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Schools close as protesters occupy Hong Kong roads and campuses

November 14, 2019 By Kate Lamb and Jessie Pang HONG KONG (Reuters) – Anti-government protesters paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing school closures and blocking highways and other transport links to disrupt the financial hub amid a marked escalation of violence. Protesters have torched vehicles and buildings, hurled petrol […]

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Lack of forecast rains to prolong Australian bushfires threat

November 14, 2019 By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) – Official weather forecasts for Australia out on Thursday showed no substantial rains for at least three months, providing grim news as firefighters battle to get more than 100 bushfires raging across the east coast under control. Wildfires in New South Wales and Queensland states have killed […]

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Morales’ shadow looms large in Bolivia as clashes test new leader

November 14, 2019 By Gram Slattery and Daniel Ramos LA PAZ (Reuters) – Bolivian security forces clashed on the streets of La Paz with supporters of unseated president Evo Morales on Wednesday, firing tear gas to clear crowds who hurled rocks and set fires in a test to Bolivia’s new interim leader. With Morales thousands […]

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U.S. defense officials converge in Seoul to discuss troop costs, Japan pact

November 14, 2019 SEOUL (Reuters) – Top U.S. military officer General Mark Milley met with his South Korean counterpart on Thursday to discuss military cooperation and the North Korea threat while seeking more money to pay for American troops stationed in the country. Senior U.S. defense and military officials are gathering in Seoul for talks […]

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Despite ‘wonderful’ meeting, Trump and Erdogan fail to resolve conflicts

November 14, 2019 By Humeyra Pamuk and Alexandra Alper WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday pushed Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to walk away from the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, calling it a “very serious challenge” to bilateral ties, even though he described a meeting between the two leaders as […]

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Australian High Court agrees to hear ex-Vatican treasurer’s sex offences appeal

November 13, 2019 By Sonali Paul MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a final appeal from Vatican treasurer George Pell over his conviction for sexually assaulting two teenaged choir boys. Pell, who is in jail serving a six-year sentence handed down by a lower court in March, turned to the […]

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Lebanon slips deeper into turmoil, no sign of new government

November 13, 2019 By Ellen Francis BEIRUT (Reuters) – Protesters barricaded main roads across Lebanon on Wednesday after President Michel Aoun enraged demonstrators by urging them to end their revolt against corruption and cronyism in the political establishment. His remarks in a television interview late on Tuesday ignited demonstrations overnight in which a protester was […]

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Result of Afghan presidential vote postponed again: election commission

November 13, 2019 KABUL (Reuters) – The results of Afghanistan’s presidential election, that were due on Nov. 14, have been postponed for a second time, the election commission said on Wednesday. “The announcement of the preliminary result will not be announced tomorrow until the technical issues are addressed,” election commission spokesman Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi said. […]

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British PM Johnson, on campaign trail, to pledge swift resolution on Brexit

November 13, 2019 By Andrew MacAskill LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson will promise on Wednesday to end the delays over Britain’s departure from the European Union if he wins next month’s election and he will describe the opposition Labour Party’s plans as political “onanism”. Johnson was scheduled to make a campaign speech at […]

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Bolivian Senate head assumes interim presidency; Morales’ loyalists object

November 13, 2019 By Gram Slattery and Stefanie Eschenbacher LA PAZ/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The head of Bolivia’s Senate, Jeanine Anez, took office as interim president on Tuesday as former leader Evo Morales pledged to keep up his political fight from exile in Mexico after resigning in what he has alleged was a coup. Anez, […]

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