, says he wants to leave the European Union with a deal but insists the current terms are unacceptable and if necessary Britain will exit on October 31 with no

But the EU has refused to reopen the deal, the result of 17 months of tough negotiations. (Representational Image) News

US presidential elections 2020: Joe Biden backs wisdom over youth in batting away worries over age

Biden argued that his wisdom has given him confidence that what’s often termed a broken political system in the U.S. can be fixed.

Biden said he’s been warning about the impact of climate change since the 1980s and introduced the first bill on the issue in the Senate. (File photo) News

Hong Kong police make fresh arrests, city braces for further protests

In a statement early on Sunday police said they had arrested more than 20 people for offences including unlawful assembly and assault.

The protests mark the biggest popular challenge to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he took office in 2012. (Reuters photo) News

Five dead, several injured after powerful quake rocks Indonesia

The 6.9 magnitude quake on Friday evening sent residents fleeing to higher ground, while many in the capital Jakarta ran into the streets.

Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE) News

Gunman kills 20 in rampage at Walmart store in Texas

The suspect was identified as a 21-year-old white male from Allen, Texas, a Dallas-area city some 650 miles (1,046 km) east of El Paso.

Stores at the mall were also locked down as police officers cleared the shopping center in the east of the city, which lies on the southern U.S. border with Mexico. (Reuters photo) News

El Paso Shooting: Gunman kills 20 in rampage at Walmart store in Texas

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo acknowledged that there had been a number of deaths after gunfire was first heard around 10 am.

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Eighth round of US, Taliban peace talks to start in Doha on August 3

Senior officials privy to the talks said a peace agreement could be expected at the end of the eighth round of talks and would enable foreign forces to be withdrawn from the war-torn country.

The hardline Islamist Taliban group now controls more territory than at any point since the United States bombed them out of power in 2001. (Representational Image) News

Donald Trump touts Afghan peace ‘progress’ but warns able to kill millions

Trump said that US forces, bogged down for nearly two decades, "could win Afghanistan in two days or three days or four days, but I'm not looking to kill 10 million people."

"We've made a lot of progress. We're talking," Trump told reporters at the White House. (File photo) News

Strong earthquake kills at least one in Indonesia

Indonesia issued a tsunami warning within minutes of 6.8-magnitude quake on Friday night. The warning last two hours and sent people living along the coastline fleeing to higher ground.

The strong quake was felt in the capital Jakarta and people rushed out of high-rise buildings. (Representational Image) News

Pakistan silent on granting consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

The ICJ upheld India's stand that Pakistan had "breached" the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, which gives countries the right to consular access when their nationals are arrested abroad.

There were reports that Pakistan had put some conditions to grant consular access to Jadhav. (File photo) News

Donald Trump pins hope on Pakistan for help in Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump on Friday hoped that Pakistan will help the US in Afghanistan as peace talks with the Taliban has apparently entered its last phase.

Trump said he had developed a "good chemistry" with the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, whom he met at his Oval Office last week. (File photo) News

Three small blasts hit Bangkok as city hosts major security meeting

Eyewitnesses said a security guard had also been hurt close to the 77-storey King Power Mahanakhon building. The area was partly cordoned off as police searched the area.

Police said two street cleaners had been hurt by what appeared to be a homemade bomb in the Suan Luang district. (Reuters photo) News

Post-Imran Khan visit, US avoids using ‘reset’ term for ties with Pakistan

In a readout, more than a week after the visit of the Pakistani premiere, the official said the two countries looked for ways to enhance investment in trade, adding that the visit resulted in the broa

The visit of Imran Khan, said the official, set of consultations about their ability to move forward. (Reuters photo) News

Would intervene on Kashmir ‘if wanted’ by India, Pakistan: Donald Trump

India has rejected the offer, while Pakistan has welcomed his statement.

Trump said the Indian Prime Minister asked for this during their bilateral meeting in Japan in June on the sideline of the G-20 Summit. (Reuters File photo) News

Britain’s Boris Johnson suffers first leadership blow in by-election

The election was viewed as a test of strength for the "Boris bounce" that has helped the Conservatives regain a slim lead in some national opinion polls.

Johnson dropped by the region on Tuesday to help out Chris Davies -- a Conservative MP who was forced to step down after becoming embroiled in an expanses scandal. (Reuters File photo) News

US asks Pakistan to meet international obligations on combating terror financing

The FATF last year placed Pakistan on the grey list of countries whose domestic laws are considered weak to tackle the challenges of money laundering and terrorism financing.

The US insisted that Pakistan's counter-terrorism efforts would be measured against its FATF commitments. (Representational Image) News

It’s time China change things around, says US President Donald Trump

The announcement came a day after US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin returned from Shanghai after the latest round of trade negotiations with China.

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Al-Qaeda’s Hamza bin Laden was very threatening to US, says Donald Trump

Al-Qaeda hoped that Hamza bin Laden would be a unifier, appealing not just to the group's base but also to the recruits it lost to ISIS, the US daily said.

According to The New York Times, Hamza was not older than 30. (AP File photo) News
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