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New top China official in Hong Kong brings wishes from ‘motherland’

In recent years, Hong Kong residents have chafed at greater restrictions on public expression, including the jailing of pro-democracy activists.

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Iran ex-Guards chief vows to turn Tel Aviv ‘to dust’

Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force, was killed in a US drone strike on Friday.

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Australian bushfires: 2 more missing as rain brings relief

The Rural Fire Service is warning the rain won't put out the largest and most dangerous blazes before conditions deteriorate again this week.

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Tropical Cyclone Blake forms over northern Australia

Cyclone Blake is not expected to have an impact on the bushfires currently raging in other parts of the massive country.

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Pakistani Army must stop using terror groups as instruments of foreign policy: Pak dissidents

The resolution demanded that the CPEC project should be reconsidered in light of the views of the peoples of Gilfit-Baltistan, Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Sindh.

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Pakistan will not allow its soil to be used for any regional conflict: Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Hundreds of protesters, including women and children, rallied in Karachi and Islamabad to protest the killing of Soleimani.

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Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson urge Iran not to flout nuclear deal

The US soldiers stationed across Iraqi bases are deployed as part of the broader international coalition, invited by the Iraqi government in 2014 to help fight IS.

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German police shoot dead knife-wielding attacker

Germany remains on alert following a series of Islamist attacks, the deadliest of which was a truck rampage at a Berlin Christmas market in 2016 that killed 12 people.

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Donald Trump threatens ‘major retaliation’ if Iran launches attacks

Trump said he would impose "very big sanctions" on Iraq if it follows through on a parliament vote in support of US troops being expelled from the country.

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Donald Trump says his Twitter posts serve as notification to Congress about Iran

Top Democrats have criticised the US administration for not consulting with Congress before launching the strike that killed top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

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‘Will be hit very fast and very hard’: Trump warns Iran if it attacks US

In a tweet defending Friday's drone strike assassination of a top Iranian general in Iraq, Trump said 52 represents the number of Americans held hostage at the US embassy in Tehran for more than a yea

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‘Iranian hackers’ claim breach of US govt website

The website of the Federal Depository Library Program was replaced with a page titled "Iranian Hackers!" that displayed images of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Iranian flag.

"This is only small part of Iran's cyber ability !" another caption on the page read in white text on a black background. (Representational image) News

White House gives lawmakers formal notice of Iraq strike amid complaints from Democrats

The U.S. strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq has caused a dramatic rise in tensions between Iran and the United States and its allies.

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien confirmed the notice had been sent and told Fox News on Saturday there were numerous legal grounds for the attack. News

Death toll rises to 24 in Cambodia building collapse, some still trapped

The seven-storey concrete building collapsed on Friday in the coastal town of Kep, about 160 km (100 miles) southwest of the capital Phnom Penh.

It came a year after another construction site collapsed, killing 28 people in Preah Sihanouk province. (Reuters image) News

Mike Pompeo decries pro-Iran factions warning to Iraqi troops

The warning from Kataeb Hezbollah came as tens of thousands mourned Iran's Major General Qasem Soleimani, whose death in a US strike early Friday brought vows of "severe revenge" from Tehran.

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Many killed in attack on military camp in Libya’s capital

Tripoli, which is under the control of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), is facing an offensive by military commander Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) that

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Australian bushfires ease on cooler weather, death toll rises

A southerly change that came through on Saturday night has brought cooler temperatures, after they topped 40 C (104F) in many areas on Saturday, and there was even the prospect of some light rain in c

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White House to give lawmakers formal notice of Iraq strike -congressional aide

The notification will be sent under a 1973 U.S. law called the War Powers Act, which requires the administration to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action or imm

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Mike Pence’s linkage of Qasem Soleimani to 9/11 hijackers is challenged

In a Twitter message Friday, Pence said that Soleimani "assisted in the clandestine travel to Afghanistan of 10 of the 12 terrorists who carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United St

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Mike Pompeo says he spoke with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran

Iran has vowed revenge against the United States for the killing on Friday of Soleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guards' foreign legions near Baghdad airport in Iraq.

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Who is Lisa Nandy, the Indian-origin British MP challenging Jeremy Corbyn?

In a stark warning to party members, Nandy, who has championed the needs of Britain's towns, said "unless we change course, we will become irrelevant".

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International cooperation needed to tackle climate change, financial crises: Maskin

However, he added that global collaboration will not be easy as more and more nations turn inward-looking.

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Thousands in shelters as Indonesia flood death toll hits 53

More than 170,000 people took refuge in shelters across the massive urban conglomeration -- home to some 30 million -- after whole neighbourhoods were submerged.

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First Australian bushfire evacuees land in Melbourne

They were rescued from Mallacoota, where 4,000 people fled to the waterfront on New Year's Eve as fires ripped through the town in one of the communities worst hit by wildfires burning across three st

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Man ‘neutralised’ after stabbing passers-by in Paris suburb: Police

A man was shot and killed by officers on Friday after stabbing passers-by at a park in a suburb south of Paris.

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US embassy in Baghdad urges citizens to ‘depart Iraq immediately’

"US citizens should depart via airline while possible, and failing that, to other countries via land," the embassy said in a statement.

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Mike Pompeo says Iraqis ‘dancing in the street’ after Qasem Soleimani death; watch video

"Iraqis - Iraqis - dancing in the street for freedom; thankful that General Soleimani is no more," Pompeo wrote, alongside footage of scores of people running along a road and waving what appeared to

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