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State Department approves possible $8 billion fighter jet sale to Taiwan: Pentagon

6 hours 21 min ago
The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Tuesday in an official notification to Congress.
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U.S. envoy Biegun says will focus on North Korea denuclearization, not take up Russian post

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 23:44
U.S. envoy on North Korea Stephen Biegun said on Wednesday he will not take up the post of ambassador to Russia but will remain focused on making progress on the denuclearization of North Korea amid stalled negotiations.
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New Zealand lawmakers urged to drop restrictions on Africa, Middle East refugees

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 23:26
Human rights advocates urged New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday to drop restrictions on the intake of Middle Eastern and African refugees, saying the policy undermines the character of a nation praised for its response to deadly mosque attacks this year.
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Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell loses appeal against sex abuse convictions, returns to prison

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 23:24
Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell lost an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys and will remain in prison for at least another three years, an Australian court ruled on Wednesday.
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U.S. commander says cracks in Asian alliances a worry amid North Korea, China threats

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 23:10
The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps said on Wednesday any crack in alliances in Asia that helped counter threats from North Korea and China were a worry as a spat between Japan and South Korea threatened to spill over into intelligence sharing.
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Dominican's largest drug trafficking gang dismantled after raids, says prosecutor

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 22:24
The Dominican Republic's top prosecutor said on Tuesday that the Caribbean nation's largest drug trafficking gang has been dismantled, a group that allegedly used two former professional baseball players to launder assets.
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Trump administration expected to announce plan to detain migrant children longer: ABC

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 22:09
The Trump administration is expected to announce new rules that would allow the government to detain families with children crossing the U.S. border longer, according to ABC News, citing two government officials it said were familiar with the plan.
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Britain extremely concerned by reports HK consulate worker held in China

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 21:50
Britain said on Tuesday it was "extremely concerned" by reports that a staff member at the consulate in its former colony of Hong Kong had been detained in mainland China.
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Australia says it will join U.S.-led defense effort in Strait of Hormuz

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 21:40
Australia will join the United States in a coalition of countries protecting oil tankers and cargo ships from threats posed by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.
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Wife of ex-president of Honduras convicted in corruption case

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 21:38
A Honduran court convicted the wife of former President Porfirio Lobo on graft charges, including siphoning funds from programs designed to help poor children, a judicial official said on Tuesday.
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Trump cancels Denmark visit over after rebuff over Greenland

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 21:35
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called off a visit to Denmark scheduled for early September after the country's prime minister rebuffed his idea of purchasing Greenland.
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Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell loses appeal against sex abuse convictions, remains in jail

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 21:26
Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell lost an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys and will remain in prison for at least another three years, an Australian court ruled on Wednesday.
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Venezuela's Maduro says there has been contact with U.S. officials 'for months'

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 21:07
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday he had authorized contact with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump "for months," in an effort to repair relations with Washington.
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Chilean priest who is uncle of president probed in alleged child sex abuse

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 20:44
The Vatican has launched an investigation into an allegation that a retired archbishop and uncle of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera sexually abused a child more than 50 years ago, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Chile said on Tuesday.
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Marines commandant says U.S. shares view with Japan, South Korea on regional threats

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 20:43
The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps said on Wednesday the United States, Japan and South Korea shared a common view of the threat posed by North Korea and the long-term threat to stability from China.
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Japanese report to say North Korea has miniaturized nuclear warheads: newspaper

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 20:37
Japan will upgrade its estimate of North Korea's nuclear weapons capability in an upcoming annual defense report, saying it seems Pyongyang has already achieved the miniaturization of warheads, the Yomiuri newspaper said in an unsourced report on Wednesday.
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Russia, China accuse U.S. of stoking tensions with missile test

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 19:57
Russia and China accused the United States on Tuesday of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, but the foreign ministry in Moscow said it would not be drawn into an arms race.
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Former Brazil presidential candidate convicted of fraud in earlier race

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 19:32
A Sao Paulo state court convicted Fernando Haddad, who was the runner-up in Brazil's presidential elections last year, of mismanaging campaign accounts when he ran for mayor of Sao Paulo six years earlier.
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'I don't recommend you do this': Thailand's stealthy snake wrangler

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 19:25
In the dead of night, Thai firefighter Pinyo Pukpinyo stealthily approaches a python coiled around the rafters of a home in Bangkok, and quickly grabs its head with his bare hands.
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Migrants disembark Open Arms rescue ship on Italian island of Lampedusa

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 19:14
Nearly one hundred migrants who had been stranded on the Open Arms rescue ship off the coast of Lampedusa disembarked on the Italian island on Tuesday night, ending a prolonged stand-off between the Spanish charity operating the boat and the government in Rome.
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