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HONG KONG (Reuters) – As Hong Kong’s government hews closer to Beijing, officials are taking a tough line on perceived national security threats, even deploying an elite police unit for political monitoring and surveillance – a sharp escalation in rhetoric and action. In just the last few months, the special administrative region has banned the […]

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Saturday she has not cancelled her plans to attend an elite Saudi investment conference later this month, but will be “very attentive” to any new information about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during […]

HONG KONG/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A landmark deal between China’s leaders and the Vatican over the appointment of bishops has been struck without Beijing taking action on long-held Church concerns over clerics in detention, Catholic Church sources familiar with the matter say. FILE PHOTO: Banners with religious slogans are placed outside an “underground” Catholic church […]

WHEELING, WVa. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump took his enthusiasm for his detente with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to new heights on Saturday, declaring at a rally with supporters that “we fell in love” after exchanging letters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un shake hands […]

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – After lengthy delays, an $8.2 billion revamp of a colonial-era rail line snaking from the Arabian Sea to the foothills of the Hindu Kush has become a test of Pakistan’s ability to rethink signature Chinese “Silk Road” projects due to debt concerns. A cargo train loaded with coal dust, moves past the […]

CLAREGALWAY, Ireland (Reuters) – Once the chief fortress of a powerful 15th century family descended from an English knight, the west of Ireland castle of Claregalway went back to its roots on Saturday. Knights duel with axes during a medieval combat festival at Claregalway castle in Galway, Ireland September 29, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne The grounds […]

The storm has carved a deadly trail across the region, killing two people in southern China and at least 54 people in the Philippines. Many of the Philippines’ deaths were caused by landslides, with dozens more still believed to be buried beneath the deluge, government officials said at a news conference Sunday. More than 2.45 […]

PARIS (Reuters) – French bomb disposal police used a sniffer dog and robot on Sunday to investigate a suspect vehicle parked on Paris’s Champs Elysees boulevard, a Reuters witness said. The witness said police had cordoned off the avenue close to the Arc de Triomphe monument and that onlookers were being kept 150 metres (492 […]

At least two people were killed as the world’s strongest typhoon this year, known locally as Ompong, slammed into the Southeast Asian country in the early hours of Saturday morning. Mangkhut ripped roofs off buildings, uprooted trees, blocked roads with debris and dumped water on fields of crops that farmers weren’t able to harvest ahead […]

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A shootout at a Mexico City plaza famed for its live music bars left three men and two women dead, officials said on Saturday, a day after gunmen said by witnesses to be dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire with rifles and pistols. Eight others, including one foreigner, were injured in […]

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