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U.N. agency, Bangladesh begin survey of Rohingya over return to Myanmar

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:42
The United Nations' refugee agency and Bangladesh authorities on Tuesday started to consult more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to determine if any want to return home, officials said, as a fresh repatriation bid was launched.
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Less bluster, but no compromise seen as South Korean, Japan ministers meet in China

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:37
South Korea and Japan have toned down the rhetoric but show little sign of compromise in a bitter political and economic dispute as their foreign ministers prepare to meet in China this week.
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Russia to nuclear test ban monitor: Test accident not your business

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:31
Russia on Tuesday told an international organisation set up to verify a ban on nuclear tests that a military testing accident in northern Russia earlier this month was none of its business and that handing it radiation data was entirely voluntary.
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Hong Kong leader sees way out of chaos with dialogue and 'mutual respect'

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:27
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of an effort to restore calm and that talks with non-violent protesters would provide "a way out" for the Chinese-ruled city.
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Britain concerned at reports HK consulate worker held in China

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:26
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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Russia accuses U.S. of stoking tensions with missile test: TASS

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:24
Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, but said it would not be drawn into an arms race, TASS news agency reported.
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Zimbabwe police deploy hundreds in Gweru, MDC challenges another protest ban

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:18
Zimbabwe Police deployed in force in the city of Gweru on Tuesday, witnesses said, as authorities sought to keep a lid on dissent after banning the third anti-government protest that the main opposition party has sought to organize inside five days.
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Philippines warns of 'unfriendly' greeting for uninvited warships

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:15
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned of "unfriendly" treatment for foreign ships traveling in the country's territorial waters without permission, in a rare swipe at China's use of warships just a few miles off Manila's coast.
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Monitor says Syrian rebels withdraw from town, jihadists say still fighting

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:07
A Syrian war monitor said rebels had withdrawn from a town in southern Idlib province and from their last territory in neighboring Hama province after government advances, though an insurgent group denied this and said they were still fighting.
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Fate of Brexit deal in hands of the EU: UK Conservative chairman

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 03:08
The European Union needs to show flexibility over the Irish border "backstop" because the issue of whether Britain leaves the bloc with or without a deal is now mainly up to Brussels, Conservative party chairman James Cleverly said on Tuesday.
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Hong Kong leader sees 'way out' of chaos after peaceful protest

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 02:51
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of an effort to restore calm and that talks with non-violent protesters would provide "a way out" for the Chinese-ruled city.
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Syrian rebels withdraw from area in NW after government advance - Observatory

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 02:47
Syrian rebels withdrew from a town in southern Idlib province and from their last remaining territory in neighboring Hama province after government troops advances in the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and local activists said.
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Over 100 civilians wounded in bombings in eastern Afghanistan

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 02:39
The number of people wounded in multiple bomb blasts in the Afghan city of Jalalabad has risen to 123, officials said on Tuesday, a day after 14 bombs exploded in public squares, markets and outside restaurants in the eastern city.
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Lightning strike caused power cuts in Britain: grid operator

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 02:35
A blackout in Britain which left almost one million homes without power on Aug. 9 was the result of a lightning strike, the grid operator said in a preliminary report.
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Authorities make more arrests in Indian Kashmir to deter protests

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 02:27
Security forces detained 30 people overnight in Indian Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, local officials said on Tuesday, seeking to keep a tight lid on protests over the federal government's decision to strip the region of its autonomy.
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G7 summit seen ending without communique due to gaps on trade: source

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 02:05
A Group of Seven summit to be held this weekend in France will likely end without a joint communique due to gaps between member nations on trade, a Japanese government official with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.
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Britain concerned at reports Hong Kong consulate worker held in China

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 01:51
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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Indian Islamic preacher apologizes to Malaysians for racial remarks

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 01:12
Controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik apologized on Tuesday for making racially sensitive remarks in Malaysia, a day after he was questioned by police for hours over the comments.
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British foreign office concerned at reports staffer detained in China

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 00:28
Britain's foreign office said it was seeking more information about reports that a Hong Kong staff member had been detained in mainland China.
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Elderly in Hong Kong looking to China for affordable care in retirement

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 00:21
After spending time with his 84-year-old mother in a senior care home in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, David Lee walked up to the supervisor and asked to reserve a place there for his own retirement.
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