• Swiss vote in possible 'green wave' election
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    Swiss vote in possible 'green wave' election

    Switzerland was voting Sunday in national elections that could see unprecedented gains for parties demanding bold climate action and a possible slip for the anti-immigrant right-wing. In a country that recently held a funeral march for an iconic glacier that has nearly vanished due to melting, opinion

  • Nine killed in fresh firing across Kashmir border
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    Nine killed in fresh firing across Kashmir border

    At least nine people were killed Sunday in firing along the de facto India-Pakistan border in Kashmir, officials said, adding to the spike in deaths in recent days as New Delhi eased a curfew in the disputed region. Tensions escalated between the nuclear-armed neighbours after India revoked Kashmir&

  • Lack of food pushes S.Sudan opposition troops to desert training camps
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    Lack of food pushes S.Sudan opposition troops to desert training camps

    Hundreds of South Sudan opposition fighters are leaving cantonment sites set up to register and train them under a deal to end the country's war, claiming lack of food and medical supplies, authorities say. The process of gathering fighters into military camps with a view to forming an 83,000-strong

  • Brexit, climate, racism: the Frankfurt book fair in quotes
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    Brexit, climate, racism: the Frankfurt book fair in quotes

    From being "embarrassed" about Brexit to losing sleep over the climate crisis, here's a look at what star authors had to say about the state of the world at this week's Frankfurt book fair, which ends Sunday. -- Margaret Atwood on Extinction Rebellion -- "This is our last chance

  • Rohingya refugees agree move to Bangladesh island: official
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    Rohingya refugees agree move to Bangladesh island: official

    Thousands of Rohingya living in Bangladesh refugee camps have agreed to move to an island in the Bay of Bengal, officials said Sunday, despite fears the site is prone to flooding. Dhaka has long wanted to move 100,000 refugees to the muddy silt islet, saying it would take pressure off the overcrowded

  • Democracy crowds defy Hong Kong police after activists attacked
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    Democracy crowds defy Hong Kong police after activists attacked

    Large crowds of Hong Kongers defied a police ban and held an illegal march on Sunday, their numbers swollen by anger over the recent stabbing and beating of two pro-democracy protesters. Authorities had forbidden the march in Tsim Sha Tsui, a densely packed shopping district filled with luxury boutiques

  • Indonesia's Jokowi kicks off fresh term after wave of crises
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    Indonesia's Jokowi kicks off fresh term after wave of crises

    Indonesia's President Joko Widodo will kick off a fresh term Sunday, facing a wave of crises and with Jakarta under heavy security days after Islamist militants tried to assassinate his top security minister. More than 30,000 security personnel were deployed in the capital amid fears of another

  • Three dead in Chile protest violence
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    Three dead in Chile protest violence

    Three people died in a fire in a supermarket being ransacked in the Chilean capital early Sunday, as protests sparked by anger over social and economic conditions rocked one of Latin America's most stable countries. Santiago's Mayor Karla Rubilar told reporters two people burned to death in

  • Boeing wants it to fly, but travelers fear the 737 MAX
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    Boeing wants it to fly, but travelers fear the 737 MAX

    On September 12, Boeing started putting out 30-second videos in which employees tout its planes' safety, hoping to reassure travelers about the 737 MAX that's been grounded worldwide since two crashes that killed 346 people. "When the 737 MAX returns to service I will absolutely put my

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    UPDATE 3-Hong Kong police, protesters exchange tear gas, petrol bombs

    Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters throwing petrol bombs on Sunday as thousands staged an illegal march through the Kowloon district that will test the strength of the pro-democracy campaign after four months of unrest. Police inside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station fired volleys of tear

  • Bolivia's Morales facing fight as he seeks fourth term
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    Bolivia's Morales facing fight as he seeks fourth term

    Bolivians vote Sunday to decide whether to give leftist President Evo Morales a controversial fourth term or turn their backs on the country's first indigenous leader amid allegations of corruption and authoritarianism. Morales' popularity has been waning and unlike his previous three election

  • EU mulls Johnson's reluctant Brexit delay request
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    EU mulls Johnson's reluctant Brexit delay request

    EU leaders were on Sunday considering a request by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to delay Britain's departure from the bloc, which he was forced to make after MPs refused to back his Brexit deal. Johnson has pinned his premiership on getting Britain out of the European Union on October 31, more than

  • Niger floods force 23,000 from their homes
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    Niger floods force 23,000 from their homes

