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In Vietnam, a mega casino rises with the help of a Macau junket company

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Along a three-kilometer (2-mile) stretch of coastline in central Vietnam, construction cranes are digging up mounds of sand and rubble where the country’s biggest casino is set to open next year. A model of the resort project by Suncity with nearby constructions is shown at Hoiana, Vietnam March 26, 2018. Picture […]

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China air force goads Taiwan with Hokkien-language video

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s air force has released a propaganda film dubbed into Hokkien, a language strongly identified with Taiwan’s pro-independence movement, showing bomber aircraft which have been involved in flying patrols around the self-ruled island. China has been issuing increasingly stern warnings for democratic Taiwan to toe the line, including a stepped up military […]

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French police evacuate occupied Paris university site

PARIS (Reuters) – French police swooped before dawn on Friday to clear out around 100 people who had occupied a Paris university premises in protest against student admissions rules. It was one of a dozen blockaded campus sites in the country and the clear-out was accompanied by a government message that law and order would […]

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Comey says in memos that Trump showed concern about leaks, loyalty, dossier

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former FBI Director James Comey in memos recounting conversations with President Donald Trump last year said Trump repeatedly raised concern over salacious allegations in an intelligence dossier, the need for loyalty and ferreting out leakers. The partially redacted memos of former FBI Director James Comey, recounting conversations with President Donald Trump last […]

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Some 50 members of migrant caravan reach Mexico, U.S. border

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A group of 50 Central American migrants who set out from southern Mexico in late March have reached the U.S. border, having endured the long journey despite threats by President Donald Trump to secure the border with National Guard personnel. Since peaking at around 1,500 people, the so-called migrant “caravan” has […]

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‘No job, no money’ – Life in Vietnam for immigrants deported by U.S

HO CHI MINH CITY (Reuters) – It wasn’t until Pham Chi Cuong saw the plane waiting to deport him from the United States that it sunk in that he was about to be sent back to Vietnam, the country he fled in 1990. Vietnamese deportee and Amerasian Pham Chi Cuong, 47, who was deported from […]

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Gun-control activists rally near Columbine High School ahead of walkouts

LITTLETON, Colo. (Reuters) – Colorado gun control activists rallied on Thursday near Columbine High School, calling for an end to gun violence one day before the 19th anniversary of the massacre there and a planned nationwide student walkout. Delaney Peterson looks on as teens kick off a voter registration rally, a day ahead of the […]

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Fire dancers hope to keep flame alive during Boracay closure

BORACAY, Philippines (Reuters) – As night falls on the Philippine resort island of Boracay, beach-goers eat, drink and watch a troupe of fire dancers twirling flames and performing acrobatics. FILE PHOTO: A Filipino dancer performs on Boracay island in Philippines April 8, 2018. Picture taken April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/File Photo Among the dancers […]

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Comey says in memos that Trump showed concerns about leaks, loyalty, dossier

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former FBI Director James Comey in memos recounting conversations with President Donald Trump last year said Trump repeatedly raised concerns over salacious allegations in an intelligence dossier, the need for loyalty and ferreting out leakers. Former FBI Director James Comey arrives to speak about his book “A Higher Loyalty” in New York, […]

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Philippines decries European Parliament’s ‘interference’

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines decried what it said was interference in its internal affairs by the European Parliament, which urged the Southeast Asian nation in a resolution to end “extrajudicial killings” and abandon plans to reintroduce death penalty. A woman weeps near the body of a man who police said was killed in a […]

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Nicaraguans take to streets in protest over social security changes

MANAGUA (Reuters) – Thousands of Nicaraguans took to the streets in protest for a second straight day on Thursday as discontent grew over controversial changes to social security that will increase worker and employer payments and reduce future pensions. Students in the capital Managua took over of the National University of Engineering, hurling stones and […]

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UK, African ministers set to discuss Zimbabwe’s possible readmittance to Commonwealth

LONDON (Reuters) – British foreign minister Boris Johnson will meet his Zimbabwean counterpart Sibusiso Moyo and ministers from neighbouring African states for talks on Friday expected to include Harare’s possible readmittance to the Commonwealth. FILE PHOTO: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa greets supporters of his ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) party at […]

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China challenged Australian warships in South China Sea-Australian media

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian warships were challenged by the Chinese military in the disputed South China Sea earlier this month, the Australian Broadcasting Corp reported on Friday, citing Australian defence officials. The Australian Defence Department confirmed that three ships had recently travelled to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam but declined to comment on “operational […]

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Iran warns of ‘unpleasant’ response if U.S. drops nuclear deal – TV

ANKARA (Reuters) – Iran warned the United States on Thursday of “unpleasant” consequences if Washington pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, Iranian state TV reported. FILE PHOTO: Iran’s national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012, a day before the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/File Photo “Iran has […]

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U.S. tells Russia to address election concerns, chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House national security adviser John Bolton told Russia’s ambassador on Thursday that better relations between the two countries required addressing U.S. concerns on election meddling, a chemical attack in Britain, and the situations in Ukraine and Syria, the White House said. National Security Advisor John Bolton arrives to attend a joint […]

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Chilean cardinal says bishop should resign over abuse crisis

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – The head of Chile’s Catholic Church said on Thursday that a Chilean bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse should resign, little more than a week after Pope Frances said he had made mistakes in handling Chile’s sexual abuse crisis. Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati told reporters that Juan Barros, a Chilean bishop who […]

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Brazil anti-corruption judge embraced by party, eyeing presidential race

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Top members of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) gushed on Thursday over their newest member, potential presidential candidate and former Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa, whose debut in a national poll stoked hopes for his potential. Joaquim Barbosa, former Chief Justice in Brazil, is seen before a meeting with PSB Election Commission […]

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Ex-Liberian warlord ‘Jungle Jabbah’ gets 30 years in U.S. prison

(Reuters) – A former Liberian warlord known as “Jungle Jabbah” was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday for gaining U.S. asylum by lying about his role in the civil war in his homeland and atrocities he committed, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday. Mohammed Jabbateh, 51, who has lived in East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, since […]

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Armenian president calls for dialogue amid protests against new PM

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenian President Armen Sarkissian on Thursday called for dialogue, as thousands continued to protest on the streets against the appointment of the new prime minister, who was president for 10 years before switching jobs this month. FILE PHOTO: Armen Sarkissian, who was chosen by Armenia’s parliament as the country’s new president, attends […]

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Armenian president calls for dialogue amid protests against new PM

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenian President Armen Sarkissian on Thursday called for dialogue, as thousands continued to protest on the streets against the appointment of the new prime minister, who was president for 10 years before switching jobs this month. FILE PHOTO: Armen Sarkissian, who was chosen by Armenia’s parliament as the country’s new president, attends […]