China's Xi in Hong Kong for anniversary as protests planned

China's Xi in Hong Kong for anniversary as protests planned

Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of Beijing taking control of the former British colony, accompanied by a formidable layer of security as authorities showed little patience for pro-democracy protests.

Supreme Court bars chief prosecutor from leaving Venezuela

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Venezuela's Supreme Court barred the nation's chief prosecutor from leaving the country and ordered her bank accounts frozen hours after she delivered a scathing critique accusing President Nicolas Maduro of "state terrorism."

Ride-hailing services transform Vietnam's transport culture

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Nguyen Kim Lan used to make a decent living shuttling customers around town on his Honda motorbike. But his clientele has dwindled as young and tech-savvy Vietnamese increasingly use ride-hailing apps like Uber and Grab to summon cheaper, safer motorbike taxis.
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UAE energy chief downplays gas shortfall amid Qatar standoff

The United Arab Emirates' energy minister says his country has sufficient resources to ward off any energy shortfall stemming from Gulf countries' standoff with key gas supplier Qatar.
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20,000 children in Somalia risk starvation, aid group says

An aid group is warning that more than 20,000 children in drought-hit Somalia could starve to death in the coming months without continued international assistance.
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Russia to extend Western food ban for further 18 months

The Russian prime minister has proposed to extend a ban on Western food imports for another 18 months in response to the EU's decision to extend economic sanctions against Moscow.
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Germany denies permission for Erdogan rally on G-20 visit

Germany will deny permission for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to address Turks at a rally when he visits for the upcoming Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany's foreign minister said Thursday.
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EU backs more support for Italy, struggling with migrants

The European Union's foreign minister says the bloc supports Italy's stance that it can no longer handle the flood of migrants alone, and she insists other EU countries share the burden.
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The Latest: UK sees public interest concern in Sky takeover

The Latest on the U.K.'s examination of Twenty-First Century Fox's takeover bid for network Sky (all times local):
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Syria, Russia accuse US of plotting 'provocation'

Syria's government and its ally Russia accused Washington on Thursday of concocting a "provocation" in Syria, which would then be blamed on President Bashar Assad's government as alleged use of chemical weapons to justify an attack.
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UK leader names chair of inquiry into London tower fire

British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a retired judge Thursday to chair a public inquiry into the devastating west London fire that killed at least 80 people, as more high rises across the country failed fire-safety tests.
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The Latest: Germany to refuse Erdogan rally during G-20

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Online hate speech may soon incur a hefty bill in Germany

German lawmakers are poised to pass a bill designed to enforce the country's existing limits on free speech — including the long-standing ban on Holocaust denial — in social networks. Critics including tech giants and human rights campaigners say the legislation could have drastic consequences for free speech online.
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In Mosul, Iraqi forces take landmark mosque blown up by IS

Iraqi forces on Thursday captured the compound of a landmark mosque in Mosul that was blown up last week by the Islamic State group — a hugely symbolic site from where the top IS leader declared an Islamic "caliphate" nearly three years ago.
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Rights groups accuse French bank of role in Rwanda genocide

Three rights groups have filed a lawsuit accusing France's biggest bank of complicity in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, for allegedly helping Rwandan authorities purchase weapons despite a U.N. arms embargo.
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Romania: man suspected of links to Paris attackers

Prosecutors have detained a Romanian man on suspicion he was linked to a group involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks.
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Pakistan resort cable car lift plunges into ravine, kills 10

A Pakistani rescue official says a cable car lift installed by local villagers to a popular mountain resort has snapped off and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 10 and injuring two others.
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China pledges continued assistance to Philippines

China's foreign minister told his Philippine counterpart Thursday that Beijing is ready to provide more aid to the Southeast Asian country, as ties between the former antagonists continue to improve.
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Russia wages war of words with Britain over navy pride

Moscow angrily lashed out Thursday at a dismissive comment about a Russian aircraft carrier made by Britain's defense secretary, arguing that its aging ship is better than the new British carrier.
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Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' top advisers, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial czar on Thursday to fight multiple criminal charges in his native Australia that allege he committed sexual assault years ago.
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Cambodian court upholds prison term for opposition senator

A Cambodian appeals court on Thursday upheld a seven-year prison sentence given to an opposition senator for comments on his Facebook page criticizing a 1979 border agreement with neighboring Vietnam.
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UK lawmakers set for key vote on minority government's plans

British lawmakers are set to vote on whether to approve the Conservative government's plans for a Brexit-dominated parliamentary session, in a test of Prime Minister Theresa May's shaky minority administration.
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As South Sudan's civil war rages, cholera takes deadly toll

Clasping frail arms around his stomach, Machar Weituor doubles over in pain as he slowly positions himself over the hole in his bed. Too feeble to make it to the toilet, the 40-year-old groans faintly as he defecates into a bucket.