    Floods in southeast Niger have forced 23,000 people to flee their homes since early October, officials said Saturday, threatening a new humanitarian crisis in a region already wracked by Boko Haram Islamist violence. Heavy rains have caused the Komadougou Yobe river that flows through the semi-desert

  • Indonesia's Jokowi kicks off fresh term after wave of crises
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    Indonesia's Jokowi kicks off fresh term after wave of crises

    Indonesia's President Joko Widodo will kick off a fresh term Sunday, facing a wave of crises and with Jakarta under heavy security days after Islamist militants tried to assassinate his top security minister. More than 30,000 security personnel were deployed in the capital amid fears of another

  • 'Keep Fighting' — Twitter Critics Celebrate Victory After Trump Dumps Doral For G-7
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    'Keep Fighting' — Twitter Critics Celebrate Victory After Trump Dumps Doral For G-7

    “Blam! NEVER doubt that the public’s efforts to hold this corrupt administration accountable is worth all the effort," tweeted former ethics chief Walter Shaub.

  • Political strategist Lynton Crosby says Hong Kong government must deal with issues head on to resolve crisis
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    Political strategist Lynton Crosby says Hong Kong government must deal with issues head on to resolve crisis

    Hong Kong’s government, grappling with the city’s worst political crisis, must address the causes that drove residents by the tens of thousands – even up to 2 million on June 17 – to march in street protests for four straight months, said one of the world’s most influential conservative political strategists.That

  • After corruption allegations, Trump says G7 summit won't be at his resort
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    After corruption allegations, Trump says G7 summit won't be at his resort

    US President Donald Trump said on Saturday the next G7 summit will not be at one of his own Florida golf clubs, reversing a decision that had sparked corruption accusations. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had announced the venue for the summit on Thursday, causing a firestorm among

  • Catalan leaders demand talks with Madrid as thousands protest again
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    Catalan leaders demand talks with Madrid as thousands protest again

    Barcelona returned to relative calm after six days of demonstrations against the jailing of separatist leaders left hundreds injured in the tourist hotspot and pro-independence groups demanding new talks with the Spanish government. At the Urquinaona square in the city centre dozens of pro-independence

  • As Kremlin scrambles for Africa, Moscow university eyes soft power
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    As Kremlin scrambles for Africa, Moscow university eyes soft power

    As the Kremlin seeks to boost ties with Africa, a Moscow university that was a training ground for the continent's elite during the Cold War is once again working to bolster Russia's soft power. The Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, created in 1960 to improve Soviet ties with developing

  • FBI Rules Out Poisoned Alcohol In Deaths Of American Tourists
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    FBI Rules Out Poisoned Alcohol In Deaths Of American Tourists

    The FBI is conducting toxicology tests on three of the deceased Americans. So far, they have ruled out methanol poisoning as a cause of death.

  • Japan funding for imperial ceremonies sparks rare dissent
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    Japan funding for imperial ceremonies sparks rare dissent

    When it comes to Japan's royal family, anti-monarchy sentiment is almost non-existent. On October 22, Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his enthronement, which occurred earlier this year after his father's abdication, and in November he will perform the sacred Daijosai thanksgiving ritual

  • Caving To Pressure, Trump Cans Plans To Hold G-7 At Trump Doral
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    Caving To Pressure, Trump Cans Plans To Hold G-7 At Trump Doral

    President Donald Trump made the decision to hold the summit somewhere else instead of his Miami resort in response to mounting criticism.

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    Hong Kong tightens security ahead of planned protest

    Hong Kong tightened security ahead of a planned anti-government march on Sunday afternoon, with some metro services halted and public facilities shuttering as pro-democracy leaders called on citizens to join the protest in spite of the risk of arrest. Police have banned the march in the city's Kowloon

  • Jennifer Lawrence Marries Cooke Maroney
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    Jennifer Lawrence Marries Cooke Maroney

    The two tied the knot at a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, on Saturday.

  • Rescued circus elephant Ramba arrives at Brazil sanctuary
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    Rescued circus elephant Ramba arrives at Brazil sanctuary

    An Asian elephant that spent decades performing in South American circuses has started a new life in an open-air sanctuary in Brazil, after travelling thousands of kilometers by plane and truck from a Chilean zoo. Ramba's much-anticipated arrival at the 1,133-hectare (2,800-acre) Elephant Sanctuary