• Obama to meet Australia, Canada leaders before return to US
Obama to meet Australia, Canada leaders before return to US

It is expected to be a topic of discussion at a bilateral meeting between the leaders of the world's largest economies, President Barack Obama and President Xi. But even there, Obama said he's not convinced Donald Trump would tear up trade deals, as the president-elect promised on the campaign trail. Mr Key also said Mr Trump shouldn't expect the...

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  • Police helicopter 'shot down' by Rio's drug mafia
Police helicopter 'shot down' by Rio's drug mafia

A POLICE HELICOPTER has crashed near one of Rio de Janeiro's impoverished favela neighborhoods, killing four officers after a day of intense gunfire in the area, according to Brazilian police. In Rio, Brazil's second-biggest and best-known city, the tenuous improvements in security enabled it to successfully host soccer's 2014 World Cup and mor...

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  • France's Fillon leading in conservative presidential primary
France's Fillon leading in conservative presidential primary

The elimination of Sarkozy in the first round upends a conservative primary that is set to have sweeping consequences in France. Speaking from his Paris campaign headquarters, Sarkozy called on his supporters to vote for Fillon in next Sunday's runoff between the top two vote-getters.

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  • Palestinian killed in clashes at Gaza-Israel border
Palestinian killed in clashes at Gaza-Israel border

Since October previous year, violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories has claimed the lives of 239 Palestinians, 36 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese national, according to an AFP count. "Attempts to ban the Azan (call to prayer) are doomed to fail because of the steadfastness of the Palestinians"...

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  • House Democrats ask Donald Trump to rescind Steve Bannon's appointment
House Democrats ask Donald Trump to rescind Steve Bannon's appointment

Bannon's appointment to the White House has drawn criticism from Democrats and several civil liberties groups, in part because of his (and Breitbart's ) strong association with the alt-right, a political movement with strains of white supremacy.

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  • UN expert welcomes US deal to resettle Australia's refugees
UN expert welcomes US deal to resettle Australia's refugees

The Australian government faces both internal and worldwide criticism over the treatment and living conditions of these refugees. The offer will not be made to those who have accepted resettlement elsewhere, nor those who arrive in the offshore centres from November 13 onwards .

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  • Learn to hedge your bets in the voting booth
Learn to hedge your bets in the voting booth

President Barack Obama was able to beat both McCain and Romney, while Hillary Clinton was unable to beat Donald Trump because there are five to 10 million people who voted for Barack between 2008 (when he got almost 70 million votes) and 2012 (when he got 66 million votes) who didn't vote for Hillary, who got approximately 61 million votes.

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  • S. Korea prosecutors OK arrest of Park's aides
S. Korea prosecutors OK arrest of Park's aides

SEOUL , South Korea (AP) - South Korean prosecutors on Sunday formally arrested two former presidential aides as they bring their investigation over a weird political scandal that has engulfed the nation a step closer to President Park Geun-hye.

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  • Yemeni officials, residents: 20 killed in city of Taiz
Yemeni officials, residents: 20 killed in city of Taiz

A Saudi soldier was killed today by a missile fired by Yemeni rebels across the border into the kingdom's southern Asir province, the interior ministry said . Saudi Arabia and allied Sunni Muslim Gulf states began a military campaign in March a year ago to prevent the Houthis and forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh taking control ...

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  • Storm Angus to batter Exeter as winds top 80mph this weekend
Storm Angus to batter Exeter as winds top 80mph this weekend

Other areas of the south have been on yellow alert for rain, with several parts on the south coast already receiving more than an inch (25mm) of rain. Southerly, then south westerly gales are likely with storm force winds developing over the English Channel. Overall conditions are expected to improve by Sunday afternoon, but further wind and ra...

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  • Amnesty says Iraqi police tortured, killed civilians south of Mosul
Amnesty says Iraqi police tortured, killed civilians south of Mosul

The allegations were made after Iraqi security forces, with the aid of the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shiite militias and a US -led worldwide coalition, began an offensive to re-capture Mosul from the Islamic State . Daesh overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes have since regained significa...

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  • China is ready to pounce if Trump axes Pacific trade deal
China is ready to pounce if Trump axes Pacific trade deal

But when Beijing hosted the APEC meeting in 2014 and pushed the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) as a framework for liberalizing Pacific Rim trade, the United States saw it as a distraction from TPP . Mexico's president is taking a cautious approach to Donald Trump's pledges to break up the North American Free Trade Agreement and...

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  • Merkel aims to 'serve people of Germany' as 4th term looms
Merkel aims to 'serve people of Germany' as 4th term looms

Speaking one week after Donald Trump shocked the world by winning the presidency, Schaeuble said during a panel discussion on the USA election and populism in Europe: "We've had enough of this in Germany, we don't need this anymore". They agreed that increased attacks by the Syrian regime and its supporters, including Russian Federation and Iran, s...

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  • Immigrants demonstrate against Trump as protests continue
Immigrants demonstrate against Trump as protests continue

They chanted, "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcomed here ", and held signs such as "White silence = violence" and "Don't mourn, organise". Most of the protests have been peaceful. Police also said Sunday that a bureau FIU was marked with graffiti by an unknown suspect early in the morning.

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  • In Pakistan: Miitary shoots down Indian spy aircraft
In Pakistan: Miitary shoots down Indian spy aircraft

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army claimed an Indian drone that intruded into its territory was shot down on Saturday. He claimed that an Indian quad copter had intruded about 60m into the Pakistan side of LoC. On Friday, Pakistan's navy said it had "pushed" an Indian submarine away from Pakistani waters, as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals co...

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  • Obama, European leaders begin meeting
Obama, European leaders begin meeting

This was agreed during the President Obama's talks with the leaders of Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Spain in Berlin today. While both leaders met privately, Obama said they discussed efforts to keep the U.S. Obama also encouraged leaders to continue efforts to expand information sharing throughout the European Union to help disrupt ter...

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  • Trump shifts to right by tapping Sessions, Pompeo, Flynn
Trump shifts to right by tapping Sessions, Pompeo, Flynn

She says now Republican control of the White House and Congress offers the party a rare opportunity, and that it's important that Trump and Republican leaders in Congress take action quickly and "we don't stop". Some people may be worn out by the deluge of problematic decisions by Mr. Trump, but we can not let that fatigue distract us from the fact...

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  • Thousands hold anti-PM rally in Malaysia; 17 detained
Thousands hold anti-PM rally in Malaysia; 17 detained

The leader of a rival pro-government group was detained early Saturday, ostensibly an effort to prevent the two sides from clashing on the streets of Kuala Lumpur , a lively business hub. A statement from the Prime Minister's office dismissed the protest as the rantings of a politically ineffective and anti-democratic opposition movement.

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  • Egypt condemns Israeli bill to legitimise settlements in occupied West Bank
Egypt condemns Israeli bill to legitimise settlements in occupied West Bank

Unlike officially recognised settlements, the government regards outposts as illegal. While many countries have consulates in Jerusalem which cater to citizens residing in the occupied Palestinian territory, embassies to Israel are mostly located in the Tel Aviv area.

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  • Turkish proposal protecting child marriage sparks debate
Turkish proposal protecting child marriage sparks debate

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag denied the bill had anything to do with legitimising rape, saying critics were "distorting" the issue on objective. On Tuesday, MPs will debate the bill a second time before casting their final vote. If it passes it will likely quash the convictions of some 3,000 men accused of assaulting an under-18, if their act ...

